Let's face it, there's a lot of Kaiju in this series of films, as well as other Toho films. Let's learn more about them. The main page is here.
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First appearance: Gojira / Godzilla, King of the Monsters, 1954
AKA: Gojira, The King Of The Monsters, Monster Zero-OneThe main monster himself. A giant, prehistoric aquatic reptile who lurked in the darkest depths of the ocean, until the fateful day a nuclear weapons test destroyed his habitat, caused him to absorb massive amounts of radiation and unleashed him upon the unsuspecting world. Born from the atomic fires, Godzilla was a metaphor for the horrors of nuclear destruction. Godzilla began as a neutral being, a living force of nature, but through the years he's also been a protector of the Earth, a monstrous engine of vengeance, and even a caring parent. One thing is constant, though: Godzilla is unstoppable and will face all challengers with his size, power, ferocity, and devastating atomic ray.
All Webbed Up: How he's usually subdued when Mothra's babies are around. Kumonga did this to him once as well.
Alternate Self: The Showa, Heisei, and various Millennium versions of Godzilla are all different monsters from each other.
Anthropomorphic Shift: During the Showa Era, Godzilla went from a fairly animalistic monster that fought using his teeth and claws (along with his thermonuclear breath) to something of an anthro-animal superhero who would pretty much fight using kung fu moves. This is up to and including an Ali-Shuffle in Monster Zero.
And there's that time he put on gigantic sneakers to go one-on-one with Charles Barkley...
Nominal Hero: Most of the time, he saves the world not for any admirable reason, but because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time or was simply saving his own skin.
Sociopathic Hero: Where do we begin? He kills Titanosaurus in what appears to be cold blood, rips off Ebirah's claws and taunts him with them, and in general, really seems to enjoy fighting. His apathy towards the humans who die, either directly or indirectly from his actions, counts as well.
Technically, we don't know if he actually knew Titanosaurus was a peaceful animal under mind control. Had he known such, I think he'd have let Titanosaurus live; this is 70's-era Godzilla, after all, and Meka-Gyakusu-Goji is one of the more benevolent Godzillas.
He generally has a problem with stronger monsters beating up on weaker ones, as King Ghidorah found out.
Ironic, considering that he's the strongest monster in the series, and generally picks fights with whichever monster of the week is unfortunate enough to cross his path.
The Big Guy: His height varies between 50 and 100 meters, and he's definitely a heavy hitter.
Breath Weapon: Godzilla's Atomic Breath, which has ranged from being a jet of flames/vapor to a beam of plasma, is one of the most famous radioactive breaths in the business.
Character Development: If one watches the Showa movies from first to last, one notices Godzilla progressing from cranky and destructive to cranky and apathetic, to slowly developing a mild, if distant respect for his new neighbors, the humans.
Likewise, Son Of Godzilla is the start of showing Godzilla's more compassionate side by having him not only adopt Minya as his son, but also hugging him to keep him warm as the island they are both on freezes over.
Justified in that it was explained as the result of being overclocked on radioactive power at levels even he couldn't absorb all at once and ended up killing him.
Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Described in-universe as having characteristics of various dinosaurs. In addition, at least one incarnation is mutated from a Godzillasaurus, below.
Fire-Forged Friends: With Rodan and the first known male Mothra in Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Appears to have continued this friendship with every generation of Mothra in the Showa Era, though the friendship was often rocky at best.
Implacable Monster: Godzilla is a lumbering, unstoppable juggernaut. He cannot be overcome or reasoned with, only avoided for as long as possible.
Well, unless you happen to be a Mechagodzilla, in which case Godzilla becomes easier to overcome.
It's Personal: With Destoroyah (who killed his son) and Arch-Enemy King Ghidorah. The latter is made quite explicit in one of the novelizations.
His motive for attacking the UFO in Godzilla 2000: Millennium, he just went after it because he was mad at it for blasting him earlier.
Godzilla's entire hatred of humans stems from this; after all, they did blow up his home, horribly mutated him and then tried to kill him off when he decided he wanted to state his complaints by wrecking Tokyo up.
