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Gentlemen, you are being sent in via halo-jump. Now, I realize that not all of you have had hands-on experience... And frankly, none of us have ever faced such a situation quite like this one before. But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith in your ability to succeed. Your courage will never be more needed than it is today. „ 

— Admiral Stenz (Godzilla)

William Stenz
William Stenz
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Current occupation

Navy Rear Admiral

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Portrayed by

David Strathairn

First appearance


Last appearance

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Admiral William Stenz (ステンズ提督?, Sutenzu Teitoku, lit. Admiral Stenz) is a navy commander character created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2014 Godzilla film, Godzilla, and will reappear in the 2019 sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.



Stenz has a sort of no nonsense demeanor about him, coming off as very serious. He cares greatly for civilians, as he wishes to eliminate Godzilla and the MUTOs with minimal casualties.

His most notable trait, however, is that he is not like the stereotypical depiction of military commanders: rather than aggressively refusing Dr. Serizawa's suggestion of letting Godzilla fight and having him thrown out, he politely refuses his suggestion and shows he respects him to a degree; additionally, he is willing to compromise, as when his initial plan of using a nuclear warhead to wipe out Godzilla and the MUTOs backfires, he agrees to Serizawa's idea and lets Godzilla fight.

He also displays a softer side, as when Dr. Serizawa tells him the story behind his father's pocket watch, he somberly realizes he survived the bombing of Hiroshima.


Ishiro Serizawa



Admiral Stenz is the commander of an elite navy squadron that includes Ford Brody, which is sent into the ruins of San Francisco, California, where a battle between Godzilla and the MUTOs is taking place. He was adamant on destroying both the MUTOs and Godzilla using a nuclear bomb, even though Dr. Serizawa told them to stand down and let Godzilla fight, believing he was here to kill the MUTOs and restore balance to nature.

This plan went south after the male MUTO stole the nuclear bomb and took it to San Francisco to build a nest with its mate, endangering thousands of civilians. After this, Stenz finally agreed to leave the MUTOs in Godzilla's hands and focus all military personnel to extract the bomb for it to detonate safely elsewhere.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Stenz is confirmed to return in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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