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James Munroe

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Unlike people like her father, you, the Agency, you see life through a freaking keyhole because you let emotions cloud your judgment! Emotions are the cancer of the intellect!
~ Munroe in the Directors Cut of The Expendables

James Munroe was the primary antagonist in the 2010 film The Expendables. He was portrayed by Eric Roberts, who also played The Master in the Doctor Who movie, Sal Maroni in The Dark Knight, and Dark Danny in Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy.


Munroe was once a CIA agent but eventually started working as a mercenary with General Garza, the dictator of the fictional island of Vilena, and planning to profit from drug dealing on the island. Munroe often humiliates Garza in front of his men and Garza becomes increasingly agitated with him. Mr. Church, a member of the CIA, soon hires the Expendables to find and assassinate Munroe.

Barney Ross and Lee Christmas, two of the Expendables, explore Vilena and meet Garza's daughter, Sandra. After a fierce battle with some of Garza's men, Barney and Lee manage to kill them but Munroe survives. He rightly suspects that Sandra had been helping them and that she is involved in a plot to kill him and Garza, leading him to kidnap and torture her. One of the Expendables, named Gunnar Jensen, had previously been dismissed from the group due to his unstable and overly violent nature, and Munroe offers him £100,000 in exchange for helping him to track down and kill all of the Expendables. Jensen goes after the group but ultimately fails.

Eventually, Garza stands up to Munroe after witnessing him torturing Sandra, mainly because she is his daughter but also because he believes Munroe had hired the Expendables to kill him. In response, Munroe shoots Garza dead and attempts to escape from the Expendables with Sandra as his hostage. Ross chases after him and confronts the villain as he holds a gun to Sandra's head. Munroe taunts Ross, telling him that they are both mercenaries and therefore no different from one another, but Sandra is then able to break free of his grasp. Barney immediately shoots Munroe several times just as Christmas throws a large knife through his chest, killing him instantly.


  • Munroe is similar to Dominic Greene from Quantum of Solace:
    • They are corrupt businessmen who are using military dictators as puppet rulers for their own sinister goals. (Munroe: Garza, Greene: General Medrano)
    • They end up dying horrible deaths at the end.
  • He is the only villain in The Expendables series to not fight Barney Ross hand-to-hand.
  • He is the only antagonist in The Expendables trilogy to be considered a Complete Monster.


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