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Monarch is a secret government agency tasked with discovering, investigating and destroying the Kaiju of the world. They are better at the former two than the latter.


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    In General 
  • Admiring the Abomination: Much to the chagrin of the U.S. Military and government since their primary mission is to kill Kaiju, but instead they hold them in awe and worthy of study.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Think of them as S.H.I.E.L.D., but for a Kaiju universe. The Argo is in many respects their answer to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. They are also similar to H.E.A.T. from Godzilla: The Series.
  • Badass Air Force: Monarch has several military attachments working directly under them, but their most consistently effective is their air-force.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: They have spent years documenting the history of Earth's Titans and their effects on the world, as well as covering up the existence of the Kaiju to minimize the chance of Kaiju causing destruction or humanity freaking out as they realize what kind of universe they live in.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: At least, they are seen as dumbasses in-universe by the government, but their reluctance to attempt to kill the Titans is defensible since human weapons are practically useless against Kaiju, with prior attempts at such, including Monarch's own attempt to kill the male MUTO in its chrysalis, failing utterly; the only times humanity has successfully killed Kaiju required the help of another Kaiju (namely, Godzilla and Kong). Even Mark Russell, who genuinely wants to be rid of them, isn't so stupid as to think humans should pick a fight with the Titans unless they know they can win it.
  • Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: In King of the Monsters, Monarch's top brass are facing tough questions from the US Government, who are growing increasingly frustrated with Monarch's lack of cooperation with their plan to wipe out the Kaiju before they awaken.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: In King of the Monsters. Admiral Stenz is nice about it, but besides that, the government and the military want to kill the Titans before they pose a threat to the world and are annoyed by Monarch's unwillingness to play ball.
  • The World Is Not Ready: The reason why, despite possessing the technology necessary to awaken them, they have kept the Titans in hibernation and away from the public eye. Much as they might admire them, they know firsthand the destruction they are capable of, the inability of humanity to control them, the difficulties in discerning which species of Titan are benevolent and to what degree, the risks involved in somehow accidentally invoking their wrath and in particular the terror and insecurity knowledge of the Titans' existence produces in ordinary people, as seen by the fact that the government wants to kill them all off and many members of the public want them to do so. Indeed, Monarch are very upset to learn that Emma Russell's plan to save the world is to just let all the Titans out, warning her that it's too great a risk to take.

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Scientists

    Dr. Ishirō Serizawa 
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"Nature has an order. A power to restore balance. I believe he is that power."

Portrayed By: Ken Watanabe

Appears In: Godzilla | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

"The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around."

The scientist in charge of the Monarch agency and a leading expert on Godzilla and the Titans.


