Organizations and Groups
Portrayed By: Bryan Cranston
Appeared In: Godzilla
The American head of the Janjira nuclear plant that melted down in 1999. Obsessed with discovering exactly what happened during the plant's meltdown.
- Action Survivor: He survives the first incident in the nuclear plant. But he's Killed Off for Real when the male MUTO awakens.
- Advertised Extra: Trailers for the film heavily featured him. His character is important at the beginning of the film, but is killed off pretty quickly.
- As You Know: When the Janjira reactor collapses and starts venting radioactive gas into the structure, Joe gets so worried he feels the need to remind his wife (and, by extension, the audience), that she has to hurry out of there, otherwise she "won't last five minutes, with or without the suits". Never mind that she's one of the (if not the) lead technicians at the plant and is probably more aware of the risks than he is.
- Bilingual Bonus: Joe communicates in Japanese a few times over the film, including a snap at a Japanese Monarch security troop.
- A Birthday, Not a Break: The Janjira incident that resulted in the death of his wife occurred on Joe's birthday.
- Burial at Sea: The novelization explains he receives a Navy-style burial of this type on the USS Saratoga shortly after his death.
- Conspiracy Theorist: After his wife, Sandra, was among the deaths at the Janjira nuclear power plant when it was abruptly destroyed, he is convinced that whatever caused the disaster was a bit less "natural" than an earthquake. He spends the next 15 years trying to piece together the truth behind the tragedy. So he's unsurprisingly miffed to find out that a group called Monarch is, indeed, covering up what happened.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: His obsession with his wife's death has left him more than a little nutty and he's regarded as a Cloudcuckoolander by his son, but he's right about the cover-up and he gets it completely right that Monarch were hiding something which uses bio-acoustics.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his wife, which he knows he is partly responsible for.
- Dead Star Walking: Played by Bryan Cranston, the biggest name actor in the film, he doesn't make it past the first third.
- Decoy Protagonist: Though he is given a lot of development early on in the film, his son is The Hero of the story as far as human characters go.
- Determinator: Even 15 years after the incident, he hasn't given up on finding the truth.
- Disappeared Dad: He becomes one in the emotionally absent but physically present sense after the Janjira disaster. He then becomes one in the literal sense right after he and his son Ford have finally reconciled upon the latter realizing Joe wasn't an obsessed nutcase. He's also more or less a Disappeared Granddad, having barely if ever seen his grandson.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: The film sets him up as a major protagonist with an integral role in the story. Minutes after the male MUTO gets released, he literally gets a bridge dropped on him and dies without warning.
- Fatal Family Photo: He dies roughly 20 minutes after finding an intact photo of his family in their old house.
- Foil: He's one to Dr. Serizawa, which is lampshaded when the latter gives him a sympathetic stare through the two-way mirror upon hearing of his wife's death. They both are (were in Joe's case) Reasonable Authority Figures in charge, and both of them were set on their current path partly because of a nuclear tragedy of some kind in which their loved one was caught up (for Serizawa it's his father's firsthand experience of the Hiroshima bombing, for Joe it's the Janjira meltdown which caused his wife's death). They're also both brilliant men, who happen to be regarded by peers (his son Ford for Joe, Admiral Stenz for Serizawa) as Cloudcuckoolanders but in the end are both proven to be right; Serizawa's expertise is in what the Kaiju's emergence means and their role in nature, whereas Joe's is in the effects of their powers and how to detect them. However, whereas Serizawa actively tries to maintain the Masquerade, Brody seeks to break through it; Serizawa was responsible for defending and building up Monarch as a key figurehead, whereas Joe became a lonely recluse taking teaching jobs after the nuclear plant's destruction; Serizawa is The Stoic whereas Joe is driven by Mangst to uncover the truth. Interestingly, Joe is estranged from his son and it's hinted Serizawa likewise isn't necessarily close to his sonnote ; but Serizawa has a Number Two who's Like a Daughter to Me, and Ford and Joe briefly team-up during the film; Ford doesn't outlive his son, while Serizawa outlives Vivienne Graham by a short time.
- Hope Spot: He has a rather horrible one during the Janjira meltdown. He anxiously waits for Sandra to make it out of the reactor area before he'll seal it off to contain the radiation leakage, hoping she'll make it out. She suddenly contacts him over the radio, and tells him it's too late for her.
- Howl of Sorrow: He impressively lets one out not after but directly before forcing himself to Shoot the Dog.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: In 1999, he sends his wife Sandra to investigate the Janjira NPP's reactor in the wake of mysterious tremors. Not only does this put her in harm's way when there's a breach, but he also ends up having to close the blast doors on her and her team to keep radioactive gas from leaking into the rest of the city. His obsession with figuring out the cause of the breach that killed his wife leads to him discovering that some large, strange entity is now active in the ruins of the facility.
- Ironic Birthday: Reversed. Joe is told of his birthday before the power plant meltdown which leads to him and Ford being immediately evacuated.
- Mangst: Has a lot of this over Sandra's death.
- Meaningful Look: He has one with Ford during the male MUTO's emergence, before Joe is caught in a fatal collapse that later kills him.
- Mr. Exposition: During his screen-time, he provides a lot of plot-relevant exposition in relation to the MUTO's approach and the Janjira meltdown as they respectively happen, and after the Distant Prologue he provides more exposition explaining to the audience how he's found out about the MUTO's presence in Janjira, and then about the MUTO's EMP.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The look on his face after his wife's death says it all. His obsession is also most likely fueled by guilt.
- Papa Wolf: After getting arrested again, before he even demands answers, the first thing he demands is to see his son Ford, who they also captured. Just by the tone of his voice, he was both scared and mad at the thought of losing him too.
- Parental Neglect: Even before the incident at the power plant turned him into an obsessive conspiracy theorist, Joe was already unintentionally dismissive of his family, forgetting to greet his son in the morning and even that it was his own birthday.
- Parents as People: First as an inattentive workaholic, then as a man so caught up in his grief and dangerous obsession with unraveling the truth about the meltdown that he could hardly bring himself to see his son, daughter-in-law or grandson. In spite of this, he and Ford still love each other.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Before the death of his wife. He pushes for an emergency meeting because he's concerned about unexplained seismic readings near the nuclear power plant's vicinity. And before the meeting can happen, when supposed quakes start striking the plant, he rightfully orders that the entire plant be taken offline without hesitation. Lastly there's his tragic Shoot the Dog.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: At first. Joe knew there was a cover-up going on surrounding the Janjira site, but initially thought it was either a design flaw or a mistake by the military. He got an idea of what was really going on later and figured out what was happening with the help of a local cargo skipper and some buoys, which subsequently picked up the MUTOs' bio-acoustics.
- Room Full of Crazy: He has a room covered with newspaper clippings and other documents relating to his search for the truth behind the collapse of the Janjira plant that led to his wife's death. His son is understandably taken aback at all this; his father simply replies: "I don't get too many visitors".
- Sacrificial Lion: Gets the most development early on, but is killed when the first MUTO awakens.
- Shoot the Dog: He's reluctantly forced to seal his wife and several other co-workers inside the power plant's reactor area to die (albeit after they failed to outrun the radioactive leakage and were fatally exposed) in order to prevent the leakage getting out and potentially killing millions.
- Spotting the Thread: After breaking back into old Janjira after it was quarantined due to a reactor meltdown, Joe Brody realizes the place isn't radioactive when he spots three dogs chasing each other, when they should be dead from radiation. A quick check of his Geiger counter confirms his suspicions.
- Technology Levels: Mentioned poetically by him for dramatic effect when he screams that the EMP coming from Janjira NPP's ruins will "send us back to the Stone Age".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies roughly 40 minutes into the film after sustaining injuries from the male MUTO awakening in Janjira.
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: As a result of Sandra's death at Janjira and his subsequent development into a Conspiracy Theorist investigating what caused the plant to collapse, he has become estranged from his son Ford, who thinks all his dad's crazy-sounding theories are just a pathetic attempt to keep from moving on from that grief as he has. The fact that the first time in years Ford meets up with Joe is to retrieve him after he got arrested trying to sneak into the Janjira quarantine zone didn't help either.
- Window Love: He does this with Sandra across the window of the door behind which he had to lock her to keep irradiated steam from leaking into the rest of the Janjira plant.
- Workaholic: He was very much this as head of the nuclear power plant, forgetting (to his regret) to see Ford before the latter left for school, and also completely forgetting it was his birthday until Sandra directly reminded him; both of which were partly due to him being distracted worrying over the phone about the seismic disturbances approaching the plant and how it might affect the facility. Even in the present time frame, this facet of his personality still comes across in his Conspiracy Theorist zeal and how it's unintentionally estranged him from his surviving family.
Portrayed By: Juliette Binoche
Appeared In: Godzilla
Joe's wife, and one of the engineers at the nuclear plant where he works.
- Death by Origin Story: She's shown with Joe and a young Ford Brody in the Distant Prologue, and dies shortly afterward. The film then jumps 15 years later, and we're shown that Joe hasn't gotten over her death, while their son Ford has moved on, married, and has a kid of his own.
- Disposable Woman: She promises young son Ford that they'll work out a way to surprise dad Joe after work. She helps him hang the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sign for Joe before coming out to kiss Joe and wish him a happy birthday (he'd forgotten in his concern over the tremors). She then dutifully follows Joe's request that her team goes check the reactor. She wisely commands her team out when the tremors begin again, stops to pick up a fallen comrade, and then pulls off her mask when it no longer matters because she won't get out — just to tearfully say goodbye to the grieving and guilt-wracked husband who sent her down there in the first place, setting him up for 15 years of obsessive guilt-fueled angst.
- Go Out with a Smile: A tearstained and strained smile.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She told her husband to shut the blast doors, thus dooming her and her team, to prevent radiation from leaking out.
- The Lost Lenore: Joe dedicates nearly all of his attention to uncovering why she died.
- Missing Mom: She died in the Janjira reactor breach when Ford was a kid.
- Outrun the Fireball: A variation. She and other inspectors at the power plant try to outrun the gas-ball representing the leaked radiation. They don't make it.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She dies in the first 15 minutes of the film.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She and the scientists stuck on the wrong side of the breach doors are the first characters to die in the movie.
- Window Love: She does this with Joe before the secondary window-less bulkhead door cuts them off.
Portrayed By: Aaron Taylor-Johnson & CJ Adams (Young)
Appeared In: Godzilla
The only child of Joe and Sandra Brody. The primary human protagonist of the 2014 Godzilla film, he is a Navy bomb tech on leave when the events of the movie began.
- 1-Dimensional Thinking: Double Subverted when he jumps off the railway bridge into the river. . . the fall might kill him, but being hit by a burning runaway train will kill him.
- Action Survivor: Dealing with giant Kaiju is probably a bit more than even a returning war vet is trained for. With the MUTOs and Godzilla, the best you can do is stay out of their way and hope for the best.
- Admiring the Abomination: He has this moment when he comes face to face with Godzilla in the climax. Ford's face is clearly shocked being so close to Godzilla, yet is in awe of him as well. It's clear at this moment that he no longer views Godzilla as a mere monster but as something more.
- Adult Fear: He got to watch his father descend into madness after his mother's death, and his father dies before Ford ever gets a chance to fully reconcile with him.
- Androcles' Lion: Downplayed but still present as Ford distracts the MUTOs long enough for Godzilla to gather himself and take them down. Godzilla even stops the female MUTO from killing Ford in a Big Damn Heroes moment. This may have just been good timing but given how Godzilla's intelligence is revealed and by the end he's totally aware if not fully sentient, this could have been intentional.
- Big Damn Heroes: To Godzilla, ironically enough. When both MUTOs were pummeling Godzilla within an inch of his life, the explosion that Ford causes to destroy all the MUTO eggs draws their attention, saving Godzilla.
- Born Lucky: You can count how many times he survives with his encounters with the MUTO, the same one he keeps encountering. 5 times, the last 2 due to Godzilla's Big Damn Heroes moments.
- Chekhov's Skill: Stealthily played straight and outright subverted.
- During the MUTO's emergence at Janjira, Ford is able to grab and don a gas mask in only a few seconds - something the average person would fumble for ten seconds or more to do. However, the Marines are drilled hard on rapid deployment of masks, so for Ford that action is ingrained in him as deeply as breathing.
- Subverted in that despite repeatedly establishing Ford's EOD tech abilities, the bomb is too damaged to be defused and goes off, though out of range.
- Defiant to the End: While trying his best to deal with the bomb, the Mama Bear mode female MUTO corners him on the ship. His response; to cooly take out his side-arm and get ready to shoot her, despite the sheer disadvantage.
- Deuteragonist: He plays the other role of the protagonist while Godzilla is the lead. This is alluded to when Ford faints at the same time Godzilla collapses after defeating the MUTOs.
- Dull Surprise: Justified in-universe (see below) thanks to Ford's EOD background. He keeps his cool at all times when the stakes are high.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Hes an EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) officer in the United States Navy. While they dont get much love in pop culture, Navy EOD personnel are considered the elite among the U.S. militarys EOD community; their initial training is over a year long and they often deploy alongside special operations units such as the SEALs and Delta Force.
- Fatal Family Photo: Subverted. He brings out a photo of his wife and son and has a close call soon after, but ultimately lives to the end.
- Freudian Excuse: A heroic rather than villainous case. It's implicit in the film and further suggested in the novelization that his EOD career is influenced by his mother's death in the Janjira meltdown.
- Heroic Lineage: Besides the fact he and his father both in some way contribute to safeguarding the lives of others against the MUTOs during the film; in the novelization, a photo of Joe in the Brodys' old house indicates Ford's father was also in the military (specifically the Navy) before his engineering career.
- Hope Spot: He has a particularly cruel one at the Janjira containment site. He sees his father get caught in a large bridge collapse that's likely to severely injure or just kill. The novelization explicitly describes Joe searching among the injured for Joe the next morning, thinking he might be dead before finding him being treated. Then during the flight to the Saratoga, Joe goes into atrial fibrillation and dies.
- Idiot Ball: Ford and his team on the railroad bridge in the dark and foggy Sierras radio ahead to their advance scouts to ask if the tracks are clear. The scouts reply with frantic full-automatic fire and screaming. What do Ford and his team make of this? "Let's move up on foot and check it out." They start to take a hint when the MUTO throws a flaming M1 Abrams tank at them.
- Interspecies Friendship: Downplayed. With Godzilla, to a minor extent.
- The Jinx: Every time he is with a group of people, he tends to be one of the few if not the sole survivor.
- Karmic Jackpot: Albeit with both parties unaware of the fact. Right when Godzilla is being pinned down by the MUTOs, Brody sets fire to the nest and draws the female's attention, giving Big G an opening to stand up and regroup. His assistance is rewarded when, just as the female MUTO is about to kill him, Godzilla appears out of nowhere to bite on the MUTO's neck and let Brody get away.
- Late to the Realization: In the novelization, he seems to be slower than the reader or Joe to realize what the hell's going on at the Black Site in Janjira before the MUTO breaks free.
- Made of Iron: Averted. Being flung through the air when he Outruns the Fireball leaves him with a broken leg and, in the novelization, internal bleeding.
- Meaningful Look: With his father during the male MUTO's attack on the Janjira Power Plant just before the latter gets caught in a fatal collapse, and at the end between Ford and Godzilla.
- Nerves of Steel: It takes brass balls to stay calm when the MUTOs starts their rampage. Fully justified, considering his job is disarming bombs in war zones. Of course, he would develop such a front.
- Nice Guy: He's a loving father and spouse and is very patient with his more-than-a-little crazy dad. The moment he hears that Joe has been arrested in Japan he rushes to his side and tries to convince him to come home with him.
- Not So Different: Implied during his face to face encounter with Godzilla. Initially, Ford viewed Godzilla as nothing more than a monster that was no different than the MUTOs. But after seeing Godzilla up close, it's clear that Ford sees Godzilla as no different than himself; a tired and beaten warrior with a common enemy.
- Not So Stoic: When he sees his father's dead body, Ford tears up.
- Outrun the Fireball: Does this when the petrol leak he causes in the MUTOs' nest ignites an explosion, which throws him forward as he's fleeing.
- Plot Armor: Our hero survives no less than four catastrophes, two of which he is the only survivor.
- Primal Fear: The HALO jump scene has Ford Brody and the other soldiers jumping out of a plane at such a high altitude that they're practically in space. The jump requires them to dive through a massive, thundering storm cloud all the way down into a ruined San Francisco that the eponymous creature is still marauding through. Some of the soldiers even drop right past Godzilla as they get closer to the ground.
- Returning War Vet: As the main narrative begins, he is on leave from his job of disarming bombs for the U.S. military.
