"I don't control the Raptors, it's a relationship. Based on mutual respect."
- —Owen describing his relationship with the Raptors to Claire Dearing.
- Owen Grady is a dinosaur researcher hired by Jurassic World also the protagonist of Jurassic World franchise. He researches Velociraptor behavior.
Early life Edit
Before his work in Jurassic World, Owen was a member of the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy he trained dolphins (presumably under the United States Navy Marine Mammal Program). He also had been in combat at one time.
There's a theory that in Jurassic Park, Owen was the kid who said the velociraptor was a six foot turkey to Alan Grant, though this theory has since been disproven.
After getting out of the Navy, Owen Grady was hired by the InGen Security Division to train and research the behaviors of Velociraptor. Many raptors died over the course of the project caused by failed training techniques or fighting with themselves.
In 2015, after discovering that the pack structure of Velociraptor was more complicated than previously thought, he recommended his old friend Barry to Vic Hoskins to help in the training of the raptors. Eventually, Barry was hired as trainer and caretaker of the raptors.
Isla Nublar Incident of 2015 Edit
Three weeks before the Indominus rex Paddock became open to the public, he was offered a job by Claire Dearing, his old girlfriend, to check the paddock for any flaws in security. 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 discover that the Indominus is still in her enclosure and had set a trap for them.
He evades 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 moves 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 murdered by the creature. Concerned for the whereabouts of her two nephews, Claire asks Owen to go with her to the Gyrosphere Valley to go and look for them.
He carried out 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 saw was 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 see the pterosaurs flying through the breach in the dome, they flee to the trees for cover.
Owen and Claire headed to Main Street and he started shooting the pterosaurs along with the Asset Containment Unit shooting them. 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 rex. Owen, at first, hated this idea but then decided it was the only way. After he lured the raptors with the tracker the Indominus rex clawed out and rode the Triumph Scrambleralong the raptors, they found the Indominus rex. However, she communicated with the raptors and became the alpha of their pack as Owen realized the Indominus 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 Indominus 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 Echo being incinerated after being thrown into the steakhouse's grill, and Delta getting tossed away.
With his raptors defeated, 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, Rexy, from her paddock to fight the I. rex. Owen and her nephews barely escaped the attack from the two giant theropods, and Rexy was too overpowered by the hybrid. However, before the Indominus 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 Rexy 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. Rexy decided to spare Blue's life, and Owen decided to let her go 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 Edit
Personality and Traits Edit
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 Rex.
He got his "raptor training skills" by training dolphins during his time as a navy.As he was able to teach them many commands with hand singles and whistle. Show bit of survival expert as he knew about hiding scent of smell by using dinosaur dropping against the Indominus rex.
Owen is known to have been friends with fellow Raptor trainer Barry. They had known each other for sometime 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.
For the past two years training four sisters under his care he shown to care for each one of them. As he wanted to be safe from INGEN.
Not much is known about Blue's relationship with Owen, other than the fact that he is one of her trainers but he is their alpha. Blue was shown to be under new alpha as he was surrounding Owen but she understood that Owen still cares for her and accepts him as their alpha once again. Blue has a lot of respect for Owen so much she would not attack him, even after the I. rex briefly turned her against her human companions.
Owen and Delta have good respect to each other though not to interact with each other munch but Delta showed to listen to Owen as she was told to back off as she didn't move but just roar at him. Though she did manage to gain her respect for him when seeing Blue wanted to belong with Owen instead for the I. rex.
Although they are not seen interacting much in the film, it is assumed that Owen and Echo have a respectful relationship. He may have stopped Blue from killing Echo when fighting for leadership.
Owen relationship with Charlie isn't well known. However, when Owen refused to fire at, or harm her, he sees Charlie in turn, simply stared at him, giving out small chirps, shortly before her demise.
- 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.