Characters appearing in Jurassic Park.
Visitors to Jurassic Park
Dr. Alan Grant
Appearances: Jurassic Park | Jurassic Park III
A world renowned paleontologist who specializes in hadrosaur and other duck-billed dinosaurs. He is approached by John Hammond, the eccentric billionaire and creator of Jurassic Park, to take a tour of the park and endorse it so his investors would be more confident.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, he was short and pudgy.
- Adaptational Jerkass: He's generally a lot more closed off and cynical, especially towards children. He grows out of it, however. His book version loves children (he finds their curiosity and love of dinosaurs endearing). Steven Spielberg's Author Appeal at work.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the book, Grant was a Friend to All Children. In the movie, he isn't...at first.
- Adorkable: Whenever he geeks out over dinosaurs.
- In the third film, when Ellie's son, Charlie, plays with two herbivorous toy dinos, Grant tells the kid a Triceratops and a Brachiosaurus wouldn't fight against each other because they are herbivores. He then takes two toys of a Tyrannosaurus and a Velociraptor and eagerly tells Charlie those two would fight, as they are vicious carnivores, all while happily playing with those two dinos just like a child and making mock roar noises until Ellie cheerfully tells him Charlie's still too young to understand it. Oh Alan, never change.
- Amicable Exes: With Ellie in the third film. They remain good friends and Grant has an amicable relationship with her husband.
- Badass Bookworm: In addition to being a badass, he's a respected paleontologist and author.
- Blue Is Heroic: Wears a blue shirt once he arrives to the island in the first movie.
- Child Hater: At first. He dislikes children, alternating between scaring them and avoiding them. "Kids are noisy, messy, expensive and smell." His Character Development involves him getting over it by bonding with Lex and Tim, and his interactions with Charlie and Eric in the third film show that he's left that trait behind.
- Interestingly, in the book, the Child Hater is Regis. Worse, in the book, Grant loves kids. He finds their fascination with dinosaurs to be heartwarming. In most of Spielberg's films, all fathers or father-figures are either absent or aloof, probably as a result of his parents' divorce when he was a child.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Grant didn't appear in The Lost World, but was aware of the events that happened in it. So much so that in Jurassic Park III, Grant gets a little annoyed that people believe he was present during the San Diego incident during his lectures.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a much more subdued way than Malcolm or even Ellie, but he does have a sense of humour as dry as petrified wood.
- Foil: The introverted Grant is a foil for talkative, sarcastic Malcolm.
- For the Funnyz: Pretending to be electrocuted by the perimeter fence was probably not the best thing to do in the situation, although Tim appreciated it.
- Freudian Trio: He's the Ego to Hammond's Id and Malcolm's Superego.
- Honorary Uncle: To Ellie's son, Charlie.
- Idiot Ball: Minor example, but when observing the herd of Gallimimus, Grant notes their course change as being "Just like a flock of birds evading a predator." Which, of course, is exactly what they're doing, but Grant just stands there watching. Until Tim points out that "They're flocking this way."
- Kubrick Stare: When he says, "You've bred raptors...?"
- Nice Guy: Not at first. He starts out as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a lesser extent than Malcolm, disliking children even being a Troll to Hammond's grandchildren when they are trying to escape the island but he eventually starts to warm up to them and considers their safety more important than his.
- In the third movie, he gets off to the rough start with the Kirby family when he discovers they were lying about their background as a ruse to bribe and take him to Isle Sorna/Site B but eventually understands when they admit their son is stranded on the island and has to be rescued. Another thing is that he has a strong moral heart as he discovers Billy has stolen the Velociraptor's eggs to sell them to fund the digging site they were assigned to work at and chews him out but eventually forgives him when Billy rescues them nearly getting himself killed and returning the eggs to where it belongs.
- Nice Hat: Grant is frequently seen wearing a nifty hat.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Briefly becomes this when he gives a bratty kid a very graphic description of a Velociraptor attack.
- Oh, Crap!: He looks very concerned when he learns that the Jurassic Park scientists have been breeding Velociraptors, and this appears to be the point where he starts having doubts about the viability of the park as a concept.
- Only in It for the Money: He only agrees to visit and inspect Jurassic Park after Hammond promises to fully fund the next three years of his research. Likewise, the allure of a big (although ultimately bad) check to continue funding Alan's dig is how Paul Kirby cons him into going to Site B.
- Only Sane Man: Especially in the third film, where he's the only one who knows exactly how much danger they're all in.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Sam Neill's American accent holds up pretty well, except for one line during the scene where he throws the stick at the fence.
- Papa Wolf: Despite his earlier claims of not liking children, he goes through a lot to protect Lex and Tim in the first film.
- Parting Words Regret: In III, when he discovers that Billy stole a pair of Velociraptor eggs "with the best intentions," he chews him out, outright telling him that he's "no better than the people that built this place." Shortly afterwards, Billy pulls off a Heroic Sacrifice to save Eric from being eaten by a flock of Pteranodons.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue boy to Ellie's pink girl.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In III, he gives Billy one of these when he discovers that Billy stole raptor eggs to use for funding, along with Billy's insistence that it was "with the best intentions":Grant: With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. You know what, Billy? As far as I'm concerned, you're no better than the people that built this place.
- Seriously Scruffy: In contrast to trendy Malcolm, suit-wearing Gennaro and Man in White Hammond, Grant dresses in a more casual, pragmatic way to emphasize his rugged, salt-of-the-earth character. It's also more practical, as unlike the others Grant spends most of his working time at various paleontological digs in out-of-the-way places.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Like Malcolm and Ellie, Grant makes it clear that he never wants to return to Isla Nublar or Isla Sorna. When Billy blows the raptor whistle, he freezes up like the raptors were right there with him and then later has a nightmare on the plane.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In the third film, when he has to escort the Kirbys.
- Troll: Alan has no problems scaring a kid, when said kid questions the viciousness of a Raptor, nor does he have a problem making Lex and Tim think he electrocuted himself despite being in the middle of a park full of various dinosaurs on the loose (at least Tim thought it was funny).
- Walking Tech Bane: He makes TV screens go screwy just by touching them. When the tour breaks down at the park he instantly asks what he touched.
- The Worm Guy: Although respected in his field, Grant is understandably confused as to why anyone would want his input on a theme park. He's confused about why his expertise is needed, until he sees exactly what kind of park it is.
Dr. Ellie Sattler
Appearances: Jurassic Park | Jurassic Park III
- "You never had control, that's the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too. I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now."
A paleobotanist who works alongside Dr. Grant in the Badlands of Montana. Her specialty and expertise draws the attention of John Hammond, the owner of Jurassic Park.
- Adaptational Modesty: She wears much more practical clothing that her book counterpart, who wore a midriff-baring top.
- Action Girl/Action Survivor: Ellie might not be any kind of trained combatant, but she's a survivor through and through. She's able to successfully outrun (and even physically fight off) multiple raptors through good use of her environment, i.e. slamming their heads with freakin' doors.
- Amicable Exes: With Grant in Jurassic Park III. They remain good friends, Grant is an Honorary Uncle to her child, and has a friendly relationship with her new husband.
- Ascended Extra: She doesn't really do much in the novel, but in the film she's one of the central characters. This is largely due to her taking over much of Harding and Gennaro's roles, due to them being Demoted to Extra.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's in competition with Malcolm for the snarkiest character in the film."Alan, if you wanted to scare the kid, you could've pulled a gun on him."Hammond: And there's no doubt our attractions will drive kids out of their minds.Grant: What are those?Ellie: Small versions of adults, honey."Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.""Look... We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back."
- Gondor Calls for Aid: In Jurassic Park III, she receives a garbled message from Alan. Immediately, she realizes — correctly — that a lot of shit must be going down and calls in the Navy and the Marines.
- Hollywood Nerd: She's quite pretty and athletic for a scientist. However, she's portrayed to be very intelligent and resourceful, showing that she's perfectly capable of keeping up with her less nerdy counterparts.
- Hot Scientist: To the point she has Grant and Malcolm fighting for her affection.
- Improbable Taxonomy Skills: Due to being a paleobotanist, she's able to recognize formerly extinct plants and differentiate which ones are poisonous.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though tremendously downplayed vs. the book (where she's a grad student in her early 20s and much loving prose is lavished on her legs).
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The pink girl to Grant's blue boy.
- Pink Means Feminine: Wears a pink shirt when she arrives on the island.
- Promoted to Love Interest: In the original book, Ellie was Grant's student and there was no romantic connection between them. Here, she's both a colleague and his love interest, although their interactions are downplayed and never draw attention away from the main storyline.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: When Grant discusses how the raptors are smarter than they ever guessed, Ellie looks downright terrified and admits that she'll never forget the sounds the raptors made when hunting her.
- She's Got Legs: Boy, does she. Ellie spends a lot of time in tiny shorts.
- Took a Level in Badass: Ellie was always a tough lady, but she reaches another level by tangling with raptors up-close-and-personal.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives a powerful one to Hammond, criticizing him for his denial and inability to learn from his mistakes even when they're staring him in the face. Hammond takes it to heart.
- The Worm Guy: Much like Grant, although her area of expertise is much more narrow. She pretty much winds up tagging along on Hammond's suggestion.
Dr. Ian Malcolm
Appearances: Jurassic Park | The Lost World: Jurassic Park | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- "God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs."
A mathematician at the Santa Fe Institute who specializes in chaos theory. He's invited to Jurassic Park by Donald Genarro with the hopes of easing the minds of InGen's investors.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the original book, Malcolm was balding and very skinny.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: He's Deadpan Snarker who provides most of the laughs. In the novel, he mainly serves the role of explaining chaos theory and is a relatively serious character, although he still has some funny moments. An especially prominent one is found in the second book, which was written to hold some similarities with the original film.
- Adaptational Heroism: During the paddock attack scene in the novel, Malcolm runs away from the rest of the group and ends up being attacked by Rexy, managing to survive being bit and flung away (although heavily injured). Goldblum proposed to Spielberg about making Malcolm pull off a Heroic Sacrifice to draw Rexy away from the kids (and unknowingly leading the ''T. rex'' to where Gennaro is hiding), which was put on the final film.
- Adaptation Personality Change: The book Malcolm's argument against the park was based entirely on it's creators massively underestimating what a huge random factor the dinosaurs themselves were, and everything fell apart precisely how his mathematical models predicted it. The movie version massively simplifies it to an emotional and inconsistent Creating Life Is Bad appeal that he can't back up. It's not helped by things mostly being under control until the security is sabotaged in the movie instead of it having been subverted by the animals long before as in the book. Examined in some depth here.
