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Drs. Ilene and Ling Chen
Monarch scientists and identical twin sisters, whose family have worshipped Mothra for generations. They’re the mother and aunt respectively of Ziyi and Yong.
- Amicable Exes: Word of God supports the suggestion that Dr. Ling used to be in a relationship with Vivienne, whom she's still friendly with in the present, before the Abraxas: Empty Fullness one-shot "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" confirms it outright.
- "Eureka!" Moment: A little downplayed. Hearing Martin ask whether Monster X would be more comparable to God (like Godzilla) or the Devil (like Ghidorah) after they've discovered that Monster X has developed silver in its biology prompts Ilene to, after a moment's deliberation, recall a couple mythological god-devil fusions like Baphomet and Abraxas, comparing Monster X to them.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Played Straight. Dr. Ling jokingly quips this upon seeing the first footage of Thor.
- Heroic Lineage: On top of their points from MonsterVerse canon, Word of God confirms that the Chens are technically Bone Singers and the gene is much more recurrent in their family than is usual.
- Humans Are Flawed: Discussed by Ilene in Chapter 12 as part of a shared Kirk Summation about Emma Russell's faults.
- The Idealist: Ilene seems to be this, as it's her who says Humans Are Flawed, and it's her who makes a glass-half-full counter-argument to Madison's fears that Ghidorah might succeed in corrupting Vivienne.
- It's a Long Story: Ilene uses this to avoid explaining more than the utmost basics of Gnosticism, in Chapter 10.
- It's Personal: They have a personal stake in the war against Keizer Ghidorah due to their relationships with Vivienne. Ilene is beyond upset when she discovers what Keizer Ghidorah has recently done with Monster X. The trope is implied with Ling, who was good friends and implicit Amicable Exes with Vivienne.
- Jaw Drop: Ilene has one when Monster X and the other benevolent Titans are winning during the Final Battle.
- O.C. Stand-in: Dr. Ling's personality gets a bit more development to show her similarities and differences from her sister, whereas in MonsterVerse canon she's so far been a Flat Character with only one scene (two in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) novelization).
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It'd be hard to imagine Ilene being driven to having a venomous screaming fit at anything. But what Ghidorah has done to Monster X in Chapter 17 successfully drives her to it.
- Past Experience Nightmare: Ilene admits in Chapter 7 that she still has nightmares of Vivienne's death in Antarctica nearly a year on, before the twins find out Vivienne is alive.
- Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Ilene's Past Experience Nightmare coincides with Monster X's arrival at Mothra's shrine.
- Psychic Link: It's implied, true to the King of the Monsters spirit, that the twins and their family have a preternatural connection to Mothra, with Word of God outright confirming that Mothra can telepathically communicate with them in the same way that Ghidorah can telepathically communicate with Bone Singers in general.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's a lot more subdued than Vivienne's untreated trauma, but Ilene shows signs of having PTSD related to the events of King of the Monsters, including witnessing Vivienne's death in front of her. She's had multiple nightmares of the event which cause her to zone out the following day, she hyperventilates when Monster X is in serious trouble courtesy of a Ghidorah-like creature, and she does not take the discovery of what Keizer Ghidorah has done to Monster X well.
- Shipper on Deck: Ling teases Ilene about her interactions with Mark in Chapter 7.
- Silence of Sadness: Ilene and Ling sit in companionable silence for a while after Ilene brings up how she misses the still-presumed-dead Vivienne, in Chapter 7.
- What Is Going On?: She asks Ling as much in her first scene in the fic, after she spaced out and didn't hear the news her sister was telling her.
Dr. Houston Brooks
An older Monarch scientist, responsible for monitoring Mothra at Outpost 61.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Like in MonsterVerse canon. He's a mellow enough person and can even be somewhat nervous, but he's no pushover.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He seems to be the one in charge at Outpost 61a, yet the Monarch staff and the Russells there very much feel like a council more than anything else, and he doesn't have a problem with getting necessary outside help with relevant research.
- Scary Black Man: Downplayed. He's a nice guy, but when he wants to intimidate someone, even Mark is cowed.
- Team Dad: He arguably has shades of this amongst the humans at Outpost 61a, being the eldest amongst them (with the possible exception of Steve Martin) and being a source of exposition, assurances, advice or a firm hand.
- You Remind Me of X: In Chapter 11, he notes that Viv and San remind him of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari: two very different and opposite entities, brought together as a team and as siblings as a result of being thrown into a tense and unthinkable situation together.
Dr. Rick Stanton
A Monarch scientist who's currently stationed at Castle Bravo.
- The Alcoholic: Like in King of the Monsters, he's still scarcely if ever without an alcoholic beverage in hand. He wonders whether it'll be a Titan or alcohol poisoning that carries him off to the grave.
- Communications Officer: Like his movie appearance, he's presented throughout the fic managing the Monarch top brass's long-range communications.
- Deadpan Snarker: Apparently, he and Vivienne have something of a friendship based around their ability to wittily match each-other in this regard.
- Hidden Depths: He already showed clear signs of being a good person beneath the Deadpan Snarker in the film; but in Chapter 12, he admits that he self-reflects and worries his cynicism might be pushing him towards the Despair Event Horizon.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Smart and grim as he is, he's also often a source of humorous antics which tend to concern his trusty drink, such as taking a swig in response to Monster X's final form or pushing his mug away after seeing Scylla spew bacteria.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: He serves this role from at Castle Bravo when informing Outpost 61-a of immediate Titan activity.
A Monarch man known for being timid but friendly.
Dr. Ishirō Serizawa
A prominent Monarch scientist who was essentially the organization's figurehead when alive, and the father of Ren. He had a very close relationship with Vivienne before his death and Vivienne's first death during the Mass Awakening.
- Deader than Dead: Briefly discussed in relation to him in Chapter 5. Vivienne believes that because Serizawa's body was completely vaporized, she and San couldn't bring him back the same way San resurrected her if they tried.
- Death by Irony: Vivienne realizes in Chapter 5 that he died under the same circumstances in which he was born: in the shadow of an atomic/nuclear bomb.
- Death by Origin Story: His death essentially becomes this for the post-resurrection Vivienne once she finds out. The loss influences Vivienne's emotional bonding with San, and Vivienne notes that she and San couldn't resurrect Serizawa if they tried due to how he died.
- Famed in Story: He was already well-known as one of Monarch's key figureheads before his death, but after his Heroic Sacrifice to Godzilla during the movie, he's posthumously regarded the world over as something of a legend.
- Like Brother and Sister: He had a variation with Vivienne. Monarch personnel apparently used to debate about whether or not the nature of their close relationship was romantic.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Although he and his son loved and respected each-other, Ren didn't understand why Ishirō had such a reverent and positive outlook on the Titans until after his death, and he lacks the stoic and wizened demeanor that Ishirō was known for.
- Ocean Awe: Played With. Dr. Brooks comments that a fascination with the secrets that the sea can hold (specifically Godzilla for Ishirō) seems to be a Serizawa family trait.
- Older Than They Look: It's briefly lampshaded in Chapter 12 that he looked more like a man in his fifties than seventies.
- Parental Substitute: To Vivienne, he was a father figure, and it's strongly suggested that although she never told him she felt that way, he reciprocated the feeling. It gets Played for Drama in the story.
- Parents as People: He was a great scientist, a wise figurehead, and he and Vivienne were mutually dear to each-other, but besides the When You Coming Home, Dad?, Ren could tell that Serizawa felt closer to Vivienne than to his flesh-and-blood son because he and Vivienne saw eye-to-eye more.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Him and Vivienne were this, something he more or less acknowledges to her in a flashback in Chapter 5. Ilene thinks in Chapter 11 that Vivienne's death shook Serizawa to the core for the short remainder of his life.
- Posthumous Character: He's dead, but his memory lingers strongly throughout the story, especially with Vivienne.
- Reincarnation: Though it's ultimately a case of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, it's suggested that the newborn Manda might actually be Serizawa reincarnated.
- Shared Family Quirks. With his son Ren. See his folder for details.
- So Proud of You: Vivienne's memories show him saying this to her word-for-word on her birthday, in Chapter 5.
- Together in Death: Very tragically discussed by Ilene and Madison in Chapter 11. They suspect Serizawa was partly motivated to commit his Heroic Suicide in the hope that he and Vivienne would somehow be reunited in death, since he was unaware that Vivienne was Only Mostly Dead after Ghidorah ate her.
- What Is Going On?: In Chapter 6, Vivienne remembers a time when she had to video call Serizawa from Outpost 32 in a panic, and he opened the call by asking this in concerned surprise… right before he saw Vivienne's eye start to bleed.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: It's implied that he rarely made time to visit Ren amid his work as an elite-ranking Monarch operative, with the author further saying in a Q&A that he was often away from his family "for large passages of time".
Dr. Ilene Andrews
A Monarch scientist based on Skull Island.
- One-Steve Limit: She's mentioned by her full name in the main story, where Dr. Chen, who has the same first name as her, appears.
Colonel Diane Foster
The experienced leader of Monarch's G-Team.
- Colonel Badass: Like in MonsterVerse canon.
- "I think I speak for everyone when I say none of us will sleep at night unless we see to it this zombie apocalypse horseshit is very definitely, permanently, finally burned to ashes, and then we burn the ashes!"
- I Owe You My Life: A very mild case. Feeling she owes Mark Russell for saving her and her remaining team-members' lives at Outpost 32 is an additional reason why she's all-ears with him.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Downplayed in Chapter 7 during the joint operation with Team Mauzer. She decides regardless of Team Mauzer's orders, she'll make sure that no-one but Monarch can get their hands on the Titan biological samples in the abandoned outpost.
- Oh, Crap!: Besides the G-Team's Mass "Oh, Crap!" in Chapter 7; in Chapter 15, Foster has one when she realizes the Many have diverted Godzilla and knocked out Castle Bravo's communications.Foster meanwhile feels like the lightbulb in her head just illuminated the room. It attacked Yonaguni and got what it wanted, drew attention away from Yonaguni, withdraws after being dealt significant damage and only now shuts down communication with the outside world. Textbook diversion; that clever bastard.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike Admiral Stenz; she learns more from her mistakes, and she's open-minded enough to decide no-one but Monarch should get their hands on Ghidorah's or Monster X's DNA. She also looks to Mark Russell for ideas and advice before the Final Battle, and she's slow to trust Apex Cybernetics based on past experience whilst acknowledging a collaboration with them could be very useful.
- "The last time I didn't take a scientist seriously the world almost ended."
- Scientist vs. Soldier: Defied and averted by her, as described under Jurisdiction Friction.
- Taught by Experience: She certainly feels the events of King of the Monsters have taught her that the Titan experts she works for should always be taken seriously, by her and her superiors.
Lieutenant Ford Brody
A former EOD specialist in the U.S. military who transferred to Monarch's G-Team after the Mass Awakening. He's the husband of Elle Brody and the father of Sam Brody.
- The Bus Came Back: He's so far appeared twice in the story from Chapter 7 onwards, although he's Demoted to Extra.
- Demoted to Extra: He appears a couple times in the story but is a supporting character, compared to his protagonist role in Godzilla (2014).
- Ear Ache: Downplayed. Everyone around him flinches from hearing Vivienne's voice suddenly yelling over their radio, but he in particular is holding the headset a foot from his ear when it happens. The force of hearing a Titan roar is also enough to make his ears pop.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Apparently, he and Elle have highly-limited Japanese, with which they struggle to reassure a panicked nurse in Chapter 18.
- Loved I Not Honor More: Defied by him and Elle. They joined Monarch together because they didn't want their family to be separated or broken apart again after what happened in the 2014 movie.