It Can Think: Godzilla has shown a surprising amount of cunning and intelligence throughout the films. He's practically diabolical in GMK, and gives off the impression that everything is all going According To Plan when a human tries to help Ghidorah by shooting a missle at Godzilla, only for Godzilla to grab his three headed enemy and swing him right into the path of the missiles.
Many of the more animalistic Godzillas are actually quite cunning in this regard; in 2000, he lets himself get swallowed by Orga so he can use his atomic breath to pulverize Orga's upper body, in Vs. Megaguirus, he pretends to be impaled by Megaguirus' stinger, only to crush it in his jaws and then finish Megaguirus off, and he can effectively strategize on the fly in Final Wars. Heisei-era Godzilla also had telepathic abilities.
Jerkass: Has a particularly bad attitude in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Towards the the end of the fight Godzilla trips Kong with his tail. When Kong regains his balance he hits him again and laughs his head off!
He also taunts Ebirah with his own arms in Ebirah, Horror of The Deep, and is in general has a bad attitude in Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster.
Also ends up becoming this by the time Godzilla VS Destoroyah rolls about, in the Heisei continuity.
The Juggernaut: If he's the villain then the plot of the films tends to be about finding a way to stop which half the time fails to kill him or flat out doesn't even work. This trope is taken Up to Eleven in Godzilla Final Wars where he fights about a dozen monsters throughout the film and appears invincible up until the fight with Monster X.
Lightning Bruiser / Mighty Glacier: Depends on the film. Sometimes he moves so slowly you can easily count the steps he takes, other times he run incredibly fast and even leap around easily. In either case, beyond his Breath Weapon, he's portrayed as being very physically strong (not just because he's big), able to easily toss around other monsters, even they're bigger than he is.
GMK Godzilla demonstrates this best, even after blowing himself up, it was still not enough to destroy the monster, as his disembodied heart continued to beat at the bottom of Tokyo Bay, slowly regenerating a new body.
Also emphasized in the trailers for Godzilla2014, where it's revealed that the Pacific nuclear tests, like Castle Bravo, weren't actually tests, but an attempt to kill Godzilla and keep it under wraps. It didn't work.
Non-Malicious Monster: His most consistent character trait, up until GMK; the 1954, Showa, Heisei, 2000 and Gx M incarnations were all portrayed, ultimately, as sympathetic in some fashion, no matter how wrathful he was sometimes shown to be. To date, only the GMK version has been portrayed without sympathy.
Even then, some consider Godzilla's very nature as an undead monster to be somewhat sympathetic in this film since it's implied Godzilla's actions aren't of his own free will due to being possessed by some 36 million angry ghosts.
Off Model: Godzilla'sappearance◊ in the comic book series published by Marvel. While the comic's design generally adheres to the original movie's design, it portrays Godzilla with stereotypical green skin (a trait that wouldn't follow over to the original japanese movies until Godzilla 2000) and generally looks slightly more like a dinosaur. The comic also greatly exaggerated Godzilla's height, making him over 150 meters, or 492 feet (for comparison, that's three times the original movie design's height, which had Godzilla at 50 meters, or 164 feet).
The tail end of the Showa era (especiallyVS. Gigan and VS. Megalon) were infamous for reusing suits from the previous films, even if they looked nothing alike to each other (example: Gigan Goji and Megaro Goji), for certain scenes.
The Other Darrin: Is portrayed by different suit actors in the Showa series, while Haruo Nakajima is mostly him until after Godzilla vs. Gigan. In the Heisei Series, he's portrayed by Kenpachiro Satsuma, and Tsutomu Kitagawa in the Millennium series.
Our Zombies Are Different: The GMK incarnation of Godzilla is the 1954 Godzilla re-animated and driven by the vengeful spirits of the forgotten soldiers who died in WWII to destroy Japan.
Papa Wolf - Only a complete moron would try to harm Godzilla's offspring. Godzilla is many things but despite the fact that none of the younger monsters he's adopted are his biologically (we think), Godzilla is devoted to the care of his children and screwing with them is a pretty effective way of committing suicide, as Godzilla will find you and kill you DEAD if you do.
