|“||Look, this is what I do. This is my job.||„|
— Ford to Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
Fifteen years following the death of his mother Sandra Brody and subsequent destruction of the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant, Ford Brody and his father Joseph try to form a duo to investigate the truth as to what caused the incident. This leads them to be confronted by Monarch officials stationed around the M.U.T.O.'s chrysalis, and once the M.U.T.O breaks free and flies off, the damage it causes results in Joseph's death.
Ford would then be briefed on the nature of Godzilla and the M.U.T.O. by Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham. The two explain the duo kaiju's role in the primordial foodchain, and how 1954 nuclear tests that were performed were really intended to kill Godzilla. Ford speaks about Joseph's efforts in monitoring echolocation signals given out by the M.U.T.O., indicating it was communicating with something. The three then join William Stenz in an effort to search for the recently escaped parasite.
Ford finds himself in Hawaii as the male M.U.T.O. and Godzilla both arrive in the area, shortly after the former's being confronted by the U.S. forces stationed there. In the resulting carnage, Ford saves a young boy who, in the following morning is reunited with his parents. Shortly afterwards, another, larger M.U.T.O. hatches in Nevada. Scientists reason that the newly hatched one is female, while the former that was in Hawaii was male, while the echolocation it emitted was targeted towards the female for mating purposes.
He's then tasked with assisting a small regiment of soldiers in transporting a nuclear warhead across the countryside by train in order to draw out the M.U.T.O. and Godzilla and thus, kill them. As night falls, the female M.U.T.O. arrives, destroys most of the military stationed by the train and steals the warhead, leaving Ford as the sole survivor.
He found himself recovered by FEMA and other fellow military members who then reassigned him to a newly authorized HALO jump with another squadron. The assignment involved jumping into the ruins of San Francisco to retrieve the second warhead stolen by the male M.U.T.O before it detonates within the city.
Upon arriving in the city, Ford witnesses the female M.U.T.O. laying eggs while using a nuclear warhead as an energy source for her soon to be offspring. Ford and his men removed the nuke and he destroyed the eggs. This inadvertently saved Godzilla as it distracted the M.U.T.O.s who rushed to their nest to find it destroyed, granting Godzilla a reprieve. The female M.U.T.O then noticed the wounded Ford and attempted to kill him. Godzilla, having gained his second wind, intervened and returned the favor by blasting the female M.U.T.O with his atomic breath twice, knocking her down long enough for Ford to get away.
Ford was then present to see the weakened Godzilla fall onto the streets after a skyscraper collapsed onto his back. Both gave each other a stare, before Godzilla faded into the resulting smoke. He then witnessed his squadron attempt to ward off the newly recovered female M.U.T.O, who only responded by slaying them all with ease, leaving the warhead unattended. He quickly loaded the warhead onto the boat, and pushed it out to sea, only to be stopped by the female who's EMP effect stopped the boat. She roared at Ford an attempted to kill him, before she was suddenly confronted by Godzilla who proceeded to blow her head off with a concentrated blast of atomic breath.
As the EMP faded and the boat began to move once more, Ford began to lose consciousness, mirroring the weakened Godzilla who, along with Ford, collapsed. As the timer on the nuclear device began to tick down, Ford was suddenly picked up by a military chopper who got him off the boat, and he was barely conscious enough to witness the nuclear explosion far out at sea.
The next day, Ford reunited with Elle and Sam, and after reconciling, they watched Godzilla on the news, who, despite seeming dead from the battle, rose up and returned to the sea.
Personality and Traits
Ford was stoic and generally level headed, even in stressful situations. However, he ended up breaking his stoic demeanor a few times; namely when Joseph was gravely injured from the M.U.T.O.'s arrival, when he contacted Elle shortly before undertaking the train operation, and lastly, when he reunited with her in the aftermath of Godzilla's fight with the M.U.T.O.s.
Despite these breaks in his generally stoic attitude, he's depicted as being conscious of knowing when and where grieving and emotional outbursts are acceptable, and is capable of being ready to shove his personal issues aside in order to pay attention to a greater issue.
He's also very selfless and resourceful, having voluntarily stayed behind as his military comrades pushed forward with their goal, so he could create a makeshift explosive that would end up destroying the M.U.T.O. nest and saving Godzilla's life inadvertently.
He is also the son of Joseph and Sandra Brody. Ford and Joseph's relationship was rocky after Sandra's death, with the two getting into minor arguments about the latter's trespassing into Janjira's old areas after the reactor's destruction.