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Dodgson! Dodgson! We got Dodgson here!
~ Dennis Nedry making fun of Dodgson when the latter says not to say his name publicly.
Ah ah ah! You didn't say the magic word!
~ Dennis Nedry's famous quote.
Yeah, no wonder you're extinct.
~ Nedry mocking the juvenile Dilophosaurus that would soon come to kill him.

Dennis Nedry is a major antagonist in the Jurassic Park franchise, appearing as one of the two main antagonists (alongside The Big One) of the 1993 film Jurassic Park, an adaptation of the 1990 novel of the same name, and a posthumous antagonist throughout the rest of the franchise.

He is a troublesome and overweight computer-network engineer for the successful dinosaur-cloning faculty he was ordered to program without many details on what the park actually did and was called to the island to fix numerous bugs in the system. His meddling resulted in the dinosaurs escaping and goes rampage and berserk, as well as the deaths of several characters in the film, including himself.

In the film adaptation, he was portrayed by Wayne Knight, who also played Newman in Seinfeld, Krudsky in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, The Penguin in Harley Quinn, Al McWhiggin in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2, and Emperor Zurg in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.


Jurassic Park

John Hammond refused to pay him any extra money for his work. Eventually, Lewis Dodgson, who worked for his company Biosyn, offered Nedry $1,500,000 to steal embryos worth of fifteen dinosaur species from Jurassic Park's labs and gave him a canister disguised as Barbasol shaving cream to store the embryos inside. In order to do this — and make a swift escape from the visitor center and drive away in a Jeep Wrangler — Dennis Nedry had to turn off the park's security systems, including the electric fences surrounding the dinosaur paddocks, with the exception of the raptor fences (due to the fact they were the most dangerous dinosaurs due to their speed, agility and intelligence). Without electricity power, the electric fences turn off and shutdown, thus allowing all the dinosaurs, except the Velociraptors, to escape.

Later that night, Dennis was driving toward the docks to deliver the stolen embryos when he got lost in the jungle during the angry storm and accidentally hit a stack of logs. His car got stuck, so he had to get out and use a winch to help him get out of this dilemma. Unfortunately, for him, while looking for a tree to tie the other end of the winch to, he came across a juvenile Dilophosaurus. The dinosaur was initially curious and hesitant, cautiously sizing Dennis up. Flustered and knowing practically nothing about dinosaurs or how they behave, Nedry frantically tried to shoo it away with a stick. After that, he said to the dinosaur he'll run it over when he comes back down.

Eventually, the animal concluded that Dennis was weak enough to kill and the Dilophosaurus began spraying venom in Dennis' chest and then into his eyes. Dennis, now blind, attempted to make his way for his car, but hit his head, causing him to drop his Barbasol can. He scrambled into the Jeep, but upon closing the door he immediately realized that the Dilophosaurus had found its way into the car, where it subsequently mauled and devoured Dennis.


The actions of Dennis Nedry led to the death of at least four people, including himself on Isla Nublar. But in the years that followed led to a positive advantage to the dinosaurs on Isla Sorna. The dinosaurs were originally created as a tourist attraction, but thanks to Nedry, the dinosaurs were released into the wild, without any fences, guards or even government involvement.

In a deleted scene for The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Nedry is the only deceased Jurassic Park employee that Peter Ludlow doesn't mention, and Ian Malcolm said that the incident left only three people dead (Donald Gennaro, Robert Muldoon and Ray Arnold), while Dennis is a fourth victim. Assuming this isn't just a mistake, then it can be presumed that no one learned of Nedry's death and assumed he got away without any consequences, or alternatively everyone knew about Nedry's death, yet didn't feel any sorrow about it.

The origins of Jurassic World were built upon Dennis Nedry's actions. They did everything to prevent the same thing that happened to Jurassic Park about 20 years earlier. Despite this, the park ended up the same way as the original, at the hands of the Indominus rex. The incident later led to the creation of the Indoraptor and by extension dinosaurs escaping into the mainland.


