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    Gunpei Ikari 
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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.
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    The Iwi 
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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 dread the Skullcrawlers (known to them as Halakrah, though they scarely speak that name), andthey regard Godzilla as something of a Devil figure.
  • 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: Their name for the Skullcrawlers.
  • 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. The Godzilla vs. Kong novelization indicates it's probably also because Kong literally can't form human words and instead communicates with the Iwi via sign language.

    Ato 
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"Greetings, searchers. You have come at last."

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.

    Jia 
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Portrayed By: Kaylee Hottle

Appeared In: Kingdom Kong | Kong & Me | Godzilla vs. Kong

A 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.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's described in the novelization as being "blunt and literal" when she says something.
  • 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.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Kaylee Hottle is from an all-deaf family.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: She's at first wary of Nathan and judges him to be a coward, but she warms up to him over the course of the story. And he still has no idea what the sign she said means "brave" really means.
  • Forever War: Discussed by her in the novelization. She sees the blood feud between Kong's kind and Godzilla as this.
  • Freudian Slip: Inverted in the novelization, where she seemingly almost tells Andrews during a What the Hell, Hero? that she's not her mother but stops herself.
  • 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.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Dr. Andrews is her guardian after the rest of the Iwi were wiped out, and it's implied (particularly in the novelization) that she views Jia as a daughter.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In the novelization, she cries for the very first time since Andrews met her when the bio-dome, and with it the last piece of Skull Island, is destroyed. She's also on the verge of tears in the film and novel when urging Kong, who almost died minutes earlier, to be careful when fighting Mechagodzilla.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the novelization, she gives Andrews a civil one for drugging and chaining up Kong (acts which she says make him feel helpless and distrustful) and for deciding she and Monarch know what's best for the King of Primates better than the King himself does.

