Philippe Roaché is a supporting protagonist in the 1998 film GODZILLA, who also reappears in Godzilla: The Series.
Philippe was assigned by the French government to help "clean up" a "mess" the country had made as the result of nuclear testing in French Polynesia in the late 1960's. This nuclear bomb test had spawned a giant monster that by 1998 had matured and was wreaking havoc in the ocean. Philippe and his team of secret servicemen were first sent to investigate the sinking of a Japanese fishing vessel. Only one crew member survived, and Philippe went to interview him. The man was terrified and heavily irradiated, and Philippe calmly asked him what he saw. The man replied only the name "Gojira" several times. Afterwards, Philippe went to Jamaica posing as an insurance agent to get close to the wreckage of a ship that had been pulled ashore by the monster. When the monster came ashore in New York, Philippe and his team set up their operations there, monitoring the creature's movements and the United States military's handling of the situation. Eventually, Philippe abducted scientist Niko Tatopoulos, who was studying the creature, and brought him to their base of operations. Niko stressed that the monster, now dubbed "Godzilla" by the American media, had laid eggs somewhere in the city and that they would soon hatch. Philippe and his team along with Nick tracked the creature's movements under the city, and eventually found its nest inside Madison Square Garden, where it had laid hundreds of eggs. The eggs soon hatched, and the Baby Godzillas saw the human intruders as prey. Philippe and the others fled from the Baby Godzillas, but the other members of Philippe's team were killed. Eventually, Philippe and Nick encountered Nick's ex-girlfriend Audrey Timmonds and her cameraman Victor "Animal" Palotti, who had come into the Garden to get footage of Godzilla's nest. Using broadcasting equipment in the building, Audrey broadcast live footage of the Baby Godzillas to all of New York, warning about what would happen if they broke out. Colonel Hicks, the leader of the U.S. military's task force against Godzilla, ordered the Garden to be destroyed and warned Philippe and the others to escape beforehand. Philippe and the others successfully escaped the building before it was destroyed by a missile strike, destroying Godzilla's nest and all of his offspring.
However, all was not yet well as the adult Godzilla rose from under the streets and saw the ruins of his nest next to Philippe and the other humans. Enraged, Godzilla chased them across the city. Philippe hijacked a taxi cab and drove away from Godzilla with Nick and the others as passengers, and at the military's urging lured the beast onto the Brooklyn Bridge, where it was entangled in the suspension cables. With Godzilla helpless, the military sent three F-18 Hornets to attack the beast, bombarding it with missiles until it collapsed and died. His mission successful, Philippe bid farewell to his new allies and slipped away in the crowd.
Godzilla: The Series
''An Early Frost''
Philippe returned to New York after receiving orders to kill Godzilla, bringing in fellow French Secret Service agent Monique Dupre, who was stationed at H.E.A.T., to help with the mission against her coworkers. Philippe came armed with a unique chemical weapon to freeze and disintegrate the mutation, but a struggle with Randy Hernandez caused him to lose the magazine rounds. Meanwhile, Godzilla was being framed by Cameron Winter using his genetic hybrid Chameleon for recent attacks on the city. Monique vouched for Godzilla's innocence in the recent attacks and, left with only one cartridge, fired the weapon at the Chameleon, destroying it. After the incident, Philippe met with Nick again and decided that Monique would remain at H.E.A.T. indefinitely, leaving it vague to her whether it was a reward or punishment.
''Trust No One''
Philippe secretly stowed away on the H.E.A.T. Seeker to deliver information regarding the work of a rogue French scientist in the Amazon that dealt in genetic experiments, asking them through Monique to destroy the scientist's lab and research.
Phillipe in Godzilla: The Series
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