- Oh, Crap!: He and the G-Team have a Mass "Oh, Crap!" reaction in Chapter 7 when they become aware of Ghidorah's severed head: they're all silent for a "long pause" before Ford says, "Shit".
- Taught by Experience: Chapter 16 mentions that he's gained a practical understanding of how to ease someone who's going through a nervous breakdown, strictly through experience with other soldiers over the years.
- Unluckily Lucky: As in his original appearance, the Grim Reaper really seems to love slapping Ford on the ass and then leaping five feet away. There's even this conversation about Ford after he almost dies in an Osprey that gets disabled mid-air in a devastating Titan battle:Monster X: Brody, how the hell are you not dead?
Gunner: That's what I wanna know. Son of a bitch is either allergic to death or he goes down on Lady Luck.
The G-Team's skilled pilot.
- Ace Pilot: She gets to show off her skills again during the Final Battle.
- Oh, Crap!: She curses "Oh, shit" in Chapter 15 when she realizes the Many are headed towards Castle Bravo, where they can seize more Titan biomass for themselves.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Vivienne. Although she apparently considers Vivienne a nerd and Viv in turn calls her a jarhead, there's still a significant level of happiness at seeing each-other again.
A G-Team soldier who participates in the joint rescue mission with Team Mauzer.
A religious member of the G-Team.
The wife of Lieutenant Ford Brody and mother of Sam Brody, who transferred to work for Monarch following the Mass Awakening.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: She shares this with her husband Ford. See his folder for details.
- Loved I Not Honor More: Defied by her and Ford. See Ford's folder for details.
- The Medic: She's now working as a nurse for Monarch instead of a public hospital.
- Oh, Crap!: When she and Zima begin to suspect the Fetus Terrible nature of Esfir, Nadezhda and Lubyov's pregnancies, all they can do is slowly turn their heads towards the three women, before Elle asks Zima a follow-up question (in the knowledge she's going to regret asking).
Affiliates and Other Allies
The teenaged daughter of Mark Russell and the late Monarch operative-turned-eco terrorist Emma Russell. She had a close mother-daughter relationship with Vivienne before the events in Antarctica.
- Adaptational Job Change: The author's timeline reveals that in 2024, Madison is working as Mark's official assistant in Monarch, instead of being a student in a public high school like she was in Godzilla vs. Kong.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Downplayed with her and Mark. By the time of the chapters which were published after the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, Mark has taken enough reality checks to a point where him and Madison end up being a Parent-Child Team, in contrast to how Mark in the aforementioned movie still treats Madison like a naïve child and refuses to put any trust or faith in her.
- Ambiguous Situation: Word of God deliberately leaves it ambiguous whether Madison has formed a Psychic Link with Mothra, or is simply so attuned to her because of her Recessive Super Genes.
- Berserk Button: She immediately (and loudly) shuts Mariko down when the latter starts mentioning Emma in a positive light in Chapter 12, participating in the subsequent collective Kirk Summation.
- Daddy's Girl: She's apparently stuck with her father to make sure he doesn't go off the deep end again since the events in Boston, with her mother dead and Vivienne having been believed dead since Antarctica.
- Demoted to Extra: Her role in this story is a bit more minor than in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She has no problem angrily accusing San to his face in Chapter 8. Justified as Madison was quite emotional at the time, San is attached to the same Titan body as Vivienne (who would never let any harm befall Madison), and Madison could quickly run indoors if need be; to say nothing of her Defiant to the End close call in the movie.
- Et Tu, Brute?: An indirect case, but she makes it clear that she's disgusted by her late mother's ability to betray her friends so readily during the events of the movie.
- Excellent Judge of Character: She alone is immediately distrustful of Maia Simmons and Apex Cybernetics.
- Foil: To San. Whereas San got his wish for him and Vivienne to fully become family, Madison was deprived of the chance to have Vivienne as a legal guardian in the same instant. Madison is a teenage girl who's Wise Beyond Her Years, whereas San is an eons-old Manchild.
- Hates Their Parent: Unlike in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization, where Madison seems to have remembered her late mother's more positive traits; in this fic, Madison outright fears the prospect of repeating Emma's worst mistakes on top of her above-mentioned Berserk Button. Tellingly, Madison doesn't mention Emma's death at all when she thinks San is guilty of Ghidorah's post-Isla de Mara crimes from the movie; and in this non-canon drabble by the author, Madison is hesitant to even call Emma her mother.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Both the times that she wears her ear buds whilst listening to something, she's essentially being left alone with her own thoughts.
- History Repeats: Subverted. Fear she'll be repeating her mother's mistake which unleashed Ghidorah on the world makes her hesitate to awaken a metamorphosed Monster X with good intentions. As it stands, this time going through with it proves to be the right thing.
- It's Personal: She's very much personally pissed at Ghidorah when using the ORCA to disorient it at the Final Battle, since this monster, which killed her mother at the end of King of the Monsters (even if Madison admits that that fate wasn't exactly undeserved), has now taken Madison's Parental Substitute from her again.
- Jumped at the Call: Discussed by Mark, who admits that with the way Madison's been unconventionally raised within Monarch for years before the events of King of the Monsters, he suspects that she probably doesn't even want a normal life anymore.
- Just a Kid: Mark says this about her almost word-for-word in Chapter 8 — notably, he cuts her off from speaking when he says it — prompting Ilene to point out that Madison has previously proven capable beyond her age.
- Little Miss Badass: Like in MonsterVerse canon. She doesn't do any field work this time, but nevertheless she's a thirteen-year-old girl dealing with mental scars that are no more than a year old, and she wouldn't think twice about flipping off Cthulhu or personally manning an ORCA against Keizer Ghidorah.
- Loud of War: She uses the ORCA's signal to the heroes' benefit at Berezniki; cranking up its signal to painfully disorient Keizer Ghidorah, not unlike what she previously did with the ORCA in King of the Monsters.
- Mirror Character:
- San's backstory reveals that both he and Madison experienced a tragic trauma alongside their respective families in the past, which left them in the care of an elder family-member who had become genocidal and acted emotionally abusive towards them following said event. Both San and Maddie also imprinted on Vivienne as a more loving, healthier substitute to said abusive elder.
- To Maia Simmons, all the more appropriate because of how the Godzilla vs. Kong version of Maia was a Replacement Flat Character to Madison. Maddie and Maia are both respectively loyal to a father whose character flaws they criticize and try to rein in. Both of them also have/had a terrible Knight Templar for a parent (Emma for Madison, Walter for Maia) whose Evil Plan they were complicit in, until they had a Heel Realization about how immoral said parent's conduct really was and the dangerous risk of them losing control.
- Misplaced Retribution: In Chapter 8, she angrily brings up Ghidorah chasing her in Boston, unaware that San only has the decapitated head's memories and genuinely doesn't remember what his Alternate Self did. She also says that San killed Vivienne, though it was technically Ichi who did that while San just did the resurrecting and transforming parts.
- Parent-Child Team: The AbraxasVerse Timeline reveals that in 2024, she's Mark's assistant at Monarch.
- Power of Trust: Downplayed. Mark placing his trust in Madison is one of the several factors that helps Madison to get over her fear she'll be just like her mother, in Chapter 17.
- Recessive Super Genes: Word of God confirms that she, not unlike Vivienne, has Bone Singer blood which was dormant for several previous generations.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to her father's Red Oni, being more collected and rational than Mark whilst keeping his Hot-Blooded tendencies in check. She even has a dislike of humid places whereas Mark dislikes cold places.
- Say My Name: After Monster X is officially christened Titanus Abraxas, she quietly tests the new name of the Two Beings, One Body hybrid that San and her Parental Substitute have formed.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: She has some treated PTSD, not nearly as bad as Vivienne's untreated PTSD, from her encounters with Ghidorah and other terrible events she went through in King of the Monsters.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Well, Sins of Our Mothers. Discussed by Dr. Brooks, who says Emma Russell has left such a dark reputation for her crimes in King of the Monsters that a public school would be a seriously dangerous environment for Madison if other students were to discover who she's the daughter of.
- Sleep Deprivation: She's barely able to sleep the night before Monster X hatches into their second form, in Chapter 8.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She's a less foregrounded character in this story compared to her role in the MonsterVerse films, but she's responsible for working out where Ghidorah and Monster X are located so Monarch and the Russian military can take part in the battle. If they hadn't been there to accelerate Monster X's awakening, things would've likely gone very differently.
- Taking Up the Mantle: In 2024, she's essentially become the new Dr. Graham within Monarch, as the daughter and assistant to the new co-director.
- That Liar Lies: When San says he doesn't remember Ghidorah trying to kill her in Boston, Madison assumes he's lying and gets understandable pissed; unaware that San literally lacks a concept of lying.
- There Are No Coincidences: She points this out to her father when he's chosen one of the worst possible times to not be impulsive, regarding the phenomena in Berezniki and Monster X's disappearance; in Chapter 16.
- Turn Out Like Her Mother: Played With. In Chapter 17, she hesitates to go ahead with activating an untested ORCA signal to help free Monster X because she fears it'll make her exactly like her mother when the latter awakened Ghidorah.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She's barely into her teens, yet she's significantly more emotionally and intellectually intelligent than most people her age. She was already a mature kid at the start of King of the Monsters, but living through all the stuff that she did in the movie on top of that will have this effect.
Dr. Mark Russell
Madison's father, who suffers Survivor Guilt after Vivienne Graham's apparent death in Antarctica which occurred partly due to her saving his life.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Introduced into AbraxasVerse before Godzilla vs. Kong came out. On top of losing Emma and struggling to accept that his child has already grown up in many ways because of what she went through, Mark here suffers from Survivor Guilt that he hasn't shown in MonsterVerse canon.
- Adaptational Intelligence: He becomes the emotional kind due to Character Development, loosening up his My Beloved Smother tendency towards Madison. By 2024, he has Maddie as his assistant, in contrast to his canon counterpart's Beloved Smother and Fantasy-Forbidding Father treatment of her in Godzilla vs. Kong. Even before he loosens up, he admits to himself comparatively easily that his thirteen-year-old daughter will be a woman soon, whereas the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization version of Mark treats a fifteen/seventeen-year-old Madison like she's a witless, helpless kid who needs to be shielded and spoken for and is much more stubborn about it.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: This version of Mark starts out much like his MonsterVerse canon counterpart with his poor temper and judgmentalism, but the story's events enable him to put more of his inner demons behind him. By the end, he's less stubborn and more open to reason, and it's heavily implied his relationship with Madison in 2024 is a lot better than the strained relationship that the canon Mark's poor parenting style caused.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Downplayed with his and Madison's relationship. See the above folder for details.
- Alcoholic Parent: Defied. He almost fell off the wagon again after the events of King of the Monsters, but Madison's presence was enough to keep him on the straight and narrow this time.
- Arbitrary Skepticism:
- In Chapter 8, he doesn't believe that Vivienne is Back from the Dead transformed into a hybrid Titan; prompting Mariko to remind him that Ghidorah had already displayed other scientifically-baffling Eldritch Abomination abilities during the movie.
- In a much friendlier context, Dr. Brooks calls Mark out on being sceptical of the theory Titans and ancient humans could communicate when Mark himself is still a proponent of the outdated pack alpha theory; in Chapter 11.
- Big "WHAT?!": He lets one out when he learns Emma did nothing but comply to Jonah's wishes after the latter threatened to have Madison's throat slit, in Chapter 12.
- Commander Contrarian: He has shades of this. Besides his Arbitrary Skepticism point, he's notably unconvinced that San has made a Heel–Face Turn, and it's when Madison finds a possible lead on where the Many have taken Monster X to that he, of all people, decides they shouldn't be hasty for once.
