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    Joe Brody 
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"This is what caused everything to happen in the first place! Can't you see that?! And it's gonna send us back to the Stone Age! You have no idea what's coming."

Portrayed By: Bryan Cranston

Appeared In: Godzilla

"You keep telling everybody that this place is a death zone, but it's not. You're lying, because what's really happening is that you're hiding something out there. I'm right, aren't I? My wife died here! Something killed my wife, and I have a right to know! I deserve answers!"

The American head of the Janjira nuclear plant that melted down in 1999. Obsessed with discovering exactly what happened during the plant's meltdown.


  • Action Survivor: He survives the first incident in the nuclear plant. But he's Killed Off for Real when the male MUTO awakens.
  • Advertised Extra: Trailers for the film heavily featured him. His character is important in the beginning of the film, but is killed off pretty quickly.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Joe was working at the Janjira base, he sometimes communicated with his co-workers in Japanese.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: After his wife Sandra was among the deaths at the Janjira nuclear power plant when it was abruptly destroyed, he is convinced that whatever caused the disaster was a bit less "natural" than an earthquake. He spends the next 15 years trying to piece together the truth behind the tragedy. So he's unsurprisingly miffed to find out that a group called Monarch is, indeed, covering up what actually happened.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: His obsession with his wife's death has left him more than a little nutty, but he was still right about the cover up.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his wife, which he is partially responsible for.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: The Janjira incident that resulted in the death of his wife occurred on Joe's birthday.
  • Dead Star Walking: Played by Bryan Cranston, the biggest name actor in the film, he doesn't make it past the first third.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Though he is given a lot of development early on in the film, his son is The Hero of the story as far as human characters go.
  • Determinator: Even 15 years after the incident, he hasn't given up on finding the truth.
  • Disappeared Dad: He becomes one in the emotionally absent but physically present sense after the Janjira disaster. He then becomes one in the literal sense right after he and his son Ford have finally reconciled upon the latter realizing Joe wasn't an obsessed nutcase.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The film sets him up as a major protagonist with an integral role in the story. Minutes after the male MUTO gets released, he literally gets a bridge dropped on him and dies without warning.
  • Fatal Family Photo: He dies roughly 20 minutes after finding an intact photo of his family in their old house.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Back in 1999, he had his wife Sandra go down to investigate the Janjira NPP's reactor in the wake of mysterious tremors. Not only did this put her in harm's way when there was a breach, but he also ends up having to close the blast doors on her and her team in order to keep radioactive gas from leaking into the rest of the city. His obsession with figuring out the cause of the breach that killed his wife leads to him discovering that some large, strange entity is now active in the ruins of the facility.
  • Ironic Birthday: Reversed. Joe is told of his birthday by his wife before they go off to the power plant where they work. Hell breaks loose when the plant is breached and his wife dies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look on his face after his wife's death says it all. His obsession is also most likely fueled by guilt.
  • Papa Wolf: After getting arrested again, before he even demands answers, the first thing he demands is to see his son Ford, who they also captured. Just by the tone of his voice, he was both scared and mad at the thought of losing him too.
  • Parental Abandonment: It's implied that he was less than a stellar parent after his wife's death. He's still in relatively good terms with his son despite this.
  • Parental Neglect: Even before the incident at the power plant turned him into an obsessive conspiracy theorist, Joe was already unintentionally dismissive of his family, forgetting to greet his son in the morning and even that it was his own birthday.
  • Parents as People: First as an inattentive workaholic, then as a man so caught up in his own grief and his dangerous obsession with unravelling the truth about the meltdown that he could hardly bring himself to care for his son. In spite of this, he and Ford still love each other.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Joe knew there was a cover-up going on surrounding the Janjira site, but initially thought it was either a design flaw or a mistake by the military. He got an idea of what was really going on later and figured out what was happening with the help of a local cargo skipper and some buoys.
  • Room Full of Crazy: He has a room covered with newspaper clippings and other documents relating to his search for the truth behind the collapse of the Janjira plant that led to his wife's death. His son is understandably taken aback at all this; his father simply replies: "I don't get too many visitors".
  • Sacrificial Lion: Gets the most development early on, but is killed when the first MUTO awakens.
  • Sadistic Choice: When he sees the radioactive steam advancing towards him in the prelude, he is faced with the option of closing the blast doors, which would spell doom for those down there, or waiting for his wife, which would put millions at risk of deadly exposure. He opts to close the blast doors and sacrifice those behind it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies roughly 40 minutes into the film after sustaining injuries from the male M.U.T.O. awakening in Janjira.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: As a result of the death of his wife Sandra at Janjira and his subsequent development into a Properly Paranoid Conspiracy Theorist investigating what really caused the plant to collapse, he has become estranged from his son Ford, who thinks all his dad's crazy-sounding theories are just a pathetic attempt to keep from moving on from that grief as he has. The fact that the first time in years Ford meets up with Joe is to retrieve him after he got arrested trying to sneak into the Janjira quarantine zone didn't help either.
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    Sandra Brody 
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Portrayed By: Juliette Binoche

Appeared In: Godzilla

Joe's wife, and one of the engineers at the nuclear plant where he works.


