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The top of the primordial ecosystem. A god, for all intents and purposes.
~ Graham on Godzilla.

Vivienne Graham is one of the deuteragonists of the 2014 film, Godzilla and a supporting protagonist of it's sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. She was the assistant of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa.

She was portrayed by Sally Hawkins, who also portrayed Elisa Esposito in The Shape of Water.

Biography

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Dr. Graham is a scientist employed by Monarch to search for and study giant monsters. She serves as Ishiro Serizawa's assistant. In 1999, Graham and Serizawa were called to the Philippines to investigate the collapse of a mine. While exploring the cavern below, they discovered a gigantic skeleton. Dr Graham asked Serizawa if this skeleton belonged to Godzilla, though he replied it was much older. They also discovered two parasitic spores attached to the skeleton, one of which had split open.

Fifteen years later in 2014, Dr. Graham was working with Serizawa and a team of Monarch scientists at the ruins of the Janjira power plant in Japan to study the MUTO that had hatched from the spore and attached itself to the reactor. Recently, the creature's chrysalis had become more and more unstable as the reactor was depleted, and was constantly releasing electromagnetic pulses. When Joseph Brody and his son Ford were caught trespassing in the Janjira quarantine zone, they were captured and taken to the plant by Monarch. Dr. Graham and Serizawa looked at the documents Joe Brody had with him, and noted that they were all seismic and sonic graphs taken from just before the meltdown 15 years ago, and were almost identical to the readings being currently given off by the MUTO. Suddenly, an EMP was released that disabled all of Monarch's systems, forcing Serizawa to order the MUTO destroyed. However, the fully-matured MUTO merely broke out of its cocoon and destroyed Monarch's base of operations in the plant before flying away.

The United States Navy was sent to Janjira the next morning to take over the pursuit of the MUTO from Monarch, and recruited Graham and Serizawa to their task force. At Serizawa's request, Ford and Joe Brody were brought along, though Joe passed away from injuries sustained during the MUTO's rampage. On board the USS Saratoga, Serizawa and Graham brought in Ford for questioning, offering their condolences but urging him to tell them all his father knew about the MUTO Ford told them his father was working on studying echolocation patterns being given off from the ruins of Janjira. Serizawa and Graham determined that the M.U.T.O. must have been trying to communicate with something. They then told Ford about their organization, Monarch. According to Serizawa and Graham, Monarch was formed in 1954 to study a creature called "Godzilla," who was attacking American and Soviet nuclear submarines in the South Pacific. They stated that Godzilla was an ancient alpha predator from the primordial age, and was essentially a living god. Serizawa asserted his belief that Godzilla would return to restore balance to the ecosystem by killing the MUTO.

Later, the MUTO was sighted in Hawaii in the forests outside Honolulu. The military attacked the creature, but were rendered helpless by its EMP. The Saratoga's radar began detecting a large signature approaching from underwater, causing Serizawa to run to the deck. Graham asked him to stay behind, but Serizawa told her he believed Godzilla was coming at last. From the deck, Graham and Serizawa witnessed Godzilla's huge dorsal plates approach the ship before diving underneath it, then proceeding to Honolulu. By the next day, the Saratoga was pursuing both Godzilla and the MUTO as they approached the mainland United States. While studying the MUTO's echolocation patterns, Serizawa discovered that something was actually responding to it. Dr. Graham assured him that the other spore found in the Philippines was dead and dormant and couldn't be responding. A military team was sent to the nuclear waste repository in Nevada where the spore had been taken, only to discover that a larger second MUTO had broken free of the facility. Watching the creature's rampage on video feeds, Graham and Serizawa determined that this MUTO was a female and was preparing to meet up with the mature male and reproduce. The military formed a desperate plan to use a nuclear warhead to lure the MUTOs to an island off the coast of California, knowing Godzilla would follow, and then detonate it to kill all three creatures at once. Graham and Serizawa pleaded for the military to abort the plan, knowing it would not work, but were denied.

After the male MUTO retrieved the warhead from the military and built a nest with the female in the heart of San Francisco, Graham and Serizawa were sent to a base camp outside Oakland. There, the military formed a team to try and retrieve the warhead while Godzilla battled both MUTOs. They then watched and waited helplessly as the operation was undertaken. The next morning, after the warhead was disposed of and both MUTO killed, Graham and Serizawa were present observing the fallen Godzilla in sadness. However, Godzilla was merely unconscious and woke up. Graham and Serizawa then watched in awe and joy as Godzilla approached the sea and roared victoriously before disappearing beneath the waves.

In 2016, Graham led an effort to build a containment and research facility around an extraordinary, but dormant creature in the Antarctic. Her classified field notes contained the mysterious footnote: "The devil has three heads."

