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- "I don't control the raptors, it's a relationship. Based on mutual respect."
- —Owen describing his relationship to the raptors.(src)
Owen Grady was a dinosaur researcher employed by Jurassic World, and one of two main protagonists in Jurassic World, the other being Claire Dearing. He conducted a behavioral research on Velociraptors.
In 2013, after discovering that the pack dynamic of Velociraptor was more complex than previously thought, he recommended his old friend Barry to Vic Hoskins to help in the training of the raptors. Barry was eventually hired as trainer and caretaker of the raptors.
Skirmish in the Raptor Paddock
During the training of Blue's pack and just before the Isla Nublar Incident of 2015, a new worker to the paddock accidentally fell inside the enclosure of the Velociraptors when he was trying to rescue a stray pig. Owen quickly rushed inside the paddock despite his fellow trainer Barry not wanting him to as the raptors cornered the worker. After commanding the Raptor Paddock's security not to fire their taser rifles, Owen confronted his pack allowing Barry to drag Leon out of the enclosure and Owen calmed down his raptors.
Three weeks before the Indominus rex Paddock became open to the public, he was offered a job by Claire Dearing to check the paddock for any security breaches. He went to visit the paddock with Claire only to find the Indominus rex not in her paddock, believing the claw marks on the paddock's wall to be evidence that she escaped. So he, Ellis, and the paddock's supervisor, Nick, went inside to investigate. To their horror, they discovered that the Indominus was still in her enclosure and had set a trap for them.
He evaded the hybrid by hiding under a crane just outside the paddock and cutting the fuel tank to cover his scent, but the two men he was with were killed by the I. rex. Afterward, he traveled to the Control Room where he watches the progress of two Asset Containment Unit teams called to capture the hybrid, only for nearly all of them to be slaughtered by the creature. Concerned for the whereabouts of her two nephews, Claire asked Owen to go with her to the Gyrosphere Valley to go and look for them.
He accepted her request and the two drove to the attraction in Mercedes 05 where they found a damaged Gyrosphere 07 as well as 6 Apatosaurus, 5 of which were dead and one they witnessed dying. Owen noticed that none of the Apatosaurs showed signs of having been eaten and concluded that the Indominus rex was killing for sport. They then went into Isla Nublar's Restricted Area to search for the Mitchell brothers after finding their footprints in the mud on top of a waterfall. They soon ran inside the abandoned Visitor Center made for Jurassic Park upon hearing the engine of an automobile nearby.
Once he and Claire were inside they discovered that the boys had repaired one of the old Jeep Wrangler Staff Vehicles that was being kept in the garage. But while they were in the old center, the Indominus rex discovered them and began to chase them. However, her hunt of the two humans ended when the hybrid became distracted by the approaching helicopter JW001 that was trying to kill her. Owen and Claire then witnessed the deaths of Simon Masrani and the passengers of JW001 as well as the fleeing pterosaurs that followed. As the two saw the pterosaurs flying through the breach in the dome, they fled to the trees for cover.
Owen and Claire headed to Main Street and he started shooting the pterosaurs along with the Asset Containment Unit. Owen was attacked by a Dimorphodon that tried to kill Owen, leading Claire to grab his rifle and shoot the pterosaur to put it to sleep. They then kissed each other in the street.
Owen headed back to the Raptor Research Arena and found out that Vic Hoskins planned to use Blue, Charlie, Echo and Delta to attack the Indominus. Owen, at first, hated this idea but then decided it was the only way. After he lured the raptors with the tracker the I. rex clawed out and rode his Triumph Scrambler motorcycle along the raptors, where they found the Indominus. However, she communicated with the raptors and became the alpha of their pack as Owen realized the I. rex has Velociraptor DNA. As the leader of the pack, she commanded the raptors that were under her control to attack the humans that came with them and were in the area, to which they followed this order. After Charlie killed an InGen Security Division trooper, she saw Owen who refused to shoot her. Seconds later, one of the InGen troopers fired a missile launcher at her, killing Charlie, much to Owen's sadness. He then distracted Blue from attacking Barry who had run to a nearby log to evade her.
Upon regrouping with Claire, Zach and Gray at the Innovation Center, Owen, Claire and the boys made their way into Henry Wu's lab, only to find some InGen Security personnel taking all of Wu's hybrid embryos during the evacuation protocol. They eventually found and confronted Hoskins, who confessed his involvement with the incident and his plans to have some dinosaurs weaponized for the military with Wu's collaboration, including a planned, scaled-down version of the I. rex. Before he could continue, however, Delta, having stealthily followed Claire and her nephews, appeared. Owen, Claire and the Mitchell brothers were then forced to flee after the raptor killed Hoskins, who failed at trying to calm her down by copying Owen's hand gesture.
