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You shouldn't use my name.
~ Lewis Dodgson telling Dennis Nedry not to use his name in public.
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 Donk, make sure he gets it right.
Dodgson: How are you planning to beat security?
~ Lewis Dodgson and Dennis Nedry conspiring to sabotage InGen.
In the modern world, it's a much more serious transgression to shoot a tiger than to shoot your parents. Tigers have advocates, but now imagine: a specifically stocked hunting preserve, maybe somewhere in Asia, where individuals of wealth and importance could hunt tyrannosaurs and Triceratops in a natural setting. It would be an incredibly desirable attraction. How many hunters have a stuffed elk head on their wall? The world's full of them, but how many can claim to have a snarling Tyrannosaurus head, hanging above the wet bar?
~ Dodgson explaining his plans in The Lost World novel while showing he didn't even care about his parents.

Lewis Dodgson is the overarching antagonist of the Jurassic Park franchise.

He serves as the main antagonist of the novel duology by the late Michael Crichton, serving as the overarching antagonist of the 1990 science fiction novel Jurassic Park and the main antagonist of the 1995 sequel The Lost World. He is also the overarching antagonist of the film series, appearing as the overarching antagonist of the 1993 film Jurassic Park, and will return in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion.

He was the Head of Research at Biosyn who was known for his law-breaking studies, including a rabies vaccine test conducted on farmers in Chile without their knowledge of consent, which led to at least ten casualties. However, Dodgson was able to escape prosecution.

Originally, he had hired Dennis Nedry to steal embryos from Jurassic Park while on Isla Nublar, so that Biosyn could clone its own dinosaurs. He met with Nedry in Costa Rica to discuss the arrangement and give him equipment to complete his task: a can of shaving cream with a secret compartment to hold fifteen species of dinosaur. However, Nedry was killed by a Dilophosaurus and dropped the embryos while attempting to leave the park.

He was portrayed by Cameron Thor in the first film, and will be portrayed by Campbell Scott in the upcoming sixth film, since Thor was convicted of child sexual abuse.

Novel Canon

Background

Lewis Dodgson began his controversial career as a graduate student at Hopkins. He had been dismissed for planning human gene therapy without FDA permission. Later, Dodgson secretly went from one criminal activity to another, and kept on doing experiments on genes and animals, until joining Biosyn. His thorough sense of discretion eventually helped worked his way up, covertly manipulating many scientists from other companies and established a network of people who work for him, until eventually becoming the head of research. Arguably his most notable crime was a rabies vaccine test conducted on farmers in Chile without their knowledge of consent, which led to at least ten casualties.

Jurassic Park

In the novel, Dodgson met with Biosyn's board of directors to discuss the opportunity of stealing InGen's dinosaur embryos and bring them back to Biosyn, so they can create dinosaurs just like InGen did. Dodgson meets Dennis Nedry in a San Francisco airport coffee shop and reveals a briefcase of $750,000 and Dodgson tells Nedry that that's only half of the money Nedry will get for stealing the embryos. Nedry says he wants all the money on Sunday and tells Dodgson to have a boat by the east dock. Dodgson says he will and gives Nedry a shaving cream can, revealing a secret compartment to collect all the embryos and get past security.

The Lost World

When Nedry failed, Dodgson prepared to locate InGen’s Site B to collect the dinosaur eggs. He commissioned a team that included Howard King and George Baselton. When Sarah Harding was trying to get to Isla Sorna, Dodgson gave her a ride on the fishing boat with him and his gang, but he was really plotting to throw her overboard and drown her.

Upon arriving on Isla Sorna, Dodgson and his team started collecting dinosaur eggs using a sonic device Dodgson used to deter the dinosaurs. However, during the attempt to steal Tyrannosaurus eggs, Dodgson's machine shut down. With no protection, Baselton was eaten by the dinosaurs, and Dodgson fell off a small cliff, knocking himself out in the attempt to escape being devoured.

