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Robert Muldoon
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Appearances

Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park (novel)

Portrayed by

Bob Peck

Role

Game Warden

Status

Alive (novel canon)
Deceased (film canon)

"Clever Girl..."

- Robert's famous last words

Robert Muldoon was Jurassic Park's game warden. He was also the warden at John Hammond's park in Kenya. He was shown to be proficient with weaponry and was a skilled hunter. He was portrayed in the film as a cautious man and a bit of an alarmist. It can be assumed that he had worked with Hammond for a considerable amount of time and had gained Hammond's confidence as Hammond trusted him enough to let him bring back his grandchildren.

Jurassic Park (Novel)Edit

"Raptors are smart. Very smart. Believe me, all the problems we have so far are nothing compared with what we'd have if the raptors ever got out of their holding pen." - Robert Muldoon

In the novel, Robert Muldoon was an alcoholic. He was a famous white hunter from Nairobi and a consultant for wildlife preserves and zoos. As far as appearance, he was burly, with deep blue eyes and a steel gray mustache. He was fifty during the Jurassic Park incident and wore khakis. He was frequently at odds with his coworkers, especially the idealistic John Hammond. This was mostly due to Muldoon's own realistic view on Velociraptors and overall unromantic view of animals. Muldoon also disagreed with Hammond's irrational stance on the minimal amount of weapons present on the island. Hammond only permitted Muldoon to have one lethal LAW rocket launcher and another nonlethal custom-made tranquilizer on the island when he threatened to quit.

Muldoon's favorite time of the day was at 7 PM when the quartz lights lit up the park. His catchphrase, repeated to Donald Gennaro three times in the novel,
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The M72 LAW that Muldoon carries

was "Like to live dangerously?" He killed at least two raptors and the adult tyrannosaur during the course of the novel. He strongly disliked Dennis Nedry and even said "There is justice in the world after all," when he found Nedry's disemboweled body by the Jungle River. When searching for Hammond's grandchildren, Muldoon rescued Ian Malcolm and found Ed Regis' severed leg; he also concluded that Alan Grant and the children were still alive after he examined the wreckage of the attacked Land Cruisers.

After the power to the fences was restored, he and the maintenance crew went to repair the fences. It was then discovered that the adult Tyrannosaurus had made its way into the sauropod paddock. When Muldoon returned to the Visitor Center late that night, Hammond expected him to go out and retrieve the rex. Muldoon promptly refused, as there were no suitable weapons available for the job. This argument quickly escalated into a shouting match between him and Hammond outside of the control room. The next day, after Muldoon and Gennaro had found the rocket launcher that Nedry had taken, Muldoon successfully tranquilized the rex with great enthusiasm. He stated that he had wanted to "stick a needle" in the rex for a long time.

Soon afterward, John Arnold realized that the park had been running on backup power after the shutdown. The backup power did not generate enough power to keep the electrified fences in the park running; this included the fences of the raptor paddock. When Muldoon heard this, he quickly took charge, sending Arnold to the maintenance shed to restore the park systems. He told Wu to wait in the control room and start up the computer when the power returned and sent Hammond and Gennaro to the lodge with the others. Gennaro, although hesitant, decided to accompany Muldoon as he escorted Arnold to the shed. The three of them were separated when Muldoon blew up one of the Velociraptors with his rocket launcher and was subsequently pursued by a pack of raptors into a large drainage pipe. Hearing the noise of the raptors' attack on Muldoon over the radio, Malcolm commented that it sounded like a war out there. Muldoon eventually made it back to the Safari Lodge where Hammond, Wu, Sattler, Malcolm, and Gerry Harding were staying.

Later, Muldoon and Ellie Sattler attempted to bait the raptors to the lodge, so that Grant could turn on the power. Sattler was annoyed by Muldoon's drunken humor when he called out to the raptors "Dinner is served!" while attempting to attract them to the lodge. He also called Sattler "girl", which she is offended by. He accompanied the group to the raptors' nest later and made sure that Gennaro followed Grant and Sattler into the nest, even going to the extent of threatening him with a shock prod. He was later rescued by a helicopter where he gave the others the news of Hammond's death and Malcolm's alleged death. Robert Muldoon made it out of Jurassic Park with only a minor injury. Most likely, Muldoon was held up in Costa Rica with the other survivors until the government officials were finished questioning him.

Jurassic Park (Film)Edit

In the movie he was not shown to be an alcoholic, and was more serious than his novel counterpart. The film's script described him as being "grim-faced, fortyish and British; someone whose voice commanded attention." Muldoon expressed great concern over the Raptors, significantly as a result of one of his workers, Jophery, being killed by a Velociraptor when they were transferring it into the raptor pen. He was concerned for the safety of the guests as well, and was worried that a tropical storm a few miles away would hit Isla Nublar. John Hammond described him as being a bit of an alarmist, but knowing more about raptors than anyone.