Pet the Dog: Gets one near the end of the original film where he is found sleeping in the ocean. This quote from this review says it best: we have it here as its compassion reaches out to embrace even the destructive power at the center of its story. Here, for the first and last time, we catch a strangely touching glimpse of Godzilla at peace, going about the normal life from which forces beyond his control or understanding have so violently wrenched him. Even in the face of all the death and chaos, even as mankind strikes back with a power even more terrible than Godzilla himself, the film takes a moment to remind us that Godzilla, too, is in his way a victim.
The Soulless: Subverted by some 36 million plus souls. In Giant Monsters All-Out Attack he comes back as an undead white-eyed monster, seemingly possessed by spirits of the casualties of WW2's Pacific War. Given his terrifying supernatural aura, its not clear if this Godzilla had his soul exorcised by the evil spirits, never had one to begin with, fused with them, or is the very incarnation of their anger and hate.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Breaks out of his iceberg imprisonment (from the end of Godzilla Raids Again) during the events of King Kong vs. Godzilla to the surprise of a weary American Nuclear Submarine crew.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: Can stay underwater without going up to breathe. It's explained in the first film that Godzilla belongs to a family of transitional marine-dwelling dinosaurs. Godzilla's Revenge retroactively established that Godzilla is also able to breathe underwater, though he is apparently not an amphibian. It may be part of the mutations that gave him powers.
In the Mark Cerasini novels, it's shown that Godzilla derives all of his energy from the radiation he absorbs, and even when trapped deep in the Earth with no air at all he can survive just fine. However, doing this drains his radiation fuel and hampers his healing ability and will send him into a comatose hibernation if his energy drops too low. If he hadn't been carried into a cavern filled with radioactive ores by a magma river, he would have eventually died.
Which is nonsense when you actually do some research on radiation. Radiation is everywhere. Not just man-made sources, it occurs naturally through cosmic and terrestrial origins as well. Godzilla has an unlimited power source at his disposal. Its impossible to isolate him from it, there will always be enough to keep him ticking over.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Starting with the Hesei series, Godzilla started to REALLY make sure his enemies wouldn't get back up. Notable cases are with Heisei series Mechagodzilla, he repeatedly blasted it till it was barely even a flaming wreck, even though he already damaged it to the point he crew had to abandon it (granted he had no way of way knowing that), and with Megaguruis, who after finally managing to with with his Atomic Breath and caused it to gone down in flames, he hit the bug with it AGAIN and burned it so much there was barely anything left of it.
Happens to the Heisei-era Godzilla in Godzilla VS. Mechagodzilla, where he adopts Baby Godzilla as his own son.
Also happens in Final Wars, where he spares the Gotengo and it's crew from his wrath when Minya gets between his mouth and them.
Tragic Monster: The guy is just as much a victim of humanity as humanity is a victim of him.
Unstoppable Rage: Combine with Serial Escalation in Destoroyah. He's royally pissed when Destoroyah mortally wounds Jr. and then somehow that is topped off when Godzilla fails to save him. Easily the crowning moment of pissed-off for Godzilla.
It's said in Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster that one of Showa-era Godzilla's biggest pet peeves is large and strong monsters beating up weaker and smaller ones, so when he sees Ghidorah beating on the larva Mothra, he inevitably marches up to Ghidorah and joins Mothra in fending off the space beast.
The dinosaur that would become the (second of the) greatest kaiju the world has ever known. During World War II, the Godzillasaurus lived on a small Pacific island that was then captured by the Japanese. American forces soon attacked the island and cornered the Japanese forces, until the Godzillasaurus appeared, chasing the Americans to the beach (and killing many of them with its feet and by knocking trees onto them). Gravely wounded by warship shelling, Godzillasaurus retreated into the jungle, having inadvertently saved the Japanese troops. A few years later the comatose dinosaur was caught in the blast of an A-bomb test and mutated into the second Godzilla, which attacked Japan in Godzilla 1985 and Godzilla vs Biollante. However, in 1992 the Futurians traveled back in time and teleported the injured Godzillasaurus to the Bering Strait, where he lay until the 1980's when the radiation of a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine revived and mutated him, and later a modern Japanese nuclear submarine stumbled upon him and was destroyed, the stronger present-day nuclear sources birthing a much larger, stronger, and angrier second Godzilla.