- Sole Survivor: Becomes this several times to the units he joins along the way to save his family.
- The Stoic: Fully justified. Soldiers are trained to keep their cool during intense moments. Furthermore, his specific role job is disarming bombs in military zones, meaning he is expected to have an even higher tolerance of stress than the average military man. He does openly show emotion like joy and affection when he is off the clock with his family. The Stoic front only breaks once and that's when he realizes his dad has died.
- Time-Shifted Actor: CJ Adams plays Ford as a kid.
- Tempting Fate: Almost. Early in the film, after returning home from war service before the MUTO crisis kicks off, he assures Sam that he'll stick around.
Portrayed By: Elizabeth Olsen
Appeared In: Godzilla
Ford's wife. She works as a nurse in San Francisco.
- Adult Fear:
- She gets progressively more worried as the film goes on, for obvious reasons. Her actions can seem very familiar to anyone who has a SO in the military, or knows someone who does. Additionally, her and Ford's separation and long-range communication during the crisis evokes the idea of being unable to be with your family during a natural disaster... which the situation arguably is.
- Additionally, in the novelization she gets a frightening moment where Sam wanders off into the pandemonium-filled and evacuating hospital parking lot, and they nearly don't make it back to each-other through the crowd.
- Deadpan Snarker: Before Ford leaves for Japan to bail out his father, Elle is trying to tell him that Joe is a good man who just needs some help after he lost everything the day Janjira turned into a nuclear hotspot. Ford responds he lost everything too but got over it leading Elle to respond, "Well I can see that."
- Distressed Damsel: Her role is basically to be in danger from the Kaiju and motivate Ford to risk his life to save her.
- Hope Spot: During the monsters' arrival at San Francisco, she sees a trooper parachuting in, looking as if help is on the way... until it turns out that the "trooper" was a pilot who had ejected from his fighter, as planes start dropping out of the sky.
- The Medic: She works as a nurse.
- Morton's Fork: She ends up trapped on a road with a group of people with Godzilla on one side and the winged MUTO on the other, and either Kaiju about to charge into battle against each-other.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Averted with Joe Brody, her father-in-law. She's actually the one who encourages Ford to have more sympathy for Joe and to treat him better."Well, he is your family."
- Tempting Fate: When Ford has to go to Japan to pick up his father just after returning home from military service, Elle assures him the trip will just be a few days. "It's not the end of the world." Subverted in that Ford does make it back to his family after just a few days, though in a way none of them could have expected.
- Work Hard, Play Hard: Played With. The novelization shows she's a serious and committed nurse when she's on-the-clock, yet off-the-clock she manages to make time for fun with a cake among her son and Returning War Vet husband.
Portrayed By: Carson Bolde
Appeared In: Godzilla
Ford and Ellie's son.
- Children Are Innocent: A straight example as Sam is clearly the most innocent character both in the film and the series.
- Innocent Inaccurate: He clearly doesn't grasp how much of a game changer both Godzilla and the Muto's apperences are, instead he just thinks they are cool "dinosaurs". It's clear when Godzilla's fight with the male Muto is on the news, he is smiling and enjoying it while his mother is clearly shocked at what she is seen.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Interestingly displays during his encounter with Godzilla at the Golden Gate Bridge. While all the other childern are rightfully scared at the sight of Godzilla, Sam can be visibly be seen smiling as if he thinks this is cool.
Portrayed By: Vera Farmiga
Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Mark's ex-wife, and Andrew and Madison's mother. Monarch's chief paleobiologist and director of Bioacoustic Studies, the discoverer of Mothra, and the co-inventor of the ORCA.
- Adaptational Mundanity: Her creation of the ORCA and her and Jonah using it to attempt controlling the Kaiju including but not limited to Ghidorah, seems to make the two of them a human adaptation of the Human Aliens such as the Xiliens in earlier Toho continuities, who likewise used technology to control the Kaiju, the core difference being that the ORCA isn't a surefire mind-control switch and Ghidorah is simply unable to be controlled.
- Admiring the Abomination: Not an uncommon attitude among Monarch, and from how the Titans appear onscreen to a cinema audience it's more than understandable. But she mixes this with a dose of Misanthropy when she decides that the human race are acting like an "infection" destroying the planet, whilst the Titans are rising to act like antibodies maintaining the Earth's natural balance, and so she decides the Titans must be freed to reclaim dominance of the planet and force humans to regain co-existence with them.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: She ends up being one to Ford Brody in the first film. They both tragically lost a loved one to a Kaiju before their respective films' main time frames (Joe lost his wife to damage caused by a MUTO, Emma lost her son to the MUTO's Arch-Enemy Godzilla), and they afterwards became the Workaholic obsessed with finding out why it happened and consequently became distanced in a way from their surviving family. But unlike Joe who only wants to know what killed his wife that the government is keeping secret from him and the world, Emma's goal shifts in her Sanity Slippage towards forcibly awakening the Titans so they'll inflict Gaia's Vengeance and prevent humanity destroying their own world). They also both love their surviving child, but unlike Joe who is considered crazy by his son, Emma remains in direct, regular contact with her daughter and manipulates her into being part of her plan. Whereas Joe is a Cloudcuckoolander recluse, Emma successfully masked her FaceHeel Turn and Sanity Slippage from her Monarch colleagues. There's also the fact that Emma and Joe are regarded in some way as insane by others but turn out to be at least partly right by the ends of their respective films, although Emma's plan has a fatal flaw or two. Whereas Joe's relationship with his son goes from strained to repaired over the film, with Emma and Madison the reversal happens.
- Anti-Villain: The director calls her "a gray character rather than a mustache twirling villain." She intends to make the world a better place for humans and Titans alike and prevent humanity from creating their own extinction event, and it's worth noting she does have a mix of Heel Realization and My God, What Have I Done? in addition to genuinely loving her children. But her means of achieving her goal involve recklessly forcing all the Titans to awake before the government can attempt killing them off, and she assumes nothing will go wrong despite not fully understanding the Titans herself; to say nothing of how she knowingly risks sacrificing billions of human lives, or is willing to leave many of her co-workers and her daughter's father to die if it means seeing her plan through.
- Armor-Piercing Response: After delivering one to Mark during her Motive Rant, he silently pauses before delivering one to her in turn. It visibly gets to her, but she remains unperturbed in her Eco-Terrorist plan.Mark: This won't bring him back to us.
- Backstory: Before she met and married Mark, Emma was an environmental activist and sometimes got arrested for participating in protests. In 2009, five years before the events of the original film, Emma and her team followed a bioacoustic signature to the mountains in Yunnan, China, and found the hidden Temple of the Moth, with a cocooned Mothra inside.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Emma's plan brings about the deaths of millions worldwide. But her plan works. The Titans at the end restore the environment. Even though she is ultimately crushed under debris, she dies knowing that she left the world a "better" place for her daughter.
- Bait the Dog: At first she seems to be an innocent scientist and mother caught up in Alan Jonah's crazy scheme. Except it's actually her crazy scheme, she joined forces with Jonah before the start of the movie and on top of that, she's the one who releases Ghidorah and awakens him with the ORCA.
- The Beastmaster: She and Mark developed the ORCA, a device to communicate with and possibly control monsters through their bioacoustics on a sonar level.
- Being Evil Sucks: Madison catches her at one point crying alone in a cafeteria with regret over what she's done.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Alan Jonah, though hes initially the one in charge. They both plan to awaken Ghidorah from his ice prison and use the ORCA to control him, however Ghidorah has his own plans.
- Big Bad Friend: She's this to most if not all of the key Monarch operatives. She recruited most of them and is implied to have been good friends with them before her betrayal is revealed.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Alongside Alan Jonah, she is the one responsible for unsealing King Ghidorah and kickstarting the plot of the film. However, once King Ghidorah is freed, he quickly overshadows Russell and Jonah as the primary threat and, rather than restore balance like she had intended, instead opts to terraform Earth to suit his liking. Even Jonah outclasses her in this regard, being perfectly content with Ghidorah wiping out humanity, and later deciding she's no longer needed.
- Break the Haughty: She suffers a lot of Contempt Crossfire and close-to-home backlash for her hubris over the course of the film. Downplayed in the novelization, where despite her Heel Realization she still believes that Madison will actually forgive her if she tries to make things right.
- Contempt Crossfire: Gets it from both sides when she's still hesitating to activate the ORCA, Maddie trying to get her to not kill billions of humans and Alan ripping into her for letting Maddie think it would be a painless process resulting in human-Titan harmony. Both Sides Have a Point.
- Decoy Protagonist: She's introduced as a main protagonist being forced into villainy by Alan Jonah, but she turns out to have been willingly working with him from the beginning and spends the first half or so of the movie as part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with him.
- Didn't See That Coming: She had no clue to King Ghidorah's true nature. Her original plan called to wake the Titans up gradually, to give humanity time to prepare so that some people would survive while they bring balance to the planet. She's thus confused and horrified when King Ghidorah starts waking them all at once so that it's more likely humanity will be exterminated, and begins terraforming the planet more to his alien sensibilities.
- Didn't Think This Through: Whilst The Extremist Was Right that releasing the Titans will bring balance to the world and create many more solutions than problems for humanity, she releases Ghidorah who is a Titan that Monarch still knows relatively little about, partly due to it being a new discovery; and she furthermore intends to indiscriminately release all the Titans without first verifying their respective temperaments and which ones might actually be hostile to humans and incapable of coexistence. As a result, she doesn't count on Ghidorah turning out to be an invasive extraterrestrial with no ties to maintaining Earth's ecosphere and an Omnicidal Maniac who actively seeks the planet's destruction.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: She and her daughter are captured by Jonah so they can aid him and his mercenaries in raiding Monarch's outposts and releasing the captive Titans, but then it turns out that rather than being forcibly taken hostage, she's been The Mole in Monarch for some time, and it's actually her master-plan that she and Jonah are enacting (although it's clear that Jonah is the Dragon-in-Chief whenever Emma has second thoughts about going through with something evil).
- Eco-Terrorist: She turns out to be a Western Terrorist of the sort that believes that humanity in and of itself is a problem that needs fixing, with all the damage that they've inflicted on the planet with overpopulation, pollution, and war. To that end, she unleashes the Titans to forcibly "heal" the Earth no matter the scope of the destruction that this causes for innocent people.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Truly cares for her daughter Madison, and is filled with grief over the loss of her son Andrew.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She hesitates before releasing both Ghidorah and Rodan respectively when she knows her ex-husband or hundreds of islanders will be at the newly-freed Titans' feet. She ultimately has a HeelFace Turn when she realizes Ghidorah is a threat to all life on Earth instead of healing the planet.
- Evil All Along: At the start of the film, she appears to be a well-meaning Monarch scientist who is forcibly kidnapped by Jonah and forced to serve his goals against her will. Then she picks up the detonator and frees Ghidorah from the ice herself, and from there it's revealed she's been The Mole inside Monarch serving the Eco-Terrorists' ends for some time after she made a FaceHeel Turn.
- The Extremist Was Right: In the end, she's proven correct that the Titans awakening and retaking their places in the world would heal the planet's biome rather than harm it and that the Titans' reemergence would not lead to the end of humanity. The immediate problem with her plan is she released Ghidorah when so little information on it was known to Monarch, and thus didn't account for it being a hostile extraterrestrial who actively does the opposite of safeguarding the planet's natural order.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner / Famous Last Words: After King Ghidorah has fatally injured her and is looming towards her, she Faces Death With Dignity and defiantly says, "Long live the King!"
- Fatal Flaw: Pride, as described below. It's noted in the novelization that once she's committed to something and has gotten it into her head that she's right about something, she can be very unmoving about it. This leads to her FaceHeel Turn towards being a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- To Dr. Serizawa. They're both high-profile Monarch scientists who believe in the fundamental goodness and ecological importance of the Titans, and they consider them the true rulers of the Earth whilst human civilization just lives in a self-made bubble in the Titans' long absence. However, whereas Serizawa still cares about human life (in his own words, he admires all forms of life) and calls out Emma for risking billions of lives, Emma has grown misanthropic and is fine with sacrificing millions to allow the Titans to retake the world. Serizawa advocates humans standing by and allowing Godzilla to restore balance when hostile Titans disrupt it, and believes things will work out in the end according to this philosophy; whereas Emma actively fears humanity euthanizing the sleeping Titans and screwing their planet's chance at regaining harmony, and she responds to this by seeking to actively wake all the Titans up and she assumes nothing will go off-script — Emma and Serizawa actually both call each-other out on their respective reasonings when Emma is explaining her motives. Interestingly, they were also both present at the destruction of a city (Hiroshima for Serizawa, San Francisco for Emma) which showed the full destructive capability of humans and Titans respectively, and which led to their family's estrangement, and it's fair to say that both of them don't hold it against the force which caused the destruction.
- To Mark Russell, her own ex-husband. They both had a lifelong environmental interest (ecology for Emma, wildlife for Mark), and they even take the same path of working on the ORCA in the hopes humans and Titans can coexist, but they went on polarized routes after their son's deaths. They both at points in the film display an appreciation for the Titans' beauty, but Mark became a Tragic Bigot with a hatred for all Titans because of Andrew's death, while Emma became simultaneously pro-Titan and misanthropic — interestingly, in relation to this, Mark outright hates Godzilla most of all, while Emma doesn't hate him but actively releases Godzilla's Arch-Enemy, Ghidorah. Mark initially responded to Andrew's death with alcoholism, while Emma entered workaholism. They also both don't want to lose Madison the same way they lost their other child, and they respectively drop concern for everything else when she's in mortal danger — but Mark left Madison and Emma, yet regrets not being there for them when the film's main plot kicks off, whereas Emma retains custody of Madison but manipulates her.
- And to Alan Jonah. Aside from their shared goals and misanthropy, both their respective Starts Of Darkness were triggered by losing a child, and both have a cold exterior. However, Emma doesn't want Ghidorah to destroy the world, and makes a HeelFace Turn when she realizes she really screwed up by releasing him, whereas Jonah proves he's fine with letting Ghidorah destroy everything if it'll eradicate humanity. The novelization indicates Asher was Jonah's redeeming quality analogous to how Madison proves to be Emma's, and also indicates Jonah became Beyond Redemption after Asher's death, in contrast to how Emma successfully saves her daughter after making a HeelFace Turn.
- Freudian Excuse: She uses the death of her son as justification for lashing out at the world around her by throwing her lot in with Jonah despite there being much more peaceful ways to have the change that she wants.
- HeelFace Turn: Has a Heel Realization after receiving two Armor-Piercing Responses in direct succession from Madison that really hit home and upon realizing that Ghidorah is doing the opposite of what she expected when he takes over as Alpha. She subsequently intends to fix her mistake with Ghidorah, but Madison enacts it before she can do it herself, and Emma spends most of the rest of the film looking to get Madison back before enacting a Heroic Sacrifice that aids Godzilla.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ends up pulling one off to save Madison, Mark and Monarch by luring Ghidorah away in a truck with the ORCA. She gets killed but helps revive Godzilla.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Played With. By releasing Ghidorah, unaware it's a malevolent extraterrestrial lifeform with its own agenda, she ends up unleashing an Apocalypse How far worse than anything the human race have done so far. She ends up giving her life to put a permanent stop to him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She believed that all Titans are benign forces of balance when it comes to the Earth, and merely ambivalent at worse when it comes to humanity. King Ghidorah's active malevolence proves her wrong. Also to Jonah, as she thought they both didn't want humanity exterminated or the world destroyed by their scheme, but he admits to being fine with such a possibility.
- She states that one of her motivations is having her son's death matter. She then callously wakes Rodan before people can evacuate in complete disregard for their lives, to say nothing of how her plan fundamentally calls to create billions of deaths and personal losses like her son's.
- At one point, she demands Jonah leave Madison "out of this", but he's quick to retort that Emma brought Madison into their terrorist plot, filled her head with nothing but pro-Titan thoughts, and kept her in the dark about the brutality their plot would involve and the possibility it could go wrong in the first place.
- She's willing to put billions of lives at risk for the alleged "greater good" if it'll see her plans through, but when it's her last remaining child instead of someone else's child that's in mortal danger, she throws away pretense of serving a good that's bigger than individual human lives in favor of saving her daughter.
- Ignored Expert: She becomes a villainous one to her captor (actually her partner-in-crime) Alan Jonah when she realizes and warns him that King Ghidorah is forcing the other Titans to ravage their own planet instead of restoring it, only for Jonah to brush it off with Insane Troll Logic.