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Muldoon with his preferred SPAS-12

When the power went out around the island, Hammond requested that Muldoon go out and find his grandchildren for him. Muldoon took up the task, accompanied by Ellie Satter, who was concerned about Alan Grant's safety. When he and Ellie arrived at the T. rex paddock, they were astonished to find that the tyrannosaur had broken out of its pen, severely damaged one of the tour cars, and disappeared into the forest. After finding the grisly remains of Gennaro, they looked through the debris further and found an injured Ian Malcolm. Muldoon put Malcolm in the Jeep, while Ellie searched frantically for the first Park drive Land cruiser. Muldoon impatiently called to Ellie to hurry up, as the Tyrannosaurus could "wander in and out of any paddock it liked" with the electrified fences offline. At that moment, Ellie found the other Land cruiser, battered and tossed off the road and into the tyrannosaur paddock. They hurried down towards it, but Grant, Lex and Tim were already gone. The only clue to their whereabouts were their footprints, which led out into the park.
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Muldoon explains the vicious behavior of the raptors

It was around this time that Malcolm started to hear the familiar footsteps of the Tyrannosaurus rex;;. He yelled for Ellie and Muldoon, who were just coming up from below the security moat, the Tyrannosaurus bursting through the trees after them. After a lengthy chase from the T. rex, the trio made it back to the Visitor's Center, where Muldoon and Sattler tended to Malcolm's wounded leg, giving him a dose of morphine.
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Muldoon heading to the shed

Sometime Sunday morning, Muldoon, Hammond, Arnold, Malcolm, and Sattler gathered in the control room. The situation looked bleak; Arnold still had not gotten past Nedry's bug, and Malcolm was in need of medical attention. Hammond suggested a calculated risk: turn off the main switch, turning off all the systems in the park, thereby erasing everything that Nedry did. Arnold was against the idea, feeling that there was no assurance that the system would restart. Muldoon suggested that they put the Lysine Contingency into effect, which would kill all of the dinosaurs in the park within 24 hours. His suggestion was denied harshly by Hammond and the choice was made to switch off the power. After seeing that the systems did in fact turn back on to their start-up screen, Arnold went off to the power shed to turn the power back on manually. Muldoon led the others to the visitor center security bunker, where they would wait for Arnold's return.

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Muldoon's Armory

After a few minutes, Arnold still had not returned from the shed, prompting Ellie to plan to
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Behind-the-scenes footage of Muldoon's death

go and turn the power on herself. Muldoon volunteered to go with her, saying "You can't just stroll down the road, you know." Taking his favored SPAS-12 shotgun with him, he and Ellie made their way out of the bunker and towards the shed. As they passed the Raptor Pen, Muldoon's worst fears were realized; the power had switched off all the fences, including those of the Raptor pen. The wires on the raptors' pen had been chewed through, and the three Velociraptors had escaped into the jungle. As Muldoon and Ellie slowly made their way through the trees, Ellie suggested that they could make it to the shed if they ran. Muldoon, however, knew that they could not, and he informed Ellie of the exact reason why: they were being hunted. Muldoon told Ellie to run to the shed, while he stayed behind to fend off the raptors. By doing this, he probably saved her life.
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Muldoon's final moments

After following a raptor deeper into the jungle, he quietly removed his hat and locked his shotgun's sight onto the Velociraptor. Muldoon was determined to kill the Velociraptors, something he thought he should have done a long time ago. However just as he was aiming at the Velociraptor he realized his error. Raptors had an attack pattern: One raptor was to sit out in the open to distract the prey whilst 1 or 2 more
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Muldoon's death

raptors were to wait in the bushes and ambush their prey. Before he had time to swing his shotgun around, a second raptor burst from the trees and tackled him to the ground, killing him shortly after he uttered his famous last words: "Clever girl...". Muldoon's fate remains unaddressed by the rest of the characters throughout the duration of the first film. However, it is possible that any discussion about him was mentioned off-screen. His death was indirectly referenced by Ian Malcolm in sequel film, when he stated that InGen "covered up the deaths of three people." Muldoon's family filed a 12.6 million dollar lawsuit against InGen for the incident.[1]

Jurassic Park inspired gamesEdit

  • Robert Muldoon is mentioned in Jurassic Park: Trespasser. He spent much time with Hammond, exploring the jungles of Isla Sorna (according to Hammond's script), and officially became the Park Warden at Jurassic Park in 1982. He was also Animal Supervisor of Site B.
  • In Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Muldoon is the Park's Warden. He is in charge of the park security and assists you in dinosaur rampages and related disasters.

