|Jake Morrison (2016)|
|Date of birth:||1989|
|Significant other(s):||Patricia Whitmore (Fiancé)|
|Played by:||Liam Hemsworth|
|First appearance:||Independence Day: Crucible|
|Last appearance:||Independence Day: Resurgence|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Jake Morrison lived in Los Angeles. In the eve of the War of 1996, he was sent on a summer camp outside the city by his parents, apparently against his will as the last thing he said to his parents was that he hates them. Thus, Jake survived the destruction of the city, where his parents were killed. Jake was also present to witness the Black Knights' disastrous counterattack against the City Destroyer that destroyed L.A.
After the war, Jake spent his life living in an orphanage. Despite his losses, he was not without hope, and he was inspired to become a fighter pilot in the same vein as the War of 1996 heroes Russell Casse and Steven Hiller. He befriended fellow orphan Charles Miller after saving him from local bullies.
Enlisting in the E.S.D.[edit | edit source]
By 2004, Jake worked part-time as a mechanic while trying to enroll into the STEP academy entrance exam. Within a year, he finally achieved in his enrollment to a STEP academy in Nevada. Furthermore, Jake decided to take Charles with him. There he met and befriended Dylan Hiller and fell in love with Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of former President Thomas Whitmore. Through this relationship, he also befriended ESD Director David Levinson.
By 2013, Jake was applied to the ESD Academy and becoming a potential candidate for Legacy Squadron. However, Jake's cocky and anti-authority demeanor brought him into trouble with his superiors and even his wing-mate Dylan. During the decisive exercise from which the leader of the squadron would be picked, Jake flown with Dylan in a training scenario that replicated Steven Hiller's flight in the Grand Canyon. He attempted to get before Dylan, but only to consequently clipping Dylan's wing and causing his fighter to crash to the canyon's walls; Dylan safely ejected in time. As a result, he was forbidden to fly a fighter due to bad judgement attested by Dylan, who refused to file a complaint against him, and was reassigned to the ESD Moon Base as a Moon Tug pilot.
Jake's hot temper brought him into consternation with commander Jiang Lao. Against regulations, he stole a Moon Tug just to spend time with Patricia for two minutes, resulting in his punishment and the extension of his tour to an additional month.
War of 2016[edit | edit source]
Shortly before the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the War of 1996, an unknown alien ship appeared over the Moon and was shot down after the ESD declared it to be hostile. Director Levinson was vocal against the decision and summoned Jake, who, along with Charlie, went against ESD orders and commandeered a tug to pick him up from Umbutu. Along with Levinson, he picked up Catherine Marceaux, Dikembe Umbutu, and Floyd Rosenberg and traveled to the wreckage of the alien ship at the Van de Graaff crater. Jake and Levinson explored the wreckage and discover an intact container.
Just as they recover the object, a massive alien mothership suddenly appeared. Jake and the group barely recovered the container, but their space tug was caught in the mothership's gravitational pull. The group helplessly watched the mothership destroyed the ESD Moon Base and Earth's planetary defenses. Upon entering the Earth's atmosphere, the mothership lifts objects from across Asia. The resulting debris fell across Europe, causing the space tug to come loose as well, forcing Jake to hectically fly through the falling debris over London.
After fleeing to Area 51, Jake gave his sympathies to Dylan after the latter suffered the loss of his mother during the aliens' attack. Jake later participated in the ESD's assault on the mothership in which he and several other pilots were left stranded inside the ship. He and the surviving pilots managed to escape by hijacking alien fighters; in which Jake provided a very lewd distraction in front of the aliens. He along with Dylan, Charlie, and Rain Lao flown back to Area 51 and arrive on time in participating the defense of the base from an alien assault led by the Harvester Queen and saving Patricia in the process.
The pilots were then caught in the Queen's telekinetic control which formed in a massive shield of other fighters that protects the Queen. However, Jake found a way to escape the Queen's control radius by overheating their fighters' engines. With the Queen left vulnerable to their previous attack, Jake and the other pilots fatally gunned down the Queen and causing the end to the invasion.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
|“||He's meeting the President and I'm stuck on the moon.||”|
|“||Excuse me! Down here! There you go. Listen, I usually don't hold a grudge...but you killed my parents. So...I'm gonna make an exception for you guys. Been holding that one for a while.
- Jake flipping the bird and urinating in front of the aliens.
|“||Probably should have kept running.
- Jake failing to punch out an alien.
|“||Woah, woah, babe! It's me! Trying to shoot your fiancé already?
- Jake to Patricia when she is about to shoot the spaceship he is exiting.