- Insane Troll Logic: She paints her plan as the only way to ensure life will continue on Earth, and that otherwise, everything will end within her lifetime. This ignores how even the most extreme of predictions regarding current human effects on the planet would lead to humans becoming extinct long before life, in general, is in trouble (humans could indeed cause a massive loss in biodiversity, but nothing worse than what life has handled in the past). Justified, as it's heavily implied her sanity took a major hit from her son's death, so she's not exactly thinking rationally.
- Inside Job: It's implied she enables Alan Jonah to gain access to Mothra's temple for the staged kidnapping.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Emma, along with Madison, is kidnapped by Alan Jonah and his eco-terrorist organization who want to use the ORCA to control the Titans. Except it turns out that she arranged the whole thing with Jonah, convinced Madison to go along with the plan, and faked their kidnapping.
- Knight Templar: She firmly believes that she is working for a noble cause and doing what is necessary for the preservation of life on Earth, that she is fighting the dangerous plague that she perceives the existence of human civilization to be, and that the billions of people her actions would condemn to death is a necessary sacrifice to be made for the greater good.
- Lies to Children: If she was truly thinking rationally, Emma must've known all along that releasing the Titans would result in large casualties. Instead of giving Madison the truth, Emma gave her daughter a sugarcoated version that would convince Madison to go along with the plan without question. She also lied to Madison about why Mark left them, claiming that he gave up on them and didn't want to be with them anymore, implying that Emma took her bottled-up issues with Mark and used them to try and turn Madison against her father.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: When she discovered after Andrew's death that human activity had influenced the Titans' awakening, she decided humanity was an "infection" to the Earth with their war, overpopulation and pollution, and set about releasing the Titans so they could put humanity back in its place and restore natural order. She still draws the line when she realizes that Ghidorah intends to bring extinction instead of natural order.
- Mama Bear: Emma points a gun at an unfazed Alan Jonah when he refuses to let her desert him to save a runaway Madison. In the novelization, after Madison tells Jonah off for talking down to her, Jonah threatens her, for which Emma warns him to think twice about threatening her daughter.
- Mask of Sanity: Though some including Mark were concerned about her initial Workaholic response to Andrew's death, during the film she successfully masks her Sanity Slippage from all her Monarch colleagues. Even Madison was unaware before the film's events just how messed up her mother really is despite remaining in her mother's custody and being recruited into Emma's Eco-Terrorist agenda.
- Motive Rant: After the heroes realize she is willingly working with Jonah, she contacts them and explains her motives.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When King Ghidorah seems set on forcibly terraforming Earth to his alien liking and completely exterminating humanity, she's horrified. Deconstructed when Alan Jonah mocks her, pointing out that she was committing genocide and that her apocalyptic "salvation" was never going to be clean and pretty.
- Nature Lover: She used to be an environmental activist after all. Turns out to also be her major motivation for turning to evil.
- Never My Fault: At first, Emma refuses to admit she's done anything wrong when King Ghidorah causes her plan to spiral out of her control. It takes her daughter and partner-in-crime to make her even think that the slaughtering of millions if not the very possible extinction of the human race, might be due to her recent actions.
- Not So Stoic: She clearly tries to be The Unfettered, but the facade cracks when Mark or Madison angrily call her out on responding to Andrew's death by doing what she's done.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played With. Whilst she presents herself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist and is proven to be right about the Titans' positive effects on the ecosphere, it's implied (particularly in the novelization) that even if she doesn't know it, she's really lashing out at humanity in a case of Misplaced Retribution not so different from Mark's: whereas Mark blamed Godzilla for Andrew's death, Emma instead blames modern human civilization for causing the MUTOs and Godzilla to rise in the first place with their negative over-exploitation of the environment. However, unlike Jonah, she genuinely believes she's saving the world, and she firmly draws the line once she realizes King Ghidorah is going to wipe out everyone instead of just a handful of humanity and that he's likely to destroy the entire planet's biosphere.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: It's implied in the film that she's The Paragon to Monarch's key brass, and the novelization further confirms this with Coleman describing her as a "rock star" among them. Which makes her FaceHeel Turn all the more shocking and impactful for them.
- Parental Betrayal: She's initially shown to be an innocent kidnap victim alongside Madison, trying to keep them both alive, but's later revealed to not be the case as she orchestrated the whole thing and dragged her daughter into her scheme by feeding her lies.
- Pride: Despite her reverence for the Titans, she's very much guilty of "the arrogance of man" that Serizawa described, for meddling with borderline-Eldritch forces of nature that were simply beyond her ability to control, and expecting them to do what she wanted them to. She's also debatably a bit too certain that the military and government, if they did take over Monarch as she feared, could actually succeed in killing the Titans if they tried, considering how the male MUTO completely shrugged off an attempt by Monarch to kill it.
- Properly Paranoid: Whilst her certainty that the government and military would succeed in killing the dormant Titans if they tried seems like sheer arrogance in light of Monarch's dramatic failure to kill the male MUTO, considering how the military were actually developing the Oxygen Destroyer and the prototype succeeded in bringing Godzilla of all Titans to the brink of death, she might've been more right than one realizes there.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Emma gives out a few but takes a lot more throughout the film:
- Alan Jonah calls her out for believing that waking up giant monsters was ever going to be the clean and easy job she thought it was going to be, and for being a bad parent by bringing her daughter into a terrorist organization and terrorist plot in the first place.
- Serizawa and Monarch berate her stupidity in forcibly releasing the Titans without verifying their temperament or letting them awaken on their own. As even somewhat benevolent Titans (Godzilla and Kong) can cause a great deal of unintended death and destruction in their wake.
- Barnes states that if he had parents like Emma and Mark, he'd run away like Madison.
- Madison delivers this bombshell: calling her mother out for thinking Andrew would have ever wanted her misguided actions.
Madison: There's always a choice! You know who taught me that? Dad. You said he left us, that he was a drunk who didn't care about us.
- It's longer and more epic in the novelization:
Emma: Because he did leave us. Somebody had to be strong for you, and it sure as hell wasn't him. He gave up on me, gave up on you.
Madison: No. You're the one who gave up! You gave up on everything. You gave up on humanity. And if Dad's such an asshole, then why'd he come back? Why is he trying to help people while we're trying to kill them?
Emma: We are helping people, baby—
Madison: Bullshit! You said you were doing this for Andrew. But do you really think he would've wanted this?
Emma: I... I don't know
Madison: Exactly. I'm starting to think you don't know more than you do.
- Mark berates Emma for recklessly endangering their daughter and throwing in her lot with Jonah, believing she knows what's best for everyone and now has the right to decide the fate of the world. Emma then calls out Mark for running out on her and Madison after Andrew's death instead of staying and being strong for their daughter's sake.
- Redemption Equals Death: To try and redeem herself, she makes a suicidal effort to lure Ghidorah away from both Godzilla and her ex-husband and daughter with the ORCA. This gives the humans a chance to escape and Godzilla a chance to power up and kill Ghidorah, but she is killed in the process.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: She becomes more and more reluctant as the film goes on.
- Sanity Slippage: Let's face it. It takes a special kind of madness to lose one's son in the carnage unleashed by battling giant monsters and then decide "The world will be saved if I unleash all the giant monsters to ravage the world as they see fit!" Possibly justified depending on Alternative Character Interpretation.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: She receives a lot of this verbally from her Monarch colleagues and her ex-husband during the Motive Rant, as all of them appalled and outraged at her actions. Just look at her "Reason You Suck" Speech entries!
- Shut Up, Kirk!: When Serizawa calls her out for meddling with forces beyond her understanding and gambling with billions of lives, she retorts by calling him out on the fact billions of lives are on the line regardless of which path Monarch takes, and by bringing up the threat of the government trying to off all the Titans.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: Averted. She at first ignores Monarch's and her own family's warnings that what she's doing will go horribly wrong, but after King Ghidorah takes over, she makes a HeelFace Turn once she realizes Ghidorah is outright destroying the planet instead of healing its ecology.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The novelization explicitly shows she feels this way about being forced to work with Jonah (actually she approached him following her FaceHeel Turn) and that the longer she's been working with him, the less she's been able to stand him. She's disgusted by his Lack of Empathy and how for him no means is too low to achieve his goals.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Possibly. First she is thrown from her jeep by a bolt of Ghidorah's lightning, and is left at ground zero before Burning Godzilla shows up. Debunked in the novelization, which reveals she died of her wounds just before Burning Godzilla released his thermonuclear pulses.
- Tough Love: Emma tells Mark that she's 'trained' Madison to survive and in a deleted scene, it's revealed that Madison's "training" includes a series of sparring sessions as Jonah and his men stand around in a ring and watch her.
- The Unfettered: She views herself this way throughout her actions and decisions, but being chewed out by her ex-husband or her daughter reveals she's Not So Stoic.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: She believes (correctly, it turns out) that if all the Titans are active, the humans who don't die in the collateral of their awakening will be able to coexist with the Titans in natural harmony as Advanced Ancient Humans did, with her using the ORCA to mould and enforce that coexistence (here is where a flaw comes into her plan, as described under Fridge Horror). And she's willing to sacrifice millions or even billions of lives including her ex-husband's and her colleagues' in order to reach that goal, convincing herself it's for the greater good; to the disgust of Monarch and her own daughter.
- Villain Has a Point: While her plan was wrong and very much flawed, she was entirely accurate about several things; something Serizawa and even Mark acknowledge in the novelization. Lampshaded by a newspaper headline in Godzilla vs. Kong.
- Although Emma seems to overestimate humanity's capability and underestimate the Titans' Nigh-Invulnerability, the fact The Extremist Was Right shows she was at least right that the world would be a much better place if the Titans were awake and maintaining its balance. Furthermore, the ability of the military's prototype Oxygen Destroyer to severely harm Godzilla indicates she might've been Properly Paranoid.
- She isn't wrong that Monarch is losing the legal battle with the government to prevent the military attempting to kill the Titans before she intiates her plot, with public opinion massively favoring the government's plan. See Fridge Horror here for the possible outcomes if the government enacted their kill-the-Titans plot, none of which are very positive.
- Adding to this, Serizawa and the rest of Monarch know like Emma that the Titans are ecologically essential and beneficial to the world, yet are doing little in the face of the Suicidally Overconfident government's Nuke 'em pressure except attend senate meetings, to argue with politicians who are clearly shown to be deaf to reason (even Serizawa seems to know these hearings are largely an exercise in futility).
- Villain Respect: In the novelization, despite her deep resentment of Mark for his failures as a husband and a father after Andrew's death, she can't help being genuinely impressed that he brought himself to stick his neck out and put his life on the line trying to save her and Madison.
- Visionary Villain: She believes the world is doomed to the greatest mass extinction in the planet's history if humans remain the sole dominant species, and fears that humanity will destroy the planet's only chance at recovery if the military succeed in exterminating all the Titans, driving her to Well-Intentioned Extremism with the aim of forcibly awakening all the Titans and using the ORCA to engineer a human-Titan coexistence in the aftermath.
- Walking Spoiler: Emma's role in the movie after about a quarter of the film is a huge spoiler.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believes humans and Titans can co-exist, and that their presence will heal the planet from everything that humanity has done to it. As such, she wants to awaken all of them, albeit gradually, to jump-start the process of their rebirth, feeling she has no choice but to do it by force as the government is preparing to kill them. To this end, she betrays Monarch and helps Alan Jonah and his eco-terrorists make strikes against Monarch facilities, murdering many of her co-workers, and is ultimately willing to risk causing billions of deaths by reviving all of the Titans, without having an adequate amount of information on each Titan's nature.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's implied that she's actually this (whether or not one considers her Unintentionally Unsympathetic is technically irrelevant to this trope). Though she uses Utopia Justifies the Means to justify her actions, she's actually undergone some Sanity Slippage and it's implied she's actually (whether she knows it or not) lashing out against humanity over her son's death with her plan to release all the Titans. She's also stubborn in her plan and refuses to recognize that she's not entirely in her right mind, but she still draws the line when she realizes King Ghidorah is going to kill everyone along with most of the planet's biosphere.
- Workaholic: After Andrew's death, she plunged herself into researching why the Titans were awakening and finding a solution, unintentionally becoming somewhat distant from Madison in the intervening years before the film's main time frame and becoming divorced from Mark.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On both ends of the scale here.
- Emma believes Monarch and humanity have outlived their usefulness so she openly betrays them and, while she never kills someone personally, her actions have caused the deaths of millions.
- On the receiving end with Jonah. Emma tries to keep her authority, but given that Ghidorah had effectively made her role in the organization moot, Jonah quickly reminds her he doesn't need her anymore so he will not tolerate her attempts at undermining his authority.
Portrayed By: Kyle Chandler
Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla vs. Kong
Emmas ex-husband, Andrew and Madisons father, Monarch's former senior anthrozoologist, and co-inventor of the ORCA device.
- Admiring the Abomination: Despite his rage towards all Titans and particularly Godzilla for his son's death, he's still capable of admiring them seemingly without conscious input, before he gets over his issues. It's heavily implied that on a subconscious level he knows that he's in the wrong to hate the Titans over his son's death, but his anger and clouded judgement prevent him acknowledging it.
- Advertised Extra: The Godzilla vs. Kong trailers placed a lot of emphasis on his only scene, but in the film proper that's one of the only scenes featuring him as he's Demoted to Extra.
- Aggressive Categorism: The establishing type. Saying that all the Titans which consist of various super-species are nothing but malevolent monsters because one of them accidentally killed his son seems like a stretch, especially for an animal behavior expert.
- Armor-Piercing Response: It's implied in the film and outright confirmed in the novelization that Emma calling Mark out on running away from his problems is this for him: he knows full well that it was him refusing to face up to his son's death in a healthy manner that broke the surviving Russells apart and left Mark living alone in a cabin with the wolves.
- The Atoner: He realizes how misguided his hatred of Godzilla was after the Oxygen Destroyer almost kills Godzilla and the far worse Ghidorah starts controlling the Titans to annihilate the Earth with a rapid mass extinction. From that point on it's he who comes up with the plan to revitalize Godzilla with nukes, and who later insists the humans join the King in the battle against Ghidorah.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Mark spends most of the early part of the film repeatedly advocating that Godzilla be killed due to his continuing rage over his son's death. Thanks to the military and the Oxygen Destroyer he seemingly gets his wish — and soon discovers that life without Godzilla, with Ghidorah taking his place as the Titans' Alpha and directing them to rapidly wipe out the planet's biosphere, is a far, far worse alternative.
- Break the Haughty: He starts off the film being quite jerkass to his Monarch ex-colleagues and making it clear he thinks he's an Only Sane Man among them for hating the Titans and wanting them all killed. The real breaking comes when he seemingly gets his wish (see above), and finally gets called out by Serizawa on the folly of his anti-Titan grudge, causing him to notably dial down his attitude for the rest of the film.
- Character Development: He starts the movie as a Titan-hater to, by the end, understanding that many of the Titans can be reasoned with in some way and starts letting go of his hatred.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: His argument that rebuilding the ORCA could end up doing the exact opposite of preventing another Titan attack on a city proves very, very true in the film, but he's initially brushed off by everyone, partly because it's very clear that his view of the Titans is highly biased.
- Curse Cut Short / Last-Second Word Swap:"It's reacting to Big Bird's cries. That means he's coming for a food or a fight or a f-" [glances at Ilene Chen standing in direct earshot] "...something more intimate."
- Cutting the Knot: How Mark deals with a stuck cargo door on the Argo.
- The Cynic: He's very jaded and cynical, especially about the notion that the Titans are anything other than rampaging monsters, after his son's death.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He turned into The Cynic after Andrew's death at the destruction of San Francisco; hating all Titans for his son's death, quitting Monarch due to their reverence of the Titans and refusal to straight-up try killing them, and divorcing Emma and retreating to the mountains in Colorado. He has something of a Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot over the course of the film.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mark has several moments, like when Chen claims that Emma wouldn't want the Titans destroyed even to save her own life, Marks says it wouldn't be the first time Emma prioritized giant monsters before herself or her family. Later, when Stanton queries what he's asking to see Godzilla's normal movement patterns for, he snarks that it's because he wants to open a boat tour.
- Demoted to Extra: In Godzilla vs. Kong, making only sporadic appearances throughout with no real contribution to the plot, while Madison takes up more of the protagonist role in his place.
- Determinator: Mark only joins Monarch in their rescue mission because Madison's safety is his main priority.
- Didn't Think This Through: Narrowly averted by Mothra's timely arrival right after the Castle Bravo meeting, when Mark intends to depart on an Osprey to look for Madison without a first idea of where on the entire planet she might be or where he'll start looking (whilst the planet is effectively turned into a Death World by Ghidorah's apocalypse no less), instead of staying to continue helping Monarch and the military combat the threat of Ghidorah and its Apocalypse How with his specialist knowledge.