Jurassic Park (comics)Edit

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Comic Muldoon.

Muldoon is not present during the doomed raptor transfer at the beginning of Issue #1 of the Topps comic series. Instead, the operation is overseen by an unnamed black-haired man with purple-tinted sunglasses (vaguely resembling Ian Malcolm although Malcolm doesn't appear until the helicopter scene in the comic, as in the film). The man is never identified and never reappears, and cannot be Muldoon who appears in Issue #2 at the raptor pen, drawn as he appears in the film. The identity of the black-haired man is unknown. Muldoon is also attacked by both raptors at once in the comic (quipping "Clever girls"), and is visibly slashed across the face bloodily, instead of having the attack concealed by the bushes.

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The InGen foreman who is most certainly not Muldoon (left).

Robert Muldoon returned in the comic book Raptors Attack II and appeared in the rest of the series. He stated that he had been in recovery after surviving the raptor attack. It is unknown how exactly he survived the raptor attack and no scars or injuries were depicted on his person. He explained that another helicopter had come later and evacuated him and the additional workers who had survived the incident from Isla Nublar. He joined up with various members of the original movie's cast for a series of adventures. Muldoon remained the only main character who wanted to kill the Velociraptors throughout the comics. His intent to kill the raptors greatly disturbed Grant and Sattler, who wished to keep them alive. Muldoon also starred in a special issue of the Return to Jurassic Park series called Jurassic Jam, in which he had to get all the dinosaurs back to their paddocks after a power outage. This issue occurred before the incident in Isla Nublar and was the last issue in the Return to Jurassic Park series before its hiatus.

Music VideoEdit

In the music video, he was seen accidentally crushed by a brontosaurus and she is disgusted by his death.

TriviaEdit

  • Muldoon hated the Velociraptors more than any of the other carnivorous dinosaurs. He even showed more concern regarding the stability of the raptor fences than those of the T. rex paddock.
  • The weapons that Muldoon carried in the film include a M1911 pistol and a SPAS-12 shotgun. An M16 rifle was also seen in his arsenal. In the book he carried a Rocket Launcher. In some versions of the script and in the comics, he also carried a machete.
  • Bob Peck stated that he received teeth marks while portraying Robert Muldoon, during his hand-to-hand with a Velociraptor.
  • In all versions of the script, except the final version used for the film, Robert Muldoon survived the Isla Nublar Incident.
  • Muldoon, along with Dr. Gerald Harding and the surviving workmen, are the only characters not mentioned by name in the novel's sequel, The Lost World. This is fascinating, considering Ed James is finding dirt on everyone that was on Nublar during the events of the first novel. However, it is possible that their names were not mentioned in the report about the "InGen Incident", and James had no way of knowing they had been involved with the Jurassic Park Project.
  • Muldoon may have two offices in the Visitor Center in the novel; when Tim is looking through the offices he sees one stenciled Park Warden, which everyone knows is Muldoon, but when Muldoon goes to get the lethal LAW Rocket Launcher, he goes into a different office stenciled Animal Supervisor. It can be presumed he held both titles in the novel, and only stored the six lethal rocket shells in the office concerning the park's animals.
  • His ever-famous line "Clever Girl" is referenced in many video games, such as the Dead Space series, in which the player earns an achievement of the same name for defeating a type of in game creature based on the Velociraptors seen in the films. In the game Borderlands 2, players can unlock a skin for their character called "Clever Boy" which allows the character to make their appearance very similar to that of Muldoon except with scars on their face, this may be a joke that he survived his attack by the raptors and escaped with many wounds
  • Robert's weapon of choice is a SPAS 12 shotgun in the film and a LAW rocket launcher in the novel.

QuotesEdit

"Shoot her! Shoot her!"

"They should all be destroyed."

"They show extraordinary intelligence, even problem-solving intelligence. Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, but when she came in she took over the pride and killed all but two of the others. That one... when she looks at you, you can see she's working things out."

"Quiet! All of you! They're approaching the tyrannosaur paddock."

"I've told you how many times? We needed locking mechanisms on the vehicle doors."

"The shutdown must've turned off all the fences. Dammit, even Nedry knew better than to mess with the raptor fences."

Muldoon: "I think this was Genarro."

Sattler [About 15 feet away] :"I think this was, too."

Sattler: "We can make it if we run."

Muldoon: "No. We can't."

Sattler: "Why not?"

Muldoon: "Because we're being hunted. In the bushes, straight ahead. Run...towards the shed. I've got her. Go! Now!"

[Just before he is attacked and devoured by The Big One] "Clever girl..."

NotesEdit

  1. The Lost World, deleted scene.

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