Hey, It's That Voice!: Godzillasaurus' screams of agony are the roars of his most famous non-Toho rival, Gamera. And if you listen closely, you can hear bits of Gappa and Rodan thrown in the mix.
Stable Time Loop: According to this article, what happened in Godzilla VS. King Ghidorah was that instead of erasing the original Godzilla, the time travel adventure ended-up fulfilling one of these and created the Godzilla seen from Godzilla 1985 to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in the first place. There is evidence in both the sequels (Vs. Space Godzilla mentioned Biollante as a possible cause for the Space G's origins) and in Vs. King Ghidorah itself (everyone remembering Godzilla; Miki sensing Godzilla, not the Godzillasaurus; the Godzillasaurus being placed in a spot that'd later served as the site of a nuclear sub crash; and lastly, the Godzillasaurus already being Godzilla when the JSSF sent a sub to the area to mutate the dinosaur).
Tyrannosaurus rex: Averted, as it is a new unknown species, but Godzillasaurus definitely calls to mind the tripod-stance look of Tyrannosaurus in older films.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, 1993 (as Baby Godzilla)
AKA: Junior, Baby Godzilla, Little GodzillaGodzilla's son in the 1990's Heisei series. Discovered as an egg on an island that was used as a nuclear waste dump site, he was taken to Japan, where he hatched. In contrast to Godzilla, Junior is a peaceful herbivore and kind to humans. He underwent large physical changes as he matured, from a very lizard-like newborn to a tubby big-eyed child to a proto-Godzilla teenager. Though killed by Destoroyah, Godzilla's meltdown released enormous amounts of radiation, which revived and empowered Junior, maturing him into a new Godzilla.
Badass Adorable: By the time of Godzilla vs Destoroyah. He's the first one to actually do some damage to the titular villain, one of the most badass enemies in the whole franchise.
Beware the Nice Ones: Even as a teenager, he didn't do much harm. When lead to Destroyah, though, he put up quite a fight.
Disney Death: In Godzilla vs Destoroyah. But after the original dies, he is resurrected into an adult.
Do Not Go Gentle: He put up one hell of a fight against Destoroyah, and despite lacking any battle experience, was utterly fearless in the face of a greater and more powerful foe. He may be adopted, but clearly Jr. inherited Godzilla's courage and fighting spirit.
Gentle Giant: The most threatening thing he's ever done to humans is frighten a bunch of beachgoers.
Teens Are Monsters: Only in strength. Teenage Junior's actually pretty friendly—unless you happen to be Destoroyah.
Took a Level in Badass: People liked Baby Godzilla (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II) all right, disliked Little Godzilla (Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla), but he outgrew it to become a kick-ass teenzilla. And mopped the floor with Destoroyah in the process.
Final Wars was initially written as Junior's adventures, but it remains vague enough that one could still interpret it that way and see the movie as Junior surpassing his father in ass-kicking ability.
The original script in question, according to Word of God, had the movie take place in 2032, hence the handheld maser cannons, lasers, and other assortments of futuristic technology. Though that tidbit was eventually written out, one can assume it still takes place in the future.
Toho's publicity material for the film in 2004 still said Final Wars takes place in 203X. 2032 was the script's dating.
First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
Godzilla's son in the 1950's-70's Showa series, and in the latest film Godzilla: Final Wars. An enigma, his origins are unknown. Minilla (or Minya)'s egg was uncovered by several Kamacuras on a Pacific island from inside a pile of rock. Godzilla soon appeared, having been drawn to the location by Minilla's powerful electromagnetic cries. Saving Minilla from the Kamacuras, Godzilla took the infant under his wing and began raising him (after a rough start). Minilla later faced Kamacuras, the spider Kumonga, and then participated in a giant brawl against King Ghidorah during an alien invasion. He later appeared in a young boy's dreams, and had a small but pivotal role in Final Wars.