- Demoted to Extra: He's a more minor character in this story, whereas in King of the Monsters he was one of the main human characters.
- Doesn't Know Their Own Child: Downplayed. Being far from the most unbiased person, he initially underestimates his daughter's strength of character when it comes to her PTSD. That being said, he does display some Adaptational Intelligence in their relationship by the end (see above).
- Facepalm: In Chapter 10, this is basically his despairing response to the news that someone besides Monarch saw Monster X fighting Rodan.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Downplayed. Like in King of the Monsters and the novelization, he still tends to run and hide from his emotional problems instead of confronting them head-on. He at first refuses to see Vivienne because he's in his own words scared, and later when he sees her in person he unloads what he wants to say to her at a less-than-opportune time.
- It's also heavily implied that his Hot-Blooded impulses are something he'll continually wrestle to keep under control in the future, although he's gotten significantly better at it here than in MonsterVerse canon.
- Flipping the Bird: His friendly-banter response to Brooks pointing out the pack-alpha theory about wolves is outdated, in Chapter 11.
- To Thor. Whereas Mark held Misplaced Retribution towards Godzilla for years after his son was a non-malicious collateral of one of Godzilla's Titan battles; Thor's son was viciously and intentionally killed by Ghidorah, yet Thor finds it in himself to take a Spared, but Not Forgiven attitude towards San.
- Also to Ren Serizawa, with whom he interacts a couple times. Ren's father died saving Godzilla, mirroring how Mark lost his son to Godzilla as collateral damage. Mark's problem is being Hot-Blooded, while Ren's problem is being too icy with his feelings and closing himself off.
- Hypocrite: In Chapter 16, he snaps at Ren that being an ass who mouths off with sarcasm doesn't help anyone, even though this is exactly what Mark did throughout the first half of King of the Monsters, and also right before he got his "Reason You Suck" Speech when he entered the fic's plot. Justified, as Mark has explicitly forgotten his own head for a moment due to sheer worry, and Mark has self-loathing which he could be projecting in this instance.
- Idiot Ball: He handles it in Chapter 8 when the Vivienne-San hybrid is being reborn. Mark — the same guy who convinced Monarch that firing on Mark's Animal Nemesis was tantamount to suicide in King of the Monsters — asks why Monarch aren't trying to fence the hybrid with a Containment Field, which prompts Mariko to spell out why that would be a very idiotic move due to Vivienne's PTSD.
- It's All About Me: He gets called out on this by Mariko with "The Reason You Suck" Speech (see below).
- Jerkass Realization: The story basically confirms the movie's implications that he realized what a jerkass he'd been due to his grudge when Godzilla was seemingly killed by the Oxygen Destroyer.
- Manly Tears: When Thor and Mothra are singing, he blacks out, and returns to reality to find himself shedding tears, in Chapter 14.
- Mirror Character:
- Both Mark and Thor lost their son to a Titan and have to in some way make peace with their son's killer (or a shed skin from it in Thor's case) when said killer becomes their ally. It's also the presence of their child, or someone they see as a surrogate child, that eases Thor and Mark respectively through their grief.
- It turns out he has quite a bit in common with Ren. Both of them had a family-member who died in a way near-directly contributed to Godzilla; both of them spent years holding misguided negative feelings towards someone they blamed for their anguish, but then went on to make peace with said entity (Godzilla for Mark, Vivienne for Ren); and neither of them are poster-boys for how to best handle your feelings.
- Misdirected Outburst: Like in MonsterVerse canon, he's prone to this when distressed (particularly when it's over something relating to Vivienne), but it fortunately doesn't last long before someone shuts him down. He lashes out as much at Brooks and the Chens as he does at the actual source of his anger in Chapter 8; and when he's distressed over MaNi/Elder Brother ambushing Monster X, he takes it out on Ren, who is practically a guiltless bystander, in Chapter 16.
- Misplaced Retribution: He hates San for Ghidorah killing Vivienne in Antarctica, which was technically San's brother's doing while San just resurrected and transformed her afterwards.
- My Beloved Smother: Initially, his first impulse is to shield Madison from further trauma physical or psychological, despite her being way past that after all her traumatizing experiences during the movie's events. He gets better.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Although he's gotten over his former grudge against Godzilla and jerkassery, a lot of people at Monarch, excluding Brooks and the Chens, still think of him with contempt because of his past behavior.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son Andrew died at the destruction of San Francisco, and Word of God notes that his worst fear is losing his remaining child.
- Parent-Child Team: With Madison. See her folder for details.
- Parents as People: He loves his daughter, but sometimes he struggles to trust in her judgment or strengths of character even after her incredible feats of heroism in King of the Monsters (although he does get better with time, especially when you compare this fic's portrayal of Mark to how Godzilla vs. Kong portrayed him). Mark also says it should've been him instead of Vivienne who died in Antarctica and almost completely breaks down, whilst Madison is standing right next to him, in Chapter 9.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Much more so than in Godzilla vs. Kong once he becomes co-director of Monarch, hearing Madison's observations out instead of dismissing her out of hand in 2024.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gets one from Mariko about his past jerkass qualities and his lingering It's All About Me behavior.
- Mark Russell: Do you realize how it feels to relive losing a child to monsters turning your home into a war zone?! How close I probably was to losing my daughter the same way I lost my son?!
Mariko: Oh, shut up for once and get in line, Russell! You talk like you're the only one who's suffered! What about everyone else who lost someone, or everyone? Do they not count? Just faceless statistics? What's so special about you that makes your problems so much more important? You talk on and on about how much you hate the Titans and how we should have killed them and blah blah blah! Spouting bullshit is all you're good for! And Graham — would you say she spent her life saving yours? Because it sounds to me like she wasted it on you!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Madison's Blue Oni. See her folder for details.
- Scrap Heap Hero: He becomes this by the fic's end. He's worked through more of his issues leftover from the end of King of the Monsters, and he re-takes up official active duty as a Monarch operative for the first time since Andrew's death.
- So Proud of You: He gives Ren the "Your father would have been so proud of you" form in Chapter 17.
- Survivor Guilt: He's been suffering this because of Vivienne's death in Antarctica. It doesn't get better when Vivienne returns transformed into part of Monster X, until she sets him straight in Chapter 9.
- Taking Up the Mantle: By 2024, he's co-director of Monarch with a daughter figure (his actual daughter) as his close assistant, not unlike Serizawa's role before the events of King of the Monsters.
- Tears of Awe: Witnessing Thor and Mothra's cocoon "singing" with each-other brings him to tears without him knowing why, and it makes him feel lighter and more focused.
- They Died Because of You: Downplayed. No-one ever said it to his face, but he knows that following the events of King of the Monsters, some of the people in Monarch have blamed him for Vivienne's apparent death, since it occurred partly as a result of her staying behind to save him when he got caught under debris.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: His response in Chapter 9 to learning Ghidorah is not permanently dead yet.
- You're Insane!: He briefly says this to Mariko's face when she lampshades his Arbitrary Skepticism.
- You Should Have Died Instead: It's revealed in Chapter 9 that whilst no-one says it to his face, he knows many people at Monarch have felt this towards him regarding Vivienne's death in Antarctica, and it's implied it's significantly fueled his own Survivor Guilt.
Ziyi and Yong Chen
The toddler-age identical twin daughters of Dr. Ilene Chen, who are located at Outpost 61a with their mother and their aunt Ling.
- Heroic Lineage: If their interactions with Mothra and Monster X are any indication, they're likely going to follow in their mother, aunt and forebears' footsteps as priestesses of Mothra.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Gender-Inverted. They're descendants of Mothra's priestesses, with an implicit Psychic Link to the Queen on their maternal family's side; but nothing about their father is mentioned in the fic. The author shed some lght on him in these non-canon drabbles and this Q&A, suggesting that he's a Disappeared Dad.
- Meaningful Name: Yong's name, meaning "eternal"/"perpetual" as noted by the author, is rather fitting because of Mothra's immortality and the Chens' preternatural Hereditary Twinhood.
- O.C. Stand-in: Their personalities and their relationship with Vivienne gets a bit of development, whereas in the MonsterVerse these two have so far only ever appeared in a Chen family photo and are unnamed.
A photo-journalist who's among the Paparazzi drawn by the new topic of Monster X.
- Going for the Big Scoop: An ethical example, but he's quite happy to be legally filming Monster X up close in Chapter 11.
- Intrepid Reporter: He's among the Paparazzi who give Monarch a spot of security bother, but he's also concerned about reporting to people while encouraging them to act reasonably about the information.
- O.C. Stand-in: Besides being based on a character from pre-MonsterVerse Godzilla continuities, he's also based on the name of an article author in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Creative Closing Credits.
- Tagalong Reporter: He first appears being apprehended by Monarch security for trespassing while trying to get a scoop on Thor and Monster X. He remains at Outpost 61a with most of the human heroes for most of the fic, he gains their permission to officially accompany them as an authorized journalist for an up-close meeting with Monster X, and he uses his contacts to try and get tracking help for the heroes after MaNi/Elder Brother goes after Monster X.
- Taught by Experience: He has first-hand experience from interviewing people shortly after the Mass Awakening of what it looks like when traumatized people blow up due to the wrong button being hit – this clues him in that Monster X was acting out of fear rather than malice when they went berserk, in Chapter 10. The narrative also suggests that past experience has taught Martin when it's best to stop prying a person for information in general, in Chapter 11.
- What Is Going On?: He asks as much when he's had enough of being out of the loop on what Monarch and the Russells know but aren't telling him about Monster X, in Chapter 11.
The widowed mother of Vivienne.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Vivienne recalls her mother kissing her on the forehead and brushing a hand through her hair as displays of affection.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She was a nice old lady, but she turned pretty fearsome when she thought someone was mocking her dead loved one.
- Blood from the Mouth: Downplayed. Laughing once caused her a coughing fit which left the taste of blood in her mouth, a sign she didn't have long left to live.
- Cry into Chest: She does a cry-into-their-snout variation with Vivienne, who is likewise crying with her, in Chapter 15.
- Deadpan Snarker: Chapter 15 reveals that Vivienne got her own tongue from her mother.
- Death Glare: She once gave Sam Coleman a rather frightening look when she was truly pissed off.
- Face Death with Dignity: She knows she doesn't have long left to live, and she chooses to go gentle into that good night.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: She shouted Vivienne's full name to get the latter's attention when she was freaking out, immediately silencing Viv, in Chapter 15.
- Good Parents: From what we know, she was a good mother when Vivienne was growing up. Even when she has a less-than-stellar first reaction to Monster X, it's because she's genuinely unconvinced her daughter is really Back from the Dead rather than because she can't make peace with what her daughter has become.
- A Good Way to Die: Implied. She gets her supposedly-dead daughter back alive, she gains an adoptive son, her wish to die peacefully rather than live on for epochs is respected, and Monster X repeatedly visits her before she passes away.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She felt that Vivienne was always more suited to an adventurous life than she was. This is one of the reasons why she turns down San's suggestion that he could save her from dying of old age by assimilating her.
- The Insomniac: She apparently had many sleepless nights during the time after a human Vivienne last saw her and before she learns what Monster X is.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Besides the Strong Family Resemblance, personality traits she and her daughter shared included a sharp tongue, an intrinsic love of nature, and being nice people who were very scary when pushed to real anger.
- Little "No": She gave one that was mostly the first type, but gentler than most examples, when rejecting an offer to save her from dying of old age.
- The Lost Lenore: Her husband died before their daughter was born decades ago, and his memory gets Played for Drama in Chapter 18.