  • Death by Origin Story: She's shown with Joe and a young Ford Brody at the beginning of the film, and dies shortly afterward. The film then jumps 15 years later, and we're shown that Joe hasn't gotten over her death, while their son Ford has moved on, married, and has a kid of his own.
  • Disposable Woman: She promises young son Ford that they'll work out a way to surprise dad Joe after work. She helps him hang the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sign for Joe before coming out to kiss Joe and wish him a happy birthday (he'd forgotten in his concern over the tremors). She then dutifully follows Joe's request that her team goes check the reactor. She wisely commands her team out when the tremors begin again, stops to pick up a fallen comrade, and then pulls off her mask when it no longer matters because she won't get out — just to tearfully say goodbye to the grieving and guilt-wracked husband who sent her down there in the first place, setting him up for 15 years of obsessive guilt-fueled angst.
  • Go Out with a Smile: A tearstained and strained smile.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She told her husband to shut the blast doors, thus dooming her and her team, in order to prevent radiation from leaking out.
  • The Lost Lenore: Joe dedicates nearly all of his attention to uncovering why she died.
  • Missing Mom: By the Janjira reactor breach.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She dies in the first 15 minutes of the film due to severe radiation poisoning.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She and the scientists stuck on the wrong side of the breach doors are the first characters to die in the movie.

    Ford Brody 
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"Let me take you home. Come home with me. I got a little boy who's desperate to see his grandpa."

Portrayed By: Aaron Taylor Johnson & CJ Adams (Young)

Appeared In: Godzilla

"Look, this is what I do. This is my job."

The only child of Joe and Sandra Brody. The primary human protagonist of the 2014 Godzilla film, he is a Navy bomb tech on leave when the events of the movie began.


  • Action Survivor: With the MUTOs and Godzilla, the best you can do is stay out of their way and hope for the best.
  • Androcles' Lion: Downplayed but still present as Ford distracts the MUTOs long enough for Godzilla to gather himself and take them down. Godzilla even stops the female MUTO from killing Ford in a Big Damn Heroes moment. This may have just been good timing but given how Godzilla's intelligence is revealed and by the end he's clearly aware if not fully sentient, this could have been intentional.
  • Big Damn Heroes: To Godzilla, ironically enough. When both MUTOs were pummeling Godzilla within an inch of his life, the explosion that Ford causes to destroy all the MUTO eggs draws their attention, saving Godzilla.
  • Born Lucky: You can count how many times he survives with his encounters with the MUTO, the same one he keeps encountering. 5 times, the last 2 due to Godzilla's Big Damn Heroes moments.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Subverted. Despite repeatedly establishing his EOD tech abilities, the bomb is too damaged to be defused and goes off, though out of range.
  • Defiant to the End: While trying his best do deal with the bomb, the Mama Bear mode female MUTO corners him on the ship. His response; to cooly take out his side-arm and get ready to shoot her, despite the sheer disadvantage.
  • Deuteragonist: He plays the other role of the protagonist while Godzilla is the lead. This is alluded to when Ford faints at the same time Godzilla collapses after defeating the MUTOs.
  • Dull Surprise: A common criticism leveled at Aaron Taylor-Johnson's performance, but justified in-universe (see below) thanks to Ford's EOD background. He keeps his cool at all times when the stakes are high.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Subverted. He brings out a photo of his wife and son and has a close call soon after, but ultimately lives to the end.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Downplayed. With Godzilla, to a minor extent.
  • The Jinx: Every time he is with a group of people, he tends to be one of the few if not the sole survivor.
  • Nerves of Steel: It takes brass balls to stay calm when the MUTOs starts their rampage. Fully justified, considering his job is disarming bombs in war zones. Of course, he would develop such a front.
  • Nice Guy: He's a loving father and spouse and is very patient with his more-than-a-little crazy dad. The moment he hears Joe has been arrested in Japan he rushes to his side and tries to convince him to come home with him.
  • Not So Stoic: When he sees his father's dead body, Ford tears up.
  • Plot Armor: Our hero survives no less than four catastrophes, two of which he is the only survivor.
  • Returning War Vet: As the main narrative begins, he is on leave from his job of disarming bombs for the U.S. military.
  • Sole Survivor: Becomes this several times to the units he joins along the way to save his family.
  • The Stoic: Fully justified. Soldiers are trained to keep their cool during intense moments. Furthermore, his specific role job is disarming bombs in military zones, meaning he is expected to have an even higher tolerance of stress than the average military man. He does openly show emotion like joy and affection when he is off the clock with his family. The Stoic front only breaks once and that's when he realizes his dad has died.