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Apex Cybernetics

    In General 
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A corporation invested in technological advances and the human mind, who are hiding a "sinister" corporate conspiracy that is connected to Godzilla's rampage.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: It's more subtle, but they seem to continue the theme of adapting the old Godzilla continuities' Human Aliens who attempt to control the Kaiju (including Mechagodzilla and/or Ghidorah) so that they're humans trying to control forces they don't understand and often suffering the consequences.
  • Ambition Is Evil: They want to be the ones to one-up the Titans in terms of physical power, usurp Godzilla as the dominant force on Earth and harness the Titans' power for their Corrupt Corporate Executive's ego. Though they justify themselves by claiming they're giving humanity a valid defense against the Titans, it's pretty clear that they want to themselves be the ones who'll lead humanity into a new age as the apex species of Earth. The novelization especially implies that Apex will use their creation's new dominance to Take Over the World if they succeed in usurping Godzilla.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: A monster variation. They're breeding Skullcrawlers in captivity and then throwing them at Mechagodzilla as target practice. This is something that Monarch wouldn't even consider doing.
  • 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 Eco-Terrorist mercenaries from the previous film. Jonah's organization was an international, underground, paramilitary terrorist force, and their goal was seeing the Titans reclaim the planet and restore the human-ravaged natural order. Apex Cybernetics by comparison are a legitimate corporation who are highly tech-savvy and have a moderate public image to shirk off suspicion, and their goal is making humanity the sole dominant species over all the Titans by installing an Apex-controlled Titan-killing Mecha as a proxy alpha (specifically, Apex want to be themselves the ones to do this and have control of everything).
  • Corporate Conspiracy: Bernie describes Apex's mysterious Mechagodzilla project as this, and it's rather accurate. It's revealed that they're secretly building Mechagodzilla with Offscreen Villain Dark Matter so they can be the architects of human domination over all the Titans, and when their work provokes Godzilla into a rampage, they take advantage of humanity's confused reaction to make it seem like Godzilla has turned on them and make it seem like humanity needs Mechagodzilla to fight back against the Titans.
  • Engineered Heroics: How they plan to become the spearhead of humanity. It's revealed that they're directly responsible for instigating Godzilla's rampage, due to Ghidorah's remains that they've incorporated as Mechagodzilla's brain emitting a signal which Godzilla recognizes as a rival alpha to his dominance. With the world assuming Godzilla's rampage means he's made a Face–Heel Turn against humanity, Apex intend to publicly unleash Mechagodzilla and use it to kill Godzilla, and they'll be credited as humanity's saviors instead of the ones responsible for the destruction, and their Mecha project will hypothetically gain more support for their campaign to kill and dominate all the other Titans and make themselves the architects of humanity's future. In the novelization, Simmons confirms that they genuinely didn't know their creation was going to signal and provoke Godzilla before his first attack, but after the first attack turned public opinion against Godzilla, Simmons was all too happy to take advantage of it.
  • 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, Inc.: They're the second type. They're a hi-tech corporation invested in the fields of robotics, neurology and A.I. with facilities on both U.S. and Chinese soil, and they're using their own facilities as a front 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. What makes it even worse is they actually have the astonishing levels of stupidity to use King Ghidorah's telepathic remains as the brain for their superweapon. And when Apex's own actions instigate Godzilla's rampage, true to corporate form, Walter Simmons who's masterminding their Evil Plan takes advantage of it to make the public think Godzilla has made a Face–Heel Turn and that Apex will be humanity's savior instead of the ones responsible for the whole damn mess in its entirety.
  • 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. The novelization suggests a few times that Apex would've enslaved what Titans they could control to use as resources and would've slaughtered the others if their stupidity hadn't done their Evil Plan in.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The novelization reveals that they were the military's contractee who built the Oxygen Destroyer prototype that was launched in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), making Apex indirectly responsible for Ghidorah's global Titan rampage which almost led to the destruction of humanity and all complex life on Earth.
  • The Horseshoe Effect: Their Muggle Power agenda to see humanity returned to the top of the food chain and all the Titans enslaved or killed makes them diametrically opposite to Alan Jonah and his Eco-Terrorists from King of the Monsters, but they do have a couple things in common: their actions risk causing the end of the world, and they don't care how many people have to die to get what they want.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: An In-Universe case. The Godzilla vs. Kong novelization reveals that they were responsible for building the Oxygen Destroyer for the government (and committing assassination when Sara Heyes stumbled on their secret plans because She Knows Too Much), but Simmons' money and influence ensured the company weren't brought to justice for their role in unwittingly almost ending the world. In Godzilla vs. Kong, Simmons himself and Apex's technology chief and likely a lot of their staff are killed by Mechagodzilla's rampage. Though the company's fate after Mechagodzilla's defeat isn't revealed, Apex will liably be facing a motherload of prosecutions once the extent of their machinations is revealed, and it's more than likely they'll be put out of business for good.
  • 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.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: They're not known to abuse their employees or innocent civilians directly in the film, but in the novelization, it's indicated that they arranged the car collision that killed Bernie's wife Sara, an Apex employee, because she stumbled on their secret plans to build the Oxygen Destroyer before the events of King of the 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.
  • The Mole: The novelization reveals at one point that Apex have several moles inside Monarch.
  • Muggle Power: Their justification for creating Mechagodzilla. Their CEO does not trust Godzilla at all, and believes humanity should retake its place as the sole dominant species by usurping Godzilla and thereby dominating all the other Titans (specifically, Simmons wants to himself be the one credited with making that way to fight back). Apex have a bit of both Options 1 and 2: they want to kill Godzilla (and implicitly any other Titan that they deem a threat) and replace Godzilla as the Alpha Titan with a Humongous Mecha deliberately made in Godzilla's image, dominating any Titan they want to via the same Behemoth Battle method that the Titans use to settle disputes among themselves.
  • Murder by Inaction: They deliberately engineer the deaths of thousands in population centers via Godzilla's rampage, and plot to provoke him into killing millions more in Hong Kong before letting Mechagodzilla loose on him so Apex will be viewed as "saviors", all without a second thought.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: They have a minor one in the novelization. The novel reveals that activating Mechagodzilla for the test run in Hong Kong diverted Godzilla from investigating the Vile Vortex in Antarctica which Kong had just gone through. Had it not been for this, Godzilla would've likely created casualties at Monarch's Antarctica outpost while pursuing Kong into the Hollow Earth.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: They have the resources to build a trans-Pacific underground tunnel system with futuristic car-pods linking their facilities on different continents, anti-gravity vehicles, and a 400-foot-tall Humongous Mecha that's armed to the teeth with missiles, rocket launchers, plasma punches, and an all-destroying laser beam, in complete secrecy. It’s explained in the novelization that, along with being a successful tech-company, the military is giving them very lucrative grants under-the-table to R&D anti-Titan technologies.
  • Pride: They have a particularly bad case of this even by the standards of their setting, which is made all the more prominent by the fact these guys surface as a threat after the events of King of the Monsters (which were a lesson in humility for most of the human race). They believe they're going to be the ones to topple Godzilla and all the Titans on Earth via their technological innovation by using Mechagodzilla, but they use Ghidorah's still-telepathically-active alien skull as the core component of the Mecha's brain and the Hollow Earth's element as a power source without a basic understanding of it. Combining the two leads to Ghidorah's lingering subconsciousness hijacking control of Mechagodzilla for itself and proceeding to annihilate Apex whilst leaving their entire Muggle Power plan in ruin.
  • Propaganda Machine: Unlike in the film, the novelization version of the commercial playing in their Pensacola headquarters has a bit more emphasis on painting the Titans as a threat needing to be conquered.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Their Hong Kong headquarters where Mechagodzilla is hidden has red and blue lights which create an overall faux purple hue. Meanwhile, Simmons' control room and the room where Ghidorah's decapitated skull is stored and acting as the Mecha's neural system are respectively lit by purple light, emphasizing how Simmons thinks he's the one on top of everything and how Ghidorah's lingering consciousness is the one on top in actuality. Make no mistake, Apex might be in possession of a lot of power, but they're staggeringly incompetent and irresponsible with it.
  • Research, Inc.: They're highly successful in technology and neurology, and it's shown in the film that they've developed maglev (magnetic levitationnote ) train technology for transporting their supplies across continents in addition to the gravity inversion-surviving HEAVs and Mechagodzilla.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The novelization mentions that the military provide over half the company's funding, and that Apex avoided any legal punishment for their role in the disaster with the Oxygen Destroyer due to the government being equally eager to cover up their own role and due to Simmons having a wide influence.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: This and Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! above are mentioned in the novelization as the reasons why they weren't brought to justice years before Godzilla vs. Kong.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: They wanted to install a Mecha under their control as a proxy alpha to dominate all the Titans, but it was going to end with Apex's own destruction and the ruination of their Evil Plan without any input from the heroes. They used Ghidorah's remains as the psionic control mechanism for Mechagodzilla and didn't expect it to backfire, resulting in Ghidorah's subconsciousness taking control of the Mecha the moment it gains a lasting power supply and making the Mecha turn on Apex.
  • 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. Madison straight-up calls Simmons out on this.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: They have terrible security, with Team Godzilla having little trouble sneaking through their facilities. Of course, given their supreme hubris, this is completely in character.
  • 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: They don't give a damn that Godzilla is the chief reason why they along with the rest of humanity haven't already been wiped out by the MUTOs or especially by King Ghidorah, nor do they care that Godzilla will continue defending humanity as long as they're a part of the world's natural order. To them, Godzilla is in the way of Apex's Evil Plan to exterminate or enslave all the other Titans for themselves.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Underdog: The enemy who they want to usurp so they can Take Over the World is Godzilla — without Mechagodzilla, Apex are just an Evil, Inc. of hubris-filled humans led by a Too Dumb to Live egotist.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Downplayed. On the surface, they're a respectable enough company to avoid suspicion from Monarch and the world and are successful in several fields. That being said, the novelization reveals they have a shady history and are regarded with misgivings by many people in Monarch due to their part in creating the Oxygen Destroyer, which led to Ghidorah's apocalyptic Titan-rampage.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Discussed in the novelization. Bernie thinks most of Apex's run-of-the-mill engineering staff are little more than unquestioning worker-bees who don't ask questions. While he might have a point, this guy also believes the government are covering up the existence of Santa's elves at the North Pole.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown of what became of Apex after Mechagodzilla's destruction, but it's likely that they'll be facing many lawsuits and a public investigation over their activities that could result in them being shut down.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: They seem to think they're in a Pacific Rim-style kaiju movie where the humans must build human-piloted Humongous Mechas as a deterrent against the giant monsters, and where the monsters are a threat to humanity and have usurped humanity's world, which humanity can take back through Humanity Is Superior technological means; seeing their Mechagodzilla project as a Creature-Hunter Organization. In reality, Apex are nothing more than a ruthless Muggle Power Evil, Inc., who fired the first unprovoked shot that disrupted a peaceful and beneficial human-Titan coexistence; Apex don't realize or just don't care that humans' direct role in kickstarting and then exacerbating the Titan crises of the previous three movies (triggering the awakenings of the MUTOs, Skullcrawlers and Ghidorah, and then unwittingly giving each of them a new advantage over the genuinely-protective Titans that they otherwise wouldn't have gained respectively) have proven that humanity generally is not fit to be the sole reigning apex species comparative to Godzilla and Kong; and Apex's obscenely arrogant and reckless methods of achieving their Muggle Power plan using Ghidorah's telepathic remains only ends up bringing the one legitimately evil monster back to life in a new, dangerous form. In fact, pretty much all humans deaths in the film can be attributed to Apex because they just couldn't leave well-enough alone.

    Walter Simmons 
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"These are dangerous times."

