Ishiro Serizawa

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Legendary Pictures Character
Ishiro Serizawa in Godzilla (2014)
Ishiro Serizawa
Species Human
Nationality Japanese
Affiliation(s) Monarch
Occupation Biologist
Related to Eiji Serizawa (father)
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla (2014) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Played by Ken Watanabe
The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around.

— Ishiro Serizawa (Godzilla)

Ishiro Serizawa (芹沢猪四郎,   Serizawa Ishirō) is a Monarch biologist who first appeared in the 2014 Godzilla film, Godzilla. He will return in the film's sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Serizawa was born and raised in Hiroshima by his father Eiji, who instilled in him to respect man's harmony with nature from an early age. Having studied at both the University of Tokyo and Oxford, he grew to become a revered figure in the scientific community. In 1981, Serizawa joined Monarch, following the footsteps of his father who was one of the organization's founding figures. There, he quickly devoted himself to studying MUTOs, Godzilla in particular. In 1997 he met Vivienne Graham while at a speaking engagement at Oxford and took her under his wing in Monarch. Both he and his new assistant were summoned to the Philippines in 1999 to investigate a Titan skeleton unearthed in a mine, setting off a chain of events which led to the clash between Godzilla and two MUTOs in San Francisco in 2014, an incident in which Serizawa and Monarch would play a major role.


Dr. Serizawa is a somewhat stoic individual with a deep respect for the organisms he studies. He is very critical of the human race, particularly their attempts to dominate the planet and their scant regard for the rest of nature. As a reminder of humanity's destructive potential, he carries with him his father's pocket watch, which had stopped ticking because of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. He believes Godzilla's existence is in the good of nature, as he appears to restore balance when it is disrupted.

According to Serizawa's personnel file, he is a reclusive man, even among his closest colleagues in Monarch. It is known that he enjoys the works of Wagner and the poetry of Matsuo Basho.



Godzilla (2014)

In 1999, Serizawa and his assistant Dr. Vivienne Graham were called to the Philippines to investigate a collapsed mine. There, they discovered the skeleton of a long-dead member of Godzilla's species along with two giant spores, one of which had hatched.

In the fifteen years following the incident at the Janjira power plant, Serizawa, Graham and a team of Monarch scientists studied the male MUTO while it was cocooned and feeding on the plant's reactor. After the MUTO broke free from its cocoon and destroyed Monarch's research facility, Serizawa and Graham were taken aboard the USS Saratoga to help the U.S. military, under the command of Admiral Willian Stenz, hunt and destroy the MUTO. After discovering that Godzilla had resurfaced, Serizawa believed that he had risen to kill the MUTO, which was his kind's natural enemy. Serizawa was proven correct when Godzilla swam underneath the Saratoga and confronted the MUTO in Honolulu. After Godzilla and the MUTO both left Honolulu, Serizawa began studying the MUTO's echolocation patterns more carefully. Serizawa concluded that the MUTO was communicating with a female --the dormant spore-- which at this point was moved to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada. A team of soldiers was sent to the facility in Nevada and discovered that the female had already hatched and was attacking Las Vegas. When the military formed a plan to lure all three monsters offshore and try to kill them with a nuclear warhead, Serizawa protested, claiming that the bomb would have no effect on the monsters and that Godzilla was only there to kill the MUTOs and restore balance. Serizawa's pleas fell on deaf ears however and the military carried out the plan, which failed after the male MUTO stole the armed warhead and delivers it to the female at their nest in the center of San Francisco. After this, Admiral Stenz agreed to Dr. Serizawa's plan to withdraw military effort to destroying the MUTO and let Godzilla handle them. After Stenz refocused military efforts to extracting the bomb, Serizawa told an extraction team that the MUTOs had likely laid eggs underground and were keeping the warhead there.

After the battle, Serizawa and Graham gathered around the seemingly dead body of Godzilla in the ruins of San Francisco. When Godzilla stirred and returned to the ocean, Serizawa looked up in joy as the monster he had dedicated so many years of his life to studying returned to his home in peace.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

To be added.


Godzilla: Awakening

Ishiro Serizawa was born in 1945, before the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, to a Japanese sailor and his wife. Ishiro's father found his son alone in the ruins of Hiroshima and left him with his grandparents in Kyoto for the next several years.

In 1980, Ishiro went to visit his father in Tokyo, after he had called him urgently. His father began telling him things he said he would tell him when he was older: that he didn't work for a cargo company; instead he worked for a secretive government unit. His father told Ishiro about Shinomura and Godzilla. Ishiro attended his father's funeral the next year in 1981, where he was approached by Shaw, a former colleague of his father's. Knowing why Shaw was there, Ishiro said he was ready and joined Monarch.

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

In 1995, while arguing with his father over the 1973 Skull Island expedition being kept secret by Monarch, Aaron Brooks angrily accused his father of being just like Serizawa, naively believing that giant monsters should be left to maintain the balance of nature by themselves.

Godzilla: Aftershock

To be added.




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22 days ago
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Serizawa’s pretty much the only good character in Godzilla 2014.


15 days ago
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Bryan Cranston’s chapter was SUPPOSED to get good characterization but........he died.

Titan of Water

5 months ago
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I love Serizawa


24 months ago
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Hopefully he returns in Godzilla: King of the Monsters!


12 months ago
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He is returning with Vivienne Graham for the sequel.
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