History Film / GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster

11th Feb '17 4:52:00 PM VampireBuddha
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Despite breaking the new the groundwork for the majority of the films that would follow, ''Ghidorah'' pretty much never saw theatrical distribution outside Asian and American territories for some reason. Turkey is a notable European exception.

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Despite breaking the new the groundwork for the majority of the films that would follow, ''Ghidorah'' pretty much never saw theatrical distribution outside Asian and American territories for some reason. Turkey is a notable European exception.
9th Feb '17 8:26:48 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* GlobalWarming: The worldwide heatwave in the middle of January. Emphasized less in the U.S. cut.



* GlobalWarming: The worldwide heatwave in the middle of January. Emphasized less in the U.S. cut.
29th Dec '16 1:45:05 PM CJCroen1393
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* LandSeaSky: The Kaiju who defeat Ghidorah: Mothra in larval form (Land), Godzilla (Sea) and Rodan (Sky).
27th Dec '16 2:42:43 PM JamesAustin
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27th Dec '16 2:38:51 PM JamesAustin
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--> "''Gentlemen, we need whatever help we are able to obtain. In this case, it makes no difference, where we finally get that help from.''"
--> ~ '''General Wado'''

--> "''Godzilla says he has no reason to save humans. They are always bullying me. Rodan agrees with him.''"
--> ~ The '''Shobijin''' translating Godzilla's FreudianExcuse makes so much sense now.

The fifth film in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise, ''"Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster"'' marked a few changes in the series. It was the first to deviate from the tried and true "giant irradiated mutants from a LostWorld trample Tokyo" plot of the previous four films by introducing elements of the space operas and UFO culture that was prevalent in the 50's and 60's. This experiment would be expanded upon in later films. Called ''San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen'' in Japan.

More importantly, ''"Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster"'' marked a change in Godzilla as a character, one that was arguably necessary for the franchise to continue. After having played the villain for four movies straight, Godzilla switches sides in the third act of this film to fight an even worse monster than himself: the planet-destroying King Ghidorah. This change in Godzilla's role would be slowly built upon in the following movies, and set the groundwork for the change in tone that would occur between the first and later halves of the Showa Godzilla series.

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--> "''Gentlemen, -> ''"Gentlemen, we need whatever help we are able to obtain. In this case, it makes no difference, where we finally get that help from.''"
--> ~
"''
-->--
'''General Wado'''

--> "''Godzilla -> ''"Godzilla says he has no reason to save humans. They are always bullying me. Rodan agrees with him.''"
--> ~
"''
-->--
The '''Shobijin''' translating Godzilla's FreudianExcuse makes so much sense now.

The ''Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster'' is a 1964 Japanese science-fiction {{kaiju}} film and the fifth film in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise, ''"Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster"'' which marked a few changes in the series. It was the first to deviate from the tried and true "giant irradiated mutants from a LostWorld trample Tokyo" plot of the previous four films by introducing elements of the space operas and UFO culture that was prevalent in the 50's and 60's. This experiment would be expanded upon in later films. Called ''San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen'' in Japan.

More importantly, ''"Ghidorah ''Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster"'' Three-Headed Monster'' marked a change in Godzilla as a character, one that was arguably necessary for the franchise to continue. After having played the villain for four movies straight, Godzilla switches sides in the third act of this film to fight an even worse monster than himself: the planet-destroying King Ghidorah. This change in Godzilla's role would be slowly built upon in the following movies, and set the groundwork for the change in tone that would occur between the first and later halves of the Showa Godzilla series.



* {{Archenemy}}: This is the film that introduced King Ghidorah, who would go on to face Godzilla eight more times across four continuities.

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* {{Archenemy}}: ArchEnemy: This is the film that introduced King Ghidorah, who would go on to face Godzilla eight more times across four continuities.
12th Nov '16 10:08:04 AM markzilla6895
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* BadassAdorable: The Mothra larva. Even though by comparison to Godzilla and Rodan he isn’t very powerful, he's still got enough guts not only to try to get them to stop fighting and ask them to help save the world from Ghidorah, but to then go and take on Ghidorah himself on his own (at first) when it seems the other two won't lift a claw in humankind's defense. He also refuses to stay down no matter what Ghidorah does to him. Godzilla and Rodan are quickly impressed by his courage and come to his aid.

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* BadassAdorable: The Mothra larva. Even though by comparison to Godzilla and Rodan he she isn’t very powerful, he's she's still got enough guts not only to try to get them to stop fighting and ask them to help save the world from Ghidorah, but to then go and take on Ghidorah himself on his her own (at first) when it seems the other two won't lift a claw in humankind's defense. He She also refuses to stay down no matter what Ghidorah does to him. her. Godzilla and Rodan are quickly impressed by his her courage and come to his her aid.



** Mothra as well. Compared to the other monsters he's tiny. Yet he throws himself at King Ghidorah again and again. It's this show of raw courage that brings Godzilla and Rodan into the fray to help him drive off the three headed space monster.

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** Mothra as well. Compared to the other monsters he's she's tiny. Yet he she throws himself herself at King Ghidorah again and again. It's this show of raw courage that brings Godzilla and Rodan into the fray to help him her drive off the three headed space monster.