    Elle Brody 
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"You know you're only gonna be gone for a few days, right? And then you are gonna come back to me. It's not the end of the world."

Portrayed By: Elizabeth Olsen

Appeared In: Godzilla

"It's not the end of the world."

Ford's wife. She works as a nurse in San Francisco.


  • Deadpan Snarker: Before Ford leaves for Japan to bail out his father, Elle is trying to tell him that Joe is a good man who just needs some help after he lost everything the day Janjira turned into a nuclear hotspot. Ford responds he lost everything too but got over it leading Elle to respond, "Well I can see that."
  • Distressed Damsel: Her role is basically to be in danger from the Kaiju and motivate Ford to risk his life to save her.
  • The Medic: She works as a nurse.
  • Morton's Fork: She ends up trapped on a road with a group of people with Godzilla on one side and the winged MUTO on the other.

    Sam Brody 

Portrayed By: Carson Bolde

Appeared In: Godzilla

"Mommy, look! Dinosaurs!"

Ford and Ellie’s son.


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Russell Family

    Dr. Emma Russell 
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Portrayed By: Vera Farmiga

Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

"Our world is changing. The mass extinction we feared... has already begun... and we are the cause. We are the infection. But like all living organisms, the earth unleashed a fever to fight this infection. Its original and rightful rulers... the Titans. For thousands of years... these creatures have remained in hiding around the world. And unless all the Titans are found... our planet will perish, and so will we. They are the only guarantee that life will carry on."

Mark's ex-wife, and Andrew and Madison's mother. Monarch's chief paleobiologist and director of Bioacoustic Studies, the discoverer of Mothra, and the co-inventor of the ORCA.