Portrayed By: Demián Bichir

Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong

The billionaire head of Apex Cybernetics who orders and oversees their secret project.


  • Adaptational Villainy: The movie novelization expands on Simmons' evil, confirming many nasty aspects of him that was only implied in the film. It's revealed that he saw Godzilla's rampage to be a good thing for him since it would justify his Mechagodzilla creation to the world and he does his best to maximize the carnage, not caring for the countless lives lost in process. He also plans to use Mechagodzilla to control the Titans and rule the world through them. The novel also reveals that he listens to Bernie's podcast to get new ideas and he had Bernie's wife murdered for getting too close to the company's real agenda.
  • Allegorical Character: Walter Simmons is essentially the personification of humanity's hubris made flesh.
  • Baddie Flattery: In the novelization, when Team Godzilla are captured, he says to Bernie's face that he's a huge fan of his Mad Truth podcasts (which by the way are anti-Apex) and that his chemtrail theories gave him some new product ideas.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a neat-trimmed goatee and he's a rich, egotistical Smug Snake and the movie's Big Bad Wannabe.
  • The Beautiful Elite: He's a famous, sophisticated corporate billionaire played by Demián Bichir, and he has the trendy fashion sense to boot (the latter being justified since he's also a total narcissist).
  • 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.
  • Big "NO!": He lets one out right before he is killed by Mechagodzilla.
  • 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.
  • Caught Monologuing: Played With. He's in the middle of Evil Gloating to Team Godzilla when he fails to notice a Ghidorah-hijacked Mechagodzilla begin to ambulate behind him. He trails off when he notices everyone else's reactions, and turns just in time to see his impending demise.
  • 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 uses Muggle Power to justify his Evil Plan. It's also worth noting that whereas Jonah has a Freudian Excuse, Simmons does not and is implied to be a narcissistic sociopath.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Wears Black: Downplayed. He's usually wearing at least one black garment in nearly every scene he's in.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: What he hopes to accomplish becoming in the novelization by having Mechagodzilla kill Godzilla after millions of civilians are killed in Hong Kong.
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's quite charming with a flare of brashness and bravado when meeting with Dr. Lind, a facade which hides his true colours as a selfish egotist with a Lack of Empathy. Even when the mask is down and his true colors are revealed in the Hong Kong scenes, he remains relatively charming, and is almost chummy with Team Godzilla whilst Evil Gloating to them.
  • Hate Sink: Don't let his charming demeanor fool you, he is nothing but a big egotistical, idiotic Psychopathic Manchild who caused the whole events to satisfy his own pride and feel satisfaction of seeing his own creation about to kill him while his smugness instantly vanishes.
  • 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 is paid for his stupidity and narcisscism by becoming the very first casualty of his own creation. He lives just long enough to realize what's about to happen to him as the smugness and hubris drains out of him for that last moment.
  • Knight Templar: He justifies his actions by claiming he's giving humanity an effective way to defend themselves against the Titans by creating Mechagodzilla with the aim of setting it on Godzilla. That being said, he isn't fazed when Madison retorts that he's responsible for Godzilla's rampage in the first place, and he doesn't really try to hide how much of an egotistical Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist he really is.
  • 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 was made aware of his daughter's death during the last hour of his life, he doesn't show any signs of being fazed.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: In contrast to the rugged, military human antagonists of previous films, Simmons as a self-spoiled biollionaire Corrupt Corporate Executive is dressed head-to-toe in sharp, expensive-looking and tailored clothes.
  • 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.
  • Narcissist: He definitely shows signs of being this. Overbloated sense of grandiosity and superiority over others? Just watch his scene with Madison, or even look at the undertones of cockiness when he's interacting with Nathan early on in the film; not to mention his expressed disdain for environmentalist protesters in the novelization seemingly solely because they voice disagreement with whatever he does. Self-absorbed to the point of prioritizing his own desires at others' expense? Just ask the hundreds of displaced survivors whom he knowingly put in Godzilla's warpath in Hong Kong. Extreme self-consciousness about how others perceive him? Well, he does want himself and his company specifically to be the ones who will make humanity the Earth's dominant species again, and he doesn't mind being falsely credited as a hero if he were to successfully kill Godzilla after humanity believes the latter has made a Face–Heel Turn. Very low tolerance of criticism and blatant unwillingness to take responsibility for any wrongdoing? He certainly doesn't behave like a well-adjusted grown man would when Ren is telling him he shouldn't rush through activating Mechagodzilla with the Hollow Earth energy formula (though that might be purely down to Simmons' lack of impulse control), and when Madison gives him a short "Reason You Suck" Speech on what he's done, Simmons just brushes it off by painting the mere existence of any Alpha Titan as an us-or-them situation for humanity. Insatiable appetite for acclaim and power? He's already a renowned billionaire and the head of an implicitly-huge corporation, and ever since the world first became aware of the Titans he's wanted more than he already has by finding a way for human hands to harness a Titan's power, and he's all too happy to paint himself as humanity's savior when the public misinterprets Godzilla's rampages as him turning against the human race.
  • 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.
  • One Steve Limit: He shares a first name with Walter R. Riccio, the main human antagonist of the graphic novel Skull Island: The Birth of Kong who is ironically the polar opposite of Simmons and Apex in many respects.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Not by very long, but his daughter Maia dies shortly before him. It's unknown if he ever discovers this.
  • 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, but he's cognitively incapable of processing even the mere notion that his plans might backfire due to the methods he uses to accomplish them. Hooking Ghidorah's skull up to a 400-foot artificial Titan leads to what's left of Ghidorah's consciousness seizing control of it, killing him and reducing his entire Evil Plan to tatters.
  • Profane Last Words: He gets out an "Oh shit" right before Mechagodzilla swipes him to his death.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Besides his egotism, him looking like a giddy child when the Mechagodzilla test run is about to start, 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 of this trope is when Ren protests to Simmons 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 and giddy 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. In the novelization, he gets extra points for seemingly unknowingly having a Dragon with an Agenda. 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, he can present a charming, false affable persona, and he possesses a grandiose sense of self-worth and gigantic ego. He also has the inherent lack of impulse control, as he completely rushes through his actions wanting to get Mechagodzilla operational, and doesn't take being questioned well. Notably his 'well-intentions' ultimately amount to inflating his ego rather than actually helping anyone.
  • Take Over the World: In the novelization, he outright states "the world will bow to [him]" after he kills Godzilla in a case of Engineered Heroics.
  • 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, and he smugly brushes off Ren's concerns. He also has no problem bullying Ren when he gets annoyed with the latter, even though Ren is the one he's putting in direct control of the 400-foot Mecha just outside Simmons' observation room, a machine which could flatten Simmons' room and squash him like a bug.
  • Tough Love: Somewhat. The novelization reveals that he frequently sets up mind-games for his daughter on her assignments, such as keeping Maia in the dark about Kong's presence on Lind and Andrews' mission to the Hollow Earth, apparently to test her wits and see if she's worthy to inherit his corporate empire.
  • Unwitting Pawn: According to the novelization, Walter is this to Ren, as Ren's real reason for creating Mechagodzilla was to use it to become an artificial god and kill Godzilla for personal reasons, and planned to kill Walter the moment he no longer needed him.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Early plot summaries for Godzilla vs. Kong indicate his actions would've escalated into a straight-up indiscriminate genocide of every last Titan on Earth if he hadn't lost control and if Apex had succeeded in killing and replacing Godzilla. In the novelization, Bernie speculates that Simmons plans to exterminate any Titans his creation can't control and enslave the others.
  • 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 (something which is briefly lampshaded in the novelization). That being said, we never see Apex directly (emphasis on that word) 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 and can't enslave it 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.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: He has one courtesy of being played by Demián Bichir, and the fact he keeps his hair groomed helps.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's living proof that trendy attire, fondness for a fancy glass of alcohol, suave demeanor, superficial charm and being able to run a billion-dollar company do not equate to human decency nor to the most basic of common sense and survival instinct when faced with the not-entirely-dead remains of an actively-omnicidal Eldritch Abomination from space.