  • Admiring the Abomination: Has a quasi-religious attitude towards Godzilla, believing that he is essentially the personification of the balance of nature and the only hope humanity has of neutralizing the MUTOs and Ghidorah, even if he has to kill people and destroy cities in the process. Admiral Stenz understandably thinks of him as naïve for this.
  • The Bus Came Back: Dr. Serizawa, not seen since the first film, is back, being portrayed by Ken Watanabe. However, the character is a descendant instead of the original, and he's for Godzilla instead of against him.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In the first film, it's easy to be skeptical of his belief that Godzilla and his fellow Titans are essential to the continued health of the world. He is proven right at the end of Godzilla II when end credit news clippings reveal that the active presence of the Titans has caused massive ecological restorations — to the point that a large part of the Sahara Desert has been turned back into tropical forest.
  • Composite Character: Has the surname and world-weariness of Daisuke Serizawa, is a paleontologist that wants to study the monsters versus killing them like Dr. Kyohei Yamane, and his insistence that Godzilla will save the day.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite his worshipful attitude towards Godzilla, and by extension the other Titans, and even though he disagrees with the government's plan to kill the Titans, he still feels that reintroducing them to the modern world should be done carefully and under strictly controlled measures, to minimize the danger this would pose to humanity. He's well aware that the Titans are beyond humanity's ability to control. As such, he's horrified by Dr. Emma Russell's decision to deliberately awaken all of the Titans and let them wipe out most of humanity.
  • Famous Last Words: Right before the nuke detonates, he speaks to the weakened Godzilla in Japanese "Goodbye... old friend."
  • Foil: To his incarnation in the original movie, surprisingly enough. The original Dr. Serizawa sacrificed both his life and life’s work to see Godzilla dead, while this Serizawa instead sacrifices himself to save Godzilla. The original Serizawa was horrified by the results of his research (the Oxygen Destroyer), and ultimately decided to take it with him to his grave, while this Serizawa ultimately passes his research on to ensure that his work continues.
  • Heroic Lineage: tie-in prequel graphic novel Godzilla: Awakening shows that his father did not die in Hiroshima: they both survived and Serizawa's father joined the freshly formed Monarch, being one of the first men discovering Godzilla's existence. Ishiro followed his father's footsteps when he died.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Godzilla is heavily wounded and in a healing sleep in his "throne room" in the Hollow Earth, an area filled with radioactive lava and thusly too hot & irradiated for any human or machine to survive entering, Dr. Serizawa undertakes a Suicide Mission to bring a nuke to Godzilla and detonate it to accelerate his healing so he can fight against Ghidorah.
  • Irony:
    • Daisuke Serizawa ventured in the bottom of the ocean to kill Godzilla with his weapon of mass destruction, the Oxygen Destroyer. Ishiro ventured in the bottom of the ocean to save Godzilla with a weapon of mass destruction, a nuclear bomb.
    • He used a nuclear bomb, a weapon of mass destruction that destroyed his hometown of Hiroshima, to revive Godzilla with it.
  • Mangst: He is subtle about it, but in the first film it's fairly clear he's still not over the death of his father. In the second he is shown solemnly mourning the death of Dr. Graham and the "death" of Godzilla.
  • Mr. Exposition: Much of his screentime in the first film is devoted to him providing backstory for Godzilla along with the MUTOs, and how to potentially stop them.
  • Mythology Gag: In the original 1954 Godzilla film, Dr. Serizawa sets off the Oxygen Destroyer to kill Godzilla, and allows himself to die alongside him. In King of the Monsters, Serizawa dies in the process of reviving Godzilla, who is weakened from the Oxygen Destroyer.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When he first sees Joe Brody being interrogated, at first he thinks the guy's a loon, but then he looks at the papers Joe had on him and notices the patterns perfectly match the ones they're seeing now. When the U.S. Navy picks him up, he also has them bring Ford and Joe Brody along. He realizes too late that Joe had indeed predicted that something wasn't right about those readings he was examining for the last 15 years. And though his son Ford didn't have the same knowledge, he did provide enough of a clue for Serizawa to figure out that Godzilla may not be quite the bad guy he's seen as.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Although not quite the same character, his previous incarnation in the series died preventing Godzilla from wreaking more havoc while here Serizawa is trying to convince the military the importance of Godzilla and comes out of the film with very little scrapes and bruises. Subverted in the sequel.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Acquires one in the aftermath of the male MUTO's awakening.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His pocket watch, which originally belonged to his father and was broken in the Hiroshima bombing.
  • Tuckerization: His first name is a tribute to Ishiro Honda, the director of the original Godzilla and the acknowledged creator of Godzilla. Though there was also a Dr. Serizawa in the original, his first name was "Daisuke".
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Zigzagged. While he's the only one who seems to understand that allowing Godzilla to take down other Titans might be a viable option, at least at first, he does so because of naturalistic philosophy. Worse, he continues to push for leaving it all to Godzilla, even as the humans disadvantaged him by feeding the MUTOs nukes, and doesn't abandon this philosophy in the sequel, even because Ford Brody turned the tide in his favor.

    Dr. Vivienne Graham 
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"The top of the primordial ecosystem. A god, for all intents and purposes."

Portrayed By: Sally Hawkins

Appears In: Godzilla | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

"The organization we work for, Monarch, was established in the wake of this discovery. A multinational coalition formed in secrecy to search for him. Study him. Learn everything we could."

A senior paleozoologist and Dr. Serizawa's assistant.


  • Admiring the Abomination: Has a quasi-religious attitude towards Godzilla, even calling him "a god, for all intents and purposes." Admiral Stenz understandably considers her naïve for this.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father died before she was born.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies early on in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, devoured whole by Ghidorah's middle-head.
  • Eaten Alive: Ghidorah's middle-head catches her with his jaws and eats her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She stays behind in the aircraft to help Mark when he becomes trapped by debris. Though they get out; leaving after everyone else left her vulnerable for Ghidorah to notice her.
  • Number Two: To Dr. Serizawa. She's always seen beside him or near him and assists him with explaining things.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Despite being in two movies, she was something of a Satellite Character to Dr. Serizawa with very little character of her own before her Untimely demise at Ghidorah's hand.

    Dr. Ilene Chen 
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"Myth is our compass."

Portrayed By: Zhang Ziyi

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

A senior mythologist and the head of Titan Research and Containment.