Second only to the Big G himself in iconicity, Mothra is notable for being one of the few Kaiju that is, more or less, always a hero. A pseudo-demigod of a Pacific Island often accompanied by or called forth by her twin Shobijin priestesses, even in her/his (it depends on the film) more villainous roles, Mothra isn't so much bad as angry. Do not touch Mothra's followers and definitely don't touch her eggs. Mothra is one of the few kaiju that has defeated Godzilla in battle with any frequency, and when Godzilla does kill Mothra, you can expect the larvae to show and avenge her.
Action Girl: Since 1961. Sometimes subverted in that at least one Mothra has been male, specifically the one seen in Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, though to be fair, that Mothra has a female twin, as both made their first appearance in Godzilla vs. Mothra the year previous. Where the twin vanished off to, nobody knows, but since we see Mothra in adult form in 1966, at least one of them showed up in Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, and the implication is that the one in 1966 is the female twin. As for the male twin? Who knows at this point?
Badass - And how! Mothra is one of the few who has gone up against Godzilla and come away with more victories than losses, something few other Kaiju can say. Her son is no slouch either in Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. While the female twin appears to be MIA, the male twin, still a larva, breaks up a battle between Godzilla and Rodan to try to convince them to help him save the Earth and mankind. When they basically tell him to fuck off, HE DECIDES TO TAKE ON GHIDORAH ALONE. And remember, this is a BABY. Barely six months to a year old. It's never stated how long Mothra normally takes between larva and moth form, but this one is at least half a year to a year old, is considerably weaker than Godzilla or Rodan, and decides that since the other two are being dicks, he's going to take on a monster he knows he can't beat alone, just to get it through the skulls of the other two that Ghidorah is a major threat. It works.
The Chick: Is also The Smart Guy, especially in the case of one of the few male Mothras. In Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster he breaks up the fight between Godzilla and Rodan and gets them to help fight the title monster. How? By going off to fight Ghidorah ON HIS OWN to get it through their heads that Ghidorah is a threat to everyone. It works.
Crisis Cross Over: Possibly the first to start linking all the Kaiju movies together.
In Battle For Earth her scales reflected Godzilla's ray back at him.
Also seems to be his/her power in Godzilla: Save the Earth, as it cannot enter Rage Mode.
Determinator: Despite being fragile she has a lot of guts. As a larva she braved the ocean, trekked across a city, and withstood masersnote To be fair, though, has ANY kaiju ever gotten hurt by a maser? in order to rescue the Shobijin. As an adult, she grabbed Godzilla's tail and dragged him away from her egg for several hundred meters. And let's not forget the male larva in Ghidorah who gives up on getting Godzilla and Rodan's help and crawls off to brave the fury of King Ghidorah all alone. And just will not stay down no matter how many times Ghidorah shoots him with his gravity beams. He actually impresses Godzilla and Rodan so much with this stunt that they join forces with him to drive Ghidorah off the planet!
Enemy Mine: With both Battra and Godzilla on occasion.
Fire-Forged Friends: With Godzilla and Rodan in the case of the male Mothra in Ghidorah during the Showa Era, and this friendship seems to have somewhat translated to the sister in subsequent films, whom has a somewhat belligerent but not entirely antagonistic relationship with Godzilla after this film. Also appears to be the case of the third generation of Mothra larvae in Destroy All Monsters, as it seems to be allied with every monster on Earth during the film and the entire gaggle seem to be more or less friends by the end of the flick.
Gentle Giant: She's pretty sweet unless you steal something from her, then you're fucked.
Heroic Sacrifice: Ready to give her life to stop Godzilla, worked a little better against Gigan. Her son was ready to do the same against King Ghidorah to bring Godzilla and Rodan to the aid of humanity. Luckily for him, the other two Kaiju come to his aid and they form a Power Trio to defeat the space dragon.
