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Due to this film having Loads and Loads of Characters, we'll focus on the ones who have the most relevance to the plot.

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    Rando Yaguchi

"Don't give up. Don't abandon this country."
Played By: Hiroki Hasegawa

Rando Yaguchi is the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Japan, and heads the task force created to research Godzilla and find its weaknesses.

  • Agent Mulder: Yaguchi is the only one to dare to believe that the "massive entity" is indeed a living creature. Initially, Reality Ensues and his claim is dismissed by the Prime Minister. Then the creature's tail shows up.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: He does everything he can to deal with Godzilla and minimize the kaiju's threat over the country. He gets help from all over the government to put together a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to assist him to that end.
  • Determinator: Yaguchi's determination to stop Godzilla pushes his team to do their utmost.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As he's the one who convinced Prime Minister Okouchi and his cabinet to leave during the USAF's attack on Godzilla, the helicopters they were in got hit when Godzilla first focused his Atomic Breath into a solid beam.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Yaguchi is mostly a serious individual, usually keeping calm. But when the Prime Minister and the senior staff are killed by Godzilla's atomic breath, Yaguchi blows up when someone insinuates that this event will doom Japan.

    Hiromi Ogashira
A government worker from the Ministry of Environment.

  • The Aloner: Described as a "lone wolf" due to her introverted personality.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: She expresses this sentiment upon learning of the UN's plan to drop a thermonuclear bomb on Godzilla.
  • Men Act, Women Are: Deconstructed. On several occasions, she's a living example of a phenomenon that has been labeled "mansplaining", furthering the film's critique of bureaucracy and workplace culture.
    • She's the first to realize Gojira could make landfall, which was quickly dismissed before it happened almost immediately afterwards.
    • She's the first to realize Gojira could be powered by nuclear fission, which Yasuda quickly laughs off... before loudly finding the same "realization", presenting it as its own, and apologizing to her when Yaguchi calls him out on it.
    • She's also notably the only female expert scientist with a speaking role.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She is what happens if Rei Ayanami was a live-action character.
  • Perpetual Frowner: For most of the movie, her face is set in a stoic frown.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Quiet and polite, to contrast Kayoco's more bombastic personality. As Kayoco confronts Yaguchi about who makes the power plays in Japan and the United States, she does so in a flirty way, while shoving Ogashira aside. Yaguchi then steps up, pushing her even further into the background.

    Kayoco Anne Patterson

A liaison for the American government, and Special Envoy for the President of the United States.

  • The Ace: She's noted to be almost absurdly young for her position, having attended Harvard University at age 15 and graduated with a doctoral degree and a trial lawyer qualification.
  • Betty and Veronica: While not necessarily romantic, she's the Veronica to Ogashira's Yamato Nadeshiko Betty. She's outwardly flirty, and just a bit high maintenance, looking for a Zara clothing store by the end of her first scene, for a change of clothes.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The American government liaison just happens to be a Japanese-American woman who speaks flawless Japanese.
  • Eagleland: She appears as a callous, somewhat arrogant, and definitely feminine lady—a stark contrast to the other women in the film, Ogashira and the Defense Minister Reiko Hanamori. However, she eventually awakens a connection to the land of her grandmother and does everything she can to protect it.
  • Engrish: While not bad, her English maintains a definite and noticeable Japanese accent to a native English speaker.
  • Gratuitous English: She peppers her dialogue with a generous amount of English to highlight that she's American.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her behavior, she supports Yaguchi and his task force as best she can. Upon learning that the UN is about to fire an atomic bomb at Godzilla, she's appalled by the prospect of Japan being nuked a third time. She then doubles down on her efforts, risking her chances of becoming President of the United States to do so.
  • Motor Mouth: For someone who refers to Japan as her grandmother's country, she's quite possibly the fastest Japanese speaker in the film, and handles the language much easier than she does English.
  • My Nayme Is: Rather than being the actual Japanese name "Kayoko", her name is spelled "Kayoco" — presumably as a deliberate Anglicization.
  • Nepotism: While looking over her dossier, the Prime Minister and his aides remark that she's probably in-part riding the coattails of her father, Senator John Robinette Patterson — who is a high-ranking member of the Democrat Party's upper house.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she finds out the US has decided to nuke Godzilla, her response is an incredulous and outraged "Are you serious?!"
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When ordered to evacuate from Tokyo, she refuses to do so; not wanting to see a third nuke dropped on her beloved grandmother's homeland.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Most of the reports and articles on the film spell her name "Kayoko Ann Patterson" — but the film itself spells her name as "Kayoco Anne Patterson".

    Hideki Akasaka
  • Necessary Evil: He sees the UN's decision to nuke Godzilla as the more pragmatic option compared to Yaguchi's freezing plan. When he's chewed out for his support of this, he maintains his stance and says that the UN's decision would be the same even if Godzilla attacked New York.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He initially chastises Yaguchi's theory of a sea monster, since he backed Yaguchi's career and anything Yaguchi says or does reflects on his own reputation and could impact his own political ambitions.

    Goro Maki 

  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • While it's very clear that he committed suicide, it's not made clear how since no-one ever found his body.note  Given what he knew about Godzilla's abilities and his proximity to the creature during his study of it, the disturbing possibility that he fed himself to the beast becomes apparent.
    • The immediate explanation by the JCG member filming/narrating the boarding of his boat is that he 'fell overboard'. Since he says it right as the camera focuses on Maki's left-behind shoes, the implication is that it's an euphemism and the JCG have seen cases like it before.
  • The Cassandra: He discovered and studied Godzilla decades before the events of the movie and predicted it could mutate to become a threat to humanity, but the American DOA silenced him and covered up his research until it was too late.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Knowing the threat Godzilla posed to humanity and still being disgraced and ignored by the Japanese and American governments is implied to have pushed him over the edge and lead directly to his suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: Disregarded and disgraced by both the Japanese and American governments, he's indicated to have taken his own life immediately before the events of the film.
  • Posthumous Character: He's implied to have committed suicide, but remains an important figure throughout.
  • Secret Test of Character: Goro discovered how to defeat Godzilla, though he deliberately obfuscated the solution behind a series of overly convoluted puzzles and left out key pieces of data, with only an origami crane left behind on his yacht serving as a clue. The rest was up to humanity to figure out, or be destroyed by Godzilla. Yaguchi even speculates that Maki anticipated or even orchestrated Godzilla's attack on Japan as a test for humanity.
  • The Worm Guy: Deconstructed. It is made very clear that he's the only man on the planet with the better understanding of how Godzilla's physiology works, but a Trauma Conga Line that occured long before the movie started (which was mostly fueled by, as is typical of this trope, being ridiculed by fellow members of academia) drove him to suicidal despair and he's taken his life, forcing everybody else to do whatever they can with the bits of data he left behind alongside a Suicide Note that reads: "Do as you will".

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