Characters / Gamera

There aren't as many Kaiju in this series of films as Godzilla, but they are certainly memorable, so let's learn about them. The main page is here.

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Gamera

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Guardian of the Universe

A gargantuan tusked turtle-like monster, Gamera has had different origins depending on which era he is involved in. In the original Showa Era, he has some absent connection to Atlantis, but not much in the way of details is presented; he is simply one of many monsters who roams the world and is frequently lured to do battle with other monsters. In the Heisei Era, he is a bio-engineered Super Soldier created by Atlantis after previous misuse of the same technology produced the horrors known as Gyaos, given life for the purpose of slaying Gyaos and surviving through the eons to ensure they are exterminated.

Toto

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Guardian of the Universe Jr.

Barugon

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TASTE THE RAINBOW MOTHERFUCKAA-!

A massive, crocodile/chameleon-like kaiju of little intelligence but considerable destructive power, the first enemy monster battled by Gamera in the Showa era.

Gyaos

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I appeared in more films than you did!

Most iconic of Gamera's foes, Gyaos are blood-sucking pteranodon-like kaiju with laser beams. They first appeared in the third Gamera film of the Showa era and were later revealed to have spacefaring relatives. In the Heisei era, they were presented as the arc-villains of the trilogy, having been accidentally created by the people of Atlantis and then gone amuck, necessitating the creation of Gamera to destroy them.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Gamera. At least in the Heisei series.
  • Bat Out of Hell: The Showa era incarnation is a sort of giant bat. The Heisei era are referred to being giant birds, despite still retaining bat-like features.
  • Breakout Villain: Appeared in more than one Showa film, which led to their revival in the Heisei era and further cemented their iconic image. They even cameo in Gamera The Brave!
  • Giant Flyer:
  • Healing Factor: The Showa one was able to regenerate, and regrew his severed foot.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In the Showa era, Gyaos ate humans and livestock for their blood. In the Heisei era, he eats them because his old food source, pollution, was depleted when Atlantis thrived.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Their cuttings beams are actually super sonic screams.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A giant vampire-pterodactyl.
  • One-Gender Race: In the Heisei series, reproducing asexually.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Became the most frequent monster in the Heisei series.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: In the Showa era, the bites suck since you could be killed by a single chomp.
  • Weakened by the Light: The Showa version doesn't like the sun, and in fact would die if exposed to the ultraviolet rays for too long. The Heisei ones also preferred night at first but after growing protective eye plates they could fly during the day without much hassle.

Space Gyaos

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This is the skin of a killer FROM SPACE
A space-faring strain of Gyaos that appears in Gamera vs. Guiron, it is essentially a Gyaos that can fly from planet to planet under its own power.

Viras

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Invading Squid FROM SPACE

  • Alien Invasion: Want to colonize Earth for unknown reasons. Talk about how it's similar to their planet hint their world maybe dying.
  • Combat Tentacles: It fights Gamera with six of them.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Can combine his three head tentacles into a razor sharp weapon to skewer opponents with.
    • Meets this fate itself in one of the American comics when Gamera throws it onto the Eiffel Tower.
  • Sea Monster: Can swim underwater, but from another planet.
  • The Swarm: Was originally just the leader of an invasion force with underlings using human disguises. Then those underlings combined with Viras for a Kaiju battle!

Guiron

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Angry Guard Guillotine
The titular monster of Gamera vs. Guiron, this horror is a bio-engineered Super Soldier created to protect the dying world of Terra from any and all assailants, predominantly the starfaring haemovores known as Space Gyaos.

Jiger

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"Gamera...you're pregnant. And I'm the mother."

  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Has a deadly stinger hidden in her tail she can use to implant her offspring in other monsters.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Her heat ray vaporizes flesh and entire city blocks. Doesn't have the same affect on Gamera, but still damaging nonetheless.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Her gender is discovered when she implanted an egg in Gamera's lung. And it hatched.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Implanted an egg into Gamera's lung, stunning him. It hatched in his lung and would have probably made its insides a meal if the heroes hadn't killed it.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In-Universe, her main weakness is an idol that makes a sound that's able to both weaken her and cause severe illness in humans. White noise is also discovered to be this to her. Her Disintegrator Ray also opperates on this.
  • Monster is a Mommy: And she will use the nearest monster as the incubator for that egg. Gamera is free.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In-Universe, her name is described as a Mu word meaning Devil.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed away under the earth by the Devil Whistle thanks to it making a special sound which weakens her, keeping her in suspended animation.
  • Superpower Lottery: Can shoot quills that keep Gamera in place and take down jets, a massively destructive heat ray, the ability to suck opponents toward her, and impregnate opponents with her stinger tail.

Zigra

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Invading Shark FROM SPACE

Garasharp

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THIS IS FOR CANCELING MY MOVIE!