I'm Not Dead Yet!/Toho Death/Disney Death In Godzilla Final Wars, Gigan fires two buzz saw/ninja star/boomerang type weapons from concealed launchers in his chest. Mothra avoids these, and disperses some of her scales (a golden dust of sorts) into the air. Gigan then fires his laser at her. The scales ignite, causing a massive asplosion that seems to kill Mothra and causes Gigan to evidently forget the saw blades he fired earlier and turn his back on the blaze. Well, they circle back around (made clear by a brief pass through the asplosion that briefly causes a disturbance in the flames) and decapitate Gigan, causing the remaining body parts to become disoriented and confused. And then SURPRISE! Mothra wasn't quite dead, comes out of the fire and flies kamikaze-style into the headless Gigan, making an even bigger asplosion that supposedly kills both monsters; though The Stinger reveals that only Gigan perished.
Image Song: The one that the Shobijin sing to her.
Lady of War: Oddly, yeah. She's the only monster we know for sure is female in most incarnations, is always played as quiet and understanding, is willing to sacrifice herself for others at a moment's notice, is very feminine in appearance (seriously, she's a freaking butterfly) and kicks more ass than anyone save perhaps the titular character.
The original Mothra; her and her babies in Godzilla vs Mothra; at least one baby out of the pair in Ghidorah whom in both sub and dub versions is claimed to be male, meaning that the other twin is probably still around since later versions are claimed to be female, and the female twin apparently pops up in Sea Monster; that one's baby shows up in Destroy All Monsters!; another appears in a scene on Monster Island in Godzilla vs. Gigan. In the Heisei era there's a new Mothra in Godzilla and Mothra: Battle For Earth; And then there's the original back again and producing two offspring in Tokyo SOS; yet another version altogether in Final Wars; and finally still another Mothra and her son Leo Mothra in the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy. Yeah, that's a lot of Mothras.
Her mythology is at least somewhat based on the phoenix, so it could be argued that she is sort of reincarnating through her offspring.
Mama Bug Stealing something she cares for means death and desctruction.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Often the case with Mothra allying with Godzilla, her relationship with Godzilla isn't as smooth as Angurius and Rodan's. Averted in GMK where the guardian monsters become True Companions. Her teamups with Battra tend to go like this as well.
The Smart Guy: Alternating with Rodan she has to be more careful due to being rather weak but her wits make up for it. Also the larvae use strategy to stop Godzilla in Mothra vs. Godzilla.
Super Power Lottery: Really REALLY varies from film to film. Originally she could fly, then she could spread poison powder. Then the Heisei version could shoot lasers and make barriers. Then the GMK version gave her needles, then the Godzilla X Mechagodzilla gave her a barrier to reflect Godzilla's blast.
Mothra's Twin Guardians: The Shobijin/Cosmos/Elias
Psychic Powers: Originally, they were telepathic, having a stable connection to Mothra and able to sense other psychics and understand the "Language" of monsters. In later incarnations, they were given full blown magic powers.
Single-Minded Twins: They speak in union and generally act as a being with two bodies. The exceptions are Moll and Lora of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy, who have distinct personalities, don't look alike, and have an evil (At least for a while) sister known as Belvera. They could be fraternal Triplets though.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Mothra, 1992
A dark version of Mothra, Battra is the protector of the Earth and its natural processes. However, he doesn't extend this to the creatures living on the planet, especially those that try to change or control the natural order. In ancient times, Battra destroyed the weather-control device of an advanced civilization and then devastated the population, drawing Mothra's ire. The two fought and defeated each other, returning to slumber until they were needed again. That time came in 1992, when a small chunk of an incoming asteroid impacted Earth, awakening Mothra, Battra and Godzilla. Battra sensed Mothra was awake and hurryied to find her, engaging Godzilla in battle. After a series of battles, Mothra and Battra made peace long enough to defeat Godzilla, though Battra was mortally wounded and died carrying Godzilla to sea, and Mothra left into space to stop the asteroid in Battra's place.
Anti-Villain: His goal of protecting earth is noble, but considers humans to be destructive and murders them on sight.
Dark Is Not Evil: Battra isn't an evil or malicious monster, but his role as protector of Earth itself can put him against its inhabitants, who are under Mothra's protection.
Determinator: Carried Godzilla to the sea despite getting bitten and shot at by the Big G at point blank range!