- Badass Bookworm: A world famous mathematician, willingly draws the attention of Rexy to chase him and survives, becomes even more one in the second film.
- Big Good: If speaking on behalf of the dinos' survival and to live amongst them at a public hearing at the end of the fifth film is any indication coupled with his past experiences with them at the islands to back him up, he has taken this role of the films.
- The Bus Came Back: After being absent from the third and fourth film, he returns in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, making the argument that while it is sad for the dinosaurs to die, they should be left to re-extinction. He also points out that rescuing the dinosaurs may lead to terrible consequences, both ecological and human.These creatures were here before us. And if we're not careful, they could be here after.
- The Cameo / Freeze-Frame Bonus: While he is not actively in the film, but it is shown that during the time from The Lost World to Jurassic World, Dr. Malcolm had written a new book called God Creates Dinosaurs.
- The Cassandra: He predicts that things will turn wrong and chaotic. His concerns are dismissed by other characters, before they are vindicated by the dinosaurs.
- Cassandra Truth: His mathematical risk assessment of the park exposed that the dinosaurs were too big of an unknown factor to keep under control and said so to Hammond. Even when the other experts brought to the park (Sattler and Grant) agreed with him on this fact (but approached it from different angles), Hammond didn't get the hint of how bad an idea the park was up until everything went to hell. The second movie has him telling the InGen expedition and his own people how bad an idea it is to get anywhere near the island, let alone explore it/take the dinosaurs away (knowing from personal experience how things go around dinos), but he still is not heard until things go bad.Boy, do I hate being right all the time.
- Character Development: Compare and contrast him in Jurassic Park and then several years later in The Lost World. By the time of the second film, he's much less eccentric, and doesn't sport the almost rockstar-like image he has during the first film. Given some of Hammond's comments toward him, it could be that the events in the park were something of a wake-up call for him. That and the fact that going public about his experience in violation of his non-disclosure agreement with InGen left him with his tenure revoked, possibly jobless, and no longer being taken seriously by the scientific community or the general public.
- Character Exaggeration: He's a comical Deadpan Snarker. In the original novel, he was a much more serious character, although he did have some humorous moments such as dismissing the argument comparing reviving dinosaurs to using cloning to save the California Condor by pointing out the obvious fact that dinosaurs weren't driven extinct by man-made deforestation, and oh, by the way, condors don't eat people. Although, perhaps as a nod to this change, while delirious from drugs and severe injury in the sequel novel, he temporarily takes on a talkative, wisecracking persona similar to his movie one, although much more over-the-top.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Downplayed in comparison to the book (particularly since he never ends up on morphine), and only in the first film. He tends to act very eccentric and cheerful and his explanations of chaos theory are strangely, though appropriately told. It mostly goes away after his injury.
- Cool Shades: Before everything becomes chaotic, Malcolm rarely removes his sunglasses.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite possibly the snarkiest character in the franchise. Takes on a darker edge in the second film, though.
- Determinator: The second movie shows that he decided to tell the world about InGen's experiments even when doing so was a breach of non-disclosure and made him a mockery of the scientific community. Decides to go to Isla Sorna to save Sarah even if it's exactly what he doesn't want to do (because that is what Hammond wants).
- Disappeared Dad: His daughter outright accused him of as much; he gets better, though.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed as most people don't flat-out dislike him so much as they are really annoyed by him. Though to quote Hammond of all people..."I really hate that man...
- Friend to All Children: He has three kids of his own and told Grant he loves kids. He even risked life and limb on two separate occasions to try to keep kids out of harms way from dangerous dinos. Even though he's bitter towards Hammond, he never takes it out on Lex or Tim when he visits the household.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Very narrowly averted in the first film when he's trying to save the kids from Rexy by distracting her. Played with in The Lost World when they get chased by the raptors; he manages to draw the lead raptor's attention long enough for Sarah and Kelly to get to safety.
- Insufferable Genius: Summed up by his comment "I hate being right all the time." after seeing the T. rex on the loose.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is quite annoying to both Grant and Hammond, but he cares about Hammond's grandchildren and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save them (He survives, thankfully).
- Major Injury Underreaction: His reaction after almost getting killed by the T. rex and getting his leg injured?
- Motor Mouth: Manages to insert lots of exposition (and snark) in quick speeches.
- Mr. Fanservice: Has an open shirt for most of the second half of the first movie (in fairness, as Goldblum himself pointed out, it would have been warm on Isla Nublar). The hefty splintering of his leg (courtesy of the T. rex attack) may detract from it, though.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Gennaro might've survived a bit longer, if not the entire movie, if Ian hadn't decided to distract Rexy away from Lex and Tim (after Alan already had the situation handled) by running, flare in hand, in the direction of the restrooms Gennaro was hiding in.
- For that matter, Ian wouldn't have gotten injured, either.
- Older and Wiser: In the fifth film, he has gotten better with age, more humbler and rational than in the previous films.
- Only Sane Man: With the possible exception of the Brachiosaurus scene, Malcolm only ever regards the dinosaurs shock and terror. He doubts the park's safety and in The Lost World he's one of the few people in the second movie to be fully aware of the implications of entering dinosaur-infested territory...that this time around has no fences or other methods of containment.Hammond: I don't think you're giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody's ever done before—Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should!
- Papa Wolf: He nearly sacrifices himself in the first film to save Lex and Tim from Rexy. And he's willing to do almost anything to save his daughter in The Lost World.
- Really Gets Around: "I'm always on the lookout for the future ex-Mrs. Malcolm." Kelly briefly calls him out on this in the sequel.
- Science Is Bad: He directly compares science to rape.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's made clear in The Lost World that Malcolm does not want to go anywhere near Isla Sorna and although his Foreshadowing is delivered in a joking manner, viewers also know that he's remembering the brutal deaths of Muldoon, Nedry, Arnold, and Gennaro whenever he utters a warning.
- Shirtless Scene: Downplayed. (see Mr. Fanservice above)
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Jurassic Park novel, he was said to have died of his injuries. This was retconned in the novel of The Lost World (which was created and released after the first film), and completely averted in the films..
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Dresses mostly in black colors (the second novel even has him making a joke about it).
- Took a Level in Badass: Before everything becomes chaotic in the first film, he spends most of his screen time to snark here and there, and basically only there to annoy the others.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to add in an "uh" in every other sentence.
Apperances: Jurassic Park
- "And we can charge anything we want, 2,000 a day, 10,000 a day, and people will pay it. And then there's the merchandise..."
The attorney sent on behalf of Jurassic Park's investors to investigate the safety of the park after several reports of missing or dead workers.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the book, Gennaro wasn't the world's nicest guy, but he had some moments of heroism and was genuinely concerned about the park's safety. Here, he's a Dirty Coward who abandoned Lex and Tim and dropped all his concerns when he saw Jurassic Park's money-making potential.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the book, Gennaro is a Cowardly Lion who, despite having several fearful moments, goes along with Muldoon to find the kids and later, to catch Rexy, beats a Velociraptor in a hand-to-hand fightnote , intimidates a ship captain with Technobabble, and survives to the end. In the film, he becomes a Dirty Coward who dies a particularly embarrassing death. This is mostly because he's more of an adaptation of Ed Regis than of the original Gennaro.
- Amoral Attorney: Sure Gennaro, leave the poor little children behind to face a Tyrannosaurus rex... ALONE!!!
- Asshole Victim: He shows his true colors when the Tyrannosaurus rex makes her appearance, abandoning children to die and hiding in a nearby bathroom. He's still there when Rexy breaks it open and is quickly eaten.
- Camping a Crapper: He ends up being eaten by Rexie while sitting on a toilet.
- The Can Kicked Him: How Gennaro goes out in the film. Particularly embarrassing because Rexy smashed down the walls of building he was in, leaving him right there on the toilet for all to see, just before shredding him.
- The Comically Serious: Gennaro's mind is all business, which nicely serves as stark contrast to Hammond's jovial Cool Old Guy Deadpan Snarker persona. When Hammond snarks that he brings a "rock star", Gennaro's response is to look confused and basically says "Huh?" After they got out of helicopter and were riding jeeps to go to the park, he firmly reminds Hammond that they're not there for vacation. Even after seeing the park, the first thing that came to his mind is how to make money from the park as much as possible. And when Hammond mockingly adresses him as "blood-sucking lawyer", he merely responds with a confused "Thank you".
- Composite Character: Of the novel version of Gennaro and Ed Regis (from the novel). He's a lawyer like Gennaro, but he takes on Regis' personality as a Dirty Coward.
- Deadpan Snarker: "What's the matter, kid? You never had lambchops?"
- Death by Adaptation: Torn apart by Rexy as a Karmic Death for leaving the kids alone during the attack (the exact death of Ed Regis on the novel, with some changes). His novel version survives all the way to the end of the book and is more of a Cowardly Lion with a few moments of hidden badass.
- Death by Genre Savviness: He knows to run like the dickens the first second he hears Rexy seems to be breaking out. However, Rexy finds him anyway and he ends up being her only human victim.
- Death by Irony: When the T. rex shows up, he flees the car and leaves Lex and Tim to their fate while he hides in a bathroom stall so as to not get hurt. After Malcolm gets Rexie to chase him, she destroys the bathroom stall, and kills Gennaro.
- Demoted to Extra: Due to Death by Adaptation, his role is much smaller than in the book, and his Character Development is excised completely.
- Dirty Coward: He abandons Lex and Tim once he realizes the Rex's fence is no longer electrified, and pays for the ultimate act of cowardice with his life via some Laser-Guided Karma. It's such a weasly, low act that Grant and Ian are visibly stunned that he left the innocent children to be eaten by the dinosaur to save his own skin. Poor Lex's panicked whisper of "He left us. He left us!" is haunting and later becomes almost a Madness Mantra for her.
- Doomed Contrarian: He first disagrees with the scientists, then abandons the party.
- Half the Man He Used to Be / Ludicrous Gibs: Muldoon finds his body...and Ellie finds his body a few meters away.
- Karmic Death: He is killed by the very creature whose tender mercies he had just abandoned two helpless children to.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction to the T. Rex.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He leaves the kids alone and runs for shelter once Rexy gets out of the paddock. Unfortunately for him, said "shelter" was not really that secure when it came to handling a T. rex bursting in...
Alexis "Lex" Murphy
Appearances: Jurassic Park | The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- "It's a UNIX system, I know this! It's the files for the whole park. It's like a phone book — it tells you everything."