  • Admiring the Abomination: She believes the human race acts like an "infection" destroying the planet, and that in response the Earth is having its rightful rulers, the Titans like Godzilla, rise again to fight the infection of humanity. However, the Titans are the only guarantee humanity has for survival when the planet is threatened by an extinction-level event. Emma also believes there is a way for the Titans and humans to co-exist peacefully.
  • Backstory: Before she met and married Mark, Emma was an environmental activist and sometimes got arrested for participating in protests. In 2009, five years prior to the events of the original film, Emma and her team followed a bioacoustic signature to the mountains in Yunnan, China, and found the hidden Temple of the Moth, with a cocooned Mothra inside.
  • Bait the Dog: At first she seems to be an innocent scientist and mother caught up in Alan Jonah's crazy scheme. Except it's actually her crazy scheme, she joined forces with Jonah before the start of the movie and on top of that, she's the one who releases Ghidorah and awakens him with the ORCA.
  • The Beastmaster: She and Mark developed the ORCA, a device to communicate with and possibly control monsters through their bioacoustics on a sonar level.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Alongside Alan Jonah, she is the one responsible for unsealing King Ghidorah and kickstarting the plot of the film. However, once King Ghidorah is freed, he quickly overshadows Russell and Jonah as the primary threat and, rather than restore balance like she had intended, instead opts to terraform Earth to suit his liking. Even Jonah outclasses her in this regard, being perfectly content with Ghidorah wiping out humanity, and later deciding she's no longer needed.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Realizing she made a terrible mistake freeing Ghidorah, she decides to redeem herself and help Godzilla by distracting Ghidorah once more using the ORCA. She dies in the process as Ghidorah struck her with lightning rays, but her distraction did work to help Godzilla.
  • Decoy Protagonist: She's introduced as a main protagonist being forced into villainy by Alan Jonah, but she turns out to have been willingly working with him from the beginning and spends the first half or so of the movie as part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with him.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She really had no clue to King Ghidorah's true nature. Her original plan called to wake the Titans up gradually, to give humanity time to prepare so that some people would survive while they bring balance to the planet. She's thus confused and horrified when King Ghidorah starts waking them all at once so that it's more likely humanity will be totally exterminated, and begins terraforming the planet more to his alien sensibilities.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Emma truly believes all the Titans to be benevolent saviors of the world and that Humans Are Bastards. However, her only known exposure to the Titans are to Godzilla, who stopped the MUTOs & Jinshin-Mushi, and Mothra, an extremely pacifistic and benevolent Titan. She honestly thought the MUTO line was the chaotic exception and didn't think King Ghidorah was going to cause Rodan and the others to go nuts. Jonah ends up calling her out on this later.
  • The Extremist Was Right: In a sense, her plan goes extremely off the rails once the extraterrestrial Ghidorah is involved, but her initial idea, that the Titans were capable of peacefully living alongside humanity, and that their presence would heal the planet rather than harm it, is eventually proven true at the end. Once Godzilla takes the reigns, as the ending credits show the Titan attacks go down and their presence on the planet revives dying ecosystems, provides new sources of energy, and overall makes the world a better place to live. And it only cost the world millions of lives and trillions in damages.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: When King Ghidorah is about to kill her, she says "Long live the King!"
  • Foil: To Dr. Serizawa. Like her boss, she believes in the fundamental goodness and ecological importance of the Titans. Unlike him, she's crazy enough to think that just turning them loose to ravage human civilization is a good thing. Dr. Sereizawa is visibly horrified when she explains her reasoning.
  • Freudian Excuse: She uses the death of her son as justification for lashing out at the world around her by throwing her lot in with Jonah despite there being much more peaceful ways to have the change that she wants.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Emma is a scientist not an animal behaviorist like her ex-husband. Had she had consulted with him about her plan, he would've explained to her how violently releasing the Kaiju would've led to a disaster in the ecosystem she was trying so hard to save.
    • Case in point, Emma wanted the Kaiju to "restore balance" but the first Kaiju she goes to release is a RIVAL Alpha to the current Alpha. Any animal behaviorist would've warned her about the disastrous ramifications of having 2 Alpha (let alone 2 enemy Alphas) was going to have on the delicate ecosystem she wished to protect.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She believed that all Titans are benign forces of balance when it comes to the Earth, and merely ambivalent at worse when it comes to humanity. King Ghidorah's active malevolence proves her wrong. Also to Jonah, as she thought they both didn't want humanity totally exterminated by their scheme, but he admits to being perfectly fine with such a possibility.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She states that one of her motivations is having her son's death matter. She then callously wakes Rodan before people can possibly evacuate in complete disregard for their lives, to say nothing of how her plan fundamentally calls to create billions of deaths like her son's.
    • At one point, she demands Jonah leave Madison "out of this", but he's quick to retort Emma brought Madison into their terrorist organization, filled her head with Pro-Titan thoughts, and kept her in the dark about the possibility the plan could go horribly wrong in the first place.
    • That's not even going into the fact that she's perfctly willing to let millions of families die, parents losing their children like she lost hers, without a care. She only starts to believe she might have made a mistake when it's her daughter in danger and Jonah is quick to call her out on the hypocricy.
