"You're joking right?"
―Kirby's last words before getting kicked out of the White House and being arrested for his treachery. [src]

Martin Kirby was the Vice President of the United States under the administration of President Allan Trumbull.

He conspired to have President Allan Trumbull's assassination and usurp the President's decisions on private military companies. He is the main antagonist in Angel Has Fallen.


Before Angel Has FallenEdit

When Benjamin Asher's administration ended and Allan Trumbull's administration started, Martin Kirby was elected as Vice President. However, tensions between the United States and Russia were high and at some point in time, Kirby believed that private military companies were needed and that the United States had to show itself as a strong military power and "take the gloves off". He believed that Trumbull's diplomacy with Russia and rejection of private military firms made America look vulnerable as the Russians were previously involved in hacking a U.S election. Therefore, he secretly planned to assassinate Trumbull by hiring Salient Global to frame Mike Banning and assassinate Trumbull in return for a ten million dollar payment. After Salient Global completed the President Trumbull's assassination, he would become the new President and attack Russia for the false assassination.

Angel Has FallenEdit

Kirby is seen in the Oval Office with Trumbull, White House Chief of Staff Sam Wilcox and other U.S officials to explain the leaks given and he seems to agree with Trumbull's opinion about private military companies stating that it was not the same fighting for money than fighting for the country.

After the attack, Vice President Martin Kirby is sworn in as Acting President due to Trumbull being in a coma. He learns from Wilcox that the entire protection detail is dead, with the exception of Mike Banning.

After learning that Mike had escaped, Kirby calls Wade through a secure number and asks him if he located Mike. When Wade responds that they were working on it, he irritably said that they specifically agreed to keep Mike conscious at the lake so that he could take the blame and that they had let him get away and now has the potential to expose their entire conspiracy. He tells Wade that he feels Wade's personal connection to Mike may not be an asset but a liability and tells him that if he wanted to benefit from the mission, he would kill Mike for good and called Trumbull's failed assassination his biggest mistake before hanging up.

He then informs the press that Mike was responsible for carrying out Trumbull's assassination attempt with support from the Russian government and states that it was time to act and to go to war with Russia, given their apparent aggression. He then tells the press that he signed an executive order, calling for the use of private military companies in his campaign. After Trumbull awakens from his coma, Kirby calls Wade and tells him to finish the mission once and for all. However, the mission was a failure after Mike Banning and a squad of Secret Service agents defeats Salient Global and kills Wade.

After Banning was exonerated, Trumbull has David Gentry arrests Kirby for treason thanks to the evidence kept by Jennings as an insurance policy and uncovered by late FBI Agent Helen Thompson.

Kirby is thought be sentenced to prison for life or executed for his crimes, betrayal and conspiracy. It is unknown who took his place as Vice President.


Upon his first appearance, Kirby was just shown to be a shy fellow, being a man of few words. He is very timid when seeing how complicated his job is. But in spite of this, Kirby shows his loyalty to the country and is determined to keep it under control after the President's coma following an attempted murder.

However, it turns out to be all a cover-up to hide his true nature: that of a treacherous and tyrannical mastermind who was actually planning to kill the President in order to officially take over the role in the White House so he can go to war against Russia.

Kirby also seems to be obsessed in some way as his radical ideas of American military strength is what clouded his judgment and bought about his downfall.


  • Kirby is so far the only antagonist in the Olympus Has Fallen series to be arrested and not die. However, it can be implied that he was sentenced for life or executed for his actions.
  • Before the film's release, Wade Jennings was thought to be the main villain because he started the terrorist attack and did all the work. However, Martin Kirby was revealed to be the true mastermind behind the events.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Vice President Martin Kirby was portrayed by Tim Blake Nelson in Angel Has Fallen.

He bears an uncanny resemblance to Steven Mnuchin, who has served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury since 2017.


Political offices
Preceded by
Allan Trumbull
Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Mike Banning - President Benjamin Asher - Allan Trumbull - Lynne Jacobs - Leah Banning - Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan - General Edward Clegg - Ray Monroe
Olympus Has Fallen characters
Protagonists Agent Roma - Agent O'Neil - Agent Jones
Antagonists Kang Yeonsak - Dave Forbes - Lim - Cho - Yu
Other characters Connor Asher - Margaret Asher - Vice President Charlie Rodriguez - Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo - Admiral Joe Hoenig - Mark Diaz
London Has Fallen characters
Protagonists Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall - D.C. Mason - Kevin Hazard - Will Davies - Agent Voight - Agent Bronson
Antagonists Aamir Barkawi - Kamran Barkawi - John Lancaster - Sultan Mansoor - Raza Mansoor
Other characters Doris - Prime Minister Robert Bowman - President Jacques Mainard - Chancellor Agnes Bruckner - Prime Minister Antonio Gusto - Prime Minister Tsutomu Nakushima
Angel Has Fallen characters
Protagonists Clay Banning - David Gentry - Helen Thompson - Sam Wilcox - Agent Murphy
Antagonists Martin Kirby - Wade Jennings - Travis Cole - Bruno - Frost
Other characters Ramirez - Peterson - James Haskell - Admiral Paul Sebring
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