- Drowning My Sorrows: How he initially coped with his son's death offscreen, much to his shame.
- Fantastic Racism: Not an uncommon attitude towards the Titans in the film, but he's notable for lacking the Suicidal Overconfidence of others about the matter of killing them. He hates the Titans for the part they inadvertently played in the death of his son and the breaking up of his family, and flat out tells Monarch the best solution to the ORCA problem is to just kill all the Titans. However, he's also well aware of the power discrepancy between man and Titan and becomes the voice of reason during Monarch's standoff with Godzilla.Mark: Look, I want him dead more than anyone, but unless this is a fight that you KNOW that you can win, for God's sake stand down!
- Fatal Flaw:
- He tends to run away from his problems instead of facing up to them in a more healthy manner. Being unable to properly accept his son's death is what led to him turning into a drunk wreck before the main time frame of King of the Monsters, which in turn caused his and Emma's marriage to fully collapse, and finally led to him running away to the mountains to be as far away from people and the coast as he could be. Emma calls him out on this with an Armor-Piercing Response.
- Godzilla vs. Kong seems to have established Hot-Bloodedness as Mark's Fatal Flaw. He tends to get emotional and judgmental, clouding his rational judgment and jumping to conclusions, and he refuses to even seriously consider working out why Godzilla is attacking.
- To Emma Russell, his own ex-wife; humorously enough. See her folder above.
- Also to Dr. Serizawa, and this gets lampshaded in the novelization. Both of them are Monarch or ex-Monarch scientists with a keen fascination and empathy for the Titans, and both of them firmly recognize that humans shouldn't try to subjugate nature because they're most likely to get anything but the desired result (and both of them learned this due to some kind of tragedy — for Serizawa it was his father's experience in the Hiroshima bombing and/or the Janjira containment breach, for Mark it was a tragic incident where the prototype ORCA caused whales to beach themselves to death). The difference between them is that Mark let himself become consumed by his own grief and allowed it to fester after Andrew's death, whereas Serizawa deliberately avoids falling into the same trap as Mark when he's grief-stricken by the death of Vivienne Graham. Adding irony to the contrast is that Godzilla killing Andrew was completely unintentional, whereas Ghidorah deliberately murdered Dr. Graham in an act of malice.
- And to Alan Jonah, although their only interactions are very brief. They both tragically lost a child, and it ultimately led to them irrationally hating the group/species responsible to the point of wishing said group were all wiped out (Titans for Mark, humanity for Jonah). It also led to them quitting their respective professions in the initial aftermath (Monarch for Mark, the British Army and MI6 for Jonah). They're both sensible enough despite their grievances as to interact non-violently with the group they hate when it's advisable. Mark only becomes part of Monarch again because he's recruited, whereas Jonah took the initiative himself. However, Mark throws his rash hatred out in the open for everyone to see, whereas Jonah thinly masks his true colors as a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist. At the start of the film, Mark's heart is doused in fire while Jonah's is encased in ice.
- Good Is Not Nice: Before he Took a Level in Kindness. He's a real jerkass towards his ex-colleagues and about his anti-Titan prejudice, but besides his redeeming love for his family, he still notably goes out of his way to help people in need twice during the film, one time sacrificing a slim chance to catch up with Emma and Madison.
- Handshake Refusal: Towards Coleman when he first meets the stuttery guy.
- Hot-Blooded: From his rash hatred of Godzilla and all Titans over the death of his son (which he's furthermore failed to let go of despite his implied efforts after five years of mourning and solitude), his Take This Job and Shove It in the initial aftermath of Andrew's death, and his tendency to pull a Leeroy Jenkins, it's clear that he's no poster-boy for The Stoic or for impulse control. This personality trait hasn't gone away by the time of Godzilla vs. Kong.
- On an Osprey with Graham, Coleman and Serizawa, he angrily responds to Serizawa's belief that some of the Titans are benevolent with a "Don't kid yourself." As an animal behavior expert, he should know better than anyone present that it's not only possible but likely that at least some of the Titans are capable of being passive if not gentle towards humans, and Godzilla and the MUTOs themselves were generally non-malicious unless provoked, so the only person present who's kidding theirself is him. Further more, he says this after studying wolves in the wild, who are frequently a misunderstood species in real life.
- A minor example, but when he's calling out the fact Emma doesn't put herself or her family first in the briefing room scene, he's ignoring that he let himself become an unhealthy drinker in the aftermath of Andrew's death and then left Madison and Emma when they needed him the most instead of staying strong for his remaining child's sake.
- Ineffectual Loner: He's retreated to a mountain cabin to try and work through his grief in solitude, distancing himself from his daughter and ex-wife in the process. He's a competent expert zoologist, who is not much of a team player with Monarch when they recruit him to look for the ORCA and the other Russells, and is obnoxiously condescending towards his colleagues due to his hatred of the Titans they revere. He even garners sympathy from Drs. Graham and Serizawa for his loss.
- Insufferable Genius: Played With. He's a jerkass who rants at Monarch and thinks them foolhardy for not trying to kill the Titans before he Takes A Level in Kindness, but he's a genuinely competent animal behavior expert who proves quite useful during the film.
- It's All About Me: Implied by his A Million Is a Statistic behavior during the film and fixation on getting his daughter back above all else even during Ghidorah's Apocalypse How, and his angry snipe at the Monarch brass when he thinks they've forgotten about his ex-wife and daughter. It's rather telling that Mark explicitly brings up the death of his son in regards to his hatred for Godzilla, and not the deaths of many other children and loved ones which thousands of others like him also suffered during the incidents of 2014.
- I Will Find You: Mark sets out to save his kidnapped ex-wife and daughter.
- Jerkass: For the first half of the film; he despises all Titans because his son was a casualty of Godzilla's battle with the MUTOs. And he makes a habit of directing his anger at his former-colleagues and criticizing them at every opportunity with a high-horsed attitude, because they won't exterminate the Titans; he makes it clear to their faces he thinks they're irresponsibly naive for disagreeing with his own, rather biased view that all the Titans are omnicidal monsters and for not killing all the creatures off at the first best opportunity; and he even in his anger accuses said former-colleagues of not valuing human life when they're currently attempting to stop a Titan mass awakening or attempting to rescue his wife and daughter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, throughout the film, he deeply loves his family (particularly Madison) to the point that he attempts to rescue them from being held hostage during a gunfight, and he's only concerned with finding his daughter when an alien monster is wreaking the literal end of the world. He's also not afraid to admit he was wrong, as demonstrated when he realizes that Godzilla is the last hope to save the planet from Ghidorah. He tones down his jerkassery after he experiences a case of Be Careful What You Wish For.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- While his attitude towards the Titans clashes with the film's message of cohabitation, he isn't wrong about the capacity for destruction which exists among even the benign Titans. And while he's not exactly pleased about it, the film's first scene shows he's entirely correct that if the ORCA doesn't already know which frequency to use on a specific Titan, then using the wrong frequency based on guesswork can do the exact opposite of pacify the Titan in question.
- In the novelization, one of Mark's reasons for being pissy at Monarch for trying to keep the Titans alive in containment is because of Monarch's spectacular failure to prevent the male MUTO breaking free at Janjira despite all their precautions including a kill switch. Of course, once Ghidorah awakens all the contained Titans and commands them to attack, they (Mokele-Mbembe and Behemoth in particular) prove Mark is quite right that there's no way Monarch can stop the Titans if they decide to break out.
- Jerkass Realization: It appears he has one about himself upon Godzilla's death and a seven-word "Reason You Suck" Speech from Serizawa, as he notably dials back the attitude for the remainder of the film. Allegedly, this would've originally been averted as Mark would've continued making snips against Godzilla in the Hollow Earth — since Mark's attitude in the film already makes him highly punchable in the beginning, one can imagine why this was removed.
- Leeroy Jenkins: One glimpse of Emma and Madison over a video feed at Outpost 32 makes him pull this.
- Misplaced Retribution:
- Blames Godzilla for the death of his son Andrew in the incidents of the last movie, even though the MUTOs were to blame for the destruction of San Francisco and Godzilla was actually the one who stopped them. It's heavily implied that it was indeed Godzilla specifically rather than the MUTOs who actually caused Andrew's death in all the collateral damage and havoc, but it was nevertheless a genuinely non-malicious accident on Godzilla's part.
- The novelization also states that while Mark never said it, he blames Emma on some level for Andrew's death because she's the one who took the job that led to the family relocating to San Francisco.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He can't make it through the Monarch briefing on Alan Jonah without launching into a tirade saying that Monarch should just solve the problem of the ORCA being misused by killing every last Titan so the device is useless (to the visible exasperation of the Monarch brass having to listen to his bullshit); and in this instance he ignores the issue of how Monarch would kill all the Titans or how that solution is a bit over-the-top for the current problem. He likewise says that the military launching the Oxygen Destroyer at Godzilla and Ghidorah isn't a bad idea, until things go From Bad to Worse...
- My Greatest Failure: For him it's not being there for Madison in the intervening years after Andrew's death, when she needed him most and he let her down.
- Nature Lover: Since he was a child, Mark has had a strong love of nature. He also prefers fieldwork and being close to animals instead of being in an office. He ends up being a more cynical than idealist version of this trope, as he effectively isolates himself at a cabin in the woods and commits himself to wildlife photography before the film's events, specifically to escape his own problems.
- Oblivious to His Own Description: Him criticizing Monarch for supposedly "kid[ding] themselves" about the Titans and chewing out Emma for not putting herself or her family first are both descriptions that can apply to himself (see Hypocrite).
- Oh, Crap!: He has a very understandable one when Mechagodzilla arrives in Hong Kong and begins leveling the city, confirming that Maddison was right and Godzilla was trying to stop another malevolent Titan.Mark: What in God's name is that?
- Papa Wolf: The moment he sees his ex-wife and daughter being held hostage during a gun battle, he leaves the other scientists behind, grabs a pistol, and attempts to rescue them himself.
- Parents as People: It'd be a big exaggeration to call him nice before he Took a Level in Kindness and he's certainly no role model (Barnes sums it up best), but he's a rounded character who's unable to get past the death of his son, and has unintentionally neglected his surviving child and ex-wife along the way. Not being there for Madison is My Greatest Failure for him during the film.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Downplayed in Godzilla vs. Kong, where he's the new director of Monarch. Although he's seemingly no longer vengeful over his son's death, he's still as Hot-Blooded and judgmental as ever, and he refuses to even try working out why Godzilla has seemingly made a FaceHeel Turn when the latter's attacks begin, instead jumping to a conclusion. That being said, he's sensible enough when Godzilla approaches Hong Kong to know Monarch should prioritize getting citizens out of the way over trying to engage the Titan.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- He both hands one to Emma and gets a brief one from her in turn (see her folder).
- It's so short it's barely a speech, but when Godzilla is seemingly killed, Serizawa perfectly sums up and calls out Mark's folly and how the latter has let it define his being in a seven-word What the Hell, Hero?. It seems to give Mark a Jerkass Realization."Looks like you got your wish, Mark."
- Barnes comments that if he had parents like Mark and Emma, he'd run away from home.
- Revenge Before Reason: Averted. He's initially hellbent in his belief that every monster on the planet should be killed, Godzilla in particular, but he's at least sane enough to realize a situation where taking Godzilla head-on is tantamount to suicide and orders everyone to lower their weapons to show Godzilla that they're not a threat. The novelization specifies he finds himself begrudgingly rooting for Godzilla in Antarctica and at Isla de Mara; and he's actually doubtful when he declares the military launching the Oxygen Destroyer at Godzilla and Ghidorah is "not the worst idea", because he realizes killing Godzilla is tantamount to killing humanity's best defense against any other kaiju that might pose a threat. Mark eventually comes to accept that while Godzilla did cause his son's death, he's also the best chance at saving the planet from Ghidorah and tells the military to support him however they can in the final battle.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: When he was a kid, Mark swore he could talk with his pet German Shepherd and understand what it was saying. Being a respected expert in many fields focused on animals, Mark understands how they live and communicate. The novelization further explores Mark's sense of connection to animals and their bio-acoustics, with the wolves and Godzilla.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- His Backstory, solitude, intellectual speciality and his strained relationship with his living family make him suspiciously similar to Joseph Brody from the 2014 film. They're also both angry at Monarch since their tragic losses: Joe because they're lying to him and the world about what killed his wife, Mark because they won't kill off all the Titans and especially the Titan he hates for unintentionally killing his son.
- And to Preston Packard in Kong: Skull Island. They both have a hatred of either film's Anti-Hero Kaiju which clouds their judgment about them, and it's partly fueled by the death/s of people close to them that were caused by said Kaiju; both are abrasive and hostile towards people they're working with due to opposing ideology; and both men are capable of feats of bravery. But whereas Mark gets better with time by learning to let go of his hatred, Packard only gets worse and his vendetta consumes him; Packard ultimately puts Revenge Before Reason and it gets him killed, whereas Mark even in his rage and vengeance had enough sense to avoid this when confronting Godzilla; Mark cares first and foremost about his family, whereas Packard sacrifices his men for his own senseless vendetta. Mark is a scientist whereas Packard is a soldier.
- He's also similar to Haruo Sakaki from Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and its sequels, in that both have a seething grudge towards Godzilla and want him dead due to him causing their loved one's death, although Mark never put Revenge Before Reason and never put as many lives at risk as Haruo did for a chance to kill Godzilla.
- Take This Job and Shove It: After his family's loss during Godzilla's fight against the MUTOs in San Francisco, Mark quit Monarch.
- There Are No Coincidences: This appears to be his mindset in King of the Monsters. Regardless of how well-founded or rational his assumptions are, he tends to be right.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The turning point is when he seemingly gets his wish and finds Vengeance Feels Empty. Probably semi-unintentional on the writers' part, but his general attitude towards people around him improves with his own psychological state over the film, going from being a jerkass toward his former-colleagues to being more respectful at the emergency meeting. He also dials down his Fantastic Racism after finding archaeological evidence showing that humanity once lived in harmony with the Titans.
- Tragic Bigot: The battle between Godzilla and the MUTOs caused his family unit to collapse in the face of his son's death, and he has been unable to let go of that pain ever since; blaming the Titans and saying they should all be wiped out.Jackson Barnes: Dude hates Titans.Sam Coleman: Yeah, well you would too if you were him.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: Implied by his reaction to Godzilla's seeming demise from the Oxygen Destroyer.
- You're Insane!: Says as much to his ex-wife when he hears the full extent of their plans, her justifications for them, and the fact that she got Madison involved and put their remaining child in harm's way.
Portrayed By: Millie Bobby Brown, Alexandra Rabe (young)
Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla vs. Kong
Emma and Mark's 12-year-old daughter, and Andrew's younger sister who survives after him.
- Action Girl: A deleted scene shows Madison sparring one of Jonah's men in boxing practice, unleashing all of her frustrations. In the novelization, when Madison tries to steal the ORCA, she incapacitates one of Jonah's men with a stun gun.
- Admiring the Abomination: She's pro-Titan like her mother, though she still grows increasingly horrified by her mother's and Jonah's plot to inflict millions of deaths. Notably, she was audibly amazed when she saw Godzilla during the San Francisco Incident when she was seven or eight years old. Averted with King Ghidorah, whom she screams defiantly in rage at after everything the three-headed sadist monster has done when he's about to kill her.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When things escalate out of control after Ghidorah wakens the other Titans, Emma tries to claim to Madison she can fix this. In response, Madison queries that she thought she was doing it all for Andrew's memory — would he have wanted any of this? It renders Emma totally silent as her daughter storms off.
- Big Damn Heroes: Madison's first act of defiance against her mother has her snatching the ORCA from Emma and using it to distract Ghidorah in a bid to save her father. After witnessing the destruction Emma and Jonah's plans have caused, Madison steals the ORCA, sneaks out of a bunker full of armed terrorists, hikes miles to Fenway Park, and uses the ORCA to disrupt Ghidorah's communication with the other Titans, meaning she pretty much singlehandedly helps save the world.
- Big "NO!": A short, frantic string of them when her mother moves to make a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Betrayal by Offspring: After renouncing her mother for betraying Monarch and killing millions of people, Madison takes it upon herself to abandon her mother's plan and help Monarch and her dad.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: She raves at her mother over how the latter's plan has spiralled completely out of control after Ghidorah takes over the Earth's Titans, for not thinking of a better way to prevent the government killing the sleeping Titans than eco-terrorism and sacrificing millions of lives, and most of all, for doing all this in Andrew's name when she should know Andrew wouldn't have wanted it.
