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Dr. Alan Grant is one of the main characters in the Jurassic Park franchise and the main protagonist in the first Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. He is a paleontologist who was invited by John Hammond to his dinosaur park, Jurassic Park. Alan is portrayed very differently over the various canons.

Film Canon

Jurassic Park

In Jurassic Park, Alan Grant is a world-renowned paleontologist working at a dig site just outside Snakewater, Montana. He is described in the script as:

In an attempt to cheer Timmy up, he asked if his dad ever built him a treehouse, to which he replies "no", Grant's response and tone very slightly implies that he didn't have a good relationship with his father.

He is first seen at the dig site explaining the similarities of raptor anatomy to those of modern birds, however, a bratty little boy makes fun of his work and mocks the velociraptor specimen as a "6 foot turkey". Grant silences the child by explaining the speculative hunting behavior of a raptor, later remarking he hates children, which might allude to why he made the effort to intimidate the boy. In his trailer, Grant is invited by John Hammond, founder and CEO of InGen to a theme park known as Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar. He and his partner Ellie Sattler accept the offer for a further three years of dig funding. When they arrive, Grant is astonished by the sight of a living, breathing Brachiosaurus. The characters see how the DNA was extracted and then witness the birth of a Velociraptor.

But the day quickly turns into an episode when the Tyrannosaurus rex escapes the paddock. While Lex Murphy and Tim Murphy are in danger when a Tyrannosaurus breaks free from a disabled electric fence (due to Dennis Nedry's sabotage), Dr. Grant remarks to himself that the frantic kids are drawing attention to themselves with a flashlight. He and Ian Malcolm attempt to lure the dinosaur away from the kids, which works, but now Dr. Grant and the children must flee to safety through a series of pitfalls. This includes evading a falling Ford Explorer down a 20-foot tree, running from a herd of Gallimimus and climbing over an electric fence. Lex is able to enter the Visitor Center's computer room and restart all of the systems in the park. Alan and the kids battle raptors but the T. rex kills the raptors before they can attack the protagonists and make it to the front of the Visitor Center where John picks them up. Dr. Grant also changed his attitude towards kids, seeing how the Murphy kids were more resourceful, courageous and moral than the kid he earlier experienced back in the States. Alan tells John that he has decided not to endorse his park and John agrees with this sentiment. They board a helicopter and leave the island, where Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler look over the island while Mr. Hammond gazes at his walking stick with the amber knob.

Jurassic Park III

Alan appears again in Jurassic Park III. The experience on Isla Nublar has left Alan somewhat openly jaded towards dinosaurs, nearly to the point of post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite this, he continues to work as a paleontologist, this time at a dig site near Fort Peck Lake, Montana. However, the dig is cripplingly underfunded due to public interest in recovering dinosaur fossils growing diminished after the revelation of InGen's cloned dinosaurs, which Grant openly refers to as "circus freaks" and "genetically engineered theme-park monsters", rather than true dinosaurs. His partnership with Ellie has ended, though they remain close friends. Now he has a new partner in Billy Brennan, his paleontology colleague and apparent protege, but it is Alan who must rein in Billy's headstrong and impulsive tendencies.

He visits Ellie and her husband Mark, quite pleased to spend time explaining dinosaurs to Ellie's firstborn, her three-year-old son. In a way, he envies Ellie and her happy family and wonders why he shies away from marriage and fatherhood.

He gives lectures on the intelligence of raptors. However, his listeners are only interested in the events in 1993 and the San Diego incident. He states that nothing could get him to go to The Five Deaths (Isla Sorna/SiteB). He is later bribed into going on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna by wealthy couple, Paul Kirby and Amanda Kirby. Alan invited Billy to accompany him on the trip.

While they are flying over the island, Alan notices that the pilot is going to land. Alan begins to protest but is knocked unconscious by Cooper, one of the mercenaries hired by the Kirbys. When Alan wakes up, they have landed on the island already. Then after a take-off disrupted by a Spinosaurus, Alan and the others are stranded on the island. Alan soon discovers the truth that the Kirbys are not wealthy or married, but a divorced couple who were searching for their son, Eric, who was lost on the island eight weeks before, who sought Grant's help based on his adventures on Isla Nublar, unaware the island Eric had visited was Isla Sorna. Alan, using his knowledge of dinosaurs, survives with the Kirbys and an injured Billy, who had attempted to steal unhatched Raptor Eggs in the pursuit of funding for the dig site resulting in the local raptor pack hunting the humans relentlessly in a bid to recover the stolen eggs. Despite the traumatic events of the film, his love for dinosaurs is ultimately reinvigorated after once more experiencing them firsthand. Not much is known about what happened to Grant after the incident.

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