    Maia Simmons 
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Portrayed By: Eiza González

Appeared In: Godzilla vs. Kong

An Apex Cybernetics executive who joins Team Kong's efforts to enter the Hollow Earth.


  • The Beautiful Elite: Like father, like daughter, although in her case it's a bit downplayed. She's the heiress of a corporation worth billions, she's played by the stunningly-beautiful Eiza González, and she wears one or two trendy-looking articles of clothing during the film. But unlike her father, she has but the bare minimum in sophistication as a haughty Rich Bitch even before things nearly go to pot.
  • 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".
  • Evil Wears Black: Downplayed. Before donning the black-and-gold HEAV jumpsuit, she's always wearing a plain black top, often underneath a coat or jacket.
  • Freudian Excuse: She was raised from birth by a complete sociopath to think like him and does most of what she does to earn her father's approval. It's not a surprise that she ended up the way she did.
  • 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.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Her last words during her Undignified Death.
  • 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.

    Ren Serizawa 
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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.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Two counts in the novelization:
    • Inverted in regards to Godzilla. He passionately hates the Titan but also seems to admire or at least respect him, acknowledging in the novelization that it won't be easy to take Godzilla down.
    • By contrast, Ren is a Nightmare Fetishist for Skullcrawlers.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In the novelization, he has this during his Dies Differently in Adaptation. One of the last things he sees is his father's face (his father's death was the reason he turned evil according to the novel) and Ren thinks, "Dad? Daddy?" before the memory is disintegrated and Ren's identity follows it into oblivion.
  • 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".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the novelization, he has delusions of godhood and enjoys being an artificial god when his consciousness is uplinked to Mechagodzilla. It's implied he gets his wish to become infused in Mechagodzilla lastingly, but only by his consciousness being devoured and digested into Ghidorah as a lesser part of Mechagodzilla's new consciousness, effectively ceasing to exist as an individual with his former identity erased.
  • 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' Muggle Power 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 still-active telepathy in his remains for the Mecha's BRAIN no less), and it's clear that if Ren 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: Mentally discussed by Ren in the novelization. He frames himself as the Cain to Godzilla's Abel in his introductory scene, seeing the Titan as an older brother his father had neglected him to dote upon, and he 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.
  • The Corruptible: It's strongly hinted in the novelization that before the story's start, his personality has been further corrupted by repeated exposure to Ghidorah's subconsciousness during Mechagodzilla's development and test runs; something which Ren's resentment of his late father, envy-fueled hatred of Godzilla and pre-existing humanism-based anti-Titan sentimentnote  presumably helped with.
  • Death Glare: In his introductory scene, he takes a moment before leaving to watch Godzilla's approach from afar, but where his father often looked upon Godzilla with reverent awe and admiration, Ren just gives this look. He seems strangely angered but also almost in pain when glaring at Godzilla. His feelings toward the Titan get explanation in the novelization.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the film, his connection to Mechagodzilla is explicitly severed and he bounces back into his body when Ghidorah hijacks the psionic uplink, before the skull delivers a High-Voltage Death to Ren. In the novelization, however, it's a bit different: when Ghidorah takes control, Ren's consciousness becomes stuck in Mechagodzilla and forced to watch as the Mecha begins moving on its own, before Ghidorah's consciousness remnants that are controlling the Mecha essentially devour Ren's mind. With the lack of indicator to signal a change in POV when the novel goes from describing Ren's last thoughts to Mechagodzilla's first thoughts, it's implied that Ren's consciousness was essentially digested to fully form Mechagodzilla's newborn personality in a Fusion Dance with Ghidorah's subconsciousness, but all of Ren's identity except for his drive to kill Godzilla are erased. What's left of Ren inside his cybernetic abomination presumably dies with the Mecha less than an hour later.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the novelization, out of pride he's refused his entire life to be seen as a figure to be pitied for his daddy issues, and thus he's always hid the true extent of his negative feelings regarding his father from any associates or lovers and even from his mother.
  • The Dragon: To Walter Simmons. Ren and Simmons are frequently seen together or at least in the same building, and Ren is the pilot of Mechagodzilla who's expected by Simmons to use their creation to achieve their Evil Plan. The novelization however portrays Ren as a Dragon with an Agenda (see below).
  • Dragon with an Agenda: The novelization reveals that Ren has his own reasons for working with Simmons on the Mechagodzilla project. While he agrees with Simmons' Muggle Power objective, Ren personally wants to kill Godzilla himself for personal reasons, and he furthermore views Simmons as a mere stepping stone and plans to become The Starscream.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: He seems to become this when he connects to Mechagodzilla via the psionic uplink, due to feeling like he's a true Physical God when piloting his creation, right down to the crash-like feeling the novelization describes him having when the Mecha powers down and his awareness returns to his body.
  • Electronic Telepathy: He's the pilot of the "psionic uplink" which controls Mechagodzilla, operating it from the Brain–Computer 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: Somewhat in the novelization. He thinks it's obscenely callous that his father would advocate for letting the Titans fight each-other and all the collateral death that would entail — oblivious to the fact he and Simmons are callously sacrificing hundreds of innocents for their own selfish goals.
  • Evil Counterpart: The novelization indicates that Ishirō raised Ren in a When You Coming Home, Dad? way very much like how Dr. Serizawa's own father raised him, but Ren went off on a different path as a direct result of his father's death preventing them from having reconciliation like Ishirō had with Eiji. Ren is the complete opposite of his father, and he's a reflection of what his father could've become if Eiji had died before reconciling with Ishirō.
  • Evil Genius: Ren is Apex Cybernetics' chief technology officer, and he uses his tech skills to spearhead the construction of Mechagodzilla, worse yet incorporating Ghidorah's skull as the Mecha's brain.
  • Evil Wears Black: Compared to his colleagues, Ren plays this trope straight, wearing a pitch-black shirt or an identically-colored overcoat throughout the movie.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In his Dies Differently in Adaptation, it's implied when Ren's consciousness is overwritten that it's essentially digested to fully form the Mecha's newborn personality alongside Ghidorah's consciousness remnants, with there being no POV transition-marker when Ren's perspective fluidly shifts into Mechagodzilla's first sentient thoughts.
  • Foil: To Madison Russell. See her folder for details.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: The novelization reveals he became everything his father isn't due to severe Parental Neglect which made him increasingly resent his father over the course of his life (especially after Ren had to organize his mother's funeral himself when he was eighteen, and his father didn't return home until two days afterward), but he finally turned to the dark side when his father's death in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) permanently dashed Ren's hopes that his father would one day reconcile with him.
  • Fusion Dance: The novelization hints in Ren's Dies Differently in Adaptation that his consciousness, when being overwritten by the formation of Mechagodzilla's consciousness, is essentially digested to form a lesser part of the Mecha's newborn sentient personality.
  • A God Am I: The novelization reveals that Ren considers himself to be a god while piloting Mechagodzilla, and he furthermore believes the artificial Titan is a much more worthy vessel for his Evil Genius mind than his actual body. There even seem to be some subtle hints that Apex and Ren intend to make his artificial apotheosis permanent once Mechagodzilla gains a permanent power source.