- Magical Defibrillator: Averted when she was struck by a heart attack. Where most movies would depict defibrillation (whether with a proper kit or makeshift means) as enough to fix the heart's rhythm, Susan explicitly needs to take her prescribed nitroglycerin tablets before defibrillation with a full, licensed kit can be applied.
- Meaningful Look: San could tell solely by the look on her face how horrified she was by hearing of what happened to Viv and San that led to Monster X's final Metamorphosis.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Implied. As shown by the author's artwork, she's physically shorter than a human Vivienne, who was already herself quite short.
- Mirror Character: To her daughter Vivienne. Depending on Manda's Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, Vivienne and Susan might both have a human-turned-Titan child, who happens to be a loved one they thought dead and mourned in some form. Susan and Vivienne also both try holding together through grief for a lost loved one.
- Nature Lover: Vivienne mentions that one of the last times she spoke to her mother, she wanted to see the hammerhead sharks at Yonaguni.
- No Badass to His Valet: Most people who encounter Monster X in person are at least a little wary or intimidated when one or both halves get angry. Susan is so determined to see Monster X that she has no such fright when she's in that position.
- O.C. Stand-in: In the MonsterVerse canon she was only mentioned in Manual materials.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Or so she thinks, initially unaware that Vivienne was Only Mostly Dead. It's had an impact on her.
- Peaceful in Death: She died with a peaceful expression on her face, as revealed in "Sermones ad Mortuos".
- Platonic Declaration of Love: She said she loved Vivienne and San to their face before she passed, as her last words.
- Posthumous Character: Subverted. Both Vivienne and the reader are in the dark for a while about whether she's still alive or died during Ghidorah's global Titan havoc, before it's revealed in Chapter 11 she's alive.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gets one from San (see his folder here for details)note .
- Say My Name: She screams Vivienne's name in Chapter 12, when she loses communication with Monster X just after Susan has learned the main head is her daughter resurrected.
- Shipper on Deck: Downplayed, but she openly wondered if her daughter as Monster X has a thing for Godzilla, and she also seems to be wondering if there's any truth to the internet shipping Monster X with Rodan.
- Silence of Sadness: Maybe more "Heartache" than "Sadness", but there are several instances where she was very quiet or struggled to get words out of her throat after discovering the truth about her not-so-dead daughter's fate.
- Small Parent, Huge Child: The author's artwork shows that even a human Vivienne was taller than her mother (and Vivienne as a human wasn't exactly the tallest person). Nevermind the height difference after San transforms himself and Vivienne into a 100-foot Titan and after Susan adopts San.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like her daughter Vivienne but with softer features. Apparently, Susan herself denied this and insisted Vivienne looked more like her late father.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: The author confirmed that Susan is very much thinking this at first when she encounters Monster X, not because she can't accept Vivienne's transformation but because she truly believes it isn't Vivienne.
- We All Die Someday: She says as much when comforting San, saying people aren't meant to live so long and she's content with what she's done with her life.
The son of the late Dr. Ishirō Serizawa, who is investigating the Yonaguni Monument. He isn't a Monarch operative, but he's in communication with them.
- Action Survivor: He's a non-Monarch marine expedition correspondent, and he ends up running and hiding for his life during a Titan battle.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: Downplayed. Ren has a brooding demeanor not unlike that which Godzilla vs. Kong would portray the MonsterVerse canon version with, but whereas that version of Ren was an enigmatic Evil Genius, AbraxasVerse Ren is more The Comically Serious.
- Adaptational Heroism: Compared to the Godzilla vs. Kong version of Ren, let just say the AbraxasVerse version isn't a ruthless Evil Genius out to see Godzilla killed. Whilst he does join Apex Cybernetics, he's done so as The Mole.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Downplayed. As emphasized by the author in this non-canon post, this version of Ren has a respect for the Titans which the MonsterVerse version of Ren completely lacks, seeing the Titans as more than just animals and recognizing their roles in nature (and he apparently had a fairly neutral outlook on the Titans even before Monarch's beliefs about them were vindicated); whereas the MonsterVerse Ren insists that the Titans are nothing more than rampant animals that need to be either exterminated or enslaved. AbraxasVerse Ren also directed his resentments concerning his father at Vivienne instead of Godzilla, and he doesn't go anywhere near as overboard with his father issues as the MonsterVerse Ren.
- Admiring the Abomination: Though he didn't quite understand his father's and Vivienne's reverence of the Titans, he gains an awareness of their Physical Godhood in Chapter 13.
- The Comically Serious: He's the Ice Queen-esque guy amongst the more humorous Monarch brass and G-Team.
- Ear Ache: Downplayed. When Ren gets a phone call from a panicked Dr. Stanton, he's taken by surprise by Stanton's volume to the point of flinching.
- Eating the Eye Candy: He almost unconsciously watches Maia Simmons' hips from behind in the final chapter.
- Failed a Spot Check: When informed in Chapter 13 that multiple Titans are approaching Yonaguni, he doesn't realize what the hell that means he (currently on the island's open waters) should be doing at this very moment.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: A non-fatal variation, and downplayed. In Chapter 16, Mark is quick to lay into him after Monster X is abducted by the Many, just because Ren happened to be there shortly before it happened, even though as Ren points out there was literally nothing he could've done.
- Foil: To Mark Russell. See his folder for details.
- Former Teen Rebel: Slightly downplayed. As an adult, he seems to be an overall law-abiding if slightly surly man, with a respectable career, but Word of God indicates he was a little more rebellious in his youth.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's aware of how his father felt towards Vivienne, and it had an impact on his relationships with them.
- Guile Hero: He basically operates this way after infiltrating Apex Cybernetics, such as when he secretly reprograms Encephalon under the guise of being thorough with his work.
- Heroic Lineage: Zig-Zagged. He starts out as a fairly neutral party, but despite his differences with his father, he becomes increasingly connected to the Titans that the previous Serizawas revered; and ultimately he becomes one of the good guys helping Monarch long-term in the ending.
- Heroic Neutral: The author has described Ren as being roughly here on the alignment chart. This changes in Chapter 18 when he becomes The Mole on Monarch's behalf.
- Hiding Behind Your Bangs: His hair falls over one of his eyes when Mark tells him that his estranged late father would be proud of him.
- Ice King: Played With. He's often cold and aloof, but when it comes to his relationships with his father or Manda, it's not that hard to provoke an emotional reaction in him.
- Japanese Delinquents: Very downplayed, but Word of God hints that he probably used to be this in his youth and that he retains small hints of it in his fashion sense.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's frosty, aloof, slightly sarcastic, and all-round a little bit of a grump, plus he has some resentment issues where his father is concerned; but he's still a good person who cares, and he helps where he can.
- Keeping the Enemy Close: Monarch's suspicions are the reason why he's their mole in Apex Cybernetics.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Although they have Shared Family Quirks, Ren isn't as stoic or secure as his father was, and he also didn't understand his father's and Vivienne's reverent attitude towards the Titans for a long time.
- Maybe Ever After: He has a bit of an eye for Maia Simmons, but he keeps his interactions professional. It's left ambiguous at the AbraxasVerse Timeline's ending point if the two will get together during or after Project Talos' activation.
- Mirror Character: To Mark Russell. See his folder for details.
- The Mole: The heroic kind. He acts as a spy within Apex Cybernetics to keep an eye on them on Monarch's behalf.
- Not So Stoic: Vivienne notes that unlike Dr. Serizawa's stoic personality, Ren's frosty demeanor is more of a mask which he uses to restrain his unresolved emotional issues (and he has a few regarding his late father).
- Ocean Awe: Played With. He's been doing work in marine archaeology, which Dr. Brooks notes is not unlike how Ren's late father was awed by the marine Godzilla.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: After Chapter 14, San holds a grudge over Ren having a hurtful outburst at Vivienne for something that wasn't Vivienne's fault.
- O.C. Stand-in: The Abraxas version of Ren was introduced when the character was still The Ghost in MonsterVerse canon, before he was confirmed to appear in Godzilla vs. Kong.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He has shades of this when he's doing technical work on Project Talos. He's been contributing significantly to the creation of Kiryu as an ostensible ally for Godzilla, but Director Simmons is exploiting Ren to further his own sinister agenda (which is implied to be just as bad here as in Godzilla vs. Kong). Partly defied, as Ren uncovers the negative Morality Chip that was coded into Kiryu without his knowledge, and he makes some tweaks of his own to rectify it.
- Shared Family Quirks: Despite his differences from his father, Ren shares with the late man an interest in marine archaeology which happens to include Titans (as lampshaded by Dr. Brooks in Chapter 11), and Mark observes Ren has a "Serizawa aura" about him when he's observing the Titan battleground in Chapter 17.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: He's annoyed when Griffin suggests he's going to end up getting intimate with Maia Simmons, in Chapter 18.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Inverted and exploited. Thanks to his father and grandfather's legacy, especially the former who is Famed in Story, Ren's family name carries a lot of weight. He takes advantage of this to infiltrate Apex Cybernetics, who had been looking to recruit him for years.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: He ends up joining the Russells and the Monarch brass from King of the Monsters at Outpost 61a and onboard the Argo, and he remains indirectly affiliated with Monarch afterwards; whereas the MonsterVerse Ren's only interaction with Monarch was contacting Nathan Lind to manipulate Monarch into becoming Apex Cybernetics' Unwitting Pawn.
- Tears of Awe: Downplayed. Seeing Manda up close makes his eyes go wet while he beams brightly.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mentally discussed by him in Chapter 14. He wonders if devastation to population centers by battling Titans will one day become as much the norm as traffic jams in the near-future.
- What Is Going On?: This is the first thing he asks Monster X in Chapter 14, as soon as they're talking again after having a violent seizure, the cause of which Ren is inquiring about.
- When He Smiles: He's apparently not known to smile often, but when Vivienne sees him smiling in Chapter 14, it's a bittersweet reminder of the late Dr. Serizawa.
Nadezhda, Esfir and Lubyov
Pregnant female survivors from the abandoned Monarch outpost who encountered Jonah's Basement Club.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Thanks to her Freak Out, Esfir is a hot mess who rarely if ever communicates coherently, and her mind often seems to be somewhere else if anywhere at all.
- Foregone Conclusion: Downplayed. Nadezhda and Zima are hopeful they'll get to live happily ever after, but it's hinted Nadezhda will suffer Death by Childbirth based on her declining health and based on the fate of another Zmeyevich broodmother in Chapter 18.
- Freak Out: Esfir's mind seems to be broken after her traumatic ordeal at the Basement Club's hands.
- Happily Married: Nadezhda and her husband Zima.
- Ironic Name: Lubyov's name seems to be derived from the name Lubov, which means "love" or "beloved". For someone who was subjected to a Medical Rape and Impregnate, the irony in that name is cruel. Doubly ironic, Lubyov lacks both Esfir's delusions of being loved by Ghidorah, and Nadezhda's keenness on loving her own hybrid offspring by all accounts.
- Meaningful Name:
- The name Nadezhda means "hope", and she's the most optimistic of the three women in regard to her baby if we discount Esfir's insanity.
- The name Esfir means "star", fitting for a woman who develops delusions of devotion to the three-headed dragon from the stars on top of being impregnated using said dragon's altered DNA.
- Medical Rape and Impregnate: Double Subverted for Nadezhda, Played Straight for Esfir and Lubyov. All three women became pregnant with Zmeyevich via this trope, but Nadezhda, when asked if her pregnancy is a result of this, thinks her unborn child is her husband's; only to later learn otherwise.
