— Alan Jonah (Godzilla: King of the Monsters)
Formerly a British Army Colonel and MI6 agent, Jonah bore witness to the worst of human nature during his expansive military career. Mankind's endless cruelty and capacity for violence drove Jonah to resent his fellow man and finally defect from MI6 in 2004. Influenced by revolutionary propaganda, Jonah became a mercenary and eco-terrorist leader, developing a strange preoccupation with the Titans. This led Jonah to attempt to enter a MUTO dig site in 2005, only to be caught and detained in Pakistan. Still, Jonah proved resourceful and continuously escaped custody over the following decade as he carried out an unclear plan to use the Titans to end humanity's reign on the Earth. Designated a Class-1 eco-terror threat by Monarch, his whereabouts remained unknown until 2019 when he and his mercenaries assaulted Monarch's Outpost 61 in China and absconded with the Orca. Cooperating with Monarch's Dr. Emma Russell, Jonah and his men used the Orca to awaken the Titan known as Monster Zero from Outpost 32 in Antarctica and subsequently Rodan from Outpost 56 in Isla de Mara, Mexico. When Monster Zero, revealed as the dreaded King Ghidorah from ancient myth, awakened countless other Titans across the globe and bent them to his will in order to aid in his campaign of destruction across the planet, Emma defected from Jonah, who allowed her to leave as he and his men already had what they wanted. Following Godzilla's victory over Ghidorah, Jonah and his men acquired one of the three-headed Titan's decaying heads from Isla de Mara, where it had been torn off by Godzilla in an earlier battle. A man heavily implied to be Jonah later sold the skull to Apex Cybernetics CEO Walter Simmons, who used it as a neural interface in order to control his company's ultimate weapon, Mechagodzilla. Jonah has not surfaced since, and his whereabouts are currently unknown.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Jonah is a tactically brilliant yet extremely ruthless, cold, and unstable man. He despises the human race and considers mankind to be the real monsters above all else, refusing to let go of this mindset even in the face of King Ghidorah's reign of terror turning out to be far more destructive than anything mankind has done.
History[edit | edit source]
At some point following their two meetings in 2014, Monarch scientist Emma Russell contacted Jonah and hatched a plan to save humanity from itself. In 2019, Jonah and his mercenaries stormed Monarch Outpost 61 in China's Yunnan Province, abducting Emma and her daughter Madison and killing most of the Monarch staff there. They commandeered an Osprey and flew to Outpost 32 in Antarctica with Emma, Madison, and Emma's sonar device called the ORCA in tow. After landing outside the base, Jonah's troops exited and gunned down the Monarch guards. They made their way to the central chamber of the outpost: a wall of ice containing the frozen three-headed Titan known only as Monster Zero. Jonah asked Emma if she had everything she needed, and when she replied in the affirmative he told her to get started. Emma began calibrating the ORCA to Monster Zero's bioacoustics as Jonah's troops began boring into the ice with drills and planting explosives. Once Monarch learned of the ORCA's location and headed to Antarctica aboard the flying fortress known as the USS Argo, Jonah began to escort Emma and Madison out of the base. Jonah's troops ambushed G-Team when they breached the facility, but Emma's husband Mark charged in after them after seeing Emma and Madison on a video feed. He finally came face-to-face with them on a catwalk in front of the wall of ice. G-Team's Colonel Diane Foster shot and killed Asher, Jonah's right-hand man, as he held the detonator for the charges. Mark held Jonah at gunpoint and told Emma and Madison to come to him. Shockingly, they both stayed behind as Emma picked up the detonator. She apologized to Mark before telling him to run and pressing the detonator. The charges in the ice exploded, causing the ice to crack and the outpost to crumble. Emma and Madison escaped with Jonah in an elevator while Mark stayed behind to help G-Team escape. Emma boarded Jonah's Osprey which began to take off as the ice below split open and Outpost 32 sank into the fissure. Once the ORCA was fully calibrated, Jonah ordered Emma to wake up Monster Zero. She activated the device, which emitted a series of sonar pulses which reached into the ice below. Monster Zero's three heads gradually emerged from the ice and saw the members of G-Team before them. After G-Team opened fire, Monster Zero broke through the ice and began to attack them. Madison grabbed the ORCA from her mother and tries to use it to stop Monster Zero before he could attack the Osprey that Mark was on. Emma and Jonah's mercenaries seized it back from her, but Emma used it to halt Monster Zero for a split second before he destroyed the Monarch Osprey. Jonah's Osprey then escaped as Godzilla emerged from the ice to confront his ancient enemy.