Later, upon exiting the Innovation Center, Owen's group were cornered by Blue, Echo, and Delta in Main Street. Owen managed to calm Blue down long enough for him to remove the head-mounted camera from her head, thereby regaining the raptor's trust. When the I. rex suddenly appeared and ordered the raptors to kill the remaining humans, Blue, and her packmates had a change of heart and decided to protect Owen from the hybrid. The I. rex retaliated by smacking Blue into a concrete wall for her defiance, seemingly killing her. Having regained his position as their alpha, Owen commanded Echo and Delta to attack the I. rex, while he provided cover fire. Unfortunately, Echo and Delta were overpowered and defeated by the I. rex in the ensuing fight; with Delta being incinerated after being thrown into the steakhouse's grill, and Echo getting tossed away.
With his raptors dead, Owen now shifted his focus on protecting Claire's nephews, while she, due to a realization from Gray, went to summon the park's Tyrannosaurus rex from her paddock to fight the I. rex. Owen and her nephews barely escaped the attack from the two giant theropods, and the T. rex was also overpowered by the hybrid. However, before the I. rex could kill her, they witnessed the surprise return of Blue, having managed to survive her earlier attack, and both the raptor and the T. rex teamed up to attack the hybrid head on, while Owen, Claire and her nephews tried to evade the battle. After being flung to the edge of the park's lagoon where the T. rex and Blue cornered her, the I. rex eventually met her demise when the park's resident Mosasaurus jumped out of the water and dragged her under the wave. The T. rex decided to spare Blue's life, and Owen decided to release her into the wild.
In the hanger on the Costa Rican mainland, Owen was tending to some of the survivors before turning to Claire. When Claire asked what should they do now, Owen insisted that they should probably stick together "for survival," before they leave together.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Owen Grady is confirmed to return to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
After the incident, Owen becomes a recluse and moves to the mountainside, where he is singlehandedly constructing a cabin. As a result, he and Claire broke up again, as she went on to create the Dinosaur Protection Group and knew Owen was trying to run away from what transpored three years prior. Some time after their split, Claire tries to recruit Owen in relocating the last Velociraptor, Blue, with whom he shared a close relationship with, to a sanctuary for dinosaurs. However, Owen, wishing to sever his connections to Jurrasic World, initially acts indifferently at the news of Blue’s survival and Claire’s warnings that Blue will perish, since the island was about to explode. Despite this, he ends up accompanying Claire out of concern for Blue and lingering feelings for Claire.
Back on the island, Owen manages to find Blue but is betrayed by Eli Mills's men. They shoot Blue and sedate Owen, leaving him alone in the wild while they cart Blue back to the ship. Owen wakes up and finds Claire Dearing and Franklin Webb as the island explodes. The three of them sneak onto the ship carrying the dinosaurs as it's leaving the island. They learn that the dinosaurs are being taken back to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Together, Claire and Owen drive to the Lockwood Manor to stop the auction but are apprehended by Eli's men. They are locked up and fail to stop the auction. Owen comes up with the idea to have the Stygimoloch next to them knock the wall down and the two of them escape. They run into Maisie Lockwood and together they go to the auction room. Owen leaves the girls behind as he goes to stop the auction with the help of the Stygimoloch. He reunites with the girls but they run into Eli. Owen learns that Maisie is a clone of Benjamin Lockwood's daughter. The Indoraptor, having escaped, attacks and chases them around the main floor of the manor.
Maisie gets separated from Owen and Claire. Claire is hurt by tells Owen to go after Maisie. He takes the gun and runs after her. He finds Maisie in her room with the Indoraptor poised to attack. He fires at the dinosaur but it does nothing and just as the Indoraptor is going to attack Owen, Blue appears. The two dinosaurs have it out while Owen and Maisie escape out the window. The Indoraptor comes after them and corners Owen and Maisie on the edge of the roof. Claire comes up behind him and prompts the dinosaur to attack by pointing a laser at Owen. The Indoraptor goes after him but the rooftop breaks and it almost falls through. It pulls itself back up and goes for Owen again until Blue arrives and pushes the Indoraptor through the opening. The three of them go downstairs and learn that the dinosaurs are dying due to the ventilation being broken. Claire goes to set them free but Owen is against it. Claire doesn't do it and is resolved to let them die but Maisie isn't and opens the doors anyway. Thereby releasing the dinosaurs out into the world.
Later, Owen says goodbye to Blue before she ventures out into the wilderness. Owen, Claire, and Maisie are later seen driving down a high way to an unknown destination.
Personality and Traits
Owen is openly confident and headstrong with a strong sense of justice for all life forms. He tends to be highly empathetic with the wildlife of Jurassic World, more so than other park staff. He sees his raptor pack as his family instead of just trained animals and knows how to handle them carefully. He comes off as very down to Earth and was openly confused as to why a genetically-engineered hybrid would be necessary to attract attention more than the existing dinosaurs in the park. Despite this, Owen demonstrates little regard or respect for authority, especially when he realizes they are acting in poor sense. This often put him at odds with both Claire Dearing, Simon Masrani, and Vic Hoskins, who refused to listen to him after the Indominus rex had escaped until the situation had reached critical levels.