- No Full Name Given: They're only known by their first names. Nadezhda and Esfir's last names consist of six characters respectively, and Lubyov's last name consists of ten characters.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: Downplayed, but Nadezhda is losing weight as her pregnancy increases and her health declines.
- Offing the Offspring: The AbraxasVerse Timeline reveals Esfir unsuccessfully attempts to do this to Kazimir.
- Only Sane Woman: Nadezhda appears well-adjusted with a relatively normal and non-quirky personality compared to the other two.
- Original Character: The three of them are apparently not based on any characters or background extras from the MonsterVerse canon.
- Rule of Three: Precisely three women artificially inseminated with a fertility drug made using Ghidorah's altered DNA, and then practically gift-wrapped for a rescue operation to find and bring back to civilization. They also give birth to three Zmeyevich between them, with no twins unlike the woman who gave birth to Abaddon (Don) and Megiddo (Meg).
- The Silent Bob: Although Lubyov is deathly silent, her facial and body language usually makes it clear to those around her what she's saying or thinking.
- Suddenly Speaking: Lubyov speaks for the first time in the final chapter, and it's a pretty shocking moment.
- Uncertain Doom: The main story heavily implies Nadezhda will suffer Death by Childbirth in the near future. The AbraxasVerse Timeline doesn't clarify on what her status is after she gives birth.
- The Voiceless: Lubyov hasn't been described speaking a single word, and she's described In-Universe as "deathly silent" and as having always been quiet.
The son of Lieutenant Ford Brody and Elle Brody.
The husband of Nadezhda, who survives the events at the abandoned Monarch outpost.
- Happily Married: To Nadezhda. See the above folder for details.
- Heroic Neutral: Like his wife, he overall just wants to get their lives back together.
- No Full Name Given: He and his wife are only known by their first names. Their surname apparently consists of six characters, assuming that Nadezhda took her husband's last name.
- Oh, Crap!: His face loses color when he realizes Esfir, who's as pregnant as his wife, has been mumbling about a legend about a particularly Ghidorah-like dragon seducing human women, and him and Elle can only turn their heads toward the pregnant women.
- Original Character: He's an entirety original character who is neither featured in licensed Godzilla material nor is he an O.C. Stand-in.
- Spit Take: Very downplayed, but he nearly chokes on a fry when he hears Lubyov talking.
Lieutenant Commander Pasternak
The leader of Team Mauzer during the joint operation investigating the abandoned Monarch outpost. He acts as a liaison between Monarch and the Russian military.
- Colonel Badass: He's in charge of the Russian military offensive against Keizer Ghidorah, and he makes sure to strike with powerful weapons when it will actually do some good.
- A Father to His Men: He's this from what we see in Chapter 7 of his interactions with Krupin, one of the men under his command.
- No Full Name Given: He's only known by his last name.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Being informed on a potentially-dangerous search-and-rescue mission that there are potential hostiles inbound doesn't in any way affect Pasternak's decision to rescue Krupin.
- Perma-Stubble: He has a five o'clock shadow which is turning into the beginnings of a short beard, and he's a Colonel Badass on the heroes' side.
The Podcaster (*Unmarked Spoilers*)
Bernie HayesA lowly Apex Cybernetics technician who is secretly the host of the Titan Truth podcasts.
- Amateur Sleuth: He's a mere technician who's secretly conducting his own investigation into Apex's activities.
Alan Jonah's organization
A former British Army colonel, who leads an underground paramilitary organization of mercenaries and eco-terrorists. He’s responsible for retrieving the severed Ghidorah head that Monster X is growing inside, and keeping Viv and San caged after their rebirth to further his misanthropic goals.
- Adaptational Angst Downgrade: In King of the Monsters, Jonah indicated his turn to villainy was influenced by decades of witnessing the worst of humanity first-hand over and over at least as much as it was influenced by his daughter's murder. In Abraxas, the former reason for Jonah's dark side turn is brought up minimally and his daughter's death is treated as his chief motivator, making his start of darkness significantly more self-centred.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The above having been said, Jonah also gets a slight upgrade. An extra detail that's original to this fic and wasn't mentioned in the novelization is that the culprit behind his daughter's murder was never caught.
- Adaptational Karma: Introduced before Godzilla vs. Kong came out. The aforementioned movie makes no mention of Jonah after his Karma Houdini at the end of King of the Monsters, and the novelization indicates Jonah's warranty still hasn't expired. In this story, karma catches up to Jonah gloriously.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Though he's still an evil man who is way past the Moral Event Horizon, the revelation just after his death that he wanted to use Monster X or Ghidorah's Healing Factor to try and resurrect his dead daughter can evoke just a little pity for him.
- Arc Villain: He serves as the primary/most visible villain for the first six chapters' Story Arc, when San and Vivienne are in their crippled first form and are imprisoned by him.
- Ax-Crazy: Has an uncharacteristic bout of this in Chapter 5 involving a napalm experiment, signifying his Sanity Slippage. Then he joins the Many's shared Ax-Crazy.
- Bad Boss: There's his lack of consideration for his soldiers' welfare (see It's All About Me) which may be justified by his Sanity Slippage. In Chapter 2, he states that he'll have any disposable vagrants who show signs of feeling too sorry for Monster X shot to avoid a Merciful Minion scenario, to say nothing of how he later starts experimenting on them in ways which destroy their humanity — even if they were only hired help rather than people Jonah actually considered his own troops, his lack of consideration for them is vile.
- Big Bad Wannabe / Disc-One Final Boss: He serves as the main human Big Bad for the first several chapters, then becomes a meat puppet to Ghidorah.
- Break Them by Talking: He tries this on Monster X in Chapter 5. They later turn the tables on him with a "Reason You Suck" Speech.
- The Corrupter: He decides to attempt systematically breaking Vivienne down so he can manipulate the Vivienne-San hybrid into being his weapon. Once Vivienne catches on to Jonah's intentions, she briefly wonders if he played on Emma's grief over losing Andrew to turn her over to his side.
- The Corruptible: He isn't a decent person by any stretch before his Sanity Slippage starts showing, and it's probably why he went the way he did instead of becoming a suicidal Reluctant Psycho.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets assimilated into a monstrous Artificial Zombie Fusion Dance, then he gets torn out of it from the waist up and squeezed into pulp.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, not unlike in King of the Monsters. Probably his biggest offense is introducing the Titan-admiring Mariko to Viv and San without telling her anything in advance about the hybrid's Body Horror, its ability to talk or the fact half of it is an Inhuman Human Vivienne Graham.
- Death by Adaptation: His death is introduced in Abraxas before Godzilla vs. Kong and its novelization came out. The GvK novel indicates Jonah is still at large at least three years after the events of King of the Monsters in MonsterVerse canon, whereas in AbraxasVerse he's killed for good just a year after the film's events.
- Death by Origin Story: His Outliving One's Offspring from the King of the Monsters novelization is brought in. What's more, it's revealed Jonah thinks he can use Ghidorah and Monster X's regenerative capabilities to resurrect his daughter, but as far as we the reader know, Jonah never gets close to accomplishing that end.
- Dirty Coward: He's not so willing to risk or sacrifice his own life, but he's fine with killing others if he thinks it'll aid his goals. San and Vivienne consider him a coward, and he's definitely not quite as strong as he thinks he is.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zig-Zagged. He really cared about Asher, and mention of the latter's death gets under Jonah's skin unlike anything else, but it still wasn't enough to stop Jonah from essentially sending Ash to his death whilst failing to extend any significant effort to try and protect him. Jonah's experiments with Ghidorah's biology are partly motivated by the belief it can resurrect his dead daughter — but even so, Word of God indicates Jonah repressed the memory of his daughter for decades until his Sanity Slippage's foundations stirred it up.
- Evil Gloating: As part of the Many, he specifically has this for Monster X:
- "E͏ven if you kill us you've only slashed off one tendril of a s͏ingle g͏reater organism. So many samples. So many people out t͏her͏e hoping to start a family, but can't con͏ceive. So ͏they resort to... outside assistance. How many generations will it take, do you think, before the children of the dragon walk the city streets in plain sight, no one suspecting a thing? How many more friends of yours might still be endangered? Besides,͏ ͏we know where to find your͏ fr͏iends... where to find Madison."
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He definitely has the Sick Sense of Humor; sarcastically remarking to the reborn-as-a-Titan Vivienne that she looks beautiful, and there's the Deadpan Snarker way he introduces Mariko to the hybrid that Vivienne has become.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: He evidently hasn't taken any meaningful lessons away from what happened when he and Emma thought they could make Ghidorah do what they wanted it to, based on his Playing with Syringes and his trafficking of Ghidorah's DNA.
- Evilutionary Biologist: He expresses a belief in his Sanity Slippage in Chapter 6 that humans and Titans need to be fused like what Ghidorah has done to Vivienne, in order to remake the world anew.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. It's him being a Smug Snake when it comes to imprisoning and manipulating Monster X, and also messing with the decapitated Ghidorah-head and overall thinking himself a stronger and smarter person than he really is, that ultimately bites him in the ass.
- Faux Affably Evil: He pulls this off with hints of Deadpan Snarker towards Mariko and Vivienne.
- Foil: He can be considered one to both the protagonists, and to the Big Bad, Ghidorah.
- Like Vivienne, Jonah tragically lost a loved one, but Vivienne is moving on from Serizawa's death whereas Jonah has allowed his loss to turn him into something cruel and wicked. Vivienne died committing a Heroic Sacrifice to save her friend, whereas Jonah essentially sacrificed his to save himself, at the same time and place. Ghidorah's lingering influence pushes both Jonah and Vivienne toward Sanity Slippage, but Jonah slips too far and too soon to escape his fate, unlike Vivienne. Both ultimately become fused to Two Beings, One Body Ghidorah hybrids, but ironically, what's left of Jonah's mind thinks he's more important to Ghidorah than he really is, whilst Vivienne is the Anti-Anti-Christ who attracts Ghidorah's very unwanted attention.
- Jonah losing his daughter caused his descent into villainy and then losing his surrogate son made him even worse, whilst San being separated from his brothers and gaining a new sister in Vivienne leads him through a Heel–Face Turn. Whereas San puts Vivienne's welfare before his own if it comes down to it, Jonah indirectly sacrificed Asher to save his own skin. Whereas San had his brothers effectively keeping him bound to the evil path they descended down, Jonah implicitly became the monster he now is due to isolating himself from all others during his start of darkness. Jonah is a leader, whereas San was a subordinate to his brothers.
- Despite them also being Mirror Characters; comparative to Jonah, Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/Elder Brother have zero redeeming qualities and are very much Eviler than Thou. Jonah is ultimately a mortal Smug Snake, whereas Ghidorah is technically a Smug Super as a physical God of Evil.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Vivienne thinks as much when he tries to exploit Sympathy for the Devil, mentally noting his tragedy doesn't in any way justify putting millions of innocent others through the same pain he experienced.
- Hate Sink: If him ordering the cruel experiments on Monster X and him attempting to break Vivienne down to brainwash her aren’t enough to induce this, then the revelation that he's been having his Disposable Vagrant labor (who mostly consist of families with children who lost their homes in the Mass Awakening) kidnapped, experimented on and turned into the Artificial Zombies and his little Villainous Breakdown in Chapter 6 will.
- Hypocrite: He's a lot less willing to sacrifice his life compared to sacrificing others' lives (including someone who was like a son to him) for the so-called "greater good". He also – albeit when he's not all up there – calls Vivienne a coward for not daring to stare death in the face, but he doesn't exactly Face Death with Dignity whenever it's him who's knocking on death's door.
- Ignored Epiphany: He's obviously responded this way to the aftermath of Ghidorah's death and the subsequent human-Titan coexistence. So long as there are human beings in the world, he'll never be satisfied.