* StaringDownCthulhu: Mothra, in his generally helpless larval stage, faces down King Ghidorah, the King of Terror who wrecks worlds for the fun of it. Alone (initially). He's outmatched and he knows it. But he does it anyway.

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* StaringDownCthulhu: Mothra, in his her generally helpless larval stage, faces down King Ghidorah, the King of Terror who wrecks worlds for the fun of it. Alone (initially). He's She's outmatched and he she knows it. But he she does it anyway.



** Averted in Mothra's case, as his silk spray, once used from a proper vantage point, defeats the invincible Big Bad. Again.

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** Averted in Mothra's case, as his her silk spray, once used from a proper vantage point, defeats the invincible Big Bad. Again.
21st Jun '16 12:46:14 PM akih08
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** Mothra's tail-biting attack makes a return--this time it's used against King Ghidorah.



** Later, the same larva sprays silk at him.

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** Later, the same larva sprays silk at him.King Ghidorah.
22nd May '16 11:38:06 AM Arawn999
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: And later, the same larva sprays silk at him.

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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: And later, DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu:
** After watching Godzilla and Rodan swat a boulder back and forth like a volleyball, Mothra sprays Godzilla with silk to get his attention. When Rodan laughs - for lack of a better word - at Godzilla, Mothra sprays him too, causing Godzilla to laugh at Rodan.
** Later,
the same larva sprays silk at him.
22nd May '16 11:27:51 AM Arawn999
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* NoSell: Rodan is completely unfazed by Godzilla blasting him point-blank with his Atomic Breath.
22nd May '16 11:25:51 AM Arawn999
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* BadassNormal: Rodan is just a plain big pterosaur, but can go toe to toe with Godzilla, and pull awesome move after awesome move on the King of Terror himself.
** Then again, he’s a giant pterosaur capable of withstanding all known military weapons and direct hits from Godzilla and King Ghidorah’s respective breath weapons. The only thing that makes him significantly weaker than Godzilla is Rodan’s inability to breathe nuclear fire, but even then he compensates for that by being able to fly.

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* BadassNormal: BadassNormal:
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Rodan is just a plain big pterosaur, but can go toe to toe with Godzilla, and pull awesome move after awesome move on the King of Terror himself.
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himself. Then again, he’s a giant pterosaur capable of withstanding all known military weapons and direct hits from Godzilla and King Ghidorah’s respective breath weapons. The only thing that makes him significantly weaker than Godzilla is Rodan’s inability to breathe nuclear fire, but even then he compensates for that by being able to fly.



* ContinuityNod:
** The male Rodan emerges from Mt. Aso, where he had seemingly been killed at the end of ''Film/{{Rodan}}''.
** It's mentioned that [[Film/MothraVsGodzilla Godzilla was once defeated by Mothra]], and suggested that Mothra could defeat Ghidorah in the same manner.
* CombatTentacles: King Ghidorah's necks (and the heads attached to them) behave like this.



* CombatTentacles: King Ghidorah's necks (and the heads attached to them) behave like this.



* TheDeterminator: Malmess, the Selginian assassin. He pulls himself out of his crushed Mercedes after a rockslide and, bruised and bloody, immediately resumes his mission as if nothing happened.

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* TheDeterminator: TheDeterminator:
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Malmess, the Selginian assassin. He pulls himself out of his crushed Mercedes after a rockslide and, bruised and bloody, immediately resumes his mission as if nothing happened.



** TheUnfettered: Malmess again. To him, a giant, golden, lightning-spewing space dragon is a negligible inconvenience to his mission to kill a princess.
*** Then again, Malmess was threatened by his boss with death as punishment if he returned home without completing his mission, so he actually has a valid reason to keep going.
* DisneyVillainDeath: How Malmess meets his doom. By the BiggerBad.

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** TheUnfettered: Malmess again. To him, a giant, golden, lightning-spewing space dragon is a negligible inconvenience * DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: And later, the same larva sprays silk at him.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: And then defeats him and forces him
to his mission to kill a princess.
*** Then again, Malmess was threatened by his boss
retreat with death as punishment if he returned home without completing his mission, so he actually has a valid reason to keep going.
the same silk, albeit with the assistance of two much stronger monsters.
* DisneyVillainDeath: How Malmess meets his doom. By the BiggerBad.



* ImplacableMan: King Ghidorah is nearly unstoppable as this stage.

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* ImplacableMan: ImplacableMan:
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King Ghidorah is nearly unstoppable as this stage.unstoppable, requiring the combined efforts of three kaiju to chase him off.



* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: The Shobijin, again. They talk in unison, can teleport, and are priestesses of a gigantic-ass caterpillar.

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* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: The Shobijin, again. They talk in unison, can teleport, and are priestesses of a gigantic-ass caterpillar.caterpillar deity.



** DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: And later, the same larva sprays silk at him.
*** DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: And then defeats him and forces him to retreat with the same silk, albeit with the assistance of two much stronger monsters.


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* TheUnfettered: Malmess again. To him, a giant, golden, lightning-spewing space dragon is a negligible inconvenience to his mission to kill a princess. Then again, Malmess was threatened by his boss with death as punishment if he returned home without completing his mission, so he actually has a valid reason to keep going.
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