Oh! Dodgson!
~ Nedry's first line.
Nedry: See? Nobody cares! Nice hat. What are you trying to look like, a secret agent? Well?
Dodgson: $750. On delivery, $50,000 more for each viable embryo. That's $1.5,000,000 if you get all 15 species off the island.
Nedry: I'll get them all.
Dodgson: Remember, viable embryos. They're no use to us if they don't survive.
Nedry: How am I supposed to transport them?
Dodgson: [opens a Barbasol can with a secret storage compartment] The bottom screws open.
Nedry: That's great! Oh, my god.
Dodgson: It's cooled and compartmentalized inside.
Nedry: You guys, that's great.
Dodgson: Customs can even check it if they want to.
Nedry: Let me see.
Dodgson: Go on. There's enough coolant inside for thirty-six hours.
Nedry: No menthol?
Dodgson: The embryos have to be here in San José by then.
Nedry: That's up to your guy on the boat, 7:00 tomorrow night on the East Dock, make sure he gets it right.
Dodgson: How are you planning to beat security?
Nedry: Well, I've got an 18-minute window. Eighteen minutes, and your company will have 10 years of research.
~ Dennis Nedry and Lewis Dodgson conspiring to sabotage InGen.
Don't get cheap on me, Dodgson. That was Hammond's mistake.
~ Nedry making Dodgson pay the bill for Nedry's lunch as well as deriding Hammond.
Nedry: I'm totally unappreciated in my time. You're gonna run this whole park in this room with minimal staff for up to three days. You think that kind of automation is easy? Or cheap? You know anybody who can network eight connection machines and debug two million lines of code for when I've been for this job? Because if you can, I'd love to see you try!
Hammond: I'm sorry about your financial problems, Dennis. I really am, but they are your problems.
Nedry: Oh, you're right, John. You're absolutely right. You know, everything's my problem.
Hammond: I will not be drawn into another financial debate with you, Dennis. I really will not!
Nedry: There's hardly been any debate at all!
Hammond: I don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them.
Nedry: [sarcastically] Thanks, Dad.
~ Nedry complaining to John Hammond about not getting extra money in his job.
No, no, no, listen. You gotta give me the time. I did a test run on this thing; it took me 20 minutes! I thought maybe I could push it to 18, but you gotta give me at least 15 minutes! Give me the 15 minutes!
~ Nedry begging the Biosyn worker at the docks for more time to give the embryos to Dodgson.
Anybody want a soda or something? Listen, um, I'm going up to the machine. I thought maybe, you know, uh, I could get somebody something because, uh, um, I've only had sweets and I think I'm going to get something salty I thought some of you would prefer. Oh, uh, I, uh, finished debugging the phones, uh, I, you know I was just going to debug, so I did. I, I, uh, told you I'm sorry I didn't tell you I debugged the phones, and, uh, I thought maybe, uh… I should tell you that the, uh, system is gonna be, uh, compiling for, uh, 18 to 20 minutes, so some of the minor systems, they might go on or off for a while, but it's not something to worry about; it's just a simple thing.
~ Nedry lying to the InGen staff about going to the vending machine to grab one of them a soda so he can carry out his theft.
Five, four, three, two, one…
~ Nedry waiting for the security camera to shut off before taking the embryos, inadvertently sabotaging Jurassic Park in the process.
I should've been there by now! My, God.
~ Nedry complaining to himself that he should've been at the docks by the time he intented to.
Oh, dammit!
~ Nedry after getting the tires of his jeep stuck in a ditch.
There's the road!
~ Nedry finding the road to the East Dock.
Winch this sucker up the thing and then I… tie it to that… that thing there, and then I… pull down this thing here and I pull it back up again.
~ Nedry grabbing the cable to tie it to the tree behind him.
My glasses! Heh. I can afford more glasses!
~ Nedry after losing his glasses.
You've got time; you've got time. You can do do it. Do it. Come on, Dennis!
~ Nedry telling himself that he can connect the cable to the tree.
Hello? Yeah, yeah, that's nice. I've got to go! Oh, nice boy! Nice boy! Nice dinosaur. I thought you were one of your big brothers. You're not so bad; you're not so bad! What do you want? What do you want? Do you want a little food? Look at me. I just feel down a hill, I'm soaking wet, I don't have any food. I have nothing on me. I have nothing on me! Go on.
~ Dennis meeting the juvenile Dilophosaurus.
Hey, play fetch? Play fetch? Play fetch? Look, stick. See the stick? See the stick? Yeah, yeah, look, look at stick. Look at stick. Stick, stupid! Fetch the stick, boy. Look at the stick! Yes! You like the stick? Go on and get it!
~ Nedry intimidating the Dilophosaurus with a stick he picked up from the ground.
I'm gonna run you over when I come back down!
~ Nedry cruelly telling the Dilophosaurus that he's going to run it down in his jeep, also his last words before it devours him.


  • Although Dennis was killed off halfway to introduce the main antagonist, Dennis' sabotage of the park system drove the plot due to releasing the Big One, who is far more dangerous than Nedry.
  • Dennis Nedry became a famous meme by the line "Ah ah ah! You didn't say the magic word!".
  • If one was to switch two letters in his second name, you will get "nerdy", which is a pun considering his appearance and personality.
  • Charlie Sheen was considered for the role of Nedry before Wayne Knight was cast.


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Jurassic Park: Dennis Nedry | Ed Regis | Lewis Dodgson
The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Peter Ludlow | Dieter Stark
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