- I Have Your Wife: Downplayed. He tells Vivienne that he and the Many know where her friends and Madison are, threatening to go after them, in Chapter 13. Vivienne responds appropriately.
- Ironic Last Words: The last words he speaks are taunting Monster X about their extremely violent side, telling them that it feeds and entices Ghidorah, before he is violently killed by Monster X's own hand.
- It's All About Me: He doesn't care much about his soldiers' welfare during his Sanity Slippage, and he's called out in the same scene for using his surrogate son as a meat-shield but being unwilling to risk his own life when Emma Russell held him at gunpoint. As Vivienne notes, he's indirectly caused millions or billions of people to suffer all because of his own personal loss. And there's his true motivation for sacrificing people to his Playing with Syringes....
- Jerkass Has a Point: He snarkily asks Mariko if she's proud of getting her friends killed when she set Behemoth loose, in Chapter 3. She doesn't give a proper answer.
- Karmic Death: He's killed for good by the same two-headed Titan that he tortured and tried to break down.
- Karmic Transformation: He eventually ends up receiving such a transformation, courtesy of Ghidorah. After subjecting non-consenting human test subjects to experiments which ultimately turn them into artificial zombies with Ghidorah DNA, Jonah himself ends up sharing the same fate that he inflicted on these people once he becomes infected and gets assimilated.
- Kick the Dog: Justified. When he's Not Himself, he savagely hurls Break Them by Talking at Vivienne whilst she and San are being physically tortured, and Mariko notes he didn't even bother giving it an ulterior purpose but did it on pure impulse; in Chapter 5.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Jonah genuinely cared about his late henchman Asher (a detail that originated in the King of the Monsters novelization)... but it wasn't an unhappy accident that Jonah allowed Ash to take point and cover for him, which got Ash killed at Outpost 32.
- Lack of Empathy: Has zero compunctions against ruthlessly breaking down Monster X to further his own goals, or against using his paramilitary's manual labour as unwilling human guinea-pigs for Playing with Syringes.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He has the hubris to attempt controlling the remains of a highly-regenerative and omnicidal Draconic Abomination that already proved itself to be beyond his ability to control, and he also tries to brainwash Vivienne into becoming his cudgel. Thanks to the former causing Evil Is Not a Toy to ensue, it's Jonah who becomes Ghidorah's puppet instead of either Ghidorah or the Vivienne-San hybrid becoming his. To say nothing of Jonah's Karmic Transformation and Karmic Death.
- Lean and Mean: Vivienne passingly lampshades this trope at one point, noting Jonah has always had this kind of figure about him.
- Little "No": He gives the first type in response to Vivienne's warnings to him in Chapter 6, although it's completely arrogant on his part.
- Love Makes You Evil: His motivation for most of his initial atrocities in the story are thinking he can use an alien Healing Factor to resurrect his daughter, whose death was the main cause of his original turn to villainy.
- Madness Makeover: By the time of Chapter 6, his hair and beard have slightly grown out in his Sanity Slippage's later stages.
- Mad Scientist: He gradually and wholly devolves into a Mad Biologist: tinkering with San's old head, then straight-up Playing with Syringes using Ghidorah's DNA, which results in the Many's creation. Once his Sanity Slippage is complete, Jonah wilfully aids the Many's propagation before they assimilate him.
- Make Way for the New Villains: He's on the receiving end. He functions as the Disc-One Final Boss, and he's completely eclipsed and assimilated by the Many, then he's even further eclipsed by Ghidorah.
- Mirror Character:
- San and Jonah share a few notable similarities. When San reveals his past, it turns out that he and Jonah both descended down a path of evil due to a traumatic tragedy befalling them and their immediate family. Jonah and San also notably share a fear of dying.
- It turns out both Jonah and Ichi/Eldest Brother despise humans/"little ones" due to their involvement in the traumatic events that turned either character into the villains they are in the present. They also both have similar plans for Monster X (particularly the creature's Vivienne half). Jonah and Ichi are both older than most characters in their class (Jonah is an Evil Old Folk among humans, while Ghidorah is The Older Immortal comparative to Earth's Titans). One has to wonder if Ghidorah used these comparisons to manipulate Jonah during his Sanity Slippage.
- More than Mind Control: Besides the outright Sanity Slippage, Word of God also states that the psychic influence of San's old head was responsible for subtly making Jonah grow outright obsessed with the idea of resurrecting his daughter.
- The Neidermeyer: Not at first, but he gets a one-scene moment of this during his Sanity Slippage: both Tejada and one of his Mook Lieutenants are furious at him not considering his men's welfare and his Basement Club's human experimentation.
- Never My Fault: Downplayed. When accused of sending Asher to his death, Jonah tries to deflect the blame by insisting Asher was a battlefield casualty and he knew as well as Jonah and the others did what he was getting into.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: It's implied that Vivienne learning of Serizawa's death, which Jonah wanted her to be informed of to break her down, might've contributed to Viv and San forming a stable relationship which enabled them to better work together.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He seems to be particularly interested in Ghidorah and Monster X. Somewhat justified, since he thinks he can probably use their death-defying Healing Factor to resurrect his dead daughter once the Sanity Slippage is underway.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He seems like this, considering the protagonists are a two-headed half-Ghidorah kaiju, though he's ultimately a Disc-One Final Boss.
- Not Enough to Bury: When he died, his body was already assimilated into the Many. What's left gets squished to unrecognizable blood and pulp.
- Not Himself: He starts experiencing this over time due to the Brown Note effect of San's old head; displaying an uncharacteristic Ax-Crazy episode when running a napalm experiment at one point, and a religious fervour for the Draconic Abomination whose remains he's keeping locked up and its new two-headed "child".
- Oh, Crap!: He freaks out after he (or what's left of him) is ripped out of the Many's construct and he realizes he's about to die, trying to scream.
- Parental Substitute: Asher (a.k.a. Ash) was like a son to him. It wasn't enough to make Jonah consider putting him in a non-risky position to increase Ash's chances of staying alive, though.
- Playing with Syringes: It's revealed that he's been dabbling in this, using the Disposable Vagrants as unwilling test subjects; fusing Ghidorah's DNA to humans and creating Artificial Zombies.
- Pride: As lampshaded by Ghidorah's heads, he has a self-important view of himself in relation to the Titans. It was very reckless and stupid of him to keep San's old head around and think he was in control despite all the red flags, demonstrating the very arrogance of man that Serizawa once warned against (granted, Ghidorah is more "unholy Eldritch Abomination from space" than "nature", but otherwise it fits).
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gets one from San and Vivienne in Chapter 6 for using someone who was like a son to him as a meat-shield and being unwilling to risk his own skin:
- Vivienne: Did you stop and think, maybe have someone else take point? Someone who isn't like your own family? A real father would trust his son's abilities, but still do what he can to help him. I would have risked my life to save someone. I died saving someone.
Jonah: Congratulations, you’re a hero.
San: And you. Are a cow-ard.
Vivienne: You said Madison escaped with the ORCA. Remember that? So how did Emma get out? Did she help Madison, or…
Jonah: […] Since my men refused to cooperate, she held me at gunpoint.
Jonah: …I let her go.
Vivienne: Imagine that. Hardened mercenaries against one scientist. Tell us, Colonel, did you think your men wouldn’t fire fast enough before she took the shot?
San: Would you. Have sacri-ficed one of your own. To keep your-self. A-live?
- Restart the World: He basically invokes this in relation to Monster X and the Many when he's increasingly suffering Sanity Slippage in Chapter 6.
- Sanity Slippage: Due to the severed Ghidorah-head's borderline-Mind Rape psychic influence. First he has an Ax-Crazy episode, then he becomes more unkempt and acts eerily like he's been spending too much time around Reaper tech. Finally, he becomes an insane, fanatical part of the Many. The author went into further detail about what its early stages were probably like from Jonah's perspective.
- Self-Disposing Villain: He sort-of becomes this, as it's him keeping San's old head around and suffering Brown Note that ultimately leads to his downfall as an independent threat, although not before he creates a greater foe, and he does become assimilated as a part of said new foe.
- Slasher Smile: After his Sanity Slippage, he flashes Monster X a "rictus grimace of a smile" a couple times.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he can psychologically break down Monster X as he did Emma Russell, and there's him holding the Villain Ball. He's also too arrogant to realize he's experiencing an induced Sanity Slippage courtesy of the Ghidorah head, thinking he's been enlightened.
- Speak of the Devil: Mariko quotes this ad verbatim; when she, Tejada and a Mook Lieutenant are talking about Jonah and promptly spot him entering the containment chamber, in Chapter 6.
- Sympathy for the Devil: He tries to invoke and exploit this by bringing up what happened to his daughter in Chapter 6. Vivienne doesn't fall for it, noting Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse for the things he's done. Vivienne suspects Jonah previously used this trick successfully on Emma Russell to turn her to the dark side.
- Tragic Villain: Like in the King of the Monsters novelization, his turn to villainy was mainly triggered by the murder of his daughter years ago. And he was meddling with Ghidorah's DNA and Monster X because he believed he could resurrect a lost loved one, implied to be his daughter.
- Trash Talk: He exchanges some barbs with Viv and San when the Many Mind Hive he's been absorbed into is fighting them in Chapter 13.
- Trauma Button: Being reminded of the family and loved ones that he's long since lost is one of the few things that can genuinely still rattle this otherwise cold-blooded snake. He accidentally pushes his own button in the first chapter, when he's contemplating Vivienne's ongoing metamorphosis and ends up thinking about his wife.
- Unwitting Pawn: It's implied he might've been the kind that blunders into helping rather than being actively manipulated, when he sold tissue samples extracted from the severed Ghidorah head on to other parties.
- Villain Ball: It doesn't occur to him that caging and abusing a pissed human-Ghidorah hybrid in such a way as he does might bite him in the ass once it inevitably can't be contained any longer. Particularly prominent considering what previously happened when Jonah tried making Ghidorah do what he wanted it to.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- Villainous Legacy: Although he's dead after Chapter 13, the Many which he created remain a threat, whilst the Zmeyevich which he also helped create live on at the story's end. Also, the author thinks that it was from his mind specifically that Ghidorah learned through the Many about Paradise Lost and formed a particularly horrible part of its Evil Plan for Monster X.
- Villainous Underdog: He's a sly snake but ultimately a man, who Viv and San could squash like a bug if they ever get their claws on him, and he's taking advantage of heavy ammunitions, Viv and San's Body Horror and psychological warfare. The stronger Viv and San grow physically and mentally, the less of a threat Jonah poses.
- Virtue Is Weakness: This seems to be his attitude, based on his thoughts about humanity overall and Vivienne's sacrifice in Antarctica.
- Voices Are Mental: Vivienne recognizes his voice among the Many's psychic Legion voices in Chapter 13.
- What Is Going On?: He asks as much during the Vivienne-San hybrid's gestation when the hybrid starts convulsing in the womb.
- Would Hurt a Child: It gets mentioned in Chapter 12 that he apparently threatened to kill Madison during the events of King of the Monsters, just like in the film's novelization. In a deleted scene described by the author here, it would've been confirmed that Jonah is fine with abducting the Disposable Vagrants' children for his aforementioned Playing with Syringes.
A former Monarch operative who set Behemoth loose during the Mass Awakening, causing the deaths of her co-workers, and went into hiding.
- Affably Evil: She draws the line at places, but she did get her co-workers killed by releasing Behemoth. The author herself seems to consider Mariko this.
- Ascended Extra: In the King of the Monsters novelization, she only appeared in one scene. In Abraxas, she's elevated to a recurring character.