John Hammond's granddaughter and Tim Murphy's older sister. Unlike her brother, Lex isn't a fan of dinosaurs and prefers to spend her time on the computer.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In addition to an age lift, Lex is given knowledge of computer systems that she didn't have in the books. This change is likely to make sure that Lex doesn't come across as utterly unlikable and useless, as she does in the book.
- Adaptational Nice Girl: Unlike her book counterpart, who was a whinny, sports-obssessed, Spoiled Brat who enjoyed bullying Tim for his fondness toward dinosaurs along with her dad, she's more friendly, easygoing and seems interested, or at least neutral, toward the dinos. She and Tim still snark at each other a lot but they clearly care for each other.
- Age Lift: In the novel, she's the younger sibling.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Lex and Tim snark a lot at each other during the second half of the movie. But when it seems Tim would have died from the electric fence encounter, she is bawling her eyes out.
- Big Sister Instinct: In the kitchen, she attracts the raptors' attention so that they go after her instead of Tim.
- Chekhov's Hobby: Her computer hacking.
- Girliness Upgrade: Appears to have undergone this between the first and second films.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Crossed with Children Are Innocent — she's clearly very well-intentioned, and doesn't take being abandoned by Gennaro well.
- Idiot Ball: Sure, shining a flashlight at Rexy will scare her away! Bonus points for her being about to ignore them all in the first place.
- Insistent Terminology: "I prefer to be called a 'hacker.'"
- Kid-Appeal Character: In-Universe example: Hammond calls her and Timmy the "park's target audience" when he firsts introduces them to the rest of the visitors.
- Little Miss Badass: Handles herself better within the park and brings more useful skills to the table than her novel version.
- Nice Hat: She wears a baseball cap in the first film, which is likely a homage to her sports-loving depiction in the novel.
- The Load: Moreso than Tim; Lex does extremely dumb things, but she has her useful and smart moments, too (in the film anyway). Both the film version of Tim and the book version of Lex can be forgiven as they are young kids.
- Playful Hacker: At the least, this is what she insists on being called. She is being able to reboot the park's computers when the grownups and people who know about the systems are either dead or too occupied elsewhere to help.
- Precocious Crush: Lex quickly gets one on Dr. Grant.
- Screaming Girl: And how! In fact, Spielberg cast Ariana Richards because he thought she was a good screamer.
- She Is All Grown Up: As pointed out by Ian during her cameo in the second film.
- Tomboy: The book version of Lex is a huge baseball fan. The movie version of Lex is older and more nerdy but she still wears a baseball cap and seems pretty capable at things like climbing, so she might count to a lesser degree.
- Took a Level in Badass: Spends most of first movie as The Load. When the raptors attack, her hacking skill becomes useful to help the heroes. Her and Tim working together to trap one of the Raptors in a walk in Freezer is pretty awesome too.
Timothy "Tim" Murphy
Appearances: Jurassic Park | The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- "What do you call a blind dinosaur?"
John Hammond's grandson and Lex Murphy's little brother. He's very interested in dinosaurs.
- Adorkable: He's straight-away endearing due to his unbridled enthusiasm for, and extensive knowledge of, dinosaurs.
- Age Lift: In the novel, he's the older sibling.
- Dented Iron: Because of repeatedly taking what even adults would be lucky to survive, by the end of the film, he has a limp, his hair is singed, his arm is bandaged, one of his ears is bleeding, and he has a dazed look about him. (and according to a Character Blog, hilariously traumatized).
- Hero-Worshipper: Tim is a huge fan of Dr. Grant.
- Kid-Appeal Character: In-Universe example: Hammond calls him and Lex the "park's target audience" when he first introduces them to the rest of the visitors.
- Idiot Ball: Give the gun to the grownups before the raptors break in, Timmy.
- The Load: As mentioned above, moreso Tim; Lex does extremely dumb things, but she has her useful and smart moments too (in the film anyway). Both the film version of Tim and the book version of Lex can be forgiven as they are young kids. He is smart enough to lure the Velociraptor into the freezer and lock it in, too.
- Made of Iron: This kid survives nearly being eaten by Rexy, getting knocked off a cliff while still in the jeep, having said jeep fall down a tree and then almost crush him, getting shocked on the high-voltage paddock fences, and finally being stalked and attacked by a group of escaped raptors.
- Took a Level in Badass: He wises up a lot by the end of the film, quickly realizing just how much danger they're in and using some of his dino knowledge to keep him and Lex alive.
- Wild Hair: Gains that after, you know, being almost shocked to death.
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John Alfred Hammond
Appearances: Jurassic Park | The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- "Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler... Welcome to Jurassic Park."
The owner of Jurassic Park and founder of InGen. He's also the grandfather of Lex and Tim Murphy.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the book, he's an obnoxious, selfish greedy bastard who knowingly cuts corners and is only out for himself, and his attitude towards his grandkids borders on sociopathic. Here, he's much nobler and doesn't care about money; he wants to create a sense of wonder for the world. Hes also a doting grandfather who adores Tim and Lex.
- Adult Fear: He is terrified for Tim and Lexs safety when things go wrong. When he asks Muldoon to find his grandchildren, his voice is barely above a whisper, indicating that hes barely keeping it together.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike his money-focused book counterpart, he is generally a decent person. However, his curiosity and desire to prove the world his worth is what started the whole mess, and the other characters zig zag between loving him and despising him.
- The Atoner: In The Lost World, where he wants to preserve the island without human interference.
- Author Avatar: Spielberg saw a lot of himself in the character, which led to his sympathetic re-characterization and being Spared by the Adaptation.
- Big Good: Actively of the first and second films. Simon Masrani later took this role over from Hammond following his death in the fourth film.
- Catchphrase: "We spared no expense."
- Character Death: He is mentioned to have passed away some years before the opening of Jurassic World.
- Character Development: By the end of "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" he agrees with Malcolm's assessment:Hammond [on television]: It is absolutely imperative that we work with the Costa Rican Department of Biological Preserves to establish a set of rules for the preservation and isolation of that island. These creatures require our absence to survive, not our help — and if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way.
- Cool Old Guy: Unlike his book counterpart, Hammond creates the park to be enjoyed by many people in the world. He also dearly loves his grandchildren.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A rare sympathetic example. Hammond might be a grandfatherly eccentric with genuine intentions, but as a businessman he's ethically dubious. Hammond cuts corners everywhere despite his Catchphrase, and it's certainly debatable how impartial he expected Grant and Ellie's testimony to be considering he essentially bribed them with funding for their dig.
- Everyone Has Standards: Already breaking the laws of nature with their experiments, Hammond cuts partnership with his friend Benjamin Lockwood as Hammond opposed the used of their cloning technology for human beings, to "revive" Lockwood's daughter.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: After his death in 1997 and his portrayer's real-life death, he become this in the third, fourth and fifth films as he was referenced in those installments despite the character being long dead, not to mention how the dinosaurs' existence are traced back to him.
- Guile Hero: Manages to convince Sattler and Grant to come to the park with only a couple of minutes of discussion (and saying that he will give them a hefty amount of grant money for their time).
- Heartbreak and Ice Cream: He is seen quietly eating ice cream by himself after he finds out that Jurassic Park has failed and his grandchildren are lost and in danger. Dr. Sattler snaps him out of it."It was melting."
- Heel Realization: Hammond eventually disowns the park, admitting to his own errors after the traumatic ordeal his grandchildren went through.Grant: Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration I have decided not to endorse your park.Hammond: So have I.
- Honest Corporate Executive: What he appears to be and strives to become, following the events of the first movie.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He has a bad judge of character with several things such as Nedry, the Raptors, Wu and the Isla Nublar island.
- The man's catchphrase is "Spared no expense" and yet the park is full of cut corners. He only hires minimal staff to oversee and maintain the park and callously dismisses all points raised about potential danger, but still gets annoyed at the gall for his investors and lawyers to be concerned about the cost of the park and the lack of employee safety. Part of the reason the events of the first film are set into motion is that Hammond trusted the entirety of the park's software programming to not only a single overworked employee, but to the lowest bidder.
- Anytime anything goes wrong, Hammond is constantly advising his guests to keep an open mind and give things a chance, since they'll be worked out in time. Meanwhile, Hammond himself has a giant problem listening to things he doesn't want to hear. He blows off warnings about the potential drawbacks of his inventions, lack of basic safety in the park, and difficulty maintaining the business. It doesn't matter if these complaints come from his attorneys, his investors, the people he hired to do the job of maintaining the site or even the outside experts he himself hired to evaluate his theme park.
- Ill Boy: He is almost permanently bedridden by the time of The Lost World, and is concerned for his legacy and the future of the dinosaurs, indicating his health is in decline.
- Just Think of the Potential: He constantly insists that the park will change the world and blow people (as well as science) away. He's right on that account."How can we stand on the brink of discovery, and not act?"
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Hammond could very well be a textbook example. Guy wants to make something of lasting beauty and appeal, accessible to all, and in the process enrich the world. What does he get? Out of control dinosaurs and several instances of "I told you so"'.
- Man in White: He wears white clothes throughout the movie, with matching white hair and beard to boot!
- Mr. Alt Disney: Likes showmanship ever since he had a flea circus. Then he tried his own Disney Theme Park, that to his dismay turned into an Amusement Park of Doom .
- Our Founder: Has a nifty statue erected of him at the entrance of the Hammond Creation Lab.
- Posthumous Character: He passed away a few years before the opening of Jurassic World, he is mentioned by Masrani and Claire Dearing in the eponymous film as his dream of a functioning park has come true. Then in Fallen Kingdom we learn that he had a colleague when founding InGen, Benjamin Lockwood, whom he parted ways with.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "People! Are! Dying!"
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Lord Attenborough's health was in decline during the production of Jurassic World, negating any chance of reprising his role even if he wanted to. He was written out as having passed away shortly after The Lost World, which ultimately turned out for the best when Attenborough died in August 2014.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In contrast to his book counterpart, when everything goes wrong, he does eventually takes responsibility for this major blunder that even puts his grandchildren in danger and is willing to listen to others' advise on how to to get everyone out of Jurassic Park alive.
- Retcon: A deleted scene depicting his death in The Lost World was made canon by Jurassic World, listing him as having died in 1997.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Is killed by a pack of Procompsognathuses note in the book, but comes out unscathed in the movie and dies of old age sometime before Jurassic World.
- Uncle Pennybags: Well, his Catchphrase is "We spared no expense."