- Child Prodigy: Her official profile lists her as one. Not entirely surprising, given she's the daughter of two brilliant scientists, though she would rather learn through hands-on experience outside of a classroom much like her outdoorsman father.
- Defiant to the End: Narrowly averted — fortunately. She lets out a defiant scream as Ghidorah is about to blast her with all three heads' worth of Gravity Beams, but Godzilla shows up just in time to save her.
- Deuteragonist: She's the Kid Hero version where she takes up the last act of the second film luring King Ghidorah to Boston. She takes the protagonist role on Godzilla's side of the story in order to figure out why Godzilla's sudden attacks are directly towards Apex and not humanity as a whole.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Luring Ghidorah to Fenway Park using the ORCA's signal, and then staying put and looking out for signs of the pissed three-headed monster's arrival instead of getting the hell out of dodge, wasn't particularly smart. The novelization explains she remains put both to prevent anyone else finding and turning off the ORCA (at which point the Titans will fall back under Ghidorah's control) and because she incorrectly guesses that Jonah's forces will be out in the city looking for her and the ORCA.
- And when Ghidorah arrives, Madison unplugs the ORCA from the stadium's speakers but doesnt turn the device itself off, which leaves the signal coming from the ORCAs own speakers, which allows Ghidorah to instantly zero in on her exact location. Only a few seconds later, all three of Ghidorahs heads are staring through the windows right at her.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Her response to Ghidorah cornering her and preparing to blast her with all three heads' gravity beams at once? She just screams defiantly right up at the 500-foot monster as he's charging his beams.
- Famed in Story: She's apparently become this in Godzilla vs. Kong due to her mother's infamous hotly-debated legacy and her father being Monarch's new director.
- Flipping the Bird: When Jonah attempts to amuse her while they're going down in an elevator, an unimpressed Madison responds to ruthless killer's display with a middle finger thinly viewed as her rubbing her eye.
- Friendless Background: The novelization confirms that outside of the employees of Monarch, Madison doesn't have many friends due to traveling a lot with her mother.
- Friend to All Children: In the novelization, she briefly takes a second to calm a terrified child at the Fenway Park evacuations by flashing the kid a reassuring smile.
- Heel Realization: Madison begins to doubt her mother after Emma forces her to potentially leave her father for dead (as described in the novelization), and Emma and Jonah stop Madison from trying to use the ORCA to save Mark from Ghidorah. Madison later tries to talk her mom out of releasing Rodan before people find shelter but ultimately fails. Once she witnesses the global devastation being unleashed by Ghidorah controlling the other Titans, this is the final straw which makes Madison realize she's on the wrong side.
- "Hell, Yes!" Moment: This is written all over her face when Godzilla shows up to battle King Ghidorah at Boston.
- Heroic BSoD: According to the production crew and more expressly spelled out in the novelization, her retreating back to her parents' house in the heat of a city-destroying kaiju battle was this. As Godzilla and Mothra fight Ghidorah and Rodan, Madison tries to flee the battle to avoid being unwittingly stepped on, only to realize that no matter how far she runs the Titans can cover that same distance in a heartbeat. Panicking, she runs to the one place she associates with safety — the home where she grew up — and then breaks down upon realizing that it's no safer than anywhere else in the city.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Despite her natural scientific prowess and curiosity, Madison wants to be a normal teenager and live a normal life.
- Interspecies Friendship: She forms a fledgling bond with the giant insectoid Titan, Mothra. In the novelization, Madison has something like an out of body experience and her connection with Mothra and her memory of the Titan somehow resuscitates her after she's buried by her house collapsing.
- Just a Kid: It's never said to her face, but in the King of the Monsters novelization, Dr. Mancini feels this way about Madison's presence, which inwardly irks her. It's also heavily implied that her parents and Jonah and his goons all somewhat underestimate her because of this trope. In Godzilla vs. Kong, Mark expresses this attitude towards Madison when she approaches him about Godzilla's attack though it's implied he's partly motivated by protective fathe instinct.
- The Leader: Of Team Godzilla. She leads a team consisting of herself, her friend Josh, and a Titan conspiracy theorist Bernie as they go to Apex bases and try to find out why Godzilla has been attacking them.
- Like Father, Like Son: A Daughter variation. She's a Nature Lover like Mark.
- Limited Social Circle: Given how she was homeschooled and had traveled a lot growing up with both her parents in Monarch, Madison doesn't have many friends outside of them and other Monarch employees, as confirmed in the novelization.
- Little Miss Badass: When a 12-year-old girl steals a high-tech gadget from a ruthless terrorist group right under their noses because it's the right thing to do, and then uses it to paralyze a host of giant monsters and in doing so incur the wrath of what is basically the Satan of Titans in order to save mankind from certain annihilation, you know she's got balls the size of Ghidorah's heads. Best of all, she succeeds where all the militaries on Earth would've failed miserably, effectively saving the world.
- Three years later as a teenager, she's the Only Sane Man to ask why Godzilla attacked the Apex facility, acts an Amateur Sleuth by tracking down Bernie Hayes, break into Apex, discover their plans to create a Titan-killing death machine in the form of MechaGodzilla, gives Walter Simmons a Reason You Suck speech, and is basically responsible for her team being in a place to help Godzilla and Kong take down MechaGodzilla. At this point the girl deserves a medal for basically saving the world twice.
- Missing Child: She's kidnapped by Alan Jonah and his mercenaries alongside her mother (in reality, she was manipulated by her mother into going along willingly with their plot), and I Will Find You is her father's motivation throughout the film.
- Mouthy Kid: She nonchalantly flips Jonah — a murderous eco-terrorist who kidnapped her and her mother — the bird, and isn't afraid to stand up to her mother. She flat out asks her if Andrew, whose name she dedicated her actions to, would be pleased knowing what Emma has done, which sends Emma into tearful introspection. In the novelization, after Jonah condescends Madison for buying her mother's plan, she gives him this reply.Madison: Bite me, dickhead!
- Must Make Amends: The novelization confirms she feels this way about believing Emma's lies and aiding her and Jonah after her Heel Realization.
- Nature Lover: She's had a fascination with nature and the outdoors since her childhood, not unlike her father, particularly the entomology of insects.
- Near-Death Experience: The novelization confirms she has one when she's buried under debris while hiding in her home's bathtub before awakening. It also indicates Mothra's intervention is responsible for resuscitating her.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the novelization, she pulls the "innocent kid" act for just a moment when caught by a Mook trying to steal the ORCA, before tazing him.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Specfically has this look and says "Oh shit!", as she realises Ghidorah has zeroed in on her at Fenway Park and Ichi, Ni and San are looking through the window right at her.
- In the King of the Monsters novelization, during the battle in Boston she quickly realizes that she's in danger of being unwittingly stepped on and flees through the city in terror back to the only place she instinctively thinks of as safe — her childhood home.
- In Godzilla vs. Kong, her face fills with utter horror and then dread when she comes across Ghidorah's wired-up skull in Apex Cybernetics' headquarters, whispering the name of the dreaded nightmare dragon which almost ended the world and tried to kill her as well as causing her mother's death. Then Hayes realizes and relays to her that Apex are using Ghidorah's skull as MechaGodzilla's neural system.
- Only Sane Woman:
- In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, she's essentially this to her dad the cynical Titan-hater, and her mother the pro-Titan Eco-Terrorist, and is seemingly the only member of her family who hasn't been screwed up in the long run by her brother's death (at least, not directly). She reveres and is delighted by benevolent Titans such as Mothra, but unlike Emma she abhors the sacrificing of innocent lives for the latter's goals, and realizes long before her mother that everything is going to hell.
- And in Godzilla vs. Kong, she's the only member of the three-man Team Godzilla who isn't an eccentric and/or goofy Plucky Comic Relief. She's also one of the only people to consider the possibility that Godzilla is not attacking the Apex facilities out of pure malice, and that something may be provoking him; turns out she was right.
- Parental Neglect: She was on the receiving end of this after her brother's death, as her mother became the Workaholic whilst her father turned to drinking and divorced Emma. The novelization confirms Madison coped with the help of her Honorary Aunt Vivienne Graham. Even at the start of the film, Emma retains custody of Madison but is still somewhat distant with her, while Madison and Mark only have sporadic contactnote . Both parents come to regret the ways they've neglected their surviving child.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an absolutely brutal one to her mother; calling her out for killing millions if not nearly causing the extinction of mankind, all in the name of her deceased brother when she knew fully well Andrew wouldn't have wanted that and Emma was doing all this for her own delusional misguided reasons.
- Gives Walter Simmons the same, if briefer, treatment when she confronts him about building MechaGodzilla as weapon to protect humanity, when doing it so actually endangered it.
- The Runaway: Madison runs away with the ORCA from the Monarch bunker that Alan Jonah and his mercenaries are in by sneaking through the air ducts so that not even Emma can hear it.
- Stress Vomit: The novelization mentions she had one offscreen in response to seeing the massacre's aftermath at Mothra's temple.
- Tagalong Kid: Shortly after she and her mother are kidnapped by Jonah, she gets pulled along with her mother, Jonah, and the latter's Eco-Terrorists as they go, and it's revealed that Madison was in on Jonah's plot due to her mother manipulating her into it. Her Child Prodigy skill and her Limited Social Circle friendships with her mother's co-workers such as Vivienne Graham make her a Tagalong Kid to Monarch as well.
- Token Good Teammate: She ends up being this among Jonah's paramilitary, with the aforementioned deleted scene indicating the organization officially consider her one of them. She's mainly only involved with the organization because of her mother manipulating her, and she is expressly disgusted by all the slaughter Jonah, his men and Emma directly or indirectly inflict on others (it's because of this that Jonah trusts her less than everyone else). Ultimately, she has a Heel Realization and jumps ship.
- Tomboy: Specifically an Effeminate Tomboy. She's scientific-minded, she swears a lot, and she has very few known traits that would be traditionally considered "girly".
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives her father one early on in Godzilla vs. Kong for jumping to the conclusion that Godzilla has made a FaceHeel Turn against humanity and for refusing to even try working out what's provoking Godzilla, after what they both saw of Godzilla's heroic actions in King of the Monsters.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She admires the Titans, but she's also this at the start of the film, helped by her mother's influence. Emma admittedly sugarcoated the Titans' temperament to Madison, only giving her exposure to the most benevolent Titan of all, and this made her think the release of all the other Titans won't be a problem. However, Madison has never had any first-hand exposure to any evil Titans until Ghidorah is freed — just seeing him and the damage he quickly causes is enough to make Madison realize that some of the Titans may not be nearly as nice as Emma led her to believe.
- You Monster!: After Emma makes the call to awaken Rodan in spite of Madison's protests, which escalates into Ghidorah forcing Rodan into submission, Godzilla accidentally being taken out by the military's Oxygen Destroyer missile and the other Titans awakening to go on the rampage at Ghidorah's command, Madison hits her with this.
Portrayed By: Tyler Crumley
Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Mark and Emma's son, and Madison's older brother.
- Death by Origin Story: His death was the source of both his parents' angst in the film. Mark became an embittered Titan-hater with a grudge against Godzilla in particular, whilst Emma made a FaceHeel Turn and became a Misanthrope Eco-Terrorist due to wanting Andrew's death to not be in vain.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death basically sets up the events of the entire movie by causing his mother's FaceHeel Turn which leads to her releasing Ghidorah.
- Posthumous Character: He died before the start of the movie in the Battle of San Francisco, but has a major effect on the plot and on both his parents. He only appears in photos and a family video.
- Precious Photo: Photos of him with his family are seen at different points in the movie, a reminder of his lingering influence on the choices they make coming to terms with his absence. It takes Madison shattering the photo on her tablet to make Emma realize how much she's destroyed her family.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: He was an accidental casuality of Godzilla's battle against the MUTOs. From the film's opening flashback, it looks like Mark went desperately searching for him during the battle, but when he found him, Andrew was dead.
Portrayed By: Miyavi
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
A World War II Japanese pilot who got stranded on Skull Island with Lieutenant Hank Marlow.
- Actor Allusion: Miyavi was cast as the Big Bad (who was also an Imperial Japanese military member during World War II) of the 2014 film Unbroken.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Upon crashing on Skull Island, Marlow and Gunpei's first reaction upon seeing each is to fight to the death. But after their encounter with Kong, the two set aside their differences to survive on Skull Island together, with Gunpei teaching Marlow some Japanese and how to fight with a sword. Before Marlow departs the village, he pays a tearful tribute to his deceased friend.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He wielded a Type 98 shin-guntō that, despite being a cheap, mass-produced sword, was more-than effective at slicing up monsters without rusting, breaking, or losing its edge for 28 years.
- Killed Offscreen: He was killed by Skullcrawlers at some point during the 28-year time skip.
- Weapon Tombstone: His shin-guntō sword serves as a grave marker until Marlow reclaims it as a memento of their friendship.
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island | Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
The human natives of Skull Island. They worship Kong as a guardian god and fear the Skullcralwers. They took in Marlow and Gunpei and later provided shelter to half of the Monarch expedition.
- Adaptational Heroism: Unlike the hostile natives in previous Kong movies, they are friendly to visitors once they realize they aren't a threat.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In most Kong films, the natives are equal parts revering and terrified of Kong to the point they make sacrifices to hopefully sate him. Here the Iwi and Kong are outwardly friendly to each other, the former seeing the big ape as a benevolent guardian deity and the latter actively protecting the natives from dangerous predators.
- Action Survivor: While not shown in the film, it can be assumed they are this since they live on the island.
- The Monarch Files on the Leafwing say they hunt Leafwings and ground up the wings to use as a drug. Considering how dangerous they are this makes the Iwi badass for actively hunting them.
- Bus Crash: In Godzilla vs. Kong, it's revealed all of them except Jia have been wiped out due to the Perpetual Storm surrounding Skull Island closing in over the island. Kingdom Kong elaborates on this, revealing that the storm collapsed after getting exposed to a remnant of the storm King Ghidorah created, and that said storm also drew Camazotz out of Hollow Earth, with his rampage speeding up the demise of the Iwi.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The younger tribe members who hunt and gather food have yellow tribal body paint while the elders have blue.
- The Dreaded: They have a name for the Skullcrawlers but dare not speak it.
- Future Primitive: In the novelization, it's stated explicitly that they were the last survivors of the ancient Hollow Earth civilization which existed more than ten-thousand years ago. But after arriving on Skull Island they regressed to a largely tribal scavenging lifestyle.
- He Who Must Not Be Named: See above.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: They managed to get the drop on the expedition team by having a few members in mud or clay stand among the ruins like statues.
- Honor Before Reason: In the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization, it's indicated they could've survived had they listened to Monarch's pleas to relocate as the Perpetual Storm swallowed up their homes, but they refused to move from their village until it was buried by a mudslide and all but a handful were dead.
- Lost Tribe: To be expected since their home was thought to be a myth until it was found.
- Spikes of Doom: They built walls of spikes around their village to keep out Skullcrawlers. Fresh blood can be seen on most of the walls.
- The Voiceless: Marlow points out they rarely speak. Given where they live this is probably to avoid unwanted attention from the island's super predators.
Appeared In: Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
The leader of the Iwi during Aaron's 1995 expedition to Skull Island. He takes them in after Kong saves them from their violent run-in with Death Jackals.
- Accidental Pervert: When Riccio suggests the team get body painted for the Iwi rituals, Ato enthusiastically agrees and tells the rest of Aaron's team to take their clothes off. They are not amused. Justified in a rare realistic example, the Iwi are an isolated tribe.
- Killed Offscreen: Since Jia is the Sole Survivor of her people by the time of Godzilla vs. Kong, it can be assumed that this fate befell him.
- Pistol-Whipping: In issue 4, when Riccio says the wall protecting the Iwi village must come down, Ato pleads against it and gets pistol-whipped across the face by Riccio.
- The Voiceless: Subverted. His father learned English from Marlow, who in turn taught Ato English.
- Young and in Charge: He's like eight-years-old, at max.
Portrayed By: Kaylee Hottle
Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong, Kong & MeA young Iwi girl who forms a close bond with Kong, communicating with him via sign language.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Jia wears a blend of modern and traditional Iwi — sporting modern clothes in combination with her Iwi maiden shawl and a necklace of Leafwing fangs.
- Disability Superpower: Being deaf gives her an enhanced sense of touch, being able to feel the rumbles of Godzilla's roar through a ship bulkhead before he's even detected and later feeling Kong's weakening heartbeat as he lay dying after Godzilla defeats him.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Has a doll of Kong that she made by hand and takes with her everywhere, even to the Hollow Earth.