- Badass Bookworm: Implied. She's a former Monarch scientist who was trusted with being part of the containment team monitoring Behemoth, and she's at least tough (or lucky) enough to survive Behemoth's violent containment breach when the latter sensed Ghidorah's alpha call, and she's among the 2/5 of the people who manage to avoid being taken by the artificial zombies' onslaught. She's also prepared to use a 9mm for defence during her stay in Jonah's base, although she never gets to demonstrate if she really knows how to use a gun if it ever came to that.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's demonstrated that Vivienne, Stanton and Russell aren't the only ones in Monarch who have such a way with words.
- Defector from Decadence: She isn't particularly happy working with Alan Jonah to begin with, and she grows even more disgusted by the mercs' actions such as their mistreatment of Vivienne. She betrays Jonah in favor of aiding Viv and San, and she later joins up with Monarch, not because she's completely repentant, but because she's against the recent things Jonah has done even more than she was ever against Monarch. This still doesn't save Mariko from eventually being put on trial at the fic's end.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite admiring the Titans to the point of committing Well-Intentioned Extremism, she's revolted from the get-go at Monster X's initial state of painful Body Horror, and she finds it appalling how the creature (specifically Vivienne, formerly a human being) is treated by Jonah's paramilitary.
- Heel–Face Turn: It hits a nerve when Vivienne brings up the deaths of her co-workers. After she's taken into custody by Monarch, she doesn't seem resistant to whatever penalty she'll face for her criminal actions.
- Hero of Another Story: A little, when she and Tejada are holed up with other survivors for days off-screen, fighting off Artificial Zombies.
- Infodump: She pulls a small and rather justified one in Chapter 14, when hosting a Monarch livestream which explains Monster X's true nature to the public.
- Last-Second Word Swap: She almost calls Monster X by Vivienne's name before she catches herself and rectifies it, in Chapter 7.
- Little "No": She gives a brief one of the third type in Chapter 3 when she recognizes Vivienne's facial structure in Monster X.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Downplayed. She has a Doctorate, and though many other characters from MonsterVerse canon who appear in this story have doctorates of their own, Mariko alone is guilty of committing Well-Intentioned Extremism without concern for the lives of her colleagues. That being said, Mariko is a Reluctant Mad Scientist when she gets involved with the likes of Jonah.
- No Full Name Given: She's only known by her first name.
- No Time to Explain: Downplayed when Mariko starts running because she's in on a plan that Tejada isn't in on: it prompts the exchange transcribed below.Mariko: We need to move, now!
Tejada: You're not going anywhere without me – not till you tell me what the fuck is going on-
Mariko: Then run and talk! Let's GO!
- Off the Grid: She's been living this way since Behemoth's escape, in which she was presumed killed.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: She was presumed dead by Monarch and went Off the Grid after Behemoth's escape.
- Scars are Forever: She's somewhat disfigured from the destruction of Outpost 58, with noticeable skin grafts on her face.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Alongside Tejada when it becomes clear that everyone in the mercenaries' base is in danger.
- Stunned Silence: She and Tejada react this way when Jonah shoots one of his Mooks dead trying to stop his human testing on his own Disposable Vagrants from being exposed.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start, she isn't enthusiastic about working with Jonah. Later, she allies with San and Vivienne in Chapter 6 though the duo neither trust nor particularly like her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She set Behemoth loose and caused the deaths of her co-workers because she agreed with Emma Russell that the Titans are gods that should be freed to reclaim the world.
- The Xenophile: Like most of Monarch, she reveres the Titans; and like Emma Russell, she took it to the point of undervaluing human lives. Though even Mariko is horrified by Monster X's Body Horror and Ghidorah's outright eldritch effects.
- You Monster!: She calls Jonah and his goons "sick monsters" when they first introduce her to the hideous Titan in their captivity and Jonah mockingly expresses surprise that Mariko doesn't recognize "her".
A mercenary in Jonah's organization at the hidden outpost.
- Affably Evil: Mariko comments that Tejada is an okay person despite her allegiance. Though she’s not the sensitive type, she proves to be this.
- Badass Normal: A completely-human mercenary who manages to hold out for days alongside several other people against the Many's superhuman zombie forms, without access to food or water.
- Bald of Evil: Subverted. She's an O.C. Stand-in of a notably bald Mook from King of the Monsters, but she's both Affably Evil and ends up aiding Monarch.
- Big "WHAT?!": She follows up on her Flat "What" with this.
- Defector from Decadence: It's hinted that she was in with Jonah's gang partly if not solely for the money. She gets upset with Jonah's questionable calls, especially when her comrades' bodies start dropping, and she eventually ends up getting out of dodge and joining Monarch's side.
- Disorganized Outline Speech: She skips over the number three when listing "four" advice pointers to Sam Coleman, in Chapter 8.
- Easily Forgiven: By the time of Chapter 17, she's apparently on sociable enough terms with Dr. Stanton that they have a bet going on; despite Tejada's direct participation in Jonah's massacring of dozens of Monarch colleagues during King of the Monsters.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's disgusted by Jonah's lack of regard for his soldiers when he refuses to get them away from the Ghidorah head, in Chapter 6.
- Flat "What": She initially responds this way in Chapter 11, when she's first informed that San's original Ghidorah-head has disappeared.
- Heel–Face Turn: After pulling a Screw This, I'm Outta Here and being apprehended, she has no problems with spilling everything she knows about Jonah's operations and aiding the military torch-and-bury operation.
- Hero of Another Story: A little bit, during the intervening time between her Screw This, I'm Outta Here and the next time we see her holed up with other survivors.
- Mauve Shirt: She's one of multiple Mook Lieutenants with her own lines, and the only one besides Sergeant Travis with her own name. She makes it out of the organization alive.
- No Full Name Given: Her first name is unknown, but it begins with a V.
- O.C. Stand-in: The author confirmed here that she's the shave-headed female Mook who is visible in the background in King of the Monsters.
- Pet the Dog: She tries in vain to save her Mook Lieutenant friend when he runs to his death.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She may be part of an Eco-Terrorist paramilitary who caused millions of global deaths by proxy, but when she's off the clock, she can be found playing cards with her co-workers and is apparently a fairly decent person to hang out with.
- Say My Name: She repeatedly screams her Mook Lieutenant friend's name (which is censored out to the reader) when said friend runs to his death in Chapter 6.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: It was somewhat forced by a pressing situation but also influenced by the revelation about Asher's death. Nevertheless, she joins Mariko in trying to get word out to Monarch, and after being apprehended, she seems to have given up on Jonah's madness entirely.
- Stunned Silence: She's momentarily speechless when Jonah silences a Mook via gunshot due to said Mook breathing a word of the Basement Club's human experimentation.
- Taught by Experience: She ends up getting recruited to join the Monarch torch-and-bury operation against the artificial zombies specifically because of the extensive experience she's accumulated in fighting them within a short time frame.
- Villainous Friendship: With her unnamed friend whom she's rarely seen without before Chapter 7, and with Kauffman.
- Villains Out Shopping: She spends downtime playing cards with her Mook Lieutenant friend in Chapter 6.
- What Is Going On?: In Chapter 6, she firmly demands that Mariko tell her what she knows about what the frig's going on, promptly the latter to rebuke Tejada that she can talk AND run.
One of Jonah's henchmen, who experiences a Sanity Slippage due to Ghidorah's lingering influence.
- Affably Evil: Mariko comments he’s alright for a Western Terrorist, and he does seem like a pretty normal guy before the crazy.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite being a bad guy, it’s hard to not feel sorry about what happens to him.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He's among the survivors who hole up against the Many, only to get assimilated by them.
- Bald of Evil: Anyone who looks out for him in King of the Monsters will see that the Mook who Travis is based on has a bald scalp.
- Came Back Wrong: After blowing his brains out, his corpse is turned by Jonah’s Basement Club into one of the Artificial Zombies.
- Driven to Suicide: He kills himself after his Sanity Slippage which made him act like a self-harming Reluctant Psycho escalates.
- Fate Worse than Death: This is a given for anyone who gets assimilated into the Many.
- Ghost Amnesia: Word of God hints that he suffered this due to being reanimated.
- The Insomniac: He appears notably sleep-deprived when his Sanity Slippage escalates, indicating he's suffering from Brown Note like Vivienne used to while she was at Outpost 32 as a human.
- Killed Offscreen: His death occurs offscreen, described in an incident report, and we later see his corpse pre-reanimation.
- Laughing Mad: He's reduced to an unnerving giggle when recounting the death of Kauffman, in Chapter 6.
- Madness Makeover: His facial hair notably grows out as his Sanity Slippage progresses.
- Messy Hair: His hair has become unkempt during his Sanity Slippage.
- No Full Name Given: He's only known by his last name. His first name apparently consists of seven characters.
- O.C. Stand-in: He's based on a minor named character from the movie novelization, and the author confirmed here that he's intended to be the unnamed speaking Mook from the movie scene where Emma awakens Rodan.
- Reluctant Psycho: He doesn't turn Ax-Crazy, but it becomes clear something's wrong inside his noggin, and he's torturously aware of it, pleading that he just wants to feel like himself again.
- Sanity Slippage: Due to exposure to the Ghidorah-head; making him think he can constantly hear Ghidorah communicating with him, rendering him insomniac, eventually driving him to self-harm with his fingernails, and generally increasingly turning his mind to mush until he commits suicide.
- Troubled Fetal Position: He's curled in this position after his Sanity Slippage has progressed, in Chapter 7.
Dr. Emma Russell
The mother of Madison Russell and ex-wife of Mark Russell. Formerly regarded as a paragon Monarch operative, she betrayed all her friends including Vivienne as part of her and Alan Jonah's plan which ultimately instigated the Mass Awakening.
- Broken Pedestal: Implied in Chapter 12, when Mariko listens to Madison Russell's portion of a Kirk Summation about the late Emma Russell's faults and hypocrisy.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Unlike in the movie, where Emma's love for her daughter and late son is treated like it's supposed to be a redeeming quality, in this fic, Madison voices what a lot of King of the Monsters viewers thought; laying bare how hypocritical Emma's willingness to inflict a million repeats of her son's death without any compassion for the millions of families that are torn apart while selfishly acting like her daughter's life is worth more than all of theirs combined really is.
- Posthumous Character: She's dead, but the consequences of her actions when alive linger throughout the story, and she appears in a flashback and Vivienne's Nightmare Sequence.
- Villainous Legacy: Although she's dead, the consequences of her actions in King of the Monsters – the return of numerous Titans to the world, and the emotional impact of her betrayal on people who once loved her – linger. The public at large is still talking about her, and Madison doesn't attend public school due to serious concerns about what angry people might do if they find out she's Emma Russell's daughter.
A guard assigned to monitor Monster X while it's caged, who is notably cruel towards Vivienne.
- Asshole Victim: For anyone who reads attentively and notices his death, he may have just been an incidental casualty, but there's no questioning that he deserved it.
- Bullying a Dragon: Goes out of his way to make utterly cruel taunts at Vivienne for no other reason than shits and giggles, and even Jonah gets peeved at him stepping out of line. He pays for it.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: There’s nothing recognizable left when San is through with him.
- Dirty Coward: It's made fairly clear that he only dares cruelly taunt Vivienne while she and San are behind a containment field or being watched by numerous armed guards so the two-headed chimera can't get to him.
- Hate Sink: With his malicious, bullying, unprovoked and cowardly behavior, he manages to do this in just a few scenes, making it all the more satisfying when he meets an extremely nasty demise.
- Jerkass: We've already pretty much said it above.
- Karmic Death: Of the Bullying the Dragon variety, and it is apparently anything but quick and painless.
