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Bernie Hayes: That's- Robo-Godzilla! Josh Valentine: Oh, no, that's...that's Mechagodzilla.
~ Josh regarding Mechagodzilla to Bernie upon seeing the robot activated.
Joshua "Josh" Valentine is one of the two tritagonists (alongside Bernie Hayes) of the 2021 monster film, Godzilla vs. Kong.
He is a friend of Madison who aids her and Bernie Hayes to investigate the source of Godzilla's erratic behavior and clear his name.
Josh is first seen arriving at Madison's house in his brother's van, somewhat reluctant in aiding her investigation on Godzilla's change of behavior. They manage to track down the conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes through his numerous purchases of bleaches, and Bernie agrees to help them since he also believes that there is a connection between Godzilla and the Apex Cybernetics facilities he was attacking.
As the group begins their search, Josh is openly critical of Bernie, deriding him as a crazed conspiracy theorist. Nevertheless, he comes along for the ride as they penetrate Sublevel 33 of the Apex facility and discover Skullcrawler eggs, before ending up a transport vessel bound for Hong Kong. In the Hong Kong facility, they discover what Bernie calls a "robo-Godzilla," but which Josh calls "Mechagodzilla." The group is eventually caught and brought before Walter Simmons, the head of Apex. They then witness him being killed by his own creation, which goes out of control and then attacks Godzilla.
Madison suggests that they need to warn Monarch about what his happening, but Josh says that they could try it to stop it themselves. He accesses the computer terminal, saying that if he can figure out the password, he can shut it down. It soon transpires, however, that Josh is not very adept, as the system simply buzzes in error at his attempt. Bernie asks if it's a password, but he admits that he's just used to pirating movies online. "Okay, go to settings," suggests Bernie. As Josh continues to try and fail to access the system, Bernie replies that he thought he was a hacker and he admits to simply having taken a course in HTML in summer camp. Bernie suggests trying "QWERTY," but this attempt only results in a security lockout.
Bernie then declares that it's bottoms-up, pulling out the flask he keeps as a memento of his lost wife, Sara Hayes. He comments that "If you've never had a drink before, now's the time..." and Josh seizes the flask, declaring "Drink. Drink!" He pours the contents of the flask on the control terminal, leading Bernie to furiously confront him about making him die sober. His idea, however, turns out to be a good one, as the control terminal briefly shorts out, shorting out Mechagodzilla with it. This temporary interruption allows Godzilla, and Kong, who has joined the fight, to get the upper-hand and destroy Mechagodzilla. Afterwards, Josh watches in awe with the group as Godzilla and Kong acknowledge each other before Godzilla retreats back into the sea.
Josh is something of an afficionado when it comes to lore regarding Godzilla. Nevertheless, he is a reluctant adventurer and finds it difficult to trust those outside the mainstream, taking to heart the assemblies he has heard. He is not afraid to express his doubts out loud and believes what he sees with his eyes. Nevertheless, there are times when he can prove surprisingly smart and street-wise, such as recognizing a shopkeeper who is motivated by money and knows more than he is telling.
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