- Hero of Another Story: Or at least protagonist. While she is a prominent supporting character in Godzilla vs. Kong, the children's book Kong & Me is from her perspective, showing them exploring Skull Island with Kong looking out for her.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: Uses this to call Lind a coward directly to his face.
- Kid with the Leash: Discussed after it's revealed that Kong understands sign language and listens to her. Ilene immediatly shoots that idea down, but eventually Jia does end up giving Kong nudges in the right direction.
- Last of Her Kind: It is mentioned that the Iwi tribe has been wiped out prior the events of Godzilla vs. Kong, leaving Jia as the last member of her tribe.
- Parental Abandonment: Dr. Andrews mentions that both Jia's parents died with the rest of the Iwi when the Perpetual Storm overtook Skull Island, leading to Andrews becoming Jia's guardian and Kong in his own way doing likewise.
- Protectorate: The trailers for Godzilla vs. Kong note that both Dr. Ilene Andrews and Kong himself form a protective bond with Jia, to the extent that it's emphasized that she's the only human Kong trusts.
- Silent Snarker: She has her moments, namely when she calls Lind a coward for being scared of Kong.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Played With. She can mutually communicate with Kong via Iwi sign language, including complex communication such as telling Kong that Godzilla is not the enemy and Mechagodzilla is the real enemy.
- Sympathy for the Devil: The novelization of Godzilla vs. Kong reveals that Iwi culture views Godzilla's species as a malevolent Draconic Abomination, but upon learning that Godzilla is the last known individual of his kind — just like Kong — she reacts with sadness.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Downplayed, but them breeding the monstrous Skullcrawlers in captivity and throwing them at Mechagodzilla as target practice is something that Monarch wouldn't even consider.
- Big Bad Wannabe: They wish to be the ones that annihilate Godzilla, Kong, and all other Kaiju to insure humanity becomes the dominant species on Earth, but their own technology backfires as related to Too Dumb to Live, they uplinked King Ghidorah's mind to MechaGodzilla and thus are killed off by their own creation. Maia Simmons and her own army of men on the other hand are swiftly eaten or crushed to death by Kong and Hellhawks.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Among the series' human antagonists, they're this to Alan Jonah and his mercenaries from the previous film. Whereas Jonah was a Misanthrope Supreme Eco-Terrorist leading an international underground paramilitary to see the Titans bring Gaia's Vengeance and forcibly take control of the planet from humanity; Apex Cybernetics are a highly tech-savvy company with good publicity whose motives are to create an Ultimate Destroyer mecha and use it to kill Godzilla and any other Titan they deem a threat so humanity is the uncontested dominant species.
- Evil Counterpart: To Monarch. They're both technologically-advanced organizations with an interest in the Titans and the Hollow Earth — with Apex even having been contracted to develp some of Monarch's tech in the past, but whereas Monarch are mostly pro-Titan naturalists committed to protecting both the Titans and humanity, Apex Cybernetics are solely committed to using their technology to try and overthrow the Titans and make humanity the dominant species again.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: They used King Ghidorah's remains in Mechagodzilla, thinking they could use him as a telepathic controller for the robot. Turns out, Ghidorah's consciousness still exists in his remaining bone and nerve tissue and the moment Mechagodzilla is complete, Ghidorah possesses it and turns on them. Mechagodzilla's eye glowing and emitting a signal independant of Apex doing anything to it both times Godzilla heads for Apex implies Ghiodrah may have been active the entire time.
- Evil Reactionary: Five years after Ghidorah's actions caused the dormant Titans around the world to awaken and effectively knocked humanity off the top of the animal kingdom, Apex's Mechagodzilla team want to kill Godzilla and explicitly make humans the uncontested dominant species of Earth again, and they've pretty much had a complete Ignored Epiphany reaction to the human-Titan coexistence that Godzilla secured.
- Gotta Kill Em All: Not outright confirmed but certainly implied in the finished film. They built Mechagodzilla to kill Godzilla and any other Titan that they deem a threat to humanity. If early plot summaries of the film hinting at Apex's motives are to be taken literally, then Apex would've indeed tried to exterminate all the Titans good and bad using their creation if it hadn't gone awry.
- Incompetence, Inc.: They built a giant robot to kill Titans and controlled it with the skulls of an Omnicidal Maniac. Their idiotic plan naturally backfired as Ghidorah took control of Mechagodzilla, or he had full control and was just laying low until he found his new body got an energy source that it wouldn't burn through too quickly, and resumes his goal of destroying all life on Earth, stronger than ever.
- Lethally Stupid: They're so blinded by hubris, they legitimately thought that they'd have no problem using King Ghidorah's remains to control MechaGodzilla. This only ends up resurrecting King Ghidorah with an even more dangerous and lethal body, who goes on the rampage the nanosecond he's completed.
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Apex is pretty much human hubris personified, believing they'll be able to make humanity the apex species of the planet and retake it from the Titans by creating their own in Mechagodzilla. Not only can they barely get the thing running, and once they do King Ghidorah promptly takes it as his body and destroys them.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Their HEAVs mount pretty sizable racks of missiles that can damage even large Hollow Earth monsters.
- Meaningful Name: The "Apex" in their name refers to their inner-conspiracy's intent to make humanity the apex species of the planet again (as lampshaded by Simmons), while the "Cybernetics" foreshadows the means they plan to use to accomplish this.
- Mega-Corp: They're a hi-tech corporation invested in the fields of robotics, neurology and A.I., who must have a budget in the tens of billions to fund some of their huge facilities and Mechagodzilla. And at their heart their egotistical Corrupt Corporate Executive is overseeing a shady corporate conspiracy within the company to build a Titan-killing Mecha with which they can kill Godzilla and any other Titan they deem a threat, and fashion themselves as the architects of humanity's future. Although they're never observed directly abusing their employees or committing any crimes against humanity directly, they do unintentionally but knowingly instigate Godzilla's rampage by creating Mechagodzilla using Ghidorah's remains and what is implied to be a reverse-engineered ORCA, and they not only continue the project in complete disregard for the civilians in Godzilla's warpath, but they outright use his rampage as evidence that humanity needs Apex's anti-Titan weapon.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Bernie Hayes' frantic broadcasts prominently paint Apex's shady secret as this, and it turns out he's quite right. Under Walter Simmons' design, Apex are secretly building MechaGodzilla so they can use it to kill Godzilla and make humanity the dominant species. Inronically, CEO Walter Simmons is a huge fan of Hayes' podcasts, one of the reasons he spares Team Godzilla after they infiltrate the Hong Kong facility.
- Purple Is Powerful: Their Hong Kong headquarters where Mechagodzilla is hidden has red and blue lights which create an overall purple hue. Meanwhile, the room where Ghidorah's decapitated skull is stored and controlling Mechagodzilla as the Mecha's neural system is saturated in deep purple light, emanating from the neural cables linking into the skull. Make no mistake, Apex might be in possession of a lot of power, but they're horrifically incompetent and irresponsible with it.
- Start X to Stop X: They create Mechagodzilla to act as a defense so that humanity can fight off any Titan that decides to pose a threat (or just gets deemed by Apex a threat), but by creating Mechagodzilla they're entirely responsible for instigating Godzilla's rampage whereas Godzilla would've otherwise continued to leave humans in peace.
- Too Dumb to Live: One of the biggest cases if not the new single biggest in the entire MonsterVerse. Their idea of reclaiming the Earth from the Titans? Build an Ultimate Destroyer so powerful that even Alpha Titans like Godzilla will be outmatched in a one-on-one against it... and use one of the heads of King Ghidorah — a known Omnicidal Maniac who has Bizarre Alien Biology that is completely unknown to modern human science and could be capable of all manner of tricks that they don't know about — as the core component of the machine's neural network! Because that couldn't possibly go wrong, right? The trope name doesn't begin to cover it.
- Unwitting Pawn: It's ambigious to what degree, but at best their actions only served to resurrect Ghidorah as Mechagodzilla, and at worse, Ghidorah was active from the moment they incorporated him into the robot and actively signaling Godzilla to manipulate him and them for his own ends the entire time.
- Villain Has a Point: While Apex callously disregards the deaths that have come from their actions, and building Mechagodzilla with parts from Ghidorah as the computer was a terrible idea, their goal of giving humanity a way to actually stand a fighting chance against titans doesn't seem that unreasonable. Even assuming Godzilla, Kong, and the other titans are not hostile to humanity and will remain so, they have come dangerously close to defeat by hostile titans before.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: They seem to think they're in a Pacific Rim-style kaiju movie where the humans must build piloted-mechs as a deterrent against the evil monsters. Unfortunately, they don't seem to realize that the monsters they're dealing with are just animals and that Godzilla is the only one keeping the peace, and in going through with their plan, they accidentally brought the one legitimately evil monster back to life, stronger than ever. In fact, pretty much all humans deaths in the film can be inadvertently attributed to APEX because they just couldn't leave well-enough alone.
Portrayed By: Demián Bichir
Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong
The billionaire head of Apex Cybernetics who orders and oversees their secret project.
- Allegorical Character: Walter Simmons is essentially the personification of humanity's hubris made flesh.
- Beard of Evil: He has a neat-trimmed goatee and he's a rich, egotistical Smug Snake and the movie's Big Bad Wannabe.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He presents himself as a Visionary Villain who will lead humanity into a bold new era, and while his company does successfully create a mecha that's twice as powerful and dangerous as Godzilla, as soon as Ghidorah's remains usurps control of Mechagodzilla, his own creation squashes him like a bug. Furthermore, both times Godzilla senses Mechagodzilla, it's when Apex aren't using it (the second time, it's even after Ren finishes a test run and Mechagodzilla has seemingly powered down), implying Ghidorah may have been pulling the strings from the beginning. Even worse, in the novelization, his own subordinate, Ren, planned to kill him the moment MechaGodzilla was completed and become an artificial god to kill Godzilla, before Ghidorah usurped them both.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's the head of a techy mega-corporation who presents himself as a charming and compassionate man when he approaches Dr. Lind. By contrast, when he's in the command center observing Apex's MechaGodzilla project, he begins showing what an egotistical, Smug Snake asshole he really is when Ren argues with him and when he's confronted by Team Godzilla.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Alan Jonah from the previous film. Whereas Jonah was essentially an international guerrilla with a military history and an unpleasant attitude who wanted as much of the human race dead as possible, Simmons is a charismatic, well-dressed but definitively amoral and narcissistic Corrupt Corporate Executive who seeks to be the architect of humanity retaking dominance of the animal kingdom from all the Titans.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: To facilitate genocide against the Titans, he greenlit the construction of Mechagodzilla, a skyscraper-sized mech just as — if not more — dangerous than the monsters it was meant to kill.
- Curse Cut Short: Only manages to quietly utter out "Oh sh—" before Mechagodzilla kills him.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Serves as the main antagonist and apparent driver of the plot, but the moment Mechagodzilla is perfected, Ghidorah hijacks it and wastes no time killing him.
- Evil Gloating: In the last minute of his life before he meets his Karmic Death he begins launching into a long-winded and utterly narcisstic speech to team Godzilla about his motives, but Mechagodzilla goes rogue and kills him before he can finish it. Hilariously lampshaded by Hayes in the immediate aftermath:"It's unfair. I really wanted to hear the rest of that speech!"
- Evil Is Hammy: Dear God, once the mask of a pleasant and well-meaning businessman comes off, does he love hearing himself gloat and flaunt his self-perceived superiority.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a man in late middle-age with silvery hair, who underneath his pleasant facade is plotting to kill Godzilla and every Titan he deems a threat, for his own delusions of grandeur.
- Evil Reactionary: Zig-Zagged. He does want to see every Titan he deems a threat killed by his creation's hand and humanity re-established as the dominant species (a title humanity effectively lost after Ghidorah awakened the Titans around the world five years ago), and he reveals his Evil Plan's seed was planted as early as 2014, when Godzilla and the MUTOs first emerged; but more than that, Simmons' real motivation is implied to be getting to himself be the one to lead humanity into a new era.
- Fatal Flaw: Hubris. Walter sees himself as a visionary who will lead humanity to retake their place as the apex species on Earth from the Titans, though in truth he's nothing but a Glory Hound seeking to satisfy his own ego. He's so blinded by hubris, the mere idea his plans could backfire never seems to occur to him and he thinks he can control King Ghidorah to act as MechaGodzilla's neural network. Naturally, this results in King Ghidorah's influence taking over Mechagodzilla and Walter ends up falling victim to his own creation.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's ultimately killed by MechaGodzilla after King Ghidorah manages to hijack control of the machine.
- It's All About Me: Although he justifies himself by claiming Godzilla cannot be trusted and that he's giving humanity an efficient defense against the Titans, when he comes face-to-face with Team Godzilla, he doesn't make much effort to hide how egotistical he really is.
- Karmic Death: He had the unfathomable levels of stupidity and utter arrogance needed to turn King Ghidorah's remains into the damned nervous system of a machine that's designed to basically kill any Titan he deemed a threat and be unstoppable to every other force on the planet, and when Ghidorah's malevolence hijacks MechaGodzilla, he becomes the very first casualty of his own creation. He lives just long enough to realize what's happened as the smugness and hubris drains out of him for that last moment.
- Lack of Empathy: He never shows any empathy for the people his actions have harmed and for all his talk, his motives are ultimately completely self-centered and egotistical. If he gave a darn about his daughter dying, he doesn't show it.
- Misaimed Fandom: In-universe. In the novelization, he tells Bernie that he's a big fan of his conspiracy podcast, despite the fact that the podcast specifically attempts to shame and expose the shady activities of people exactly like him. This fact seems to be entirely lost on him, and he tells Bernie his podcast episodes on chemtrails gave him lots of ideas for future projects.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: In light of the calamity the Titans caused under King Ghidorah's control, Walter Simmons claims he established Apex Cybernetics in order to find a way to return control of the Earth to humanity. As Madison points out, by provoking Godzilla, the creature who was keeping the Titans from causing harm, he's doing much more harm than good, especially since his plans had caused a lot of destruction, with many casualties. Him admitting he started work in 2014 on finding a way to put humanity on top also means he began work on a weapon of mass destruction well before King Ghidorah's rampage; further showing a big motivator was less safety and more wounded pride at realizing there were things out there bigger than himself.
- Oh, Crap!: He has one in the very last seconds of his life when he turns around and realizes MechaGodzilla has come online but is about to kill him.
- Pride: He oozes this like a carcass oozes with maggots. A large part of his motivation is a humanistic goal to surpass the Titans with an artificial Titan at his beck and call.
- Profane Last Words: Tries to get out an "Oh shit" right before MechaGodzilla swipes him to his death.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Besides his egotism and his bottomlessly-stupid use of Ghidorah's remains in the MechaGodzilla project which all hint at a rather immature individual, probably the most blatant display is when Ren protests to him uploading the Hollow Earth energy to MechaGodzilla so hastily — Simmons' entire demeanor in this scene screams of an eight-year-old who's eager to open his Christmas presents and getting annoyed that someone keeps interrupting him.
- Psychotic Smirk: He has a particularly small yet devious one on his face when he enters the control hub, right before the test run begins and Mechagodzilla in all its frightening glory is revealed to the audience and (unbeknownst to Simmons) to Team Godzilla.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Madison isn't impressed by his posturing that he's acting in humanity's best interests when Team Godzilla confronts him, responding so:"Godzilla had left us in peace! You provoked him into war!"
- Smug Smiler: He has an arrogant, smug little smirk on his face most of the time when he's in the control hub overseeing Mechagodzilla.
- Smug Snake: Underneath his initial charming if proud exterior is an egotist who's brimming with hubris. As the film progresses, he treats Team Godzilla with faux-polite haughty disdain and is quick to get abrasively demanding with Ren when hearing something he doesn't want to. He sees himself as the next visionary architect of humanity's entry into a bold new era, but he's possibly the single most Too Dumb to Live major villain in the entire MonsterVerse with how he doesn't see anything wrong with using a known Omnicidal Maniac Titan's incomprehensibly Bizarre Alien Biology neurology as the direct nervous system of something he designed to be World's Strongest Man. He has an Oh, Crap! too right before meeting his Hoist by His Own Petard doom. The fancy glass of alcohol that Simmons carries in several scenes accentuates his Smug Snaky-ness.
- The Sociopath: He has many signs of a high functioning sociopath. He's able to feign empathy to manipulate people but seems completely lack it, can present a charming, false affable persona, and possesses a grandiose sense of self-worth and gigantic ego. He also has the inherit lack of impulse control, as he completely rushes through his actions wanting to get MechaGodzilla opperational, and doesn't take being questioned well. Notably his daughter's death doesn't seem to affect him at all and his 'well-intentions' ultimately amount to inflating his ego rather than actually helping anyone.