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A major departure from the original book, this version of Hammond actually just wanted to do an attraction park with something real to see for people.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Hammond's greatest flaw is his persistent naiveté. He wanted to create something special and unique to capture the imagination of the entire planet, but didn't account for human error and the unpredictability of wild animals.
Appearances: Jurassic Park
- "I've hunted most things that can hunt you, but the way these things move..."
Jurassic Park's game warden. He's much more sensible and realistic about the dinosaurs' capabilities than any of his bosses or co-workers.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Inverted. In the book, he was the one who spotted the raptor ambush, i.e. the classic hunting strategy of an animal he's an expert on. In the film he was the one ambushed by the raptors.
- Admiring the Abomination: For all his hatred and fear of the raptors, he does have some admiration for their power, intelligence, and speed.
- Age Lift: In the book he's old enough to have grey hair, but Bob Peck was around fifty when he played him, and had brown hair.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Big One, with whom he shares a special enmity.
- Cool Guns: Uses a SPAS-12 shotgun with a folding stock.
- Death by Adaptation: He's killed in the film but is alive in the novel. However, the Expanded Universe that follows after the films merely states that Muldoon was still alive after the raptor attack. Only because the raptor was playing with him, rather than outright killing him.
- Death by Genre Savviness: He knows exactly how dangerous the dinosaurs are, and is killed by a Velociraptor. A strange case of Death by Adaptation, since he survived the encounter in the book specifically because of his knowledge of raptor hunting tactics.
- Famous Last Words: "Clever girl."
- Great White Hunter: He's about as close as you'll get to this trope being played straight in the modern day. He was technically a game warden, though, but the look and the 'tude were there; close enough. Muldoon was really something of a subversion in that he leaned more toward the anti-heroic end of the scale. He is not portrayed in a particularly romantic manner, and is in fact an embittered, highly cynical man who hates the raptors and wishes he could kill them all - and considering what happens throughout the course of the film, it's hard to blame him.
- Ignored Expert: Hammond really should have listened to his fervent insistence that the Velociraptors be destroyed.
- Informed Ability: When we are introduced to the character, Muldoon is described as knowing more about Velociraptors than anyone else on the planet. Later, he is ambushed and killed by the raptors' hunting strategy that Grant outlined to the spectators at his dig earlier in the movie. Grant has only ever studied raptors from an paleontological perspective and he knows how they hunt. Wouldn't you think a man that has seen them hunt in their paddock would have this information, too?
- The expanded universe states that he actually did realize his mistake, but the Big One managed to ambush and kill him before he could swing his gun around.
- Mr. Fanservice: Those are some nice legs, Muldoon.
- Nice Hat: often seen with his cowboy hat.
- Only Sane Employee: Muldoon isn't arrogant like Wu or idealistic like Hammond; he's all too aware of the dangers of Jurassic Park and the raptors in particular. He knows they could likely never be displayed as park animals and should all be destroyed. Hammond dismisses him as an alarmist, but a lot of deaths could have been avoided if his warnings had been heeded.
- Sacrificial Lion: Is killed during the expedition to restart the generator (and which Arnold failed at) to showcase that Raptor Vs. Human in straight-on combat is going to go very badly for the human.
- The Worf Effect: The fact that the raptors are able to kill him establishes the kind of threat they pose.
- The World's Expert on Getting Killed: He "knows more about raptors than anyone" ...but is pretty quickly and easily dispatched by the raptors once they're loose when they use their standard attack pattern. One wonders if the fact he was a hunter in a Hollywood movie might have something to do with it. In the book, it's Hammond instead (who gets killed by a pack of Procompsognathus rather than raptors), and Muldoon survives the experience after shooting the T. rex with a rocket launcher, blowing at least one raptor in half with a shotgun, and still continuing to be an untouchable badass even after he finally gets so drunk he can barely stand.
- Worthy Opponent: To the raptor that ambushes him: "Clever girl." Arguably a Deconstruction — his pausing to utter his Famous Last Words in acknowledgement of his opponent's skill instead of just shooting the damned thing gets him killed.
Appearances: Jurassic Park
- "Item one fifty-one on today's glitch list. We've got all the problems of a major theme park and a major zoo, and the computer's not even on its feet yet."
Jurassic Park's chief engineer. He runs the main control systems from the visitor center.
- Adaptation Name Change: From "John Arnold" in the books to "Ray Arnold" due to the One Steve Limit. According to supplementary materials his full name is John Raymond Arnold, or Ray for short.
- An Arm and a Leg: Poor guy, after Ellie comes looking for him... an arm is the only thing of his that she finds.
- Black and Nerdy: African American, and the most tech-savvy person in the control room after Nedry.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted. He is the second-to-last character to bite it (albeit off-screen).
- Deadpan Snarker: Largely due to his tone as opposed to what he actually says, and he doesn't reach Ian Malcolm levels but he has his fair share of sarcastic moments, not to mention withering looks.
- Good Smoking: Played with. He's a very rare example of a good-aligned chain-smoker who isn't an Anti-Hero.
- Genius Slob: He's a chain-smoking control room chief.
- Killed Offscreen: The last time he is seen alive onscreen in the film is in the blackened control room, where he tells the others he'll have the park back online in 3 minutes and walks off to the energy bunker. Eventually Ellie realizes he didn't make it and goes to the bunker herself; Arnold is devoured by the Raptors at some point between him leaving the control room and Ellie reaching the bunker, at which point she finds his arm.
- Mr. Exposition: A role he shares with various characters, depending on the moment. Being the only one who knows Jurassic Park's computer systems, he's the one who gives exposition on what they need, what's going wrong, and how they can possibly fix it. He also gives the details of the lysine contingency.
- Mr. Fixit: His role on the park alongside Nedry. When Nedry's bug makes the systems go haywire, it is his role to try to fix things.
- Not Enough to Bury: All Sattler finds of him is his arm.
- One Steve Limit: His name was changed from John in the book, to avoid confusion with John Hammond.
- Oral Fixation: He always has a cigarette between his lips, or between his fingers, every time he is seen in the film.
- Precision F-Strike: Considering the film's rating, his swearing comes off as rather strong considering the lack of swearing elsewhere and aided by Samuel L Jackson's emphasis on the right words. A lot of his reactions almost seem to be a reflection of what the audience is thinking; he knows that something is seriously going wrong in the park and doesn't even attempt to cover it up with polite language."Please! Goddamn it! I hate this hacker crap!"
- Sacrificial Lamb: He's killed by raptors when he goes to restart the generator, forcing Ellie and Muldoon to experience Another Man's Terror.
- Token Black: The only black main character.
Appearances: Jurassic Park
- "I am totally unappreciated in my time. You can run this whole park from this room with minimal staff for up to 3 days. You think that kind of automation is easy? Or cheap? You know anybody who can network 8 connection machines and debug 2 million lines of code for what I bid for this job? Because if he can I'd like to see him try."
A computer scientist who is in charge of the system's programming and networking of Jurassic Park's computers.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the book, Nedry had a reason for sabotaging the park and stealing the dinosaur DNA beyond sheer greed: InGen had essentially blackmailed him into adding extensive modifications to their already-extensive computer systems for no pay. In the movie, he's given no such justification and is in it for the money.
- Age Lift: In the book, although his age is never specified, Nedry is at one point described (from Tim's perspective) as a "fat college kid". This indicates that Dennis Nedry is in his late teens or early twenties. In the film, Nedry is a man in his thirties.
- All for Nothing: After being sprayed with venom, he unknowingly loses the can of embryos. Even if he hadn't gotten eaten by a dinosaur, he still wouldn't have been able to profit from his crimes.
- Asshole Victim: He accepts an arrangement with a mysterious man named Dodgson to steal dinosaur embryos from the park. To this end, he disables the park security and firewalls his work station against efforts to fix it while the guests are still in their tour cars, setting off the action portion of the film. He is subsequently eaten by a Dilophosaurus. If not for the fact his death makes things harder for those trying to put the park back online, nobody would lament his death (and even then, the audience sure doesn't).
- Bad Liar: It's incredible that nobody knew something was up when he made the lame excuse of leaving to get a soda and mumbled that the phones would go down. He appears nervous and submissive, not to mention that it's unlikely that Nedry would actually think of someone other than himself; most likely, they were too distracted by the bad weather conditions and their first tour going poorly to pay him enough mind.
- Blind Without 'Em: When he loses his glasses, he can barely see. And then it gets worse when he runs into Dilophosaurus.
- Butt-Monkey: The events leading up to his death are almost comical due to the sheer run of bad luck he encounters. During his escape, he's caught in a tropical storm, crashes his car, gets lost, gets the car stranded, slips in the mud, loses his glasses, loses the embryo can, and finally gets ripped apart by a dinosaur.
- Crazy-Prepared: Apparently, Nedry was smart enough with his computer hacking skills to anticipate the possibility that his bosses would attempt to hack into his computer and created his own defenses. Intentionally annoying defenses. Also, when he shuts off power to the park, Nedry intentionally leaves the raptor fences powered because even he knows how dangerous they were.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Nedry's death is presaged by venom spit hitting his eyes, blinding him. Then the Dilophosaurus gets in the car with him, and things get really bad. At least his screaming only lasts a few seconds.
- Death by Irony: Like in the book, he gets eaten by a Dilophosaurus sometime after he shut down the park's security systems.
- Dropped Glasses: Among other bad things that happen to him during his death scene, this is one of them. Partially justifies his failing the spot check of not noticing the Dilophosaurus entering his jeep and also adds to the Karma (if he had been wearing his glasses, they would have saved him from being blinded by the venom spit).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Muldoon notes that Nedry, reckless as he was to shut down the park's security systems, wasn't foolish enough to risk letting the Velociraptors out.
- Eye Scream: Venom spit, again. P.S. Wiping your eyes when something poisonous or corrosive has gotten in them is a BAD PLAN, it will drive the poison/corrosive deeper into the eye sockets and accelerate the process. Not that it really mattered in Nedry's case, since he was dead before it proceeded much further.
- Fat Bastard: A typecast Wayne Knight once again plays an overweight asshole. Dennis Nedry is a Big Eater whose work station is covered in discarded food containers, leaving no question as to the nature of his weight situation. He's also unsympathetic and greedy, disabling the park systems and inadvertently kickstarting the disaster in an effort to sell out his employers to a competitor. In his Establishing Character Moment, Nedry tries out a shaving cream can he's been given for smuggling dinosaur embryos to demonstrate that it functions, then wipes the shaving cream on a nearby slice of pie sitting on a foodserver's cart, condemning some poor soul to a terrible desert. He manages to combine gluttony and greed in that scene, as he insists that the man bribing him also cover his (unhealthily large) meal.
