The Real Villains in Each ‘Jurassic Park’ Movie

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Henry Wu (BD Wong) in his office in 'Jurassic World' (2015)

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We’re now almost six movies deep into the long-running Jurassic Park franchise, with Jurassic World: Dominion hitting theaters in June next year. And while we’ve seen plenty of prehistoric villains eating tourists, game hunters, civilians, and parkgoers, we’ve also had our fair share of the human variety too.

‘End-boss’ dinosaurs might be one of many signature experiences when it comes to a Jurassic Park movie, whether it’s Spinosaurus, Indominus Rex, Indoraptor, or T-Rex (or two for that matter), but so are the likes of disgruntled employees, greedy heirs, corrupt financiers, and ambitious security heads!

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However, we think there’s at least one secret villain in each movie who is much less obvious – in fact, you could say they’re hiding in plain sight! With that said, these characters aren’t actually villains, as their motivations and intentions usually come from a good place.

But action speaks louder than words. And as Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) tells us in Jurassic Park III, “Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions…” While Jurassic Park and Jurassic World were destined to fail, there are some characters who definitely didn’t help matters!

So here are the ‘real’ villains in each Jurassic Park movie!

Henry Wu – Jurassic Park

Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) is the main antagonist in the original Jurassic Park – besides the raptors, of course. The miserable computer programmer decides that he’s underpaid, so sets a plan in motion that involves stealing 15 viable dinosaur embryos for rival company BioSyn, and as we know, this involves shutting power down across the entire Park!

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But we think the real villain of the movie is Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong). While this might come as no surprise, seeing as Wu is established as one of the main villains in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, he’s portrayed as nothing more than one of InGen’s leading scientists in the original film.

In the Jurassic Park novel, however, Wu is as wicked as they come, motivated by his need to be recognized for having recreated extinct life. Sure, he might not be solely responsible for Jurassic Park, but having since learned more about his character in the sequels, we can’t help but now look at him as a new-age Dr. Frankenstein!

Nick Van Owen – The Lost World: Jurassic Park

There are many villains in the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which sees a small company of game hunters arrive at Isla Sorna intent on capturing dinosaurs and taking them back to the mainland. But the film’s main villain is John Hammond’s nephew Peter Ludlow (Arliss Howard), who has been appointed the new head of InGen.

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“Now you’re John Hammond,” Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) tells Ludlow, when the t-rex breaks free from the SS Venture in San Diego, before wreaking havoc in the city. But the truth is that Ludlow isn’t the only person responsible for all the deaths in the movie – the other is one of the film’s heroes, Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn).

The scene in which Kelly Malcolm (Vanessa Lee Chester) drop-kicks a raptor is one of many scenes fans hate in the Jurassic Park movies, but why does getting Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff) killed by bringing an infant rex to camp, and enabling InGen to take the rex to San Diego after tampering with a hunter’s rifle, not skew one’s views of Nick?!

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Paul and Amanda Kirby – Jurassic Park III

There are many things that don’t make sense in Jurassic Park III, and one of them is the fact that it doesn’t have any human villains (well, not officially). Throughout the movie, Alan and the team are pursued by a territorial spinosaur and a pack of angry raptors who want their eggs back, but there are no mustache-twirling baddies in sight!

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There are two pretty ‘bad eggs’ in the movie, though (one of whom even has a mustache). Divorced couple Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H Macy and Tea Leoni) are searching for their son Eric (Trevor Morgan), who becomes stranded on Site B earlier on in the movie while parasailing with his stepfather. A good enough reason to go to the island? Of course.

But do they have to hoodwink Alan Grant into joining them on their trip, promising him the money they don’t have? Using a megaphone in a dinosaur-infested jungle to look for their son and getting two of their own people killed? Or how about releasing pteranodons and laughing about it as they fly off into the sunset? Need we say more?!

Simon Masrani – Jurassic World

While we’re almost at the top of our list, let it be said that just because we consider many of these characters ‘villains’, that doesn’t mean we don’t like any of them. Come to think of it, we love almost every character in the Jurassic Park franchise (maybe with the exception of Sarah Harding from The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amanda Kirby from Jurassic Park III…).

Jurassic World Simon Masrani
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Unfortunately, we think Simon Masrani (the late Irrfan Khan) qualifies for being a villain of sorts within the Jurassic Park series. He might be a pretty cool character, with his snappy outfits and ability to fly a chopper into battle against dinosaurs, but he’s actually responsible for more than you might realize in Jurassic World.

Masrani might not be the one who frees the Indominus Rex (that would be Claire and Owen), nor does he wish to train raptors for combat like Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), but he did recklessly sign off on the creation of the hybrid in the first place, which Henry Wu, of all people, has to remind him of!

Claire and Owen – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

There are many villains in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, including Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), Henry Wu, Ken Wheatley (Ted Levine), mercenaries, and of course the half-man, half-beast known as the Indoraptor. So surely,  by contrast alone, everyone else is good then? Not quite.

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While Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) are of course tricked by Mills into locating and obtaining Blue the raptor, their actions do ultimately lead to the dinosaurs being released onto the mainland (they also weren’t keeping an eye on Maisie!). And Mills is the only person in the film who’s honest enough to point out just how bad they are!

Seeing as we let them get away with freeing the Indominus Rex in Jurassic World, it wouldn’t seem right to let them off the hook again. In fact, it’s baffling that fan-favorite character Ian Malcolm (who hates being right all the time) argues that dinosaurs should be left to die when the film’s ‘heroes’ – the ones we’re expected to get behind – are doing the complete opposite!

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Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters on June 10, 2022. The movie will see the return of Claire, Owen, and original characters Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm. Even Rexy will be making a comeback, as teased in the epic prologue that recently premiered on YouTube. At this point, it’s fair to say she’s more of a hero than Owen and Claire!

Who do you think are the ‘unsung’ villains of the Jurassic Park movies?

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