- Too Dumb to Live: Way too dumb, for all his posturing. He doesn't see anything blatantly wrong with incorporating Ghidorah's neurology into his Ultimate Destroyer, only seeing his own egotistical vision come true.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: It's heavily implied his initial mission to specifically see Godzilla and then any Titan deemed dangerous killed would've escalated to a straight-up indiscriminate genocide of every last Titan on Earth if the forces he was meddling with hadn't been too much for him to control, with early plot summaries for the film indicating this.
- Viler New Villain: Zig-Zagged. He's just as much of a selfish Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist as Alan Jonah from the previous film, and unlike Jonah who has a Freudian Excuse, Simmons has no tragic excuse for what he is. That being said, we never see Apex commit any particularly brutal crimes against humans like Jonah does, nor do we see Simmons disregard his own actions creating a universal threat to man and nature alike (albeit because he doesn't live long enough). Simmons intends to inflict mass genocide not against humanity but against every other creature on Earth that's more powerful than them if he considers it a threat regardless of its moral alignment, and Simmons and his company commit a truly record-breaking Too Dumb to Live when setting up their Evil Plan.
Portrayed By: Eiza González
Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong
An Apex Cybernetics executive who joins Team Kong's efforts to enter the Hollow Earth.
- Co-Dragons: With Ren Serizawa to her father. While Ren operates in piloting Mechagodzilla, Maia accompanies Team Kong into the Hollow Earth to extract a sample of the unique energy source in it
- Daddy's Little Villain: She's the daughter of Walter Simmons and is in on her father's Evil Plan.
- Dehumanization: She doesn't have much respect or high regard or any fondness for Kong, prominently only derisively calling him "the monkey".
- Informed Ability: Despite being described by her actress as "a very smart woman behind a company", it really doesn't come across. She's quick to demand in a panic that Monarch dump Kong into the ocean so Godzilla will stop attacking their fleet even though that would make it more difficult for her to reach the Hollow Earth's energy source, and then there's her Too Dumb to Live.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At first, she's a condescending and smug Rich Bitch who derides Kong as "the monkey", but her attitude seems to gradually mellow over the course of Team Kong's journey. Then she betrays them in cold blood in the Hollow Earth, holding them at gunpoint with her armed Apex escorts' aid.
- Karmic Death: She dies a matter of minutes after she betrays Team Kong so she can harvest the Hollow Earth's energy source to fuel MechaGodzilla. What's more, she treated Kong with Dehumanization throughout the film, and when she orders her pilot to shoot at him in a Too Dumb to Live move, Kong looks dead with one eye in at her in an irrefutably intelligent It Can Think before she dies.
- My Nayme Is: Subtitles and credits spell her name as "Maia," not the slightly-more-common "Maya."
- Oh, Crap!: She has one when Kong grabs her HEAV after she threatened Team Kong in front of him and shot at Kong himself, when Kong looks right in at her with one eye. Cue her Undignified Death.
- Pet the Dog: During Godzilla's attack on the fleet, she's the first to run to Jia's aid when the girl and Andrews barely escape drowning.
- Replacement Flat Character: She serves as one to Madison Russell. Although the two never meet; like Madison was in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Maia is also the daughter of the human Big Bad Wannabe who is responsible for kicking off the film's Kaiju crisis, and is secretly in on her parent's Evil Plan. But whereas Madison had the morals and personality traits to have a Heel Realization about her mother's actions and rebel against her, Maia remains unwaveringly loyal to her father's actions.
- Rich Bitch: Waves Apex's technology around in everyone's face, belittles them for being comparatively primitive, and overall does not exude a friend-making attitude around Team Kong. Her attitude does seem to mellow slightly when she realizes being around battling Titans is not something she's cut out for handling, though she still betrays the team.
- Too Dumb to Live: She tends to lose common sense and give in to plain panic whenever she's in a life-threatening situation, but she has two counts of this trope in short order in the Hollow Earth. Her betraying Team Kong in front of Kong was not a good idea, nor was her ordering her pilot shoot at Kong in a panic to try and get him out of their HEAV's way.
- Undignified Death: Her death is actually about as funny as it is cathartic. After she pisses Kong off and she orders her pilot to try shooting at him, the retaliating Kong easily grabs her vehicle, and she's left frantically crying out at her impending doom in a panic before Kong crushes the machine in a casual, almost bored-looking, manner and it explodes.
- Ungrateful Bastard: She and everyone else on the ship carrying Kong would have drowned when Godzilla capsized it if Kong didn't flip the ship back over. Despite that she still bellitles him and she even orders her pilot to shoot him.
Portrayed By: Shun Oguri
Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong
The son of the late Dr. Ishirō Serizawa, who works for Apex Cybernetics as their chief technology officer.
- Adaptation Expansion: The novelization of Godzilla vs. Kong greatly expands on his character, revealing that he used to be a "Well Done, Son!" Guy who idolized his father and sought his approval and attention... only for Ishiro to completely neglect his family in favor of his work. Ishiro sacrificing himself to revitalize Godzilla robbed Ren of any chance for closure with his father, and he hates Godzilla with a burning passion for taking his father from him in more ways than one.
- Advertised Extra: Although movie trailers put significant emphasis on Ren and make him look like he'll be a plot-relevant supporting character, in the movie proper, his role is one that could've easily been regulated to an Elite Mook without any difference, to the disappointment of several fans. He's given a bigger role in the novelization, which includes a few chapters that flesh out his motivation for hating Godzilla.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Although he doesn't surface as a villain until after his father's death, it becomes clear as the film goes on that underneath his Serizawa-like demeanor, Ren is the polar opposite of his father and defies every value that the latter stood for. He spearheads the construction of Mechagodzilla in order to kill Godzilla and make humans the dominant species over all the Titans, and it's clear from the smile on his face when piloting his creation that he enjoys the power he has and doesn't care in the slightest for his father's words about "the arrogance of man".
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the novel, he was planning to use Walter as an Unwitting Pawn so he could become an artificial god through Mechagodzilla and kill Godzilla, with intent to dispose of him once he'd achieved this. Unfortunately for Ren, King Ghidorah's influence on Mechagodzilla had other plans.
- Black Sheep: He and his father do not share the same opinion of Titans. Ren is the Black Sheep to his father and grandfather Eiji's Heroic Lineage, as he joins Apex Cybernetics' Evil Reactionary project to create a human-piloted mech than can kill Godzilla and any other Titan and make humans the sole dominant species (which uses Ghidorah's neurology for its neural network no less), and it's clear that if he ever heard his father's words about how arrogant man is to think they can control and overrule nature, he didn't listen.
- Cain and Abel: Ren frames himself as the Cain to Godzilla's Abel in his introductory chapter of the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization, seeing him as an older brother his father had neglected him to dote upon, and vows to do whatever it takes to kill the Titan out of resentment and hatred.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: He grins in delight when piloting Mechagodzilla and using it to kill a Skullcrawler as a test run, like a child opening their Christmas presents.
- Co-Dragons: With Maia Simmons to Walter Simmons, While Maia joins Team Kong into going to the hollow earth to get a sample of the radiation, Ren spearheads the construction of Mechagodzilla in order to kill Godzilla and the other Titans. Subverted in the novel, where Ren has his own plans and is ultimately just using Walter.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel, rather than just being electrocuted, Ghidorah's consciousness essentially devours his.
- Electronic Telepathy: He's the pilot of the "psionic uplink" which controls Mechagodzilla, operating it from the BrainComputer Interface inside Ghidorah's skull, although he's placed in a trance while he controls Mechagodzilla's actions. Until Ghidorah's consciousness hijacks the link.
- Evil Genius: Ren is in charge of Apex Cybernetics' efforts to exterminate the Titans, and spearheaded the creation of Mechagodzilla for this purpose.
- Foreshadowing: In the Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) novelization, it's mentioned that Ishirō passed what was essentially a Serizawa family heirloom on to Vivienne Graham instead of his son Ren, who was also mentioned in the novel. Besides being a testament to Graham and Dr. Serizawa's closeness, it seems to hint that Serizawa and Ren don't exactly see eye-to-eye and/or that Ren isn't quite like his father and grandfather.
- A God Am I: The novelization reveals that Ren considered himself to be a god while piloting Mechagodzilla, and hoped to make his "apotheosis" permanent with the Hollow Earth energy, disposing of Simmons when he was no longer needed.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Implied Trope. Apex Cybernetics' motives are using Mechagodzilla to overpower and usurp Godzilla as the dominant Titan and make humanity the uncontested dominant species against all the other Titans, but it's suggested that this isn't Ren's only reason for joining Apex. When he sees Godzilla from afar, he has a strange look of something along the lines of anger and pain. The common theory is that Ren wants Godzilla dead out of Misplaced Retribution over his father's death, which is confirmed by the novelization.
- High-Voltage Death: Once Ghidorah's consciousness takes control of Mechagodzilla, Ren gets fried by electricity within the skull cockpit.
- Ignored Expert: A villainous case. He argues that using the Hollow Earth energy for Mechagodzilla without testing it is a bad idea, but Walter dismisses him. He's very right, as it reactivates Ghidorah's cosnciousness.
- Karmic Death: He's unceremoniously killed by his own abominable creation once Ghidorah takes control of Mechagodzilla.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: He may look and sound like his father at first glance, but beyond that, about the only common trait they share is a genius-level intellect. Apart from that, it becomes clear during the film that Ren and his father could not be more different.
- Mind Rape: In the novel, Ghidorah's consciousness essentially devours his and kills him.
- Misplaced Retribution: The novelization of Godzilla vs. Kong reveals he joined Apex Cybernetics to kill Godzilla and avenge his father, who sacrificed himself to save Godzilla in the previous film.
- More Than Mind Control: The novel implies Ghidorah's consciousness was influencing him from the beginning, but Ren didn't notice due to wanting to feel like a god.
- Oh, Crap!: He seems to have one written on his face when the fully-charged Mechagodzilla malfunctions around him, right before he's electrocuted to death. In the novelization, he has a moment of panic as his consciousness is trapped inside Mechagodzilla — no longer under his control — before being obliterated by that of Ghidorah.
- Only Sane Man: Of Apex. While he was still dumb enough to go with the whole thing, he at least had enough sense to suggest they wait before using the newly-discovered, completely untested Hollow Earth energy to power their Ghidorah-infused mecha titan.
- The Starscream: In the novel, Ren dismisses Walter Simmons as a mere stepping stone in his Kill and Replace plan, intending to use Mechagodzilla to kill Godzilla and then transfer his consciousness into the mecha to make himself an artificial god.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Downplayed, but Ren isn't the first instance of the son of a major Monarch figure opposes their father's views in favor of thinking all the Titans (including the specific Alpha Titan their father respects) should be killed by humanity. Houston Brooks' son Aaron felt the same way about Kong and the other creatures on Skull Island in the Kong: Skull Island spin-off The Birth of Kong. But whereas Aaron has a Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot and experiences Character Development towards respecting Kong and the island and understanding what his father sees in them, Ren does not.
- Too Dumb to Live: He's the one who spearheads Apex's Mechagodzilla project and actually sits inside Ghidorah's skull as the pilot hooked into Ghidorah's neural pathways. And he certainly doesn't show any reservations about how unfathomably stupid Apex's use of Ghidorah's remains is when he's grinning at Mechagodzilla's power — in fact, his job indicates he was actually the one who implemented those measures. Sitting in Ghidorah's skull with his brain hooked up to its neural pathways gets him zapped to death.
- Villainous Rescue: He unintentionally rescues Madison from becoming Skullcrawler-chow while he's piloting Mechagodzilla in a test run against said Skullcrawler, and he doesn't notice he's done this during or after the act. With the Skullcrawler's speed and proximity to Madison in the instant Mechagodzilla grabbed it, if it hadn't been for Ren, Madison would've most certainly met her doom there and then.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The novelization reveals that he's just using Walter to complete his own ambition to become a god through MechaGodzilla, and fully intended to kill him the moment he achieved that. Subverted in that is killed by his own creation before he can get that far.
Portrayed By: Jake Cunanan
Appeared In: GodzillaA young Japanese boy who's separated from his parents on a monorail in Honolulu just before Godzilla and the male MUTO surface.
Portrayed By: Charles Dance
Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
A former British Army colonel and MI-6 agent turned fanatic anarchist who leads an eco-terrorist paramilitary group dealing in trafficking Titan DNA, seeking to restore the natural order and "level the global playing field" through stolen weapons technology.
- Actor Allusion: Wistfully remarks, "Long live the king..." after seeing Ghidorah dominate the Titans of the world.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Played With. The novelization gives him a couple extra moments not seen in the film where he threatens Madison's life when she or Emma are really pissing him off. Particularly, when Emma tries to talk him into using the ORCA to stop Ghidorah's control over the Titans, he - being completely fine with Ghidorah obliterating humanity - coldly tells one of his minions to slit Madison's throat if Emma goes anywhere near the device without permission.
- Adaptational Mundanity: Viewers have noticed that him and his mercenaries' role — humans or humanoids attempting to control Ghidorah and the other Kaiju using acoustic technology to their own ends — seems to make them a realism-grounded Adaptation Species Change of the Xiliens and other Human Aliens in earlier Toho continuities. The core difference besides the species change is due to the MonsterVerse's aesop change from presenting the kaiju as a nuclear weapons allegory to instead presenting them as forces of nature, Jonah's attempts to control the Titans result in Evil Is Not a Toy. (Not that he minds.) Some viewers even think Jonah might be an actual alien in disguise.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: He conquers both Monarch Outposts 61 and 32 by slaughtering all the guards so he can extract what he wants from them, and he utilizes a disused Monarch bunker as his and his people's safe haven to wait out the apocalypse.
- At Least I Admit It: Played With. His Kick the Son of a Bitch moment when calling out Emma and Madison has undertones of this.
- Backstory: Jonah used to be a colonel in the British Army colonel and a MI6 secret agent. He soon became disillusioned by governments and humanity in general because of all the wars, death, and destruction people bring about so he defected and went rogue. Since then, Jonah has been connected to armed mercenary groups engaged in sociopolitical intrigue as he sought to "level the global playing field" with stolen weapons technology. In 2005, Jonah came to Monarch's attention when he and several mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean MUTO dig site, and Jonah was locked up in a Pakistani prison.
- Bait the Dog: Inverted. At first, he seems to be the driving force of the first quarter of the movie, killing Monarch scientists and agents, abducting Dr. Russell and her daughter, and planning to use the ORCA for some insidious means. But then it turns out Emma is the real mastermind behind the plan to release Ghidorah, that she went to him before the start of the movie, and the parts where the plan goes Off the Rails because Ghidorah doesn't act according to her design were things he had no part in.
- Benevolent Boss: He treats his henchmen quite well. The novelization even reveals he is quite fond of his Mook Lieutenant, Asher, enough that he is visibly shaken when Asher is killed.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Initially with Emma Russell. Though Emma was the brains, Jonah had the manpower and the pair worked together to reawaken the Titans. However, Emma opts out after Ghidorah begins to cause more destruction than intended, leaving Jonan as the sole human antagonist from then on.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He shares this role with King Ghidorah during the film as he and Dr. Emma Russel; try to control Ghidorah, but Ghidorah himself has plans of his own, Though Jonah is fine with Ghidorah destroying the earth and killing humanity.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He and Emma Russell ultimately become this, due to Ghidorah after they've released it proving to be Eviler Than Thou, and taking things out of their hands when it seizes control of the other Titans and forces them to begin razing all other life on the planet. Not that Jonah particularly minds.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: In the novelization, he pulls a small, devious one twice, which only fails to qualify as Psychotic Smirk because the other characters take notice. First when he sees Mothra after raiding her temple, then again at the end when he sees Ghidorah's severed head. A fisherman even compares it to "The Devil's Grin".
- Colonel Badass: A former Special Forces colonel. Jonah has managed to recruit an entire organization to help him to achieve his goals.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Played With but he's in some ways like a Foil to Preston Packard in Kong: Skull Island. They're both veteran military men who've been driven insane by their war experiences, both have shades of A Father to His Men, both their descents into villainy are further fueled by the loss of their men (specifically Asher for Jonah), and both are ultimately a selfish Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist. But whereas Packard is presented as something of a Tragic Villain, and he obsessively wants Kong dead allegedly to protect humanity from the Kaiju and due to subconsciously singling Kong out as his new war enemy, Jonah is instead a Misanthrope Supreme who singles humanity out as the target of his vendetta, and is a pro-Titan Eco-Terrorist to that end.