  • Heroic Lineage: She is a third-generation Monarch operative in her family after her mother and grandmother Mei before her. Even Ilene's twin sister Dr. Ling is in Monarch, and their family is noted for making some of mankind's greatest evolutionary discoveries. Furthermore, the novelization outright reveals that her family is directly descended from a lineage of priestesses to Mothra.
  • Identical Grandson: She shows some pictures of her family at one point, chronicling their history with Monarch. Not only does she have an identical twin sister, but her mother/aunt and grandmother/great aunt are also identical twins, and look just like her. Whether this is just playing the trope very, very straight or an allusion to something more bizarre going on is still unknown.
  • Ms. Exposition: Justified given her role as Monarch's senior mythologist. She knows a lot about the monsters and provides information on them.
  • Mythology Gag: That Ilene has a twin sister, one who is present during Mothra coming out of her cocoon might be a shout out to the "Shobijin" twins from previous Mothra films. Michael Doughertyinvoked has said in an interview that this was intentional and that Ilene and her twin are very much the Shobijin — something made more explicit in the novelization. Further, there was a planned credits scene where the adult twins would enter a temple where a new set of five-year-old twins would be singing to the new Mothra egg mentioned in the credits.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She takes over Dr. Graham's role as the non-American, female Monarch scientist that knows things about the Kaiju.
  • Visual Pun: For the role, Zhang Ziyi wears her hair very short, in what is sometimes known as a "Pixie Cut." She's an allusion to the twin fairies who serve as Mothra's heralds in the Toho films. A "pixie" is a kind of fairy.

    Dr. Ling Chen 

Portrayed By: Zhang Ziyi

Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The twin sister of Dr. Chen.


  • Heroic Lineage: Like her sister, she is a third-generation Monarch operative and a descendant of an ancient lineage of priestesses to Mothra.
  • Identical Grandson: She and her sister are identical twins who are also identical to their mother, aunt, grandmother, great aunt, etc.
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    Dr. Rick Stanton 
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Portrayed By: Bradley Whitford

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

"Oh yeah, sure. Let's bring him in for a beer. You out of your mind?"

Monarch's crypto-sonographer and early warning specialist.


  • The Alcoholic: Implied. He has a coffee mug with the label "NOT YOURS" and carries around a flask.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rick responds to just about everything with a sarcastic quip. He calls King Ghidorah "Moe, Larry and Curly" and jokes that his kids might have flippers from all the radiation spewing by the Titans.
  • Expy: According to Word of God, the character is loosely based on Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's a smart guy, but very acerbic and bitterly sarcastic.
  • Knew It All Along: Was quite happy that his theory about how Godzilla was able to travel so fast was proven correct.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: A lot of his role in the film not involving exposition or Techno Babble is to make jokes to lighten the mood.

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G-Team

    Diane Foster 
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Portrayed By: Aisha Hinds

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

A decorated colonel who's the leader of the G-Team.


  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Going along with Monarch being one to S.H.I.E.L.D., she's a Bald, Black Leader Guy Colonel Badass headquartered on an Airborne Aircraft Carrier, like Nick Fury.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: A bald black leader girl in this case, but otherwise fits the trope; she's a tough-as-nails colonel who leads the military forces aiding Monarch.
  • Cold Sniper: She has sniping skills as Asher learns the hard way along with having a no-nonsense attitude.
  • Colonel Badass: She leads the MONARCH forces in King of the Monsters at one point getting into a firefight with the terrorists and killing Asher, the second in command. Had she not prioritized Asher because of his advance on Mark, she could have killed Jonah back in the Antarctic.
  • Front Line General: A colonel would typically be a bit more in the back but she helps lead the charge on foot during the Antarctica skirmish and pilots a Raptor shuttle to rescue the Russells during the finale.

    Jackson Barnes 

Portrayed By: O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

"This is Godzilla's world. We just live in it."

A chief warrant officer and expert on heavy explosives and munitions.


  • Mauve Shirt: He's one of a small handful of soldiers to get a name, is often allowed to pass comment on certain situations, and gets to live to see the final number.
  • Precision F-Strike: He gets King of the Monsters's single allowed uncensored "Fuck" after Ghidorah emerges from the Antarctic ice. This was edited out in the trailers.
    You gotta be fucking kidding me!

    Lauren Griffin 

Portrayed By: Elizabeth Ludlow

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

A first lieutenant who serves as the pilot of Monarch's sky fortress, the USS Argo.


  • Ace Pilot: Makes a straight-up hard landing when her vehicle has a damaged rotor while dodging a discarded aircraft and cargo doors.

    Anthony Martinez 

Portrayed By: Anthony Ramos

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

A staff sergeant who is close friends with Barnes.


Other Characters

    Dr. Sam Coleman 

Portrayed By: Thomas Middleditch

Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Monarch's director of technology and their communications liaison with the U.S. government.


  • Deadpan Snarker: Sam makes several quips about things such as Godzilla's physical appearance and Ghidorah's name.
  • Hidden Depths: Of all the team Sam is the staunchest at defending Emma when they believe she has gone rogue. It's not until Mark himself confirms it does he relent.
  • Mission Control: Once both Serizawa and Graham have passed away he's coordinating on the Argo bridge during the Washington and Boston battles.
  • That Came Out Wrong: He calls himself a big fan of Mark's wife... then clarifies he meant his wife's work, and then just keeps making it worse.


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