  • Insane Troll Logic: She paints her plan as the only way to ensure life will continue on Earth, and that otherwise, everything will end within her lifetime. This ignores how even the most extreme of predictions regarding current human effects on the planet would lead to humans becoming extinct long before life in general is in trouble (humans could indeed cause a massive loss in biodiversity, but nothing worse than what life has handled in the past). Justified, as it's heavily implied her sanity took a major hit from her son's death, so she's not exactly thinking rationally.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Emma, along with Madison, is kidnapped by Alan Jonah and his eco-terrorist organization who want to use the ORCA to control the Titans. Except it turns out that she actually arranged the whole thing with Jonah and faked her kidnapping.
  • Knight Templar:
    • She firmly believes that she is working for a noble cause and doing what is necessary for the preservation of life on Earth, that she is fighting the dangerous plague that she perceives the existence of human civilization to be, and that the billions of people her actions would condemn to death is a necessary sacrifice to be made for the greater good.
    • Later subverted; once her daughter leavs the bunker to expose herself to the Kaiju she set loose on the world, Emma abandons her sureness in the rightousness of her cause and tries to both stop the Kaiju and mount a rescue mission, prioritizing her own daughter's life against the greater good she's already killed countless people for. Jonah calls her out on it very quickly and mocks her for losing faith so easily.
  • Motive Rant: After the heroes realize she is willingly working with Jonah, she contacts them to explain her motives.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When King Ghidorah seems set on forcibly terraforming Earth to its own alien liking and completely exterminating humanity, she's horrified. Deconstructed when Alan Jonah mocks her, pointing out that she was basically committing genocide in the first place and that her apocalyptic "salvation" was never going to be clean and pretty.
  • Nature Lover: She used to be an environmental activist after all. Turns out to also be her major motivation for turning to evil.
  • Never My Fault: Emma refuses to believe she's done anything wrong. It takes her daughter and partner in crime to make her even think that the slaughtering of millions if not the very possible extinction of the human race, might be due to her recent actions.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Emma gives out one but takes a lot more throughout the film
    • Emma calls out Serizawa and all of Monarch for not awakening the Titans earlier citing he knows just as well as her the benefits the Titans have for the planet.
    • Alan Jonah calls her out for believing waking up Giant Monsters was ever going to be the easy, clean job she thought it was going to be and for being a bad parent by bringing her daughter into a terrorist organization in the first place.
    • Serizawa and Monarch berate her stupidity in forcibly releasing the Titans without verifying their temperament or letting them awaken on their own. As even somewhat benevolent ones (Godzilla & Kong) can cause a great deal of unintended death and destruction in their wake.
    • Barnes states that if he had a mother like Emma, he'd run away like Madison.
    • Madison delivers this bombshell: Calling her mother out for saying her genocidal actions are for her dead son, Andrew, when she's clearly doing it for her own delusional misguided reasons.
  • Redemption Equals Death: To try and redeem herself, she makes a suicidal effort to lure Ghidorah away from both Godzilla and her husband and daughter with the ORCA. This gives the humans a chance to escape and Godzilla a chance to power up and kill Ghidorah, but she is killed in the process.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: She becomes more and more reluctant as the film goes on.
  • Sanity Slippage: Let's face it; it takes a special kind of madness to lose one's son in the carnage unleashed by battling giant monsters and then decide "the world will be saved if I unleash all the giant monsters to ravage the world as they see fit!"
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: First she is thrown by her car by a bolt of Ghidorah's lightning, then she is at ground zero of Burning Godzilla's flame powers, and finally she is vaporized by Burning Godzilla's flame pulse.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Anyone repeat ANYONE who even looked at King Ghidorah to tell he was bad news. Emma on the other hand was the only one who thought King Ghidorah was going to "save the world"; even Alan Jonah could tell King Ghidorah had something "unholy" about him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Emma's role in the movie after about a quarter of the film is a huge spoiler.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believes it is possible for humans and Titans to co-exist, and that their presence will heal the planet from everything that humanity has done to it. As such, she wants to awaken all of them, albeit gradually, to jump-start the process of their rebirth, feeling she has no choice but to do it by force as the military is preparing to kill them. To this end, she betrays Monarch and helps Alan Jonah and his eco-terrorists make strikes against Monarch facilities, murdering many of her own co-workers, and is ultimately willing to cause billions of deaths by reviving all of the Titans, including the highly malevolent Ghidorah.
    • We also find out that she's a bad example of one. She's willing to let millions of people die, but when her daughter puts herself in danger to potentially stop her mother's plans, Emma gets cold feet and tries to abort, suggesting part of her motivations aren't even genuine. Jonah calls her out on her hypocrisy and weakness.
  • Western Terrorists: She turns out to be a fanatical eco-terrorist of the sort that believes that humanity in and of itself is a problem that needs fixing, with all the damage that they've inflicted on the planet with overpopulation, pollution, and war. To that end, she unleashes the Titans to forcibly "heal" the Earth no matter the scope of the destruction that this causes for innocent people.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On both ends of the scale here.
    • Emma views Monarch & Humanity have outlived their usefulness so she openly betrays them and, while she never kills someone, her actions have caused the deaths of millions to the point that even the Terrorists she allies with are shocked.
    • On the receiving end with Jonah; Emma tries to keep her authority but given that King Ghidorah had effectively made her role in the organization moot, Jonah quickly reminds her he doesn't need her anymore so he will not tolerate her attempts at controlling his organization.