  • Godhood Seeker: Played With. The novelization shows that Ren very much enjoys being a Physical God when he's controlling Mechagodzilla via the psionic uplink, and when he's doing this he thinks his human body is comparatively an unfit vessel for his mind (the novel hints this last bit might be a side effect of sitting inside Ghidorah's telepathic skull and uplinking himself to it). The novel also states that Ren won't settle for anyone killing Godzilla using the Mecha but he himself, for personal reasons.
  • Grand Theft Me: The novelization hints this happens to him when Ghidorah's subconsciousness hijacks Mechagodzilla — the novel mentions Ren is experiencing a "feedback loop" where the Ghidorah skull's consciousness is filtering into Ren himself whilst Ren's mind as part of his Dies Differently in Adaptation is trapped inside Mechagodzilla until its mind's formation overwrites him, and they Never Found the Body after the now-sentient Mecha breaks out of the Apex facility.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: In the film, it's never explained fully why Ren has joined Apex's Mechagodzilla plan and gone against every value that his father stood for, but it's hinted that it's not just because he agrees with Apex's Muggle Power agenda when he spies Godzilla from afar with a Death Glare. The novelization however provides a full explanation of Ren's motives.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: Inverted in the novelization. The scenes showing his perspective in the Skull Room show that Ren practically has to rein himself in from insulting Simmons more than once, generally holding the petty, narcissistic egotist in contempt.
  • High-Voltage Death: Once Ghidorah's consciousness takes control of Mechagodzilla, Ren gets fried by electricity within the skull cockpit.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Subverted. He uses Ghidorah's telepathic skull as a Wetware CPU so he can personally pilot Mechagodzilla via psionic uplink, but the instant Apex upload the Hollow Earth energy formula to Mechagodzilla, Ghidorah's lingering consciousness in the skull takes control from Ren and essentially reincarnates into Mechagodzilla, proceeding to turn on Apex.
  • Humanity Is Superior: The novelization shows that this is Ren's viewpoint.
    "The god-kings of Babylon and Egypt and Tenochtitlan had come and gone, as had countless conquerors and dictators. All were dust now. But the human race itself always moved on, growing in knowledge, in power, in mastery of its world, and someday soon, other worlds."
  • Hypocrite: The novelization gives him a few cases of this:
    • Ren considers Godzilla a monster who's undeserving of his heroic reputation because of the thousands of collateral deaths that have occurred in his fights against other Titans, and he thinks it's appalling that his father thought differently. Yet Ren himself never spares a second thought for the millions of innocent people he and Simmons are knowingly putting in Godzilla's warpath in Hong Kong.
    • Ren dismisses the notion that the Titans are Physical Gods and thinks they're just animals, but when he's psionically controlling a Titan-sized bucket of bolts and weaponry that he made, he suddenly thinks he's somehow a god who was born in an unworthy primate body. This is hypocritical to his transcribed Humanity Is Superior attitude above.
    • While Ren thinks derisively of Simmons' egotism because Ren doesn't particularly care if his name is remembered for his contributions to human advancement, again, he seems to be oblivious to the fact he's incredibly arrogant himself: he has the hubris to think he's a mental god trapped in a mortal's body when he's linked to Mechagodzilla, and that's not even going into what he as Apex's chief technology officer did with Ghidorah's skull.
  • Ignored Expert: A villainous case. He argues that using the Hollow Earth energy-formula for Mechagodzilla without testing it is a bad idea, but Walter dismisses him. He's very right, as the moment the formula is incorporated into the Mecha, Ghidorah's consciousness remnants in the skull hijack it and take control.
  • Inferred Survival: In the novelization, it's strongly hinted that the Ghidorah skull's consciousness is filtering into Ren's body whilst his mind is overwritten by the formation of Mechagodzilla's mind, and when Madison afterwards briefly returns to the now-trashed Skull Room, the novel simply states, "She found no sign of the pilot."
  • It's All About Me: The novelization shows that while he's not narcissistic like Simmons, Ren is scarcely if at all less selfish than him. He's willing to build Mechagodzilla, murder Godzilla (the very creature his father willingly gave his life to save, and an animal that likely has no idea of how it simply existing affected Ren's relationship with his father), and aid Apex in callously putting millions of innocent people in Godzilla's warpath to that end; all because he has daddy issues. And he thinks he deserves to be an artificial god by controlling Mechagodzilla. Even though Ren used to hope he and his father would reconcile, his retrospective thoughts on the matter indicate that Ren thinks his father was the only one at fault regarding their differences, and that it never occurred to Ren that he too needed to learn and grow.
  • It's Personal: The novelization reveals that Ren wants to kill Godzilla due to blaming the Titan for the late Dr. Serizawa, in his zeal and passion, neglecting Ren and his mother to commit himself to his work for Monarch studying Godzilla, and also for Ren's father's Heroic Sacrifice to Godzilla permanently crushing Ren's hopes of one day having reconciliation with his father.
  • Karmic Death:
    • He, alongside Simmons, is responsible for instigating Godzilla's rampage which causes millions of deaths, and furthermore putting the entire world in danger of Ghidorah once more by incorporating the three-headed monster's remains into Mechagodzilla, and he has the hubris to believe he can and should kill and usurp the King of the Monsters and that his use of Ghidorah's remains isn't likely to backfire on him. Once Ghidorah's subconsciousness takes control of the Mecha, Ren is killed as a direct result of the hijack, a victim of his own abominable creation.
    • There's also another angle to Ren's death. Ren has knowingly and deliberately gone against every single value that his father ever stood for after the latter's death. Ishirō Serizawa died heroically giving his life to save Godzilla, and Godzilla Dominion and the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization reveal that Godzilla has ingrained him into his long-term memory for that act and considers the late man "one of his", and Serizawa is also remembered reverently by Monarch. Ren by comparison meets a completely forgettable and humiliating death after he unwittingly restores Godzilla's Evil Counterpart in a new form and his usefulness has ended, a victim of his own creation and thrown away like an expendable pawn. You wanted to be everything that your father wasn't Ren, you got to die as everything your father wasn't.
  • Knight Templar: The novelization shows he's deluded enough, like Simmons, to think he's siding with humanity against all monsters whilst Apex callously engineer thousands of casualties by Godzilla left and right; and he hypocritically believes his crusade to kill Godzilla is justified by all the collateral deaths of Godzilla's previous battles.
  • 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 his Dies Differently in Adaptation in the novelization, Ren's consciousness is essentially devoured/assimilated by Mechagodzilla's newborn consciousness, and Ren gets to watch his own thoughts and memories flashing momentarily in his field of vision before disappearing forever as his identity is disintegrated.
  • Mind-Reformat Death: In the novelization, this happens to him when Mechagodzilla gains sentience — instead of being electrocuted to death, Ren's mind is absorbed into the Mecha and overwritten as its Ghidorah-derived sentient personality forms.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The novelization of Godzilla vs. Kong reveals he wants to kill Godzilla, because he considers the Titan responsible for depriving him of his father's love and attention his entire life and also depriving him of the last chance to reconcile with his father due to Serizawa's Heroic Sacrifice. It doesn't matter to him that Serizawa gave his life so Godzilla would live, or that Godzilla as an animal likely has no idea how Serizawa was towards his family due to his commitment to observing the creature.
  • More Than Mind Control: Heavily implied in the novelization. It's suggested that Ghidorah's subconsciousness in the skull cockpit was influencing Ren towards unwittingly resurrecting it from the beginning, but Ren didn't care due to wanting to feel like a god.