- Fat Idiot: Downplayed. His bitterness toward InGen comes from their refusal to raise his contract price from the amount Nedry himself had bid for the job in the first place. While he's presumably book smart, he is quite reckless and clumsy - bumbling his way through the park in the middle of a tropical storm and ultimately gets himself killed by treating one of the park's dangerous predatory dinosaurs like a dog.
- Fat Slob: The incredible mess on his work station at the Jurassic Park control room is evidence enough of this (and makes Arnold pretty damn angry when he has to start un-hacking Nedry's hack).
- Greed: The reason he agrees to be Dodgson's inside man in Jurassic Park and steal the embryos. The final paycheck if he accomplishes his mission (a million dollars) surely is an incentive he keeps giggling about on his scene with Dodgson.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Like the stereotypical image of a nerd, he wears a pair of thick glasses. He's also a greedy jerk willing to release dangerous animals and leave his colleagues trapped on an island with them.
- Genius Slob: He's a food addict networking director.
- Hate Sink: A greedy, selfish, and all-around very unpleasant man who betrays the park and carelessly puts lives at risk for money, giving us a human antagonist to root against.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He disables the park's power and security systems so that he can get through the electric gates on the maintenance roads, and also disables the park fences in order for it all to look like a system error. As a result of disabling the electric fences, one of the park's dinosaurs escapes from its paddock and kills him.
- Insufferable Genius: Nedry knows just how smart he is, and lets everyone know it.
- Jerkass: He mocks Dodgson for his attempts to keep a low-profile and has a bad working relationship to his colleagues.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Apparently even in the movie universe, Hammond has an unfortunate habit of getting cheap on personnel he really should be sparing no expense on.
- Just Desserts: A juvenile Dilophosaurus eats him when he gets lost in the park.
- Karmic Death: Read above on Just Desserts. Wouldn't have happened if he hadn't Blue-screened the park (or at least kept all of the fences active instead of just the raptors'). Part of the "perfect storm" is also his Dropped Glasses-he smugly says that he will be able to afford new ones with what BioSyn is paying him right before something happens that the glasses could have saved him partially from.
- Meaningful Name: His name is an anagram of "Nerdy".
- The Mole: He is hired by BioSyn, a competing biogen firm, to steal embryos which the rival will then reverse-engineer.
- Only in It for the Money: His sole motive. In the novel, Hammond short-changed him on the project and demanded too much. In the film, Nedry, being bad with finances, bid way too low on the contract (and this came to bite him once he discovered what the project was about) and he put the blame on Hammond, despite Film-Hammond's own proclaimed philosophy of "spare no expense".
- A Simple Plan: Shut off the security, steal the embryos, smuggle them to the boat leaving the island, return and restore the power, all in 20 minutes. Easy enough. But then he gets lost, and no one else knows how to turn the power back on...
- Small Role, Big Impact: He dies halfway through the movie, yet his actions not only set the stage for the entire story, he is indirectly responsible for the events of every movie since if it weren't for him the park likely would have functioned much more normally even if things eventually went awry anyway, and the events of later movies would never have happened.
- Smug Snake: Every scene he shares with someone showcases him as an utterly loathsome and arrogant human being, and that is without him planning to wreck the park.
- Too Dumb to Live: His brilliant plan to get the money he thinks he deserves and screw the man that he feels screwed him at the same time? Shut down all the electrified fences in a game park that he knows is filled with potentially predatory creatures. Even if he thinks he won't be there to be endangered, he knows that he's potentially putting people's lives at risk. On top of that, he is handed a device intended to allow him to steal property worth several billion dollars that only has a 36-hour window for use. He never even bothers to look at a weather forecast to see if there might be a problem with his exit window? Lastly, he is confronted by a dinosaur loose in the park while he is trying to get his gas Jeep out of the mud and tries to distract her... by throwing a stick like she's a dog. If he paid enough attention to know that the raptors were too dangerous to interfere with their fences, he knows what's out in that park and should therefore know better than to think "fetch" is going to work.
- Although in Nedry's defense, given how nervous he was at the presence of the Dilophosaurus, it's not like he would have been thinking logically at the time since he was desperate for it to get away from him.
- Troll: To a degree.Ah ah ahhh, You didn't say the magic word!
- Villainous Glutton: The incredible mess he has at his workstation is proof enough of that. He manages to use it to his advantage by saying he is going to the food vending machines as an excuse to sneak out of the control room and into the embryo lab.
Dr. Gerry Harding
Appearances: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park's chief veterinarian.
Dr. Henry Wu
Appearances: Jurassic Park | Jurassic World | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- "There's no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park."
The chief geneticist at Jurassic World, and a major figure at InGen since the days of Jurassic Park.
- Abusive Parent: To the Indominus rex, at least for a given definition of "parent". In stark contrast to Owen Grady, who allowed four raptors to imprint on him and then raised them as a family unit, Wu and the other scientists working on the I. rex project chose to raise her in complete isolation. This involved forcing her to live in an enclosure that was too small for her, feeding her a scrap of meat per day, and never allowing her to have any contact with the outside world or roam around to exercise. This ultimately leads to the I. rex becoming a monstrous killing machine, which is exactly what Hoskins and Wu wanted.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Wu is a major character in the original novel and responsible for bringing the dinosaurs back from extinction, his worst sin there is merely his overconfidence in his ability to control the biological aspects of dinosaurs (such as their breeding ability). In addition, he admits he wanted to make safer, domesticated dinosaurs for public interest instead of the real thing and was the one who ultimately uncovers Nedry's failed plot to steal the embryos. (Though he does admit in internal monologue that he considers his job done once the dinosaurs hatch. . . he just makes them, controlling them and keeping the park and its guests safe is other people's problems, not his.) Whereas in Jurassic World, he conspires with Vic Hoskins to deliberately make the Indominus rex an unstoppable killing machine to cause an incident in the park in order for Hoskins to demonstrate the effectiveness of military-specialized dinosaurs, and smuggles the embryos off the island to continue this project.
- Affably Evil: For a conspiring traitor, he's still pretty friendly, though a bit of his dialogue suggests that this may actually be Faux Affably Evil.
- Ascended Extra: He only had one minor scene in Jurassic Park, but has been given a much larger role in the Jurassic World films. It also counts as a reversal of his Demoted to Extra role in Jurassic Park, since he was an important character in the original novel by Michael Crichton.
- Asian and Nerdy: Wu is only really a nerd insofar as that he's an accomplished scientist, however.
- Big "WHAT?!": Lets one out in Fallen Kingdom when Zia reveals she gave Blue a Tyrannosaurus blood transfussion to save her life, pretty much dooming his plans for a new Indoraptor batch.
- Demoted to Extra: He only appears in one scene in the first third of the movie, is given a much bigger backstory and lasts until nearly the end of the story in the book. Since the movie had all non-essential staff moved out before the storm and had very little exposition in comparison, Wu's backstory was lost and he ended up Spared by the Adaptation.
- Didn't See That Coming: In Fallen Kingdom, Wu knew that Blue was shot with a bullet and that she recovered. What he didn't expect was that in order for Blue to survive, she needed a blood transfusion and the blood used for survival was Rexy's blood so her genetic sigature isn't pure anymore.
- The Evil Genius: For Vic Hoskins' in Jurassic World and Eli Mills in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
- Evil All Along: One of the notes in the Masrani Backdoor website has a note from Wu mentioning that a hybrid was left on Isla Sorna sometime prior to 2003. This, as it has no pupils, is implied to be the Spinosaurus, meaning that Wu has been perfecting the I. rex for over a span of at least fourteen years.
- Evilutionary Biologist: According to his actor B.D Wong, Wu apparently has this kind of modus operandi, and does such nefarious experiments because he seemingly believes he's "looking at some sort of bigger picture".
- Even Evil Has Standards: As amoral as a Mad Scientist like him is, he is fully aware that he is creating living weapons that could cause untold damage if he cuts corners in their creation and as such takes his work very seriously. Shown in Fallen Kingdom where his first scene is him arguing with Mills when the latter tries to force Wu to finish the newest hybrid project ahead of schedule without the necessary genes. He is also horrified and tries to protest when Mills goes ahead with the idea of selling the Indoraptor to the highest bidder despite it being a Psycho Prototype that attempts to kill everything it sees, be it friend or foe. Mills, of course, ignores him because of how much money he's going to make with selling the monstrosity.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Jurassic World, when goes from a minor neutral character in the first film to The Evil Genius.
- For Science!: In a viral video promoting InGen, he raves excitedly about what the next stage of scientific advancement will be and the new questions the genetic frontier will open up.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He's portrayed in the first film as just being one of many scientists who were responsible for Jurassic Park's dinosaurs. However, in the fourth film, it's revealed Wu was actually behind the creation of almost everything at the park, including the psychopathic Indominus rex and other weaponized prototypes.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He left a hybrid on Isla Sorna according to promotional material for Jurassic World which is implied to be the Spinosaurus who kept chasing Alan Grant and his group and killed Kirby's Mercenaries in Jurassic Park III.
- Idiot Ball: For the same reason as Claire; surprise surprise, making a dinosaur that's meaner, smarter, and eviler than the Velociraptors and friggin' Rexy wasn't such a good idea after all! Who would've thought? Ultimately subverted; Wu intentionally created the I. rex to be the dinosaur equivalent of Hannibal Lecter in conjunction with Vic Hoskins, planning its escape as a way to advertise its military applications.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Simon Masrani confronts him about the Indominus rex's creation process he does make a few good points when trying to deflect blame from himself.
- None of the dinosaurs are natural and all are hybrids of other creatures mixed with dinosaur DNA, just not to the extent of the Indominus. He also mentions they are in position to create more pure versions of dinosaurs from better samples but that's not what the higher ups like Masrani are interested in.
- He also calls out Masrani on requesting a new carnivore hybrid be engineered with a host of intimidating features but not really considering what kind of dinosaur this would create. This later becomes a case of Villain Has a Point when we learn Henry Wu went out of his way to make it more dangerous. However whilst Wu had ulterior motives, Masrani still shouldn't have allowed the opportunity by requesting such a hybrid in the first place.
- Just Following Orders: Wu defends himself in his (major) involvement on the Indominus rex with this when Masrani accuses him of making an unstable and vicious monster instead of a cool and safe attraction for park interest. He states he was following Masrani's instructions of his new dinosaur: Bigger, louder, and more teeth. Wu does not take in responsibility of the fact that he was in charge of overseeing the development of the I. rex's DNA, a "classified" top-secret for many people including Masrani, which foreshadows the fact that he's lying about just following orders. While he does follow Masrani's order to the letter, he along with a few others like Hoskins have been taking their own initiative with the I. rex project, namely making it a Living Weapon prototype to test out the efficiently of both military-specialized raptors and future hybrids to come.