  • Arch-Enemy: Would have been this to Gamera, as Word of God says she was intended to be the "Ghidorah" of the Gamera series. That role ended up going to Gyaos (and to a lesser extent, Iris) instead.
  • Breath Weapon: She could have possibly breathed fire or let out poisonous smoke.
  • Monster is a Mommy: Upon dying, two babies wriggled out and Gamera rescued them from the military, since he's the friend of monster children as well!
  • Multiple Head Case: One plan for her was to have two heads.
  • Poisonous Person: One of her proposed powers was unleash a poisonous smog.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent
  • What Could Have Been: Her entire story. Her movie was being planned when Daiei officially fell into bankruptcy. One of her powers was a Sonic Rattler.

Legion

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Queen of the Swarm

  • Alien Invasion: Though the conflict comes from the fact the conditions perfect for the Legion are negligable to the humans and the human technology interferes with Legion communication.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Queen Legion is the biggest, strongest, and smartest of the swarm.
  • Bee People: Her soldiers are this. They even seem to reside in a Honeycomb-like part of her body.
  • Giant Flyer: Played straight with the soldiers, but the queen gets her wings destroyed soon after her appearance and relies on burrowing thereafter.
  • Hive Queen: The Queen Legion is the brains of the smaller ones.
  • I Am Legion: One of the characters quotes from the bible passage and that's the creatures' name from then on.
  • Not So Stoic: Upon her horns being ripped off, she goes ballistic and starts using red energy whips!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Upon her horns being ripped off which reveals she's Not So Stoic.
  • Super Toughness: By Heisei Gamera standards. Direct hits from missiles and other conventional weapons manage to blow off some of her small shield emitting legs, but fail to do any serious damage otherwise, compared to other kaiju that take considerably more damage from the same thing.
  • Tunnel King: Her ability after being dewinged.
  • Villainous Breakdown: See Not So Stoic.

Iris

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  • Ambiguously Evil: Multiple possible explanations are given for his existence, some of which imply he was actually not inherently evil and was corrupted by Ayana's hatred. While he's undoubtly a dangerous monster and the film's main villain, it's unclear if he does the things he does out of a malicious nature or simply because he thinks its what he thinks Ayana wants him to do.
  • Arch-Enemy: It's implied throughout the film that Iris and Gamera are natural enemies. At one point they are compared to the Chinese gods of the South and the North, who were rivals; and two explanations for Iris' past say that he was either created to destroy Gamera or is a mutation of the Gyaos, whom Gamera was created to destroy.
  • Combat Tentacles: His shoot lasers and can be used to make him fly.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gamera. They are both giant monsters created by the Atlanteans (possibly in Iris' case) that end up forming psychic links with human girls through the use of mystical stones.
  • Giant Flyer: Flies using plasma energy, uses wing-like membranes between tentacles to increase speed.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Ayana's hatred for Gamera for a power up...maybe. The film is kinda ambiguous whether or not he manipulated her or her hatred and anger corrupted him.
  • Meaningful Name: His name in the kanji representation means "Evil God" or "False God."
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Is he an evil spirit? A monster created to stop Gamera that was corrupted by Ayana's hatred? Or a mutated Gyaos? The film never really gives a clear answer.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: If he was inherently evil. Was confined to the Moribe shrine where a turtle-like rock sealed it. A sumo wrestler couldn't pick it up. Ayana could.
  • Ultimate Life Form: One possible explanation for his existence is that he's the ultimate evolution of the Gyaos.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Gamera rips Ayana out of his chest, Iris pins him to a wall by his hand and is about to fry him with his own fire balls.

Zedus

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I went out to dinner with Gaira last night

    Humans 

Asagi Kusanagi

  • The Heart: To Gamera. He's more savage once their connection is severed.
  • Ho Yay: Vibes of Les Yay with Nagamine near the end of Gamera 3.
  • The Lancer: To Gamera in a way.
  • She Is All Grown Up: She was a high schooler in the first movie. In college by the third film.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Asagi grows up to be a bit of a tomboy by the time she reunites with Nagamine in the third film.

Inspector Osako

Mayumi Nagamine

Midori Honami

Ayana Hirasaka

  • Evil Counterpart: To Asagi though she's not outright evil but hurt.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Starts to regret her bond with Iris near the end of the film.
  • The Quiet One
  • Weirdness Magnet
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She lost her parents during the battle between Gamera and the first Super Gyaos, her adopted family openly talks bad about her, she and the one part of her foster family she cares about are bullied by the neighborhood. Yeah, she's directly responsible for Iris (and depending on which choice you pic from his Multiple-Choice Past, perhaps directly responsible for what he became), but the poor girl's been through hell.

Mito Asukura

Tatsunari Moribe


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