  • Never Found the Body: In the novelization, where the Skull Room is apparently trashed when Mechagodzilla kills Simmons and blasts its way out, it says so when Madison returns to the Skull Room:
    "But when she tried to return to the control room inside of Ghidorah's skull, she found that it had also been annihilated when Mechagodzilla killed Simmons. She found no sign of the pilot."
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • This is Ren's opinion on Skullcrawlers in the novelization:
      "He loved Skullcrawlers. They were so extreme; it was literally impossible for them to eat enough to sate their hunger. […] He admired their purity, and he absolutely had no compunction about killing them."
    • The novelization also mentions that Ren's reaction when Simmons first showed Ghidorah's skull to him was "love at first sight".
  • Oh, Crap!: He seems to have one written on his face when his psionic uplink to 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 by Comparison: He's still a villain and still has the same record-breaking madness and stupidity as the rest of Apex to use Ghidorah's surviving skull as Mechagodzilla's brain, but Ren is the only one in the control room who speaks up when Simmons wants to rush through getting the Hollow Earth energy formula uploaded to Mechagodzilla without testing it.
  • Pride: The novelization shows he's no less filled with hubris than Walter Simmons. Even without Ren's own part in turning King Ghidorah's telepathic remains into the brain for something that was meant to be the World's Strongest Man, he has the borderline-blasphemy to compare himself and Godzilla as equals in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization, plus there's his The Right of a Superior Species below.
  • Revenge Myopia: Zig-Zagged. The novelization confirms that he wants to kill Godzilla using his Mecha for revenge concerning his father's death, not caring that Serizawa willingly gave his life so Godzilla would live, but his feelings of enmity towards the Titan are a bit more complex and go a lot further back than that (though they're still no less egocentric and misplaced).
  • The Right of a Superior Species: The novelization reveals that Ren believes Humanity Is Superior in relation to the Titans due to humanity's ability since their beginning to triumph over predators, disease, and competition via their intelligence, invention, and domestication, and Ren thinks the Titans are just another kind of animal to be dominated the same way.
    "The only question was whether they [the Titans] would be driven into extinction or repurposed for human ends. They were not gods; they were not worthy of worship — or of sacrifice. They were animals to be mastered, nothing more."
  • Sadist: He seems to enjoy having a god's power over another creature's life and death when he's using Mechagodzilla to kill a Skullcrawler, flashing a Cheshire Cat Grin.
  • Smug Snake: He, like Simmons, has the truly staggering arrogance and stupidity needed to think it's somehow not an apocalyptically-bad idea to take the remains of a telepathic, extraterrestrial living extinction event of true malice and then use it as the damned brain of something Apex was trying to design to be the World's Strongest Man; and he doesn't seem to have much reservation about that part when he's piloting the Mecha. The novelization takes it further: Ren considers himself and Godzilla to be Cain and Abel, and he's wholly confident that he will succeed in killing Godzilla where rival Titans and the Oxygen Destroyer have failed, but Word of God on Godzilla vs. Kong and the novelization itself have suggested that Mechagodzilla would've lost in a fair fight against Godzilla. The novel also shows when Ren is in the Skull Room piloting Mechagodzilla that he outright believes his mind deserves to be in a Physical God body rather than his human body (though it's also hinted this might be More Than Mind Control from the Ghidorah skull affecting him), but he's really no more nor less a Titan-ant than every other human around him and he's, again, ridiculously Too Dumb to Live.
  • Soul Fragment: It's hinted this happens in the novelization when Mechagodzilla becomes sentient. Here, Ren's mind is trapped inside the Mecha and overwritten as the Ghidorah-derived mind forms, and here it seems that Mechagodzilla's fixation on killing Godzilla actually comes from Ren being digested in its personality formation rather than coming from the Ghidorah remnants' memoriesnote .
  • The Starscream: The novelization reveals Ren intends to become this or at the very least is seriously contemplating it, as he considers Simmons a mere stepping stone in his own agenda and he'll likely dispose of Simmons once he no longer needs him.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Ren isn't the first instance of the son of a major Monarch figure opposing their father's views in favor of thinking all the Titans (including the specific Alpha Titan their father respects) should be controlled or 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 his father's viewpoint, Ren does not.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the novelization, he has a lot of inward disdain for Simmons and is just using him as a pawn for his own agenda, practically having to reign himself in when he's in the Skull Room and talking to Simmons. Simmons himself to a lesser extent quickly gets annoyed with Ren when the latter protests to uploading the energy formula to Mechagodzilla due to Simmons' impulsiveness.
  • The Usurper: In the novelization, he patterns himself as one to Godzilla, planning to kill him using Mechagodzilla and rule the Titans as an artificial God. Unfortunately, Ghidorah's conciousness has other ideas
  • 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 it. 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 it gets him zapped to death.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: This could arguably apply to all of Apex, but in the novelization; Ren in particular focuses on the fact Godzilla has caused thousands of collateral deaths as the reason why he's a monster that should be killed, not giving a damn about the fact Godzilla is the chief reason why Ren and everyone else on Earth weren't all killed by King Ghidorah.
  • Unknown Rival: He in particular can be considered this to Godzilla: he wants to use Mechagodzilla to kill the King of the Monsters, but he never gets the chance to face off against Godzilla with the Mecha before he dies, and Godzilla likely has no idea that he even exists let alone of his relation to the man whose Heroic Sacrifice Godzilla has ingrained into his memory. This is debatably somewhat averted in the novelization, where Ren gets a Dies Differently in Adaptation and is hinted to have been assimilated as a lesser part of Mechagodzilla's Ghidorah-derived consciousness before the Mecha squares off against Godzilla.
  • Villain Has a Point: Downplayed; Ren's beliefs regarding his father, humanity and the Titans are largely delusional and ficitious, but he does have a right to be angry with his father for neglecting him and never making any real effort to bond with him. After all, any child would be upset if their parent neglected them, no matter the reason.
  • 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.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The novelization reveals he was this to his father for years in the face of Parental Neglect, studying hard and developing his tech skills in the hope his father would take notice of him. He lost any interest in that after his father's Heroic Sacrifice to a creature Ren regards as a monster, and decided to be the antithesis to the late Dr. Serizawa.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Besides Apex's general points (see the above folder), the novelization provides some introspective of Ren's thoughts which reveal he thinks Humanity Is Superior and is destined to keep growing and evolving in its understanding and manipulation of the world endlessly, and he thinks the Titans are an obstacle to be either eradicated or enslaved/domesticated. He overall has a very modernist view of humanity and the world, and the reality of his fictional setting is lost on him: that he actually lives in a world where humanity's overconfidence in their capabilities and disrespect of the very ecology they're reliant on for survival has consequences for mankind (just like Real Life Global Warming), and the consequence of Ren's hubris is the reincarnation of Ghidorah (who is an Allegorical Character for Global Warming in this continuity) in a new identity.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The novelization heavily implies he intends to dispose of Walter Simmons the moment Ren has achieved what he wants. However, Ren's consciousness is overwritten by the Mecha gaining sentience before he can get that far.
  • You Killed My Father: Ren wishes to kill Godzilla since he blames the Titan for being indirectly responsible for the death of his father.
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Other Characters