- Malicious Misnaming: Calls Vivienne "Grammy" in reference to her last name at one point.
- No Name Given: Downplayed. The dipshit is only known by his designation. Apparently, his name is nine characters long.
The Collaborators (*Unmarked Spoilers*)
Apex CyberneticsA multi-billion mega-corporation invested in technology, who want to collaborate with Monarch, allegedly to aid Godzilla and the Titans and make the world better-prepared for dealing with hostile Destroyers.
- Adaptational Heroism: Subverted by the corporation itself. They approach Monarch seeking a collaboration years earlier than they did in the MonsterVerse, with no rampaging Godzilla in advance, but the AbraxasVerse Timeline casts away any doubt that they're as bad as their MonsterVerse canon counterparts.
- Ambiguously Evil: The main story initially presents them this way, since it's unclear precisely what their Evil Plan is even if they're performing illegal business practices, and Maia herself acknowledges that humanity needs the Titans for survival. The Timeline however heavily implies that Apex are aiming to make war on the Titans and are just as morally bankrupt in their methods as in MonsterVerse canon.
- Ambition Is Evil: It's made clear enough to the reader that Apex's primary motivation beneath their well-intentions is power, and they're willing to go as far as challenging the Titans to that end.
- Bait the Dog: They approach Monarch with plans for supposedly aiding rather than combatting the Titans, and no Apex-instigated Godzilla rampage. Two scenes later, it's confirmed to the reader that Apex are just as untrustworthy here as in MonsterVerse canon.
- Continuity Cameo: They only appear in the main story in the final chapter. The AbraxasVerse Timeline expands on what happens afterwards with them.
- Corporate Conspiracy: What they're keeping secret from everyone else is that they've been involved in the trafficking of Zmeyevich and they're secretly building Mechagodzilla in Hong Kong for their own not-so-heroic agenda.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Double Subverted. They're putting their progressive technological prowess to use developing legitimate new advances which will make coexistence with the Titans easier for humanity, but they're still implicitly planning to use Project Talos to ultimately make war on the Titans because of Walter Simmons' ego.
- Dark Secret: Word of God reveals Monarch are unaware that Apex were responsible for the Oxygen Destroyer's creation, and Walter Simmons wants it to stay that way even if it means filicide.
- Dramatic Irony: Downplayed. Throughout Apex's chronicled role in the canonical AbraxasVerse, Monarch is unaware of their true agenda, but the hints which are dropped will be recognized by readers who watched Godzilla vs. Kong as signs that Apex are up to more or less the same kind of villainy in AbraxasVerse as in the MonsterVerse.
- Evil, Inc.: Type 2 like in MonsterVerse canon. It's heavily implied that although their execution is slightly different, their agenda is the same here as in Godzilla vs. Kong. Ironically, they've somewhat shirked off suspicion by developing legitimate and genuinely-beneficial advances for Monarch and the military.
- Futuristic Pyramid: Madison mentions that they're building one in Hong Kong.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Downplayed. In the main story, it's mysterious what exactly they're planning and how they plan to go about it, since in this continuity there's no Ghidorah skull for them to use and even Maia seems to acknowledge that humans need the Titans for now. The Timeline heavily implies that although their methods are slightly different, their agenda is roughly the same as in MonsterVerse canon.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: The scientist involved in studying the Zmeyevich in Chapter 18 is wearing a white labcoat.
- Mega-Corp: They're outright called a "mega-corporation" In-Universe. They're a pretty well-known company who are building a Futuristic Pyramid in Hong Kong, and they have the money and resources to build Mechagodzilla in secret, nevermind what their collaboration with Monarch is able to accomplish.
- Muggle Power: They convince Monarch to collaborate on constructing Kiryu MK I with the alleged aim of achieving a completely-benevolent Type I – however, it's strongly hinted that Apex's true goals are to Take Over the World by overpowering and then enslaving or killing the Titans, even in an A.U. where Humans Need Aliens is in slightly stronger effect.
- Praetorian Guard: Downplayed, but Maia has a single, highly intimidating bodyguard accompanying her in the main story.
- Research, Inc.: Maia reveals they're working on innovative new vehicles and protective suits that are designed with the new age of the Titans in mind by 2020.
- Unwitting Pawn: Implied. It's unknown precisely what caused Mechagodzilla's so-called "glitch" and how much the mysterious entity's connection to the mech is Apex's own fault, but it's made clear to the reader that not unlike in Godzilla vs. Kong, Apex are aiding Ghidorah or a Ghidorah-related entity without realizing.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: They approach Monarch with plans for projects intended to make humanity better equipped to defend themselves by aiding the benevolent Titans in fighting off threats that are on their power level. Any reader who watched Godzilla vs. Kong will already suspect they're not trustworthy, and the Timeline casts away any lingering doubt that they're just as bad in this continuity.
Maia SimmonsThe daughter and heir of Walter Simmons, who approaches Monarch in his stead.
- Adaptational Heroism: The AbraxasVerse Timeline reveals she eventually has a Heel Realization and makes emergency plans accordingly, whereas the MonsterVerse version had a brief Pet the Dog but was otherwise loyal to her father.
- Adaptational Intelligence: MonsterVerse Maia is the woman who infamously died by shooting at Kong to try and get him out of her way, and she was overall little more than a blindly-loyal lackey to her father. This version of Maia is presented as a tact and charismatic Manipulative Bitch, and she's more capable of recognizing and acknowledging her father's flaws.
- Adaptational Nice Girl: Maia Simmons is reimagined in this continuity as a charming, affable Corrupt Corporate Executive, whereas MonsterVerse Maia was an aloof and obnoxious Rich Bitch.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Whereas the movie version of Maia was stuck up, rude, aloof, and cowardly to the point of stupidity, this version of Maia is a charming, amicable, personable and intelligent Iron Lady.
- Batman Gambit: She manipulates a grieving Conspiracy Theorist into investigating Apex by giving him just the right clues and starting points, then she lets him do the rest by himself whilst shirking suspicion away from herself.
- The Beautiful Elite: Not unlike the MonsterVerse version's Evil Is Sexy, she's very physically attractive, and this version of Maia has an intelligent and charismatic personality to go with it.
- Beneath the Mask: She's a Femme Fatale businesswoman, that much is relatively obvious to the cast, but once she's alone, it's revealed to the reader that Monarch are even more right to be suspicious of her than they realized.
- The Chessmaster: She's skilled at using looks and subtle body language to help her get what she wants out of people. She also uses fairly subtle means of communication when manipulating the grieving Bernie Hayes to get him on the track of investigating Apex.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To her Psychopathic Manchild father, preferring a more subtle and practical approach to business and being more down-to-earth in regard to the Zmeyevich.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A Rare Female Example, though ultimately downplayed. She oversees the illegal trafficking of Zmeyevich into Apex custody, and she's more than likely aware of and has some involvement in some of Apex's other shady secrets, but she eventually has a Heel Realization about her father's plans. Unlike most CCEs, Maia is scornful of overreliance on Screw the Rules, I Have Money!.
- Defector from Decadence: The AbraxasVerse Timeline reveals that she intends to fully defect from Apex over to Monarch's side if her father losing control of the mechs validates her growing concerns about his plans and completely disillusions her.
- Femme Fatale: She knows how to subtly use her good looks in face-to-face interactions to get what she wants, as lampshaded by Griffin.
- Guile Hero: Guile has always been her way, and her preparations for defecting to Monarch following her Heel Realization smell of this.
- Heel Realization: The AbraxasVerse Timeline reveals she comes to seriously doubt her father's plans due to a number of factors, and she plans to make a full Heel–Face Turn if Apex do lose control of Project Talos.
- Iron Lady: Far from the Informed Ability of her MonsterVerse canon self, she's reimagined for this story as an intelligent, charismatic, ruthless and to-the-point Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- Manipulative Bitch: She's a manipulator with a range of skills including but not limited to Femme Fatale, and she's so used to playing corporate mind-games that it's basically her equivalent to a morning exercise.
- Maybe Ever After: The AbraxasVerse Timeline leaves it ambiguous if Maia and Ren will ever become romantically involved.
- Mirror Character: To Madison Russell. See her folder for details.
- Nerves of Steel: She's presented as the type of Iron Lady who probably has a perfect poker face, capable of masking her thoughts and feelings very well.
- Non-Idle Rich: She's the daughter of a billionaire, but she's very active in his corporate empire since he's grooming her to be his heir. She even has this badass speech when advising Madison:"Run in the dark like a rat where no one sees you and get shit done yourself, because the bigwigs up in their towers won't do anything and they'll make it someone else's problem, until you make it their problem and they're forced to act."
- She Knows Too Much: Played With. Word of God reveals her father has ordered his Mooks to silence her if she shows any signs of exposing Apex's dirty little secrets.
- Sore Loser: According to Word of God, she fears failing.
- We Can Rule Together: She gives Monarch an impressive pitch about collaborating together, suggesting that their two organizations can achieve technological and medicinal advances and make further history than Monarch already has. Monarch decide to play ball for the time being.
Walter SimmonsThe billionaire director of the company and the father of Maia Simmons, who has a sinister agenda of his own behind the Apex-Monarch collaboration.
- Can't Take Criticism: According to Maia, he'll say he's open to constructive criticism and then say you're stupid for whatever you've said, in the same breath.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A renowned corporate billionaire who's supposedly supporting the construction of Kiryu so that humanity can better back up its Titan protectors, but he's really masterminding a Corporate Conspiracy, nevermind obtaining Apex's two Zmeyevich charges via Human Trafficking.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His response to his daughter giving Ren one consolation is to remove her from Project Talos on the grounds that she's lost her edge.
- Hypocrite: As described under Can't Take Criticism, he can self-contradict in just one breath.
- Jerkass: From what we know; he's a Psychopathic Manchild who Can't Take Criticism, he's a borderline taskmaster to his daughter, and the AbraxasVerse Timeline all but confirms that he's just as power-hungry and egomaniacal here as in MonsterVerse canon.
- Knight Templar: He thinks he's doing, in his own words, "what needs to be done" in regard to Apex's secret true motives for engineering Project Talos.
- Offing the Offspring: The downplayed form. Word of God reveals he's willing to have his own daughter permanently silenced by his goons if she becomes a security risk to his agenda.
- The Paranoiac: His Disproportionate Retribution on Maia hints at this, and it's implied that even before that, he never trusted his daughter with complete knowledge of Project Talos' true purpose.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His daughter's description of his Can't Take Criticism and Screw the Rules, I Have Money! methods indicate he's not the most psychologically-mature individual. Where the Psychopathic part comes in is in his severe lack of scruples and the subtle signs of his egomania in the AbraxasVerse Timeline.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Maia comments he would "just throw out his sales pitch and toss money at the problem without hearing what anyone has to say" if he had his own way.
- The Sociopath: What hints we've gotten about him indicate he's a high-function sociopath, like in Godzilla vs. Kong. He manipulates people to get what he wants, his theatrical naming of Abaddon and Megiddo and his Can't Take Criticism indicate a Grandiose Sense of Self-Importance, and he evidently doesn't see his own daughter as a daughter so much as a lieutenant or apprentice who he can have assassinated if she becomes a liability; all this on top of the Timeline's hints that he's committing many more of the same atrocities he committed in Godzilla vs. Kong.
- Tough Love: He regularly puts Maia under pressure in the form of staged challenges and mind-games to groom her into a worthy heir of his Mega-Corp, and he's not pleased when she shows a soft side towards Ren.
- Virtue Is Weakness: His response to his daughter so much as giving Ren words of comfort over a highly-suspect Apex project is to declare she's losing nerve and going soft on Ren.