- Karma Houdini: He makes it off the island safely in Jurassic World, in spite of deliberately engineering the I. rex to be as dangerous as possible and cause a major incident. As of Fallen Kingdom, he is still at large.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He still survives Fallen Kingdom's events, but not without getting hit with a full and potentially lethal dose of animal tranquilizer and having his most precious specimen destroyed.
- Mad Scientist: In Jurassic World, he angrily denies the trope to his employer, saying he was Just Following Orders to make the I. rex as cool as possible. However we later discover the dangerous aspects of the I. rex were designed in deliberately.
- Morality Chain: It seems John Hammond, his former employer, was this for Wu in the original 1993 film. However, after Hammond's death in 1997, Wu became more villainous, cold-hearted, and amoral in Jurassic World when he created the I. rex.
- Never My Fault: Much like his book counterpart, Wu shirks his responsibility and angrily shifts blame to Masrani.
- Mr. Exposition: In Jurassic Park, Wu is mostly there to explain the genetics of creating the dinosaurs and why they can't breed.
- Smug Snake: In the first film, he scoffs at the mere idea that his genetic modifications could fail. In the fourth film, he insists that the entire park and everything in it exists because of him and that without him the park would instantly fail, ignoring the fact that the monster he was responsible for creating was the one that threatened to ruin the park forever.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- He leaves with the InGen contractor on a helicopter in the fourth film after Jurassic World is compromised, and takes all of his research with him.
- Does this again in Fallen Kingdom, although he gets tranquilized by Franklin Webb doing so and is dragged away by a mercenary.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: When Masrani confronts him over the Indominus and threatens to shut down the lab and have his research seized, Wu snaps that the geneticists have always spliced in non-dinosaur DNA, and that he was just following the instructions Masrani gave in his memo.
- The Social Darwinist: He is revealed to have this mindset by the time Jurassic World takes place. He absolutely believes that the I. rex's creation is completely justified, and that it's all part of the dinosaur's nature for it to break out of captivity and start killing people just because it can.Wu: Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We're just used to being the cat.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He's killed by raptors in the book, but in the film, he isn't seen after the hatching scene and left the park on the boat before everything went to pot. He continues this lucky streak into Jurassic World, escaping on helicopter while his conspirator Vic Hoskins winds up as raptor food. And while Zia manages to ruin his experiments by saving Blue's life with a T.rex blood sample and Franklin catches him off-guard and knocks him out with a dose of tranquilizer, one mercenary promptly takes the unconscious Wu away before hell completely breaks loose on Lockwood manor.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Without any explanation, Wu is notably more villainous and amoral in Jurassic World than in his prior appearance in the original film.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In Fallen Kingdom, with the likes of Mills, Eversoll, and Wheatley; all of whom have nothing but Dollar sign on their heads. Played for Laughs when he thought Franklin was part of his scientist crew and he's irritated with the latter's apparent incompetence.
- Token Minority: He is the only significant Asian character in both Jurassic Park.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When he is first introduced, Wu is a decent if incautious person. The "decent" part is more present in the first novel than the first film, the former of which sees him actively helping to repair the damage to which he unwittingly contributed, but he a nice guy in both nonetheless. Come Jurassic World more than 20 years later, and Wu has become a much more bitter and cynical person, indifferent to the latest casualties of his new Indominus rex and countering the resulting What the Hell, Hero? reprimand from Simon Masrani by contending that everything unique and successful about the park is ultimately thanks to him.
- Uncertain Doom: He disappears after getting hit with a full dose of potentially lethal tranquilizer in Fallen Kingdom.
- Walking Spoiler: Not in the original, but in Jurassic World.
- Villain of Another Story: In the first movie where he is a minor character. He becomes The Evil Genius in Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Much like Vic Hoskins, Wu is depicted as a noted and respected scientist by the Viral Marketing for Jurassic World.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gives one of these to Simon Masrani, telling him that his request that the I. rex should be "cooler" is what led to its ultimate escape and the ensuing deaths. He belittles him for making demands of genetics while not understanding the possible repercussions. Ultimately subverted: Wu and Hoskins purposely designed the I. rex to be an unstoppable killing machine to test out her and the raptors' military applications so that they could make a fortune off of selling their embryos to the military as weapons.You are acting like we are engaged in some kind of mad science. But we are doing what we have done from the beginning. Nothing in Jurassic World is natural! We have always filled gaps in the genome with the DNA of other animals. And, if their genetic code was pure, many of them would look quite different. But you didn't ask for reality. You asked for more teeth.
Dr. Lewis Dodgson
Appearances: Jurassic Park
- "On delivery, fifty thousand more for every viable embryo. That's one point five million. If you get all fifteen species off the island."
A geneticist who is paying Nedry to provide him with dinosaur embryos for his rival biotechnology company, Biosyn.
- Adaptational Wimp: Dodgson isn't quite the utterly inhuman, greedy sociopath he is in the book, and he largely just comes off as incompetent.
- The Comically Serious: His attempts to seem as unassuming as possible just make him look all the more suspicious, and his professionalism doesn't hold up well next to Nedry's constant giggling.
- Cool Shades: As part of his 'disguise'.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He engages in corporate espionage.
- Demoted to Extra: He has more to do in the books, even graduating to Big Bad in the second novel. Here, he's never seen again after his meeting with Nedry.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He has only one scene in the film, but his attempt at corporate espionage is the reason why things went horribly wrong at the park.
- Jerkass: As part of his Establishing Character Moment. Doesn't tip his cab driver and leaves the car door open, to the obvious anger of the driver.
- Karma Houdini: Unlike the books, Dodgson never appears again after his one scene with Nedry. And he never gets his comeuppance, although his book character has more opportunity to be villainous. Although he does pay Nedry his hefty initial fee, which he presumably doesn't get back, all for nothing because Nedry never gets the embryos.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Small-scale example. He doesn't bother tipping his cab driver, but he's forced to pick up the bill for Nedry's meal even after giving him $750K.
- Nice Hat: What's he trying to look like, a secret agent?
- Say My Name: Inverted, he doesn't want Nedry calling him by his name in public. Nedry isn't sympathetic.
- Sinister Shades: He's trying to go incognito, so he wears these. It doesn't seem to matter.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Played for Laughs. He's concerned that someone recognizes his name, but as Nedry points out, nobody cares.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite having only a single scene, his support of Nedry is what brings Jurassic Park down before it even opens.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since the first movie and the movies never picked up on him or Biosyn, rather focusing on InGen and its corruption and introduced Masrani for the World trilogy. Given that the actor is doing six years for child molestation, we won't be seeing him again, at least with this actor. His role and character winds up being transplanted to Mills in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Rexy (Tyrannosaurus rex)
Appearances: Jurassic Park | Jurassic World | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
An old Tyrannosaurus rex and the face of Jurassic World; she was one of the dinosaurs who escaped during the initial disaster at Jurassic Park and is now relocated to Jurassic World as something of a mascot. Queen of Jurassic Park and World — a title definitely earned and not just given to her because she's very big and dangerous — she is still capable of kicking arse, even at the age of twenty five.
- Accidental Hero: Rexy is a superpredator only interested in feeding or defending herself and her territory, but she has a long history of pulling people's butts out of the fire.
- In Jurassic Park, her timely attack on the two surviving raptors saves Alan, Ellie, Lex, and Tim.
- Decades later in Jurassic World, she had no idea that the big predator intruding her territory was a sadistic monster, but the Indominus would have killed the heroes without her unwitting aid.
- In Fallen Kingdom, she has several as her predatory instincts not only save Owen from a pissed off Carnotaurus, but afterwards she knocks the gyro sphere Claire and Franklin are hiding in, sending it rolling down the hill ahead of the eruption to safety. At the end of the film, she eats Mills, who is an unambiguous villain and murderer. She even gets an unknowing dig at the Indominus in, smashing the only recovered piece of its skeleton and therefore limiting what research Wu can carry out in the future.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the novel, she could come off almost as sadistic as the Spinosaurus or the Indominus, though still more realistic. By contrast, in the films, she clearly operates on territorial and predatory instincts, culminating in her Villainous Rescue moment at the end of the first film. In Jurassic World, she's upgraded to full anti-hero status when Claire releases her to help fight the Indominus rex.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While still a huge threat in the novel that kills several other dinosaurs and is indirectly responsible for the death of Hammond, it doesn't actually straight-up kill anyone as opposed to the movie where she rips Gennaro in half. Then again, Gennaro had it coming. And in the end, Rexy actually ignores the humans in favor of bigger and more interesting preys: two Velociraptors.
- Action Girl: Because the dinosaurs in the first movie were specifically made female to prevent breeding, she qualifies.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: In a way, she gets one for each movie she's in:
- In one of the most iconic scenes of Jurassic Park, Rexy — after throwing the Big One into the T. rex skeleton — turns around and roars in triumph while the "When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth'' banner falls down as if it's a crown bestowed upon her.
- At the end of Jurassic World, where she stands atop the highest heliport and roars victoriously, reclaiming her kingdom.
- Badass in Distress: She spends the bulk of Fallen Kingdom out of action, being trapped by Wheatley and subsequently imprisoned in the Lockwood mansion, escaping only at the very end.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Rexy's responsible for killing the Big One and the Indominus rex, both battles resulting in some pretty unpleasant injuries. However, she's not much of a baddie since her only motivation for attacking humans is hunger or them being in her territory.
- Behind the Black: She basically shows up without sound or anyone even seeing her till she snags a raptor out of midair during the climax. Both the raptors and the humans only notice her the moment the viewer does.
- Big Bad: She's the closest the first movie gets to a main villain as she's the most recurring dinosaur and the first one to attack the protagonists, splitting them up, but she's Demoted to Extra in favor of the raptors. She ironically helps save the protagonists in the end by killing the raptors attacking them.
- Big Entrance: In Jurassic Park, Rexy has one of the most famous Big Entrances in cinematic history, preceded by impact tremors and culminating in everyone present looking on in horror as she effortlessly breaks free. In Jurassic World, her entrance is equally epic but tonally distinct. As a combination of ominous drums and an increasingly heroic overture play, her paddock door opens and she strides out of the darkness. The whole scene balances the sense that this animal is as dangerous as the Indominus yet is still presented in the film under an heroic light.