His vile plot and evil scheme was practically undone by the angry T. rex parents. It was believed that Dodgson had died when he fell off the cliff, but he awoke later to find a Compsognathus dinosaur attacking him, and was able to seek refuge from them in a shed. Upon waking later, he discovered the electric car that Sarah Harding was hiding under. When he tried to steal it and escape the island, Dodgson was attacked by Harding and then captured by the T. rex father, and carried to the nest where the T. rex mother and her babies were. There, Dodgson was presented to the T. rex babies as their first hunted meal.

Film Canon

Jurassic Park

In the films, however, Dodgson has a significantly smaller role. He meets Dennis Nedry at a Costa Rican restaurant, and they make a conspiracy to steal dinosaur embryos so he can give Dennis seven-hundred and five-thousand dollars for it, giving Nedry an item (disguised as a Barbasol shaving cream can) for help for him to steal the dinosaur embryos.

Jurassic Park: The Game

Dodgson is mentioned several times in the game by his associate at the docks, Miles Chadwick. Chadwick calls Dodgson about Dennis Nedry's absence from the docks and that he's stuck somewhere in a doorway, but when Dodgson asks him for a Plan B, Chadwick tells him that he already has a Plan B, and claims that Nedry won't betray them due to how much money he'll get and that it doesn't matter if Nima Cruz knows who he is. He proves his point by trying to hand the phone to Cruz and says that Dodgson is calling, but she just shrugs him off, so Chadwick tells him that she doesn't care and hangs up the phone.

Eventually, time passes and Chadwick calls Dodgson again. Upon finding out that the Barbasol can is missing from Nedry's truck, and from his experience with Dodgson, he becomes very worried that Dodgson might kill him for his failure.

Jurassic World: Dominion

Dodgson is set to return in Jurassic World: Dominion as the main antagonist of the film and CEO of Biosyn.

Other Media

Jurassic Park: Redemption

Main article: Lewis Dodgson (IDW)

Personality

While his movie counterpart didn't get much characterization, his novel version can be considered as much worse. At first glance, Dodgson appeared to be a charismatic, sophisticated, polite and attentive gentleman, but in reality, he was a cold-blooded, shady, manipulative and ruthless man. Unlike other scientists, who use their creativeness to invent new things, Dodgson's creativity was used almost exclusively on espionage and ruthless planning by stealing other people's ideas. He was willing to pay any price, whether in money or human lives, for achieving his goals. Despite this, Dodgson is extremely loyal to his company as well as a quiet, subtle and pragmatic planner who usually prefers to thoroughly operate in the shadows, knowing that any evidence of Biosyn's involvement could potentially destroy the company. One of those examples, include hiding his real name in public to avoid drawing attention.

While some of the Jurassic Park villains had some caring toward family members, Dodgson didn't even care about his own parents. He even compared shooting his own parents to shooting a tiger, which indicates he saw them as no better than the animals whom he cruelly experimented on. The novel heavily implies that Dodgson has a history of abusing children, starting from sending at least one child to the hospital due to experimental marketing of genetically engineered food products, to killing at least one child in the rabies vaccine's experiment and finally trying to abduct a baby T. rex.

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  • Dodgson and his team were completely written out of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, having been replaced by Peter Ludlow and the InGen crew. Thus, he is set to return in the upcoming sequel Jurassic World: Dominion.
  • Lewis Dodgson was the first human villain in the franchise (before Billy Yoder and Eli Mills) who tried to kill another human with his bare hands. However, unlike Yoder, Dodgson was successful. That makes him the first human in the franchise to succeed at killing another human being, the second being Mills.
  • In the first book, they said Dodgson was thirty-five years old, but in the second novel, they said that he was forty-five years old. However, it was six years since the Isla Nublar Incident. If Jurassic Park is correct, Dodgson should be thirty-five years old by the time of the first novel and forty-one years old by the time of the second novel, but if Jurassic Park: The Lost World is correct, Dodgson should be thirty-nine years old by the time of the first novel and forty-five years old by the time of the second novel.
  • It is possible that Dodgson may have hired Vic Hoskins, who recruited Henry Wu and pulled the strings on Eli Mills into creating the Indoraptor and the one Mills sent the dinosaur embryos to.
  • Dodgson is one of two human villains in the film series not to be killed by dinosaurs (or die at all), the other being Henry Wu. Both are set to return in Jurassic World: Dominion.

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