Their next target was Isla de Mara, Mexico, site of Monarch Outpost 56 and the slumbering Titan known as Rodan. In a broadcast to the Argo, Emma explained her plan: awaken the Titans and allow them to restore the natural order before humanity destroyed the planet. In the bunker where they were holed up with Jonah and his troops, Madison begged her mother to stop. Jonah was infuriated, stating that Emma knew exactly what was going to happen because she approached him, and ordered her to activate the ORCA. Emma tried to ask Jonah to give the nearby civilians more time to evacuate, but one of his men replied that they needed to act immediately. Emma apologized to Madison and activated the ORCA, with the sonar being broadcast through speakers at Outpost 56. Rodan emerged from the crater of the volcano and soon challenged Monster Zero, only to be swiftly defeated. Godzilla confronted the three-headed monster next, ripping off his left head, only to be incapacitated by the U.S. military's Oxygen Destroyer. After regenerating his missing head, Monster Zero perched on top of the volcano and shrieked out to the heavens, his call serving as a mass awakening for all of Earth's Titans, who began to destroy everything in their path. Jonah and Emma observed the mayhem on a screen in their bunker, with Jonah remarking that he was under the impression they would awaken each Titan individually. Emma replied that she wasn't responsible for this, prompting Jonah to look at Monster Zero on the screen and declare "Long live the king."
Madison, grasping the horror of what her mother had unleashed, took it upon herself to set things right. After overhearing her mother discuss with Jonah the potential to use the ORCA to control the Titans, she stole it and escaped the bunker near Boston where they were hiding. She activated the ORCA in Fenway Park, ending the rampages of all the Titans except Monster Zero, now named King Ghidorah, and Rodan. Upon realizing Madison had taken the ORCA, Emma set out to rescue her. Before she could board a jeep to leave, Jonah and his troops surrounded her. Jonah mocked Emma's preoccupation with finding her daughter over their mission, only for her to draw a gun on him. Jonah told his troops to let her leave, as they already had everything they needed. In the end, a resurgent Godzilla destroyed King Ghidorah in Boston, with Emma sacrificing herself and the ORCA to distract the three-headed monster at a crucial moment. Following the battle, Jonah and his men traveled to Isla de Mara, where local fishermen had dredged up Ghidorah's severed left head from the waters still polluted by the Oxygen Destroyer. Jonah observed the head before declaring that he and his men would "take it."
Books[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization (2019)
- Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization (2021)
At some point during the five years after Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah, Alan Jonah met with Apex Cybernetics CEO Walter Simmons in Pensacola, Florida, and agreed to sell two of Ghidorah's skulls to him, with the origin of the second skull left unexplained. Apex intended to use both skulls in the creation of their artificial Titan, Mechagodzilla.
Comics[edit | edit source]
In 2014, Jonah was detained and interrogated at an American military base in Guam. The military had been pursuing Jonah for some time, but their interrogation attempts seemed to be going nowhere. Suddenly, a colossal MUTO surfaced from underground and attacked the base, allowing Jonah to escape in the confusion. After Godzilla appeared and engaged in a brief clash with the MUTO, Monarch dispatched Drs. Ishiro Serizawa, Vivienne Graham, and Emma Russell to investigate. When Emma prepared to depart the base with Miles Atherton of the United Nations' San Francisco Commission aboard a jet, Jonah revealed himself from behind one of the seats onboard and held both Emma and Atherton at gunpoint. However, Tarkan Cavusgolu of Monarch's Crisis Response Unit came aboard the plane and drew his gun on Jonah. Jonah responded by tackling Tarkan and escaping onto the runway.
Monarch was able to access Jonah's phone, and upon decrypting it learned that he had access to an expansive amount of classified Monarch intelligence. The phone also contained coordinates that led directly to an abandoned Monarch outpost in Siberia. Emma, Atherton, and Tarkan headed there next, where they found a MUTO nest. Also waiting for them in the nest was Jonah, who once again drew his gun on them. Tarkan was one step ahead, however, and Jonah soon found himself surrounded by armed Monarch operatives. As Jonah was escorted away to be handed over to Russian authorities, he smugly told Emma that he would be seeing her again soon. As Emma worked to find a way to defeat MUTO Prime before it could reproduce again and bring about a global extinction event, Tarkan informed her that Jonah had somehow managed to escape Russian custody. Emma dismissed the news, claiming that what was going on now was far bigger than Alan Jonah.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- When the character was first mentioned in the official Monarch timeline on Kong: Skull Island social media accounts, his first and last names were inverted as "Jonah Alan."
- Jonah's right-hand man, Asher, is listed in the film's credits as "Asher Jonah." It is possible the two are related, possibly father and son, as Jonah seems visibly distressed when Asher is killed. However, neither the film nor its novelization comment on this.
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