    Dr. Mark Russell 
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"You are out of your goddamn mind!"

Portrayed By: Kyle Chandler

Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla vs. Kong

"This time we join the fight."

Emma’s ex-husband, Andrew and Madison’s father, Monarch's former senior anthrozoologist, and co-inventor of the ORCA device.


  • The Atoner: He realizes how misguided his hatred of Godzilla was after the Oxygen Destroyer almost kills Godzilla and the far worse Ghidorah starts controlling the Titans to annihilate humanity. From that point on it's he who originates the plan to revitalize Godzilla with nukes, and who later insists the humans join the King in the battle against Ghidorah.
  • Character Development: He starts the movie as a Titan-hater to, by the end, understanding that many of the Titans can actually be reasoned with in some way and starts letting go of his hatred.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Stanton queries what he's asking to see Godzilla's normal movement patterns for, he snarks that it's because he wants to open a boat tour.
  • Determinator: Mark only joins Monarch in their rescue mission because Madison's safety is his main priority.
  • Fantastic Racism: Not an uncommon attitude towards the Titans in the film, but he's notable for being more reasonable about it than most. He hates the Titans for the part they inadvertently played in the death of his son and the breaking up of his family, and flat out tells Monarch the best solution to the ORCA problem is to just kill all the Titans. However, he's also well aware of the power discrepancy between man and Titan, and actually becomes the voice of reason during Monarch's standoff with Godzilla.
    Mark: Look, I want him dead more than anyone, but unless this is a fight that you KNOW that you can win, for God's sakes stand down!
  • Gotta Kill Them All: He believes the Titans are nothing but destructive monsters that should be destroyed since they have caused his family nothing but grief like getting his son killed and his ex-wife and daughter kidnapped by terrorists. Mark has a good deal of hatred towards Godzilla, holding him responsible for his family being fractured in the first place. He does dial this attitude down after Godzilla turns out to be the planet's only hope against Ghidorah, and finding archaeological evidence showing that humanity once lived in harmony with the Titans.
  • I Will Find You: Mark sets out to save his kidnapped ex-wife and daughter.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His attitude towards the Titans, while clashing with the film's message of cohabitation, is conceded as being well-founded. And while he's not exactly pleasant about it, he is shown as entirely correct to point out that the ORCA being made only risked a severely dangerous technology falling into the wrong hands when it is used to awaken King Ghidorah.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he initially hates Titans, Mark deeply loves his family to the point that he rescues them from being held hostage during a gunfight. He's also not afraid to admit he was wrong, as demonstrated when he realizes that Godzilla is the last hope to save the planet from Ghidorah.
  • My Greatest Failure: He fell into drinking to cope with the loss of his son; he says he hates himself for letting his daughter see him that way.
  • Nature Lover: Since he was a child, Mark has had a strong love of nature. He also prefers field work and being close to animals instead of being in an office.
  • Papa Wolf: The moment he sees his ex-wife and daughter are being held hostage during a gun battle he leaves the other scientists behind, grabs a pistol and attempts to rescue them himself.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Averted. He's initially hellbent on killing every monster on the planet, but he's at least sane enough to realize a situation where taking Godzilla head-on is tantamount to suicide and orders everyone to lower their weapons down to show Godzilla that they're not a threat. He also comes to accept that while Godzilla is responsible for his son's death, he's also the best chance at saving the planet from King Ghidorah and tells the military to support him however they can in the final battle.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: When he was a kid, Mark swore he could talk with his pet German Shepherd and understand what everything it was saying. Being a respected expert in many fields focused on animals, Mark understands how they live and communicate.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: After his family's loss in the midst of Godzilla's fight against the MUTOs in San Francisco, Mark quit Monarch for personal reasons.
  • Tragic Bigot: The battle between Godzilla and the MUTOs caused his family unit to collapse in the face of his son's death, and he has been unable to let go of that pain ever since.
    Barnes: Dude hates Titans.
    Sam Coleman: Yeah, well you would too if you were him.
  • You're Insane!: Says as much to his ex-wife when he hears the full extent of her plans.

    Madison Russell 
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"You said we were doing this to help people!"

Portrayed By: Millie Bobby Brown, Alexandra Rabe (young)

Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla vs. Kong

"This isn't the way. You told me you were going to be careful. That you would restore balance."

Emma and Mark's teen daughter, and Andrew's younger sister.


