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Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We're just used to being the cat.
~ Wu after Masrani calls the Indominus rex a "monster".


Henry Wu is a recurring antagonist in the Jurassic Park series, serving as a major character in the original novel and a minor character in the 1993 original film, and later a major antagonist in the 2015 sequel Jurassic World, and its 2018 sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

He is portrayed by B.D. Wong, who also played Hugo Strange in Gotham and Whiterose in Mr. Robot

Novels

Jurassic Park

Henry Wu in the original novel is not a villain but an unlucky man who got caught in an unfortunate incident along with Grant, Elie and other group. And like survivors around him he too was struggling to survive against voracious dinosaurs. Tragically he does not and is eaten alive by Velociraptors.

Films

Between events of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World

Wu kept leading the research team at a financially struggling InGen. The breeding dinosaurs had shown him that not only the DNA of various species could be combined, but also their observable characteristics. In 1995, Dr. Wu wrote the book The Next Step: An Evolution of God’s Concepts. In this book, he proposed the hypothesis that he could bring brand new species into fruition by the combination of the traits of various species.

In 1997, Wu and his team actually succeeded in creating a hybrid organism. They had combined the DNA of several plant species to create a new plant, Karacosis wutansis (or Wu Flower). The creation of this hybrid plant gained worldwide media attention.

In 1998, the Masrani Global Corporation took over InGen. The CEO Simon Masrani promoted Dr. Wu within the ranks of the InGen company in December 2000. Wu supervised the creation of new dinosaurs in the Hammond Creation Lab for the new park Jurassic World which opened in 2005. He and many other InGen scientists were involved in the creation of the Indominus rex.

In November 2014, the new InGen facility named "Martel" opened in Siberia. The goal of Martel was to extract Pleistocene dated organic materials from glacial ice. He showed excitement for the project believe it will expand InGen's genome library, but he withheld from speculating about using any found materials to create Cenozoic animals for Jurassic World at the moment. In a paper for a scientific journal that was published by Wu in March 2015, he reported on the possibility of using InGen's genome library to help Medical Health in their research of diseases.

Dr. Wu also got hired by Commander Vic Hoskins to create dinosaurs for his security force.

Jurassic World

Dr. Wu first appeared explaining to investors that the Indominus rex wasn't bred but was designed and that she was already to be open as an attraction. After the Indominus rex escaped, Masrani confronted Wu about how the animal was created. Wu did not tell Masrani that part of it is Velociraptor, but he did mention that it had the genes of cuttlefish to help her withstand an accelerated growth rate, which resulting her possesses the ability to camouflage. Treefrog DNA was also used to adapt the hybrid to the island's tropical climate, but it also gave her the ability to hide her infrared signature from the thermal seeking cameras around her paddock. He also reminded Masrani that he was the one that asked for a bigger, scarier and cooler dinosaur, not thinking of the fact that genetically altering dinosaurs would naturally cause them to become less predictable and more dangerous; but Masrani accused him of creating a monster instead. Wu then states that "monster" is a relative term between a cat and a canary; they are used to being the cat. Though he seems to be somewhat unpleasantly (or possibly pleasantly) surprised at how deadly the hybrid has turned out, he does not appear to be remorseful about the deaths that it has caused, deeming them merely "unfortunate", and is unconcerned that he has committed numerous crimes against nature by creating the hybrid in the first place, believing that it was in the name of furthering the science of genetic engineering.

While everyone evacuated, Vic Hoskins, whom Wu was secretly working for behind Masrani's back, had him evacuated with a case of embryos while he and his team take the rest, possibly to create more hybrid dinosaurs for battle combat where some of the said hybrids are seen on his computer near Hoskins when confronted by Owen, Claire and her nephews before being mauled by Delta.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

He is first seen working with Eli Mills inside Lockwood's mansion to breed the ultimate predator, the Indoraptor. Later, he is seen at the auctions, attempting to prevent the wild, unpredictable Indoraptor from being sold to someone; however, chaos ensues thanks to Owen Grady's intervention.

While the Indoraptor kills people, Wu eventually tried to take DNA from Blue but was told by Zia that she saved Blue's life by a transfusion of T. rex blood much to Wu's shock. Wu gets angry because now Blue's DNA is no longer pure. Wu was then tranquilized by Franklin and dragged off by guards. His current fate is unknown; he likely survived, though he is not seen again later in the movie.

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Trivia

  • Henry Wu appeared in the first Jurassic Park, but as a minor character and only had one scene which was to explain the process of bringing back the dinosaurs.
    • In the book, he had a more major role but was not a villain, instead, he was one of the supporting protagonists and was killed in the book version by the Velociraptors.
    • In Jurassic World, Wu is less empathetic, saying that the people the Indominus killed were merely unfortunate incidents, as well as chastising Masrani's ignorance and carelessness in wanting to create genetically modified dinosaurs without thinking of how unpredictable and dangerous they would become. It's possible the death of John Hammond affected Wu deeply and that caused his change in personality.
  • Wu's conversation with Masrani about using DNA from various animals to make them "cooler" and not scientifically accurate is a reference by Collin Trevorrow on why he didn't feature feathered dinosaurs in the film, as frog DNA is commonly used in the entire series to create dinosaurs that resulted in ones like the Velociraptors being more reptilian in appearance.
  • As Wu was the architect behind the creation of the dinosaurs and ultimately the indirect cause to every casualty, he's considered The Heavy of the whole Jurassic Park franchise.
    • By Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Wu became the second most destructive human villain of the franchise, outclassed by Eli Mills; due to Mills's evil actions in attempting to sell off dinosaurs, they ended up being released to mainland, to say nothing of his attempt to deliberately sell the unstable Indoraptor led to deaths of the bidders including his own. Even so, with Mills eventually killed near the climax of the film, Wu still retains his place as The Heavy in the franchise, staying an antagonist and escaping once again from death.
  • It is very likely that Wu will return in the upcoming sequel and final installment Jurassic World III, either as the main antagonist or the secondary antagonist.

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Humans
John Hammond† | Lewis Dodgson | Dennis Nedry | Billy Yoder | Laura Sorkin | Peter Ludlow | Dieter Stark | Vic Hoskins | Henry Wu | InGen Contractor | Eli Mills | Ken Wheatley | Gunnar Eversol

Dinosaurs
Scarred Velociraptor | Troodons | Indominus rex | Indoraptor