Portrayed By: Richard Jenkins
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
A U.S. senator who authorizes the trip to Skull Island. He is skeptical about the existence of giant monsters.
Portrayed By: C.C.H. Pounder
Appeared In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- "Thank you for the Fifth Grade history lesson, Mr. Coleman. But we still havent heard one good reason why Monarch shouldn't fall under military jurisdiction or why these creatures shouldn't be exterminated."
A member of the U.S. Senate.
- Fantastic Racism: Doesn't trust the Titans at all, and wants Monarch to work with the military to kill them before they awaken.
- Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: Drags Monarch's leadership into such a meeting to make them explain why they won't cooperate with the government's plans.
- Properly Paranoid: Zig-zagged. Around halfway through the movie, Ghidorah takes control of the Titans of Earth and drives them to wipe out human civilization, just like Senator Williams feared the Titans would do. However, that was made possible precisely because of the government's lack of trust in Godzilla and other benevolent Titans, as the Oxygen Destroyer took out Godzilla but didn't affect Ghidorah at all.
- Straw Character: Her one scene is spent establishing the plot thread that the Government doesn't want Monarch studying and safeguarding the Titans, but rather to destroy them before another San Francisco happens. She doesn't have any other characteristics or role to play in the movie.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: She wants the Titans killed while they're still dormant and believes humanity is capable of doing so... overlooking the fact nothing humanity has barring weapons with immense, long term collateral damage do anything but make Titans mad and Monarch's attempt to kill the male MUTO only resulted in that exact outcome. Even Mark Russell, who is in the same boat of wanting the Titans dead, isn't dumb enough to think humanity should pick a fight with them unless they're absolutely sure that's a fight they can win.
- Underestimating Badassery: Sure, Senator. The US Military can absolutely kill the giant animals who are immune to practically anything humanity can throw at them, never mind that just two of them only went down to an impromptu joint effort between mankind and Godzilla. That couldn't possibly backfire in any way.
Portrayed By: David Strathairn
Appeared In: Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- "I would not be asking anyone of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith in your ability to succeed. Your courage will never be more needed than it is today."
The military senior officer in charge of the operations to combat the MUTOs.
- Demoted to Extra: He only shows up in a couple of scenes in King Of The Monsters.
- Godzilla Threshold: He believes that utilizing nuclear weapons works as the least costly way of dealing with the MUTOs. He's aware that they feed off of radiation, but believes the sheer strength of the explosion will be enough to kill them, noting that, while the H-Bomb didn't kill Godzilla in 1954, it's a firecracker in comparison to what is at their disposal six decades later. In King of the Monsters, he resorts to deploying an even more devastating weapon when it becomes clear just how incomprehensibly powerful King Ghidorah really is.
- Hauled Before A Senate Sub Committee: With Sam Coleman and Dr. Serizawa, he is summoned by the Senate for a meeting on the Titans.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- His decision to launch an Oxygen Destroyer missile at Godzilla and Ghidorah nearly kills the former but barely scratches the latter, leaving the omnicidal space dragon the uncontested leader of the Titans. If not for Madison Russell's later intervention, mankind would've bit the dust right then and there.
- The Oxygen Destroyer missile ends up killing all of the sea life around Mexico City crippling the economy on top of the significant damage that Rodan ended up causing. While King Ghidorah's head would likely have found its way into Alan Jonah's hands sooner or later, the jobless fishermen selling it to support themselves ended up accelerating the process.
- Only Sane Man: In comparison to the other powerful U.S. Government characters; Stenz is fairly reasonable and open. In both films, his character is used to display the wrong way of engaging Kaiju but his decisions aren't framed in an unsympathetic light. Any disagreements he and the other main characters share are often respectable and he's willing to listen to the experts whilst the senators choose to butt heads over jurisdiction.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he treats Godzilla as a threat for good reason, he doesn't go out of his way like many military characters in these types of movies would and is always open to suggestions from civilian experts. Also, related to the above plan of using a nuke, he points out that they are out of other options and have to do all they can to protect the civilians on the coast; despite that he genuinely empathizes with Serizawa's perspective on the matter, especially after learning Serizawa and his father survived the bombing of Hiroshima.
- Underestimating Badassery: He has some doubts about Godzilla's ability to defeat the MUTOs, in spite of chasing one of the MUTOs out of Honolulu and hardly being affected by the Navy's gunnery in San Francisco Bay.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: During the Senate meeting in King of the Monsters, when the lead senator entertains the notion of humanity making Godzilla their pet and the other delegates start laughing, Stenz is visibly taken aback by the committee not taking the matter seriously and his facial expression is this.
Portrayed By: John C. Reilly & Will Brittain (Young)
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
- "The way they tell it for thousands of years, the people on this island lived in fear. That's a hell of a long time to be scared. And then, the damnedest thing happened. Some of the things they were afraid of started protecting them against the things that were eating them."