Owen's weapon of choice was a scoped Marlin Model 1895SBL lever action rifle. He carried it during the Isla Nublar Incident of 2015, but never fired it until the fight between his Velociraptor pack and the Indominus.
Owen is known to have been friends with fellow Raptor trainer Barry. They had known each other for before working together. Despite never speaking the language, Owen is able to hold a conversation with Barry when the latter speaks in French.
At some point in their lives, Owen and Claire once went on a date. As Owen states, she was too demanding and uptight and it was this reason why he never continued to date her. But he still seems to be interested in her as he attempted to flirt with her when she traveled to his bungalow to offer him a job. Despite this, Owen and Claire initially held little respect for one another; Claire felt Owen was all talk and did not truly understand the situation brought on by the Indominus' escape, while Owen felt Claire was a hopeless human being who gave more thought to her job than living creatures. During the pterosaurs' attack on Main Street, Claire saved him from a Dimorphodon that tried to kill him, and he thanked her with a passionate kiss. After all the visitors of Jurassic World are safely evacuated to the mainland, Owen and Claire decided that they should stay together "for survival." Their relationship presumably restarted at the end of the Isla Nublar incident.
While Vic Hoskins believes that by controlling the raptors, they can use them as weapons, Owen held his belief that raptors are never to be controlled and forbids Vic to let the raptors out. But when Masrani was killed, their rivalry grew as Hoskins gains control and orders Owen to let the raptors loose. He was even more outraged when he learns that Hoskins plans to use the dinosaur embryos from Henry Wu's lab to make new dinosaurs for war and combat. According to Hoskins' Lego profile, he secretly wants to steal Owen's research to make a profit.
After he and Claire escaped with help, they spotted Maisie. As Owen and Claire calmed the distressed Maisie down, she recognized Owen as the raptor man she saw in the training videos in the lab. Owen, along with Claire, bond with the girl and they work to protect her from Mills, his mercenaries and the Indoraptor. Even when he learns that Maisie is the clone of Lockwood's deceased daughter, Owen, along with Claire, accepted her as a person regardless of her origins.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Owen is a playable character in the video game LEGO Jurassic World. He is first unlocked upon completing the level "Welcome to Jurassic World" and his survivor skin is unlocked by completing the level "Under Attack". He is able to cut vines and ropes with his knife, dig through dinosaur dung, and can camouflage himself.
A variant of him with the attire he wore when Claire offered him a job at the Indominus rex Paddock is available as DLC for the game.
Owen Grady appears in Jurassic World: The Game to provide missions for the player.
Owen is a playable character in LEGO Dimensions, but he can only be unlocked by purchasing the Jurassic World team pack for the game. He wields a knife as his weapon in the game.
A figure with Owen Grady will be included in the "Jurassic World Vehicle Battle Pack Set" of the toy line.
A 1:6th scale action figure of Owen made by Chronicle Collectibles is set to be released in 2016.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (toy line)
Owen appears as a standalone figure in the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom toy line, along with Blue and a baby version of her, in three sets.
Behind the scenes
- A popular fan theory is that Owen Grady is the Volunteer Boy at the Dig Site in Jurassic Park who Dr. Alan Grant scares after he calls a recently uncovered Velociraptor "a six-foot turkey".
- In a deleted scene from Jurassic World, Owen reveals he has little respect for humanity as a species, declaring humans as "overrated". He expresses his feelings that socializing with other humans only complicates one's life, seemingly sympathizing with the choices Claire had made leading up to her distancing herself from her family. This is seemingly incongruent with Owen's other interactions with Claire, in which he criticizes her for her coldness towards her nephews, and therefore, is not canon to his character.
- In an interview with the director of the film: Colin Trevorrow, it was mentioned that the original protagonist was named Vance, who eventually evolved to become Owen Grady.
- ↑ http://www.jurassicworld.org/index.php?id=214#comments
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 Jurassic World
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 HELP
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 IndieWire - Director of 'Jurassic World' Reveals Omar Sy's Role in the Film + Whether His Character Dies (March 6, 2015) Retrieved from http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/director-of-jurassic-world-reveals-omar-sys-role-in-the-film-whether-his-character-dies-20150306
- ↑ LEGO. Hoskins - Characters - Jurassic World LEGO.com. Retrieved from http://www.lego.com/en-us/jurassicworld/characters/hoskins-0c11e1b84310427f8cf1c452025bb33c
- ↑ JurassicWorld.org - Toy Fair brings first official details and pictures from Hasbro 2016 Jurassic World Dino Hybrid line! (Febuary 12, 2016) Retrieved from http://www.jurassicworld.org/?id=386#comments
- ↑ JurassicWorld.rog - EXCLUSIVE: Chronicle Collectibles to debut Dr Alan Grant & Owen Grady 1:6th Scale Figures! (January 20, 2016) Retrieved from http://www.jurassicworld.org/index.php?id=378#comments
- ↑ https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/original-jurassic-world-script-reveals-bryce-dallas-howard-was-almost-the-big-bad