- Deadpan Snarker: To wit.Asher: [Upon seeing Ghidorah trapped in the ice.] Mother of God...
Jonah: She had nothing to do with this.
- Despair Event Horizon: In the novelization, both Madison and Emma observe that the last bit of humanity Jonah had left in him is extinguished after Asher's death.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's one to Emma Russell. Though they were technically in a Big Bad Duumvirate and the plan was Emma's, Jonah is the one who always eggs Emma on to do the evil thing, and when Emma has a Heel Realization, it's clear that Jonah is the one who's in charge of their whole operation.
- Drunk with Power: Downplayed, but Madison notes in the novelization that Jonah enjoys having power over others and it's why he doesn't bother destroying the ORCA when he no longer needs it; so he can taunt Emma with his possession of it.
- Eco-Terrorist: Labeled a Class-1 level threat, Alan Jonah is under the impression that reawakening the Titans will potentially set things right in the world since humans have mistreated and damaged the planet.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The film implies that he has a soft spot for his Number Two, Asher, which is confirmed by the novelization; the novel further adds that after Asher is killed, Emma notes that the last fragment of Jonah's humanity died with him. That same novelization also mentions he had a daughter, and his misanthropy stems from her being murdered while he was on duty.
- Evil Brit: Former British soldier and spy turned omnicidal Eco-Terrorist.
- Evil Counterpart: To Dr. Ishirō Serizawa, being the leader of his own (antagonistic) organization which seeks the Titans and has pro-Titan, pro-environment motives. Furthermore, Jonah championing Ghidorah as the Alpha Titan could be comparable to Serizawa championing Godzilla. They're both critical of humanity and believe in the superiority of nature's power (namely the Titans); but unlike Serizawa who states he admires all forms of life and still cares about human lives, Jonah is a ruthless Misanthrope Supreme and proves to be a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist when both humanity and the rest of the planet are threatened. Both of them are lean and elderly men. They both interestingly have a younger female accomplice who they end up outliving and/or have a Number Two who they're very close to, and both of them see said Number Two killed in Antarctica; but whereas Serizawa forces himself to shoulder on despite his grief, Jonah crosses the Despair Event Horizon. Whereas Serizawa champions non-interventionism and believes that humans and Titans can co-exist together, Jonah is actively trying to forcibly awaken all the Titans and seems to have had an Ignored Epiphany response to humans and Titans finding coexistence.
- Eviler Than Thou: Mixed in with At Least I Admit It. While Emma is horrified at King Ghidorah's plans for human extinction rather than her plan for a population cull; Jonah dismisses her horror and views her goal of humanity's salvation as naive.
- Foil: Besides being an Evil Counterpart to Serizawa (see above), he's a Foil to Emma Russell and Mark Russell respectively. See their respective folders above.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: Again, former British military/spy turned omnicidal Eco-Terrorist.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: After years in the service of his country, seeing humanity at its worst, and believing that human nature is only getting progressively worse, he feels he has seen the monster humanity can become through their destructive tendencies. He quotes this almost word-for-word in the novelization.
- "Man does not control the laws of nature. And neither do you." Pretty rich coming from a guy whose mission is all about humans intervening to see the Titans forcibly awakened and released. Played with, as he's happy to let Ghidorah do what it wants to the planet when the three-headed Titan makes everything spiral out of his and Emma's control, and he's out of the loop on the fact Ghidorah is not a part of nature.
- When Emma wants to go looking for her daughter, Alan coldly tells her that the mission is more important than one life. Then she pulls a gun on him... and he decides to let her go rather than risk HIS life. Played with in practice; he seems more vaguely amused by Emma's defiance than anything, and makes clear he's happy for her to leave as his group don't need her any more.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Comes with being an icy character who's played by Charles Dance.
- Ignored Epiphany: In the end, when it's been conclusively proven that humans and Titans can live together in harmony and repair the world together, he still buys Ghidorah's head with implicitly malevolent intentions. He just hates humanity that much.
- Insane Troll Logic: Once he proves to be a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist, he starts countering Emma's claims that Ghidorah is doing the opposite of restore the planet with claims that they should let Ghidorah do what it wants so that a species less despicable (in his eyes) than humanity will take over rule of the planet, even if said species is going to decimate (if not utterly annihilate) the entire planet's biosphere which he and Emma claimed they wanted to save.
- It's All About Me: He has a moment in the novelization when refusing to let Emma try and stop Ghidorah, making it clear that for all his big talk about serving the greater good, he's really just a selfish, evil old man who wants humanity destroyed so that he won't have to look at them anymore."The things I've done. The things I've seen... Humanity is a disease and the fewer of them there are the better it is for me."
- Jerkass Has a Point: Before Rodan's awakening, he derides Madison for blindly falling for Emma Russell's 'grand utopia' pitch, and also Emma for her irresponsibility as a parent.Emma: Leave her [Madison] out of this!Jonah: Why? You're the one who pulled her into it!
- Karma Houdini: At the end of the movie, he's still at large and has gotten his hands on King Ghidorah's severed head.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Him deriding Emma Russell at multiple opportunities after Ghidorah is released can be seen as this or Kick the Dog.
- Knight Templar: Is disgusted and disappointed with humans and their nature, and will make any sacrifices or extreme decisions (and boy, are they extreme) to restore what he sees as the righteous natural order.
- Lack of Empathy: The guy does not have any second thought about letting billions of people die as a consequence of releasing the Titans to "save the Earth". Even when it is clear that King Ghidorah has no intention of saving the Earth but rather wants to terraform it to its liking, he just shrugs it off and says that maybe it's time for the Titans to take the Earth for their own. Aside from the soldiers under his command, he doesn't give a crap about the rest of humanity at all.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: Lost his faith in humanity altogether after decades of witnessing the horror and desolation of war.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Seeing the worst parts of humanity again and again drove him to become an extreme misanthrope. He's fully willing to let Ghidorah destroy everyone because of this.
- Nerves of Steel: Isn't fazed at all when Emma pulls a gun on him.
- Not So Similar: In the novelization, Madison thinks this about Jonah when contemplating his parallels with both her parents, noting that while her parents also reacted badly to losing a child and have done terrible things (her mother in particular), Emma is at least willing to try and fix what she's done, whereas Jonah is too far gone.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Emma realizes too late that what Alan wants is removing humanity from the equation altogether. Alan is also perfectly fine with letting Ghidorah rampage around, even though Ghidorah's actions wreak more havoc on nature than humans ever have and by the time Ghidorah is through, there'll likely be almost nothing left alive on the planet but him. In The Stinger, Alan is seen buying Ghidorah's last remaining head, hinting that he is likely looking for a way to see the job the alien Titan started finished.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He has the same surname as his Mook Lieutenant, Asher. However, there is no indication that the two are related and the novelization flat-out states that they're not.
- Outliving One's Offspring: According to the novelization, his turn to villainy was triggered when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered while he was off fighting in a war.
- Pet the Dog:
- Despite having little reason to do so, when in an elevator next to a frightened Madison, he attempts to calm her down by passing a hand over his face and making a friendly smile. She flips him the bird in response. He seems more amused by this than anything.
- Near the end, he lets Emma go to rescue her daughter, believing he and his men will do fine without her. He even lets her take one of his vehicles without protest.
- Put Them All Out of My Misery: His priority of the extinction of humanity above all else pushes his goals squarely into this category.
- Restart the World: It's more prominent in the novelization, but this is basically how he reacts to the realization that Ghidorah intends to actively exterminate humanity and will cause much worse destruction to the planet than he and Emma wanted, having been long ago Maddened Into Misanthropy, and he suggests We Can Rule Together in the aftermath.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: He invokes this when criticizing Emma Russell for letting Madison think their eco-terrorism plot to release all the Titans wasn't going to involve effectively murdering millions of innocents by proxy.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Does not hesitate to divulge the true extent of destruction releasing the Titans worldwide would have caused to Madison, berating her for believing that the world will turn out to be a paradise after the Titans are done with it as what her mother led her to believe.Jonah: Madison, tell me, what exactly did mommy sell you on? Some grand utopia? Man and monster living together in blissful harmony?
- Stalker Without a Crush: Before kidnapping Emma and Madison, Jonah previously followed Emma around the world to labs she had in Cairo and Tokyo and attempted to raid them.
- The Stoic: Jonah is always shown to be calm and collected despite whatever chaos happens around him.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: When Emma points out to him that King Ghidorah is destroying the planet's biosphere instead of healing it as was their original goal, Jonah brushes it off because he's happy so long as it makes humanity suffer and so long as they aren't the ruling species anymore, not caring that Ghidorah's actions defeat their original goal of preventing the destruction of the planet's ecosphere.
- Two First Names: Alan and Jonah. Some viewers have even gotten i mixed up which one is his first name and which is the last name.
- Viler New Villain: Compared to Preston Packard in Kong: Skull Island, who is a troubled war veteran driven insane by the losses of his men; Alan Jonah is a cold-blooded killer, and proves himself a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist (see above).
- Villain Ball: He allows Madison, a girl who clearly isn't all for killing people in the name of the "greater good", unsupervised free reign of his base, and at one point, he and his men all take a break at the same time and leave the ORCA unsupervised in an insecure room. Which enables Madison to steal the ORCA and leave with it.
- Villains Out Shopping: A highly downplayed example occurs in a Deleted Scene, where he and his Mooks in their hideout are watching an angry Madison training in kickboxing, the way you'd probably watch a small show in the village square if you lived without TV or wi-fi and didn't have much to do.
- We Can Rule Together: Has something like this in the novelization. In the film, Jonah is presented as nihilistic and believes humans need to be wiped out, so while he is misguided, he at least genuinely believes in his cause and seems willing to die for it. In the novel, he has a moment of telling Emma that they can live like kings in the aftermath, showing him to be considerably pettier despite his mission.
- War Is Hell: He wholeheartedly agrees, as that was what made him go rogue and start seeking a way to bring back the Titans.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen in the King of the Monsters post-credits scene obtaining Ghidorah's decapitated head, evidently for nefarious purposes. In Godzilla vs. Kong, Jonah isn't mentioned once and the Ghidorah head he obtained is now in the possession of Apex Cybernetics with no explanation given of how it made its way there, leaving Jonah's fate unknown. The novelization indicates that he sold the Ghidorah head to Apex two years before the events of the film, but where he is now is unknown.
- When He Smiles: He has a moment of this in the novelization while conversing privately with Asher, where it's a genuine smile and not a Cheshire Cat Grin.
- Would Hurt a Child: Clearer in the novelization. He threatens Madison after she tells him off for patronizing her, putting his hand on his gun and warning her to be careful what she wished for. Later, to cement Emma into behaving after the latter has had their Heel Realization, Jonah gives the order to have Madison's throat slit if Emma goes anywhere near the ORCA without permission.
Portrayed By: Jonathan Howard
Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- All There in the Manual: Most of what we know about him, including when and how Jonah hired him, comes from the Novelization. His first missions with Jonah were attacking a chemical plant in China, and another assignment involving game hunters in the Congo. The book also confirms he is not related to Jonah, despite him being called "Asher Jonah" in the film credits for some reason.
- Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Colonel Foster.
- Evil Brit: Like his boss.
- In-Series Nickname: "Ash" for short.
- Mook Lieutenant: Not quite The Dragon due to getting sniped in his second scene, but he is Jonah's right-hand man and the leader of the other henchmen.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He has the same last name as his boss. Though as noted they're not related.
- Punch-Clock Villain: In the novelization, he flat out tells Jonah he'll do anything he says, including killing people, but that he still dislikes doing it and he is concerned that it's becoming easier for him to deal with the guilt.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's only in two scenes before getting killed, and is, in fact, the only one of Jonah's Mooks who dies in the movie at all. That said, he gets some much-needed backstory and character development in the novelization by Greg Keyes.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like his boss, he is hellbent on saving the planet by any means necessary.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Jonah liked him immensely, and is quite upset by his death in the novelization, surprising Madison who didn't think he cared about anything or anyone beyond his and Emma's twisted version of saving the planet. That said because Jonah is very mission-oriented, Asher quickly becomes a Forgotten Fallen Friend. The novelization, however, flat out states what was left of Jonah's humanity died with Ash.
Portrayed By: Brian Tyree Henry
Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong
A Conspiracy Theorist who is using his maintenance job at Apex to investigate them due to their shady activities. He aids Madison and Josh in investigating the cause of Godzilla's rampage.
- Agent Mulder: Apart from being entirely Properly Paranoid about Apex Cybernetics' secrets, he also believes in The Illuminati and Restart the World-type conspiracies, and he doesn't trust anyone who drinks florinated water.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a crazy conspiracy theorist...but he's still smart enough that he managed to infiltrate Apex for years, actively use how crazy he looks and had Godzilla not attacked he would've successfully hacked and downloaded data to prove how evil they really are. He's also smart enough to figure out what Apex was using Ghidorah's skull for.
- Cassandra Truth: He tries to warn everyone that Apex is plotting something sinister and did something to attract Godzilla. Justified, because he spouts a myriad of other conspiracy theroies that are just plain wrong so almost nobody takes him seriously.
- Chekhov's Gun: His flask of alcohol from his late wife, which Josh uses to turn the tide of the final battle. He even keeps the flask in a shoulder holster.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He is a dyed-in-the-wool conspiracy theorist, complete with running a conspiracy theory podcast that Maddison listens to.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He's total crackpot with a ton of outlandish conspiracy theories. Even though he's right about Apex doing something to attract Godzilla, all of his other theories about the company are way off the mark.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: He is right about Apex plotting something that is attracting Godzilla. However almost everything else he says is wrong, even about Apex.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He does Exactly What It Says on the Tin when trying to keep an Apex employee occupied under the guise of striking up conversation, to the employee's visible ire.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's implied during his initial infiltration at Apex that while he is a Cloud Cuckoolander, he deliberately exaggerates his mannerisms to get people to underestimate him. Notably, his first scene with his coworker has him warn the latter about eating a GMO apple, but Bernie has no issue eating it himself after tricking said coworker into leaving him.
- Oh, Crap!: He's horrified when Team Godzilla discover Ghidorah's skull and he realizes Apex are using Ghidorah's neural tissue to achieve MechaGodzilla's psionic uplink."Oh, Apex, what have you done..."
- Plucky Comic Relief: Inverted. He and Josh are both in their own ways quite goofy, and Madison is the Only Sane Woman of Team Godzilla.
- Properly Paranoid: He's proven right that Godzilla isn't rampaging, but is targeting Apex and they're performing shady actions. Particularly using the remains of Ghidorah to build a MechaGodzilla, which Godzilla can sense. That said, a lot of his other ramblings still seem a bit ludicrous to the end (including the belief that the government is trying to cover up the existence of Santa's workshop at the North Pole in the novelization), so the trope is zigzagged.
- Tragic Keepsake: Has a booklet with a picture of his late wife and a flask he got from her he keeps in a shoulder holster. He says that if the flask is ever empty, then he's given up.
Portrayed By: Julian Dennison
Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong
A young boy who allies with Madison and Hayes investigating what is causing Godzilla's rampage.
- Cowardly Lion: He's definitely the most timid member of Team Godzilla, and if the other two decided to approach something that looks ominous he would be the one to complain about its ominousness and be the last one to step through. But that doesn't stop him sticking by them and proving to be a help where he can. Notably, Madison gives him the choice to accompany her or back out before she heads off to find Bernie Hayes, and he goes along.
- Cutting the Knot: Josh and Bernie are unable to hack into MechaGodzilla's control board, and Bernie gets ready to chug the flask of whisky he keeps for his darkest hour, giving Josh the idea to just dump the alcohol into the control panel to short-circuit it.
- Disappointing Older Sibling: Not him, but it's heavily implied by a conversation between him and Madison that his brother (who's old enough to own a van) is this. Josh is scared of his brother finding out, while Madison is pretty sure Josh's brother wouldn't notice if they did worse than this.
- Establishing Character Moment: When we first meet him showing up to Madison's house with his brother's stolen van, he's expressing nervousness about being caught for his act despite his brother being implied to be someone who wouldn't even notice, and questioning why he and Madison have to get involved in the current Titan crisis. When Maddie looks him in the eye and asks whether he's coming or staying, Josh replies with a brave face and nil hesitation that he's most certainly coming with her (and then he goofs up his dramatic attempt to open the van door).
- Nerd Glasses: He has browline/chunky-black glasses, has stereotypical-nerd levels of timidness and is a hacker (his main speciality is movie piracy).
- Plucky Comic Relief: Inverted. He can be pretty goofy and silly alongside Hayes, leaving Madison as the Only Sane Woman of Team Godzilla.