  • Big Damn Heroes: After witnessing the destruction Emma and Jonah's plans have caused, Madison steals the ORCA and uses it to disrupt Ghidorah's communication with the other Titans, meaning she pretty much singlehandedly saves the world.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: She raves at her mother for freeing Ghidorah and Rodan, leaving Ghidorah free to mass-awaken and command the Titans of Earth to kill millions of people and turn the world into a wasteland because she overestimated Monster Zero's benevolence.
  • Child Prodigy: Her official profile lists her as one. Not entirely surprising, given she's the daughter of two brilliant scientists, though she would rather learn through hands-on experience outside of a classroom much like her outdoors-man father.
  • Defiant to the End: Narrowly averted, but her response to Ghidorah cornering her and preparing to blast her with all three heads at once? She just roars right back at him. Fortunately, Godzilla shows up just in time to save her.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this towards the end of the movie. As Godzilla and Mothra fight Ghidorah and Rodan, Madison tries to flee the battle to avoid being unwittingly stepped on, only to realize that no matter how far she runs the Titans can cover that same distance in a heartbeat. Panicking, she runs to the one place she thinks is still safe — the home where she grew up — and then breaks down upon realizing that it's no safer than anywhere else in the city.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Madison is very Pro-Titan, but admittedly, this is because her mom has purposely kept her in the dark about the very possible and obvious death and destruction they can cause.
    • Also luring King Ghidorah to her location wasn't the smartest idea, as she hadn't realized It Can Think and quickly began hunting her.
  • Heel Realization: Emma had admittedly sugarcoated the temperament of the Titans to Madison, and only being exposed to the benevolent Mothra made her think the release of all the Titans wasn't a problem. However, just seeing King Ghidorah and the damage he quickly causes, is enough to make her realize that some of the Titans may not be as nice as she was led to believe.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Despite her natural scientific prowess and curiosity, Madison wants to be a normal teenager and live a normal life.
  • Interspecies Friendship: She forms a fledgling bond with the giant insect Mothra. In the novelization, Mothra somehow resuscitates her after she is buried by her house collapsing.
  • Little Miss Badass: When a teenage girl steals a high-tech gadget from a ruthless terrorist group right under their noses because it's the right thing to do, and then uses it to lure a host of gigantic monsters to her position to save the rest of the world and all of mankind from certain annihilation, you know she's got balls the size of Ghidorah's heads. Best of all, she succeeds where all the militaries on Earth would've failed miserably.
  • Missing Child: She's kidnapped by Alan Jonah and his mercenaries alongside her mother. In actuality, she's a somewhat willing participant, but she's kept in the dark about the grimmer details.
  • Mouthy Kid: She nonchalantly flips Jonah — a murderous terrorist who kidnapped her and her mother — the bird, and isn't afraid to stand up to her mother. She flat out asks her if Andrew, whose name she dedicated her work to, would be pleased knowing what his mother has done, which sends Emma into tearful introspection.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an absolutely brutal one to her mother; calling her out for killing millions if not nearly causing the extinction of humanity, all in the name of her deceased brother when she knew fully well Andrew wouldn't have wanted that and Emma was doing all this for her own delusional misguided reasons.
  • The Runaway: Madison runs away with the ORCA from the location that Alan Jonah is keeping her prisoner in by sneaking through the air ducts so that not even Emma can hear it.
  • Tagalong Kid: Is kidnapped by Jonah along with her mother, and gets dragged along as they go. It's later revealed, though, that Madison was somewhat aware of Emma and Jonah's plot and went along willingly, though she had been sold on the idea that the plan would be more carefully managed and result in much less loss of life than it turned out to. Once she realizes just how bad things have actually gotten and how Emma had deceived her, she steals the ORCA in a bid to limit further casualties.
  • You Monster!: She openly calls her mother a monster after witnessing the Titans go rogue on Ghidorah's orders and her mother still believing that her actions were justified.

    Andrew Russell 

Portrayed By: Tyler Crumley

Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Mark and Emma's son, and Madison's older brother.


  • Posthumous Sibling: He died before the start of the movie, in the battle of San Francisco.
  • Precious Photo: Photos of him with his family are seen at different points in the movie, a reminder of his lingering influence on the choices they make coming to terms with his absence. It takes Madison shattering the photo to make Emma realize how much she's destroyed her family.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His death fueled his mother's efforts to continue working on the ORCA and find a way for humans and Titans to coexist, as well as his father's abject hatred of Titans.
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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.

    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: They're far friendlier than the natives in the previous Kong films.
  • 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 Iwis badass for actively hunting them.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The younger tribe members who hunt and gather food have yellow tribal body paint while the elders have blue.
  • The Dreaded: They have a name for the Skullcrawlers but dare not speak it.
  • He Who Must Not Be Named: See above.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: They managed to get the drop on the expedition team by having a few members in mud or clay stand among the ruins like statues.
  • 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 wall.
  • 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.

    Ato 
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Appeared In: Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

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

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.
  • 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.

Other Characters

    Alan Jonah 
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"Long live the King."

Portrayed By: Charles Dance

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

"I've seen human nature. It just gets worse. The world always belonged to them. It is time we gave it back."