- The Bus Came Back: There were several other T. rex specimens who appeared in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, but the T. rex in Jurassic World is this original T. rex who is being featured after a 22 year absence.
- Cat Smile: Not very obvious, but she does appear to have this (albeit a toothy one) when seen in the front, as do the other Tyrannosaurus in the films.
- Clifftop Caterwauling: At the end of Jurassic World. It's exactly as awesome as it sounds, and the triumphant music that plays during the scene makes it even more awesome.
- Combat and Support: In her team-up with Blue, Rexy acts as the Combat by dealing hard blows on the I. rex while Blue distracts it from fighting properly.
- Composite Character: There were two Tyrannosaurus rex in the book, an adult and a juvenile. While Rexy is primary based on the adult T. rex, she also fulfills the juvenile's role of eating the assigned caretaker who abandons Hammond's kids during the breakout. Interestingly, Jurassic World's website mentions that the old T. rex paddock was intended to house both an adult T. rex and a juvenile one.
- Covered in Scars: Over her thirty years, Rexy has been in the wars once or twice. There are of course the injuries on the left side of her back, neck and jaw gained from The Big One in Jurassic Park. She's also got a large number of small scars around her nose and eyes likely gained from living in the wild and several big cuts along her right side and her legs, corresponding to some of her Indominus wounds.
- Decoy Antagonist: She serves as the main threat of Jurassic Park initially and her rampage across the park puts everyone at risk. But when the raptor fences start to fail, the Big One and her pack become the bigger and more dangerous threat to the park while Rexy ironically becomes the unintentional hero at end.
- The Dreaded: She inspires a nervous silence in the control room even before she breaks out. Once she does, everyone on the island soon decides to nope the hell out of there the minute she shows them she really means business. This saves their lives. The Big One, who, for some reason, decides to not run away from the very large and very dangerous dinosaur, dies at her hands — well, teeth, anyway.
- First Blood: In the fight against the Indominus, Rexy draws first blood.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: After getting a second wind in her fight against the I. rex, Rexy hurls it against the fence around the Mosasaurus' lagoon.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Her Aggression Index is listed as "High". The former statement is not an understatement and comes in very handy in Jurassic World in the fight against the Indominus rex.
- Heroic Second Wind: She takes a severe beating in the opening blows of the fight with the Indominus (getting body slammed, savagely mauled on her flanks, and thrown head first into a souvenir booth). Blue's intervention not only saves her life, but when Rexy re-enters the fight she's slamming the Indominus through buildings and throwing it like a ragdoll.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Averted; the real life T. rex was every bit as powerful and epic as this one. In fact, research done since the movie suggests that the real thing was actually even tougher than Rexy! About the only ways in which this trope was applied to Rexy is that she's slightly larger and likely much faster than the real animal.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: In all of the films she's in, she is responsible for the death of a sociopathic monster that is threatening our heroes in that respective film, be it The Big One, Indominus, or Mills .
- Last of Her Kind: Rexy was the first of 7 tyrannosaurs born on Isla Sorna in 1988. With the destruction of that islands ecosystem by Masrani's illegally produced clones, she is also the last surviving rex in the world.
- Lightning Bruiser: Hammond clocked her at 32 miles per hour. She's also very big... and apparently resilient to trees. In Jurassic World, she is incredibly fast and vicious for a rex of her age and size.
- Made of Iron: Even though Rexy took a rather savage beating from the Indominus at the beginning, once she got a moment to recover, she was unhindered and, if anything, just seemed more pissed off by her injuries than anything else. Likewise, the final scene of Jurassic World shows Rexy to be in excellent shape in spite of her age and injuries from the Indominus.
- Mascot: The face of Jurassic World. In fact, when Dr. Wu talks about the motivation for engineering the I. rex, he says that the park "needed a new T. rex."
- Mighty Roar: She unleashes one of the most well-known (and most used) in cinema. Twice, as of Jurassic World.
- Never Mess with Granny: Two decades old by Jurassic World. An elder by T. rex standards (the longest lived T. rex found was 28), Rexy's a bit more gaunt and scarred, she's missing a few teeth and her walk noticeably stiffer. In Fallen Kingdom, it's even shown that her roar, while still sonorous, isn't quite what it used to be. But she still puts up a better fight against the Indominus than any other opponent and plays a major role in finally defeating it. Interestingly, Zia noted that through a combination of a life half lived in captivity and the cloning process, it's likely that Rexy will probably live beyond a natural lifespan..
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: She's not technically a villain — she hunts only when she needs to — but she noms the raptors in the first film. In that situation, nomming the raptors is a good thing. Also, killing the Indominus rex. This is a good thing, a very good thing.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Although Rexy breaking out is what kicks off the start of the disaster in the first film, ultimately she's just a predatory and territorial animal rather than a true villain. In fact, near the end she saves Alan and the rest when she attacks and kills the Velociraptors that were about to attack them. Even in Fallen Kingdom, when she and Owen wind up trapped in a container, her reactions are her understandably freaking out rather than trying to eat him.
- Retired Badass: By Jurassic World, Rexy is already past her prime and seems content with a semi-domesticated life. On a meta level, Colin Trevorrow compares her appearance in the film and her battle against the Indominus as her personal Unforgiven.
- Rightful Queen Returns: In Jurassic World, when she's called upon to help save the day.
- Scars Are Forever: The main clues that she is the same T. rex as always is the presence of scars corresponding to the raptor fight in the climax of the first movie. She picks up a bucketload more following her fight with Indominus, but Rexy gave as good as she got.
- She Is the King: Tyrannosaurus rex translates to "Tyrant Lizard King". Rexy is female.
- Signature Roar: Her roar is impossible to mistake for anything else and has frequently been recycled. Ardent fans of the film series will be able to recognize the sounds of the other dinosaurs just as well; some of the notable ones are Brachiosaurus and Velociraptor. Interestingly, the iconic high-pitched, almost pinched sound in Rexy's roar was provided by a baby elephant's first attempts at trumpeting. The rest of it was built out of a lion, a tiger and an alligator.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the original novel, Rexy is taken out shortly before the novel reaches its Darkest Hour, succumbing to the tranquilizers that Muldoon fired upon her two hours ago. She is never seen or mentioned again after she passed out and, according to Wu and later the population count, most likely drowned in the pool she was in. The Costa Rica napalm bombings made double assurance of her demise. In the movie, none of these two events occurred, which allows Rexy to reach the Visitor Center in time to rescue the protagonists from the raptors and later allows the Masrani Global Corporation to move her in a new exhibit enclosure in Jurassic World where 22 years later, she would be released to fight the Indominus rex.
- Stealthy Colossus: The T. rex, whose presence throughout the movie has been indicated by earth-shattering footsteps, manages to get into the Visitor Center without anyone noticing, before attacking the raptors.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Rexy isn't just A Stock Dinosaur. She is THE Stock Dinosaur.
- Took a Level in Badass: Species example, and only because of the T. rex in Jurassic Park III losing to the Spinosaurus: Rexy fights and wins against the next "challenger" in Jurassic World and restores all badassitude. Possibly played with as Rexy is a physical challenge for the Indominus in her dotage and presumably after a decade of relative inactivity.
- Justified with Rexy personally, as she was living on her own on Isla Nublar between the events of Jurassic Park and whenever they got her re-contained for Jurassic World, living and hunting in a relatively wild environment. She's much more experienced than the I. rex.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: She is probably the most iconic member of her species ever to be shown on the silver screen.
- Unstoppable Rage: She's already furious when she sees the I. rex intruding on her territory. But after receiving a savage beating and Blue giving her a Heroic Second Wind, she goes full-on berserk and gives I. rex an even more intense beatdown.
- The Worf Effect:
- Briefly, in World; the I. rex puts down a massive beating on the old girl when they initially face off. Justified since the I. rex was tailor made with all of her strengths and more, as well as because Rexy was initially fighting as she would in a territoral fight, whereas the I. rex was fighting to kill from the start; it takes an assist from Raptor Blue to give her a second wind.
- She's on the giving end in Fallen Kingdom. As the Carnotaurus is menacing our heroes, Rexy comes out of nowhere, grabs it by the neck and pins it to the ground. The real icing on the cake is that she doesn't deliver the final blow with her infamous jaws, she kills the carnotaurus by simply lifting a foot to walk away, leaving all of her considerable tonnage on the poor animal's neck.
- Worthy Opponent: She appears to regard Blue as this, as she shares a look with her after they've defeated Indominus and they peacefully go their separate ways.
The Big One (Velociraptor)
Appearances: Jurassic Park
A highly intelligent female Velociraptor who leads two more fellow raptors after she arrived and killed the rest of the pack to take leadership. She serves as the main dinosaur antagonist of the film.
- Arch-Enemy: To Robert Muldoon. He knows how dangerous she is, and she most certainly knows who he is.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She became the leader by being the most vicious and dominating raptor, going as far as killing five members of her own pack just to prove it.
- Ax-Crazy: The Big One appears to be especially sadistic and psychotic, even for a raptor.
- Bad Boss: In addition to killing the majority of the pack to assert her dominance, the Big One is shown to have a rather tense relationship with the remaining members, exemplified when she snaps at her subordinate for getting too close to her. When that same subordinate got trapped in the freezer, rather than trying to free her, the Big One instead pursues the fleeing children and leaves her behind.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Muldoon, who she swiftly kills. Receives one from Rexy. The Curb-Stomp Battle she receives from Rexy is so deadly, in fact, that Jurassic Park: The Game reveals that nothing but a toe and claw survived — and, suffice it to say, the toe and claw are not from the very large, very deadly Tyrannosaurus rex...
- Dark Action Girl: Being a raptor certainly helps.
- The Dreaded: She is regarded to be dangerous even by raptor standards. When Muldoon talks about the deadly nature of the Velociraptors, he specifically talks about the Big One and how she established her dominance (by killing most of her pack) and how she often tries to break out when the feeders came.
- Final Boss: She is the last threat that our protagonists have to face and by far the most dangerous of them all.
- Hero Killer: She's responsible for the death of Robert Muldoon.
- Implacable Man: She will stop at nothing to make her species the dominant dinosaurs of the island.
- Informed Attribute: Described in dialogue as "the big one", but physically she is more or less indistinguishable from the other two raptors.
- It Can Think: Muldoon mentions that the Big One is always planning her next move and adapting to the situation. And it shows:
- She makes her pack constantly check the fences for weaknesses systematically, never attacking at the same place twice, which pays off when the power shuts down within the three minute window.