    Akio 

Portrayed By: Jake Cunanan

Appeared In: Godzilla

A young Japanese boy who's separated from his parents on a monorail in Honolulu just before Godzilla and the male MUTO surface.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the film he's quite keen and aware of his surroundings, whereas in the novelization he seems to not notice that he's been separated from his parents.
  • Protectorate: He's one for Ford in the brief time he's in Ford's custody during the kaiju incident.

    Alan Jonah 
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"Long live the King."
"Listen, while you were sitting comfortably in some laboratory, we've been fighting for decades in one dirty war after another. I've seen human nature firsthand, and I'm here to tell you that it doesn't get any better. It just gets worse. So, I'm sorry that Monster Zero isn't exactly what we were expecting. But we opened Pandora's Box and there's no closing it now."

Portrayed By: Charles Dance

Appeared In: Godzilla: Aftershock | 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.
  • Bald of Evil: Courtesy of being played by Charles Dance, and he's arguably one of the most despicable human characters in the MonsterVerse.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: He's entirely absent from the Godzilla vs. Kong film with no explanation given of how Ghidorah's skull made its way from his possession to Apex Cybernetics, but in the novelization; a prologue scene set two years before the main time frame depicts a man who's heavily implied to be Jonah meeting with Walter Simmons after having contacted him on the dark web, offering Simmons the skull of San/Kevin's severed head plus a second Ghidorah skull of unknown origin in exchange for a lot of money.
  • 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: Compared to Preston Packard of 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 uses the protection of mankind as an excuse for his single-minded vendetta against Kong whilst seeing the other kaiju as additional targets to destroy, and he has no higher plan than killing Kong; Jonah is instead a Misanthrope Supreme who wants as much of the human race dead as possible and is a pro-Titan Eco-Terrorist to that end, and he's more interested in the bigger picture (as he perceives it) of releasing Titans around the world to cleanse the planet.
  • Dangerous Deserter: His official profile describes him as defected and gone rogue, and considering what he and his underground paramilitary accomplish in King of the Monsters, coupled with Jonah's history of slipping out of custody and remaining in hiding over the years; that "Class 1 eco-terror threat" categorization is well-earned.
  • 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 an extinction event rather than her plan for a population cull and human-Titan coexistence; Jonah dismisses her horror and views her goal of humanity's salvation as naive.
    • Downplayed in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization when he meets with Walter Simmons to discuss a business transaction involving Ghidorah's remains. It's clear by the time Jonah takes his leave that he has the Corrupt Corporate Executive eating out of his palm.
  • Evil Wears Black: Downplayed and played basically. He almost-consistently wears dark colors when he can, and after escaping Antarctica, he wears a pitch-black top — this is in contrast to his Well-Intentioned Extremist partner-in-crime, who prefers light-colored clothes, showing that Jonah is far less genuine in his well-intentions and he's unwilling to make any attempt to stop King Ghidorah.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In Godzilla Aftershock, he very much displays this during his encounter with Emma and Tarkan in Siberia, particularly towards Emma as he "suggests" she come along with him after firing a warning shot and he bids her safe travels when he's arrested.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: He became the deranged Misanthrope Supreme he now is as a result of decades of witnessing the worst of humanity in war after war during his military career, and (according to the King of the Monsters novelization) the horrific murder of his daughter while he was away at war that never got solved.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Again, former British military/spy turned omnicidal Eco-Terrorist.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: A metaphhorical case. The camera-work and positioning portrays him as Emma's Bad Angel to Madison's Good Angel when he's arguing that Emma dismiss Madison's conscientious pleas and go through with the Evil Plan — he's even positioned on Emma's left opposite Madison. He at one point turns on Madison instead of Emma during the argument, deriding Madison for believing their Utopia Justifies the Means plan was going to be clean and painless. The Bad Angel wins out.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Godzilla vs. Kong novelization reveals that he's the one where Apex got the Ghidorah head(s) to use in Mechagodzilla, as he sold it to them. This makes him indirectly responsible for the film's entire plot.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: In the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization, it's unclear why he sold the Ghidorah skulls to Walter Simmons, considering that his and Simmons' ideologies are diametrically opposed. He may have simply wanted the money and, in a similar nihilistic fashion to his refusal to do anything about King Ghidorah threatening to create an extinction event, he didn't care what Simmons did with his purchase afterward; but Jonah also hints when conversing with Simmons that he's aware what Simmons will use the skulls' telepathy for. Perhaps Jonah knew what would come of Apex trying to control Ghidorah?
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite:
    • "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.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Downplayed. He's such a good shot that in Godzilla: Aftershock, he's able to shoot a lantern clean out of Atherton's hand from at least a meter away when ambushing Atherton, Emma and Tarkan.
  • 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 King of the Monsters, he's escaped being killed or arrested and he's gotten his hands on Ghidorah's severed head. The Godzilla vs. Kong novelization mentions that he's still at large during that story's main time frame as far as Monarch know.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: The only two people he ever cared for were Asher and his daughter.
  • The Most Wanted: His Monarch profile and Godzilla: Aftershock say his global activity have gotten him labeled as a "Class 1 eco-terror threat" and gotten him an intel sheet of arm's length. If the man who deals with Walter Simmons in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization is indeed Jonah, then by that time he's wanted by Interpol and at least twenty governments following his world-threatening actions in King of the Monsters.
  • 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.
  • Obviously Evil: Comparative to the likes of Preston Packard and Walter Simmons, who seem quite ordinary if not outright charming at first glance and can use this to manipulate others around them; Jonah projects an ice-cold demeanor throughout his screentime (with Charles Dance's Icy Blue Eyes to go with it), even without his very-long rep sheet and infamy and his wardrobe has quite a militant and/or guerilla look.
  • 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.
  • Psycho for Hire: It's implied he was one during the events of Godzilla Aftershock. He's a trafficker of Titans' DNA, and Tarkan believes Jonah's re-emergence at Guam was a demonstration for his paymasters.
  • 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?
  • Slouch of Villainy: He has one whilst he's wearing prison-orange overalls when he's detained and being inerrogated in Guam in Godzilla: Aftershock.
  • 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 it mixed up which one is his first name and which is the last name.
  • Viler New Villain: Preston Packard from the previous MonsterVerse movie, though about as insane as Jonah by the time of his death and in possession of a very similar Freudian Excuse, has no bigger endgame than killing Kong, and the only people he directly puts in danger are the rest of the humans on Skull Island. Jonah by comparison wants to release all the Titans around the world indiscriminately so they will slaughter billions of members of the human race that Jonah so despises, and he's willing to stand back and let not only humanity but also a good chunk of all other life on Earth perish in King Ghidorah's global apocalypse if it'll get Jonah what he wants.
  • 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.
  • War Is Hell: He wholeheartedly agrees, as that was what made him go rogue and start seeking a way to bring back the Titans.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wicked Cultured: Downplayed in the novelization, where he comments upon seeing a twenty-five-year-old Laphroaig that someone had good taste. This is also slightly hinted at in the film, when he's seen by Madison retrieving a bottle alongside a few of his mercenaries in their bunker.
  • 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.