A World War II Lieutenant who spent 28 years stranded on Skull Island. He knows the creatures of the island, and he is a friend of the Iwi natives.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's gone more than a little bit nutty living for 28 years on Skull Island.
- Cool Old Guy: Though 28 years past his prime, he holds his own well in battle and even wounds one of the Skullcrawlers.
- Deadpan Snarker:Marlow: This is a good group of boys. Were all gonna die together out here. Youre a good group of boys to die with, Ill tell you that much. *laugh* You shouldnt have come here.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After 28 years stranded on an uncharted, monster-infested island, Marlow manages to reunite with his wife and now-adult son.
- He is a dead-ringer for the photojournalist from Apocalypse Now for his role as the crazy outsider who had gone native and reveres a mysterious figure.
- He is also comparable to the American pilot from Hell in the Pacific for his rivalry and friendship with a Japanese pilot who was also stranded on the same island.
- The Enemy Weapons Are Better: Hank carries a Type 98 shin-guntō, a memento of Gunpei, the Japanese Zero pilot that attempted to kill him after their dogfight left them both stranded on the beach; although ineffective against huge creatures like the Skullcrawlers, it proved very handy for his continued survival, and helps the crew fight off quite a few threats. Ironically, while the Type 98 was a cheap, mass-produced and inadequate combat sword in real life, here it's good enough to carve up monsters.
- While not sufficient to deal a decisive blow, the guntō did prove to be the most effective of the weapons on hand against the "small" skull-crawler, as a single slash managed to pierce the skin and draw blood while nothing else served as more than a distraction, and that includes a napalm fueled flame thrower and a .50 caliber heavy machine gun mounted on the remains of a triceratops. In fact, Mason's clever use of the gas vent explosion still left the corpse intact.
- Fire-Forged Friends: As it turns out, with the Japanese pilot, Gunpei. The two set aside their differences and forged a friendship while stranded at Skull Island. Gunpei's death at the hands of a Skullcrawler tragically cut it short.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He's rather mystified by the changes to the world that happened in his absence when the expedition team tells him about them, such as the moon landings and the fact that the US is now locked in a Cold War against the Soviet Union. Slivko even compares him to a time traveler for it.Marlow: And what happens with the war? Do we win?Slivko: Which one?Marlow: That makes sense.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Before charging into battle against a Skullcrawler, Marlow draws Gunpei's sword and whispers "Death before dishonor" in Japanese. As we later learn, Gunpei was killed by Skullcrawlers, so it might have been a tribute to him.
- Haunted House Historian: Hank is shown to be wary of most of Skull Island's mega-fauna (particularly the Skullcrawlers); he's also very pessimistic about the expedition's chances of survival, let alone killing or capturing Kong, after angering him with their initial barrage.Marlow: This a good group of boys. We're all gonna die together! (Uncomfortable, terrified laugh) You shouldn't have come here!
- Ignored Expert: Given the fact that he's been on Skull Island for 28 years, Marlow knows the place forwards and backward and the places to avoid. When Packard wants to go find Chapman, Marlow argues against it but his advice gets ignored, and at the Boneyard, Marlow calls the area dangerous, only to be disregarded by Packard again.
- Important Haircut: Before he leaves the indigenous tribe's village, he cuts his extremely unkempt beard into a proper Badass Beard. At the end of the movie, before reuniting with his family, he shaves it into a short mustache.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Bonds with Slivko over their baseball clubs. He manages to convince Slivko to turn against the maddened Packard in the end.
- Long-Lost Relative: To his wife and son, whom he left behind when he crashed on Skull Island. They reunite in the end.
- MacGyvering: Along with the help of Gunpei he manages to build a boat out of the plane wrecks of a B-29 bomber, a P-51, and a Japanese Zero.
- Mighty Whitey: Averted, despite the Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness influences. Marlow is not the leader of the Iwi tribe on Skull Island, more just a kooky immigrant that they tolerate and respect.
- Mr. Exposition: Justified, as he's lived on the island longer than anyone on the expedition team, and is the only one there who can give them a good description of the terrain (in English).Marlow: [protesting the decision to go to Chapman's location] Yeah, I've only been here for 28 years, what do I know?
- Sad Clown: While Hank is the most cheerful and the funniest person in Skull Island, he is implied to be rather heartbroken and misses his family. Before leaving the village, he gives his final farewell at Gunpei's grave and gives a tearful goodbye to the natives.
- Talkative Loon: Having lived among the less-than-talkative Iwi for almost three decades he can no longer tell the difference when he's talking or thinking, or even when others are talking or thinking:To Nieves: Your mouth is moving...
- Tragic Keepsake: Gunpei's shin-guntō sword, which was used as a grave marker. It survives the rest of the movie and Marlow keeps it when he returns home.