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Graham attended a hearing before Senate members with Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Sam Coleman, in order to justify Monarch's continued existence and its preservation of the Titans. Senator Williams of Hawaii was of the opinion the military should take away jurisdiction over the Titans from Monarch and simply eliminate them. Graham and Serizawa both protested, saying they should coexist with the Titans who were there to protect them, such as Godzilla. Graham described it as a sort of "symbiotic relationship," though Williams was not convinced by this. Graham received a telephone call informing her that Dr. Emma Russell and her daughter Madison had been kidnapped along with the sonar device the Orca after armed terrorists attacked Outpost 61 in China. She quickly informed Serizawa and the two made their way out of the chamber, prompting Williams to yell after them. Dr. Coleman tried to distract the Senators with a video clip on Titan reproduction as he caught up with the others.

Graham, Serizawa, and Coleman arrived at Dr. Mark Russell's cabin in Colorado in an Osprey to inform him of the situation. They showed him footage of the kidnapping and apologized for what happened. Mark regretfully said he should have been there for his family, but was angered when he saw that the Orca was taken along with them, as he objected to its existence. The doctors told Mark that whatever the case, the Orca had fallen into the wrong hands and it was their job to get it back along with Emma and Madison. Mark boarded the Osprey with the others, and spoke with Dr. Graham during the journey. Eventually, the Osprey reached Outpost 54: Castle Bravo. Graham headed a briefing with all of the other Monarch personnel, giving them all of the known information about the abduction. She revealed that the culprit was none other than Alan Jonah, a former British Army colonel-turned radical eco-terrorist. Shortly after the briefing, Godzilla began to swim toward the Outpost. Graham watched as the base lowered its weapons and shields at Mark's urging to signal to Godzilla that they were not a threat. Dr. Coleman asked about the blue glow emanating from Godzilla, which Graham replied was an intimidation display, akin to a gorilla pounding its chest. Godzilla eventually ceased this display before charging past the base. Mark asked Monarch to track his trajectory, which revealed his destination: Antarctica.

Aboard Monarch's flagship the USS Argo, Graham and Serizawa explained what lay in Outpost 32. It was a huge apex predator that was likely a rival alpha to Godzilla, with Graham heading the team that discovered it frozen in the ice. Emma only called this Titan "Monster Zero." Graham accompanied the other members of Monarch and G-Team aboard an Osprey that landed in front of the Outpost. She watched G-Team venture inside on a monitor, and witnessed as they were ambushed by Jonah's men. She remained behind as Mark rushed in to save his family. When Emma detonated the explosives planted in the ice by Jonah's men, the Outpost collapsed into the ice and from it rose the three-headed Monster Zero. When Godzilla arrived to challenge Monster Zero, their battle sent the Osprey with Dr. Graham smashing into a crack in the ice. Mark became entangled in wires as the other scientists escaped the craft, but Graham remained behind to help free Mark. The two then ran for their lives, only for Monster Zero to bite down on the ice, swallowing Graham whole. Serizawa fell to his knees in grief in response to this.

Later, as the survivors discussed what to do next aboard the Argo, Serizawa quietly grieved for his long-time assistant, whom he had personally recruited into Monarch himself. However, Graham was later avenged when Godzilla defeated and killed Monster Zero, known as Ghidorah, with thermonuclear pulses, allowing him to become the king of the titans.

Personality

Since her recruitment into Monarch, Vivienne was always eager about studying the unknown and started to develop a deep respect for the Titans' roles in the global ecosystem. Her personality appears quite similar to Dr. Serizawa, whom she intellectually equals and has a nigh-inseparable relationship with, although she has a more soft-spoken demeanor. She takes the role of monologuing when she and Serizawa are explaining Monarch's purpose to Ford Brody, and during the meeting summarizing Alan Jonah's attack on Outpost 61. Among her colleagues and those she's close to, she is compassionate, outgoing and a good friend. She tends to be considerate of others' feelings, expressing sympathies when she and Serizawa went to Ford Brody and Mark Russell respectively. In the latter case, she took time out getting Mark to open up about what happened between him and Emma after Andrew's deaths, showing kindness and that her consideration of others' feelings isn't merely professionalism.

She appears to have a slightly weaker mental constitution than Serizawa when shell-shocked by the female MUTO's awakening. Despite this, after Admiral Stenz elected to attempt nuking Godzilla and the MUTOs and then silently commanded her to leave, from her body language she was visibly furious. She was aghast at the aforementioned plan and deemed it crazy, and before the bomb disposal mission into San Francisco, she seemed visibly disappointed by the military's folly and what had come of it after they hadn't taken her and Serizawa's advice more seriously.

Relationships

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Ghidorah

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Mark Russell

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Emma Russell

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Ford Brody

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Ishiro Serizawa

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Madison Russell

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William Stenz

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Trivia

  • Vivienne's Monarch file sheds further details about her background:
    • Her current residence when she died was 4 Broadwick Street, London.
    • Her blood type is O-negative.
    • She graduated from Imperial College London with an MSci degree in Geology and Geophysics, and from the University of Oxford with a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences.
    • In 2003, she was promoted from head paleozoologist to senior paleozoologist at Monarch.

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