    Asher Jonah 

Portrayed By: Jonathan Howard

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Jonah's second-in-command.


  • 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.
  • Morality Pet; Alongside Jonah's deceased daughter, he is one of the only two human beings Jonah had any compassion towards.
  • 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.

    Bernie Hayes 
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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 theories 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 Madison listens to.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's a 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.
  • Death by Origin Story: The novelization reveals he started infiltrating and investigating Apex due to the death of his wife Sara, who was killed in an arranged car accident because She Knows Too Much.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The novelization mentions he did this for the first two weeks after his wife Sara died.
  • Fat Comic Relief: He's the biggest guy among Team Godzilla, and overall one of the silliest and most comedic humans in the film.
  • Foil: To Madison Russell. See her folder for details.
  • Hidden Depths: The novelization suggests that he's aware at least some of the conspiracy theories he follows are probable to turn out to be bogus if someone ever gets definitive answer on them.
  • The Lost Lenore: The death of his wife Sara, indicated in the novelization to be a Make It Look Like an Accident hit by Apex, was a Death by Origin Story for him.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: Played for Laughs in the novelization. He thinks it's a good thing that he's not paranoid.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's horrified when Team Godzilla discovers 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…"
  • The Paranoiac: He's a Cloudcuckoolander Conspiracy Theorist who believes tapwater is being used to dumb down the population. Hilariously, in the novelization, he believes he and the Apex employees at the Pensacola office are going to be gassed during the evacuation drill.
  • 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.
  • Precious Photo: He has one of his wife Sara, which he shows to Josh and Madison.
  • 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.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": When he, Josh, and Madison return to the trashed Pensacola Apex headquarters and find the cybernetic eyeball Bernie found has disappeared.
  • Spanner in the Works: His, Madison, and Josh's only role up until the Final Battle is discovering the conspiracy behind Apex without any real impact on events. But once Mechagodzilla goes under a rampage due to the effects of Ghidorah's remains, Josh uses Bernie's flask to save the day, narrowly preventing Mechagodzilla from likely succeeding in killing Kong.
  • 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.

    Josh Valentine 
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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.
  • 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).
  • Hollywood Hacking: Subverted. He tries doing this to Apex's computers, but randomly typing in pass codes just gets him locked out of the system.
  • Mature Younger Sibling: His brother who owns the van he steals for Madison is apparently an oblivious Disappointing Older Sibling, whereas Josh is a sharp and weary kid.
  • Mundane Solution: In the novelization, Team Godzilla at one point comes to a locked door in the Apex HQ with a keypad, and when Bernie asks Josh if he can hack it, Josh proposes they just take a nearby staircase instead.
  • Nerd Glasses: He has browline/chunky-black glasses, has stereotypical-nerd levels of timidness, and is a hacker (his main specialty is movie piracy).
  • Only Sane by Comparison: Played With. Compared to Madison and Bernie who head toward unknown possible danger without much second thought if it'll get them closer to the answers they seek, Josh as the token Cowardly Lion is keenly aware and willing to point out when heading this way or that way isn't a safe idea.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Inverted. He can be pretty goofy and silly alongside Hayes.
  • Spanner in the Works: Team Godzilla's only role up until the Final Battle against Mechagodzilla is discovering the conspiracy behind Apex, but when Mechagodzilla is reprogrammed by Ghidorah's consciousness, Josh narrowly prevents Mechagodzilla from successfully killing Kong by pouring Bernie's flask of alcohol on Mechagodzilla's controls. Had it not been for that, Mechagodzilla would've likely beaten both Kong and Godzilla and gone on to threaten the whole world.
  • You Talk Too Much!: Bernie tells him this word-for-word in the novelization.

Alternative Title(s): Monster Verse Human Antagonists

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