- She lures Muldoon into a trap, using her own subordinate as a decoy, while ambushing him from the sides.
- She and her pack have figured out how to open doors, which allows them to get in the maintenance shed to kill Ray Arnold, as well as the rooms that the survivors are hiding in.
- Klingon Promotion: Muldoon reveals that the Big One killed most of the other raptors to gain leadership.
- Revenge Before Reason: The Big One becomes enraged when Rexy killed her subordinate, and proceeds to attack the T. rex instead of focusing on the humans, despite the fact that Rexy is larger and could easily crush her with her jaws. And she does just that.
- Slasher Smile: Some shots of her seem to resemble this. It's especially evident when she's about to attack or chase her prey.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Unlike Rexy, who knows when to give up chasing her prey, the Big One just never stops hunting hers.
- The Worf Effect: She pulls this on Muldoon in order to make her seem like a bigger threat. She ultimately suffers this when Rexy easily kills her in the climactic scene.
Sarah The Sick Triceratops
Appearances: Jurassic Park
A dinosaur discovered to be incredibly ill. Sattler attempts to figure out what made her sick.
- Adaptation Species Change: She was a Stegosaurus in the book.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: Though this is probably because she was very sick at the time, and too weak to attack the protagonists.
- Horn Attack: Presumably, but we never see her in action.
- Ill Girl: A dinosaur version. Her appearance is the first sign that something is definitely not right with the park and the way in which it's being run by management. Aside from her, it's mentioned that several other dinosaurs have suffered from strange, unexplained illnesses.
- In-Series Nickname: Referred to colloquially as a "Trike".
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Invokes this in Grant, since Triceratops was one of his favorite dinosaurs when he was growing up.
- Named by the Adaptation: The LEGO video game reveals that Gerry Harding named her "Sarah" after his daughter.
- Red Shirt: Her possibly fatal illness really serves no purpose besides giving Sattler an excuse to be separated from the group.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We are never told of her fate, nor do we find out what made her sick.
Appearances: Jurassic Park | Jurassic World (cameo via hologram)
Dilophosaurus was one of the carnivorous dinosaurs on attraction at Jurassic Park.
- Action Girl: Like all the park's dinosaurs, she's a girl. And despite still being an inexperienced juvenile, she also manages to kill a full-grown man with little effort.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Dilophosaurus in the book is big enough to lift Nedry off the ground with its jaws, but the film version is much smaller. Though it could have been younger, as the one in the hologram in Jurassic World was as big as a raptor and in real life.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Nedry assumes this with her, which of course leads nowhere good. She's a dangerous animal regardless of how cute she initially appears.
- The Cameo: A holographic version of her makes a plot relevant cameo in Jurassic World, being projected by Gray to distract one of the raptors.
- Danger Takes A Passenger Seat: When Nedry scrambles to get back into his car, she's waiting for him.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Played with. The frill and Super Spit are entirely fictitious creations of the movie, but this one is also a lot smaller than the real thing (although it may be justified in that she's a juvenile).
- Killer Rabbit: There's no doubt, she's pretty adorable when she first appears... until she opens her frill.
- Super Spit: She spits thick, black venom that blinds her victim and eventually paralyzes.
- Uncertain Doom: Given that none of them appeared to have been rescued before Mount Sibo erupted, it is likely this one, and the rest of its species, were killed off when the volcano erupted. At least one embryo is still in storage, however, s its possible they might show up in future films.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Jurassic World. Her species is mentioned in Jimmy Fallon's video and he claims that the Gyrospheres can shield people from their venom. This suggests that the species is still on the island, but they aren't listed as park attractions and never appear in person (the aforementioned cameo notwithstanding). It's unknown what happened to them after the first park's downfall and the new park's construction.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: At first, the Dilophosaurus appears friendly and harmless. Then she suddenly blinds Nedry with her venom and kills him.
Appearances: Jurassic Park | The Lost World: Jurassic Park | Jurassic Park III | Jurassic World | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- Adaptational Badass: Considerably bigger, stronger, and meaner than real Velociraptors, or even Deinonychus, which the novel raptors were originally based on. And whilst the debate on their intelligence goes on, barely anyone thinks they were remotely as intelligent as they are portrayed as in JP — probably closer to dogs/wolves than chimpanzee or dolphin.
- Always Chaotic Evil: A trend started here and continued until Jurassic Park III, even moreso than the book, where it was played with.
- Ambiguous Gender: While it was stated that at least one of the raptors changed sex for the purpose of breeding, we never find out which of the three it was.
- The Dreaded: Everybody is afraid of the raptors, and for good reason.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Velociraptors in real life were smaller and less intelligent than the ones in the movie, which physically look more like featherless Deinonychus.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Real maniraptorian dinosaurs were certainly scary, but they were still animals that were simply doing what they needed to do so they could survive. The Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park franchise, however, come off as evil megalomaniacs. Justified in the novels, which state that the raptors grew up in isolated captivity and never developed social skills that they would've usually learned from their parents, leaving them all effectively sociopaths who just kill everything around them. This is later contrasted in Jurassic World with Owen Grady's imprinted raptors, who are far more well-adjusted and behave similar to their prehistoric counterparts.
- Informed Species: An infamous example of this trope; they look little like real Velociraptors and instead resemble featherless Deinonychus.
- It Can Think: Muldoon demands that the Velociraptors be killed as they're far too intelligent; testing the electric fence for weaknesses (but never the same spot twice; "They remember," he warns) before they were moved to their high-walled prison. They seem to realize when the power is cut and claw their way through the electrified wire at the top. Even Muldoon underestimates their intelligence — as he's stalking one Velociraptor, another ambushes him from the side. His Famous Last Words are a genuinely admiring, "Clever girl!" And of course there's that Tempting Fate scene: "We'll be all right as long as they can't open doors."
- Knight of Cerebus: Their very presence in the film is a dark contrast to the initial wonders of Jurassic Park. When Grant realizes that the baby dinosaur he is holding is a Velociraptor, his face turns from joy to horror as the music and raptor squeaks begin to take a sinister turn. Unlike the T. rex or the Dilophosaurus, who are only a danger to anyone stranded within the wildlife when they're hungry, the raptors will hunt their prey to no ends and they are capable of entering in man-made buildings without problem. Once they break out of their cage, no place is safe for the protagonists.
- Locked in a Freezer: Tim and Lex managed to trap one of the raptors in a freezer.
- Mythology Gag: The park originally had eight Velociraptors, which was the same number of raptors in the novel. Unlike the novel though, the official population actually decreased due to the Big One killing all but two.
- Raptor Attack: The very reason behind that trope.
- Signature Roar: The raptors have a number of signature vocalizations, most prominently a high-pitched shriek and a barking caw.
- Terrible Trio: Due to the Big One killing all but two of them. Subverted by the fact that only two raptors (Big One included) have teamed up on-screen during the climax thanks to protagonists trapping one of them in a room, be it Ellie shutting the door to power shed (that raptor manages to get out in time to join up with the Big One in the Visitor Center lobby) or the kids locking the freezer door in the kitchen.
- Too Dumb to Live: The Velociraptors decide to not run away from the very large and very dangerous Tyrannosaurus rex that is stalking the island and can easily munch them if she so chooses. In return, they die very cruel and painful deaths at her teeth.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The raptor who got trapped in the freezer by Tim and Lex. She was the only raptor that did not partake in the final confrontation with the humans and thus the only raptor that did not became Rexy's snack, meaning she's still alive and left unaccounted for. Considering she was trapped in the freezer with no way out save through the now locked door, the raptor probably soon died of starvation, hypothermia, or suffocation.
Appearances: Jurassic Park | Jurassic Park III | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The first dinosaur seen fully on-screen in the filmsnote , these gentle herbivores are the largest known animals on Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
One specific Brachiosaur became the bookend to dinosaurs on Isla Nublar; it was both the first animal seen in full on the island and the last - perishing on Isla Nublar in the pyroclastic flow unleashed by Mt Sibo's eruption.
- Adaptation Species Change: A double whammy example. The book equivalent to her first scene was a herd of Apatosauruses, while the second (Grant and the kids in the tree) was a Maiasaura and her babies.
- Artistic License Paleontology: They're depicted as chewing their food, something that would be impossible for sauropods, and their nostrils are on top of their head (a theory that has long been discredited).
- The Big Guy: They make the ground shake.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: In Fallen Kingdom, the Brachiosaur that was the first living dinosaur seen by Grant and co. is killed by one of the pyroclastic flows unleashed by Sibos eruption.
- Gentle Giant: They are the biggest animals in the park, and they allow humans to come close to pet and feed them.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: Granted, this might be due to the park engineering its dinosaurs to live up to the public's expectations. Lampshaded a lot.Grant: They're herbivores.
Tim: [to Lex] They only eat vegetables. For you, I think they'd make an exception.
- Long Neck: Befitting a sauropod dinosaur. Grant asks Hammond how long her neck is at one point.
- Noisy Nature: They make loud bellowing noises to communicate.
- Nose Nuggets: One of them sneezes directly at Lex.
- Tiny-Headed Behemoth: A huge animal with a very small head (though said head is very large compared to the human characters).
- Wham Shot: A Brachiosaur is the first dinosaur in full on-screen in the entire franchise (barring the quick shots of raptor eyes at the beginning). This same Brachiosaur would perish on Isla Nublar after the eruption of Mt Sibo.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Similar to the Dilophosaurus. Their vocalizations are briefly heard in the background of Jurassic World but the titular park does not list them as attractions (supplementary material reveals that Masrani had plans for them to be listed, however). The vocalizations imply that they're still around, but we never get to see them. They return in Fallen Kingdom.
Appearances: Jurassic Park | The Lost World: Jurassic Park | Jurassic World | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- Adaptational Early Appearance: They appear in the first Jurassic Park film despite not being in the first book. They do show up in the second.
- Adaptational Species Change: The stampede scene involved Hadrosaurus in the book.
- Artistic License Biology: A lot of Jurassic Park video games and novels labeled Gallimimus as herbivores. Gallimimus were believed to have eaten small animals, insects and eggs in addition to plants. The Jurassic World website however corrected them as being omnivores.
- Fragile Speedster: They're all very fast, but go down in one bite from the T. rex.
- Oh, Crap!: An interesting double-example; they invoke this reaction in Tim when they start "flocking [his] way"...and then it's implied that the reason they're flocking is because they themselves are having an Oh, Crap! moment being stalked by the T. rex.
- Put on a Bus: They don't appear in Jurassic Park 3.
- Red Shirt: One of them became breakfast for the T. rex.