A former British Army colonel and MI-6 agent turned fanatic anarchist who leads a terrorist paramilitary group dealing in trafficking Titan DNA, seeking to "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. Cute.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The novelization gives him one moment of pure evil not present in the film: 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.
  • At Least I Admit It: He points out to Emma that he is fine with a world-destroying apocalypse, and pretty much expected it, while she was deluded to think the Earth could manage kaiju running rampant.
  • Backstory: Jonah used to be a colonel in the British Army colonel and an MI-6 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 came to him before the start of the movie, and the parts where the plan goes Off the Rails because Ghidorah doesn't act according to her design were things he had no part in.
  • Benevolent Boss: He treats his henchmen quite well. The Novelization even reveals he is quite fond of his Mook Lieutenant, Asher. Enough that he is visibly shaken when Asher is killed.
  • Big Bad: Along with Ghidorah, being the leader of the ecoterrorists aiming to let the Kaiju overthrow humanity.
  • 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.
  • Colonel Badass: A former Special Forces colonel. Jonah has managed to recruit an entire organization to help him to achieve his goals.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Considering he's played by the guy who played Tywin Lannister, it's not exactly a shocker.
    Asher: [Upon seeing Ghidorah trapped in the ice.] Mother of God...
    Jonah: She had nothing to do with this.
  • 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.
  • Evil Brit: Former British soldier and spy turned omnicidal Eco-Terrorist.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Mixed in with At Least I Admit It. While Emma is horrified at King Ghidorah's plans for human extinction rather than her personal plan for a population cull; Jonah dismisses her horror and views her goal of humanity's salvation as naive.
  • Foil: From what we know of him, he is one to Dr. Ishirō Serizawa. Both characters are de facto leaders of their respective groups associated with finding the Titans. Both characters also view the Titans as much more than just simply giant monsters. But while Serizawa believes that both humans and Titan can co-exist together, Alan doesn’t and he believes that the Titans must wipe out humanity to save the planet. While Serizawa champions Godzilla as the king/alpha, Alan champions King Ghidorah.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Again, former British military/spy turned omnicidal Eco-Terrorist.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: After years in the service of his country, seeing humanity at its worst, and believing that human nature is only getting progressively worse, he feels he has seen the monster humanity can become through their destructive tendencies.
  • I Have Your Wife: He takes Emma, the ex-wife of Dr. Mark Russell hostage to gain control of her invention "the Orca" and potentially control the Titans. Subverted when it's revealed he didn't kidnap her at all; she came to him and they agreed to work together.
  • Karma Houdini: At the end of the movie, he's still at large and has gotten his hands on one of King Ghidorah's severed heads.
  • 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 in order to "save the Earth". Even when it is clear that King Ghidorah has no intention of saving the Earth but rather wants to terraform it to its liking, he just shrugs it off and says that maybe it's time for the Titans to take the Earth for their own. Aside from the soldiers under his command, he doesn't give a crap about the rest of humanity at all.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: Lost his faith in humanity altogether after decades of witnessing the horror and desolation of war.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Seeing the worst parts of humanity again and again drove him to become an extreme misanthrope. He's fully willing to let Ghidorah destroy everyone because of this.
  • Nerves of Steel: Isn't fazed at all when Emma pulls a gun on him.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Start of Darkness: The novelization reveals that while he was fighting in a dirty war for his country, his daughter was abducted when she was on her way home from school, with her body turning up in a storm drain six days later. It's implied to be the start of his Humans Are the Real Monsters worldview, and even Madison (whose loathing of him is made pretty clear) feels sorry for him when she hears this.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Before kidnapping Emma and Madison, Jonah previously followed Emma around the world to labs she has 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.
  • Two First Names: Alan and Jonah.
  • Villain Has a Point: He correctly critiques Emma's behavior throughout the film, such as pointing out her irresponsibility as a parent. Later in the film, shortly after Rodan's awakening, Jonah mockingly but correctly, jabs at Emma's obscene naivety in letting the Titans ravage humanity to restore balance, then for being horrified when she witnesses Ghidorah's path of destruction.
    Emma: Leave [Madison] out of this!
    Jonah: Why? You're the one who brought her into it!
  • We Can Rule Together: Has something like this in the novelization. In the film, Jonah is nihilistic and believes humans need to be wiped out, so while he is obviously misguided, he at least genuinely believes in his cause and seems willing to die for it. In the novel, he has a moment of telling Emma that they can live like kings in the aftermath, showing him to be considerably pettier despite his mission.
  • War Is Hell: He wholeheartedly agrees, as that was what made him go rogue and start seeking a way to bring back the Titans.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played with. Alan wants to free the Kaiju so that they can overthrow humanity as the dominant species, as he believes they'll take better care of planet Earth than humans. Emma believes him to be well-intentioned, assuming that he wants the Titans to bring balance to nature, but...
    • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: She realizes too late that what Alan really 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 humanity ever could and it is heavily implied that by the time Ghidorah is through, there would be nothing left alive on the planet but him - his Hostile Terraforming would make the Earth inhospitable to most forms of non-alien life. In The Stinger, Alan is even seen buying Ghidorah's last remaining head, hinting that he is very likely looking for a way to allow the alien titan to finish the job it started. His priority of the extinction of humanity above all else pushes his goals squarely into the Put Them All Out of My Misery category.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Clearer in the novelization. In the film, when Emma points out Ghidorah is going for extinction rather than co-existence, Jonah is fine with it and Emma seems to simply back down. In the novel, Emma makes a move to take the ORCA and carry out her plan only for Jonah to threaten her with her sidearm. To cement Emma into behaving, Jonah gives the order to have Madison's throat slit if Emma goes anywhere near the ORCA again.

    Asher 

Portrayed By: Jonathan Howard

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

One of Jonah's Mooks.


  • All There in the Manual: Most of what we know about him, including when and how Jonah hired him, comes from the Novelization. The book also confirms he is not in fact 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 clearly Jonah's right-hand man and the leader of the other henchmen.
  • 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 Maddy 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.

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