Enemy Mine: To Godzilla. After Mothra convinces him to join her, Mothra tells Battra she will save the Earth from a oncoming meteor in a few years if something were to happen to him. Then they join forces to defeat Godzilla.
She's a Man in Japan: In the IDW continuity (Kingdom of Monsters, Ongoing and now Rulers of the Earth), Battra is established to be female.
Shock and Awe: In his larva form his Eye Beams are much more like lightning bolts. He can project a similar(albeit different colored) blast from his horn. He can also energize his horn, turning it into a form of Laser Sword.
The star of the Rebirth of Mothra series of kaiju films, this Mothra is actually a male, a son of the previous Mothra to guard the world.Leo's first battle came in the form of the space beast Deathghidorah (or Desghidorah), a beast who has a habit of killing life, and has struck Earth before in the time of the Mesozoic, killing off the dinosaurs. He would later be sealed away by the Mothras and their Elias, before being released by a mining team on accident. Upon release, Deathghidorah would begin killing life as he did millions of years ago. Leo's mother quickly begins battling Deathghidorah, but with even the assistance of her offspring, a male larva by the name of Leo, Deathghidorah is simply far too powerful for the aging deity, and Mothra retreats with Leo in tow. Mortally wounded by Deathghidorah, Mothra crashes into the ocean as Leo tries to keep her afloat, but eventually Mothra dies and sinks into the ocean's depths. Leo goes to an ancient tree and cocoons himself, ready to take revenge on Deathghidorah for slaughtering his mother. He emerges from the cocoon in the form of thousands of tiny, bioluminescent moths, and forms into the new Mothra; Mothra Leo. He immediately makes a beeline for Desghidorah in righteous fury and assaults his mother's murderer. Desghidorah could only attempt to defend himself against Leo's assault; and eventually, Deathghidorah's seal was renewed as Leo revived the land Deathghidorah had killed, then returned to Infant Island with Moll and Lora.He would later end up being called upon by Moll and Lora to duel with the pollution-creating beast Dagahra, awoken by the increased oceanic pollution, as well as his toxic, starfish-like Barem; however, this time he will need the power of the lost castle Ninai Kinai, the same civilization that created Dagahra. Leo battles with Dagahra, but is ultimately defeated when the sea monster takes Leo into his element, the water, and covers him with Barem. Leo flees and lands the newly-raised temple, and as Dagahra attempts to finish off the incapacitated Leo, the castle itself activates and defends Leo from the sea monster's wrath. With Leo out of his way, however, Dagahra can go on a rampage unopposed. A while later, Leo is revitalized by Lora and Moll using Ghogo's energy, turning him into Rainbow Mothra, and promptly destroys the Barem covering his body. He then assaults Dagahra heavilly, and he turns into Aqua Mothra to pursue the sea monster when Dagahra retreated into the ocean. Now able to overpower the sea monster, Leo is able to split off into thousands of tiny versions of himself and destroy the Barem, and Dagahra with them. The temple crumbles away into the seas as Leo reforms into one whole Mothra, and then returns to his Rainbow Mothra form and leaves, as Lora and Moll follow on Fairy. Having saved the world once more, Leo returns to Infant Island with Lora, Moll and Fairy.Leo would be called upon to save Earth one last time, but this was to be his most challenging battle ever. Moll and Lora call upon him to save the world from the formibable space beast King Ghidorah, who had previously visited Earth during the time of the dinosaurs, and is thought to have aided in the extinction that took place at that time. Leo attempts to battle the space demon, but is horrendously overwhelmed by King Ghidorah and barely survives the battle. Later, Lora is possesed by Ghidorah and attempts to attack Moll and Fairy, but the two escape before the possesed Lora can drag them into Ghidorah's pulsating organic dome, in which he is storing the children he abducts, and preparing to use them for a horrible purpose; to feed upon their life-force. Belvera and Garu-Garu are both dragged into the dome by serpent-like beings, and King Ghidorah then assaults the city. Lora, still under Ghidorah's control, attempts to kill Shota, a child they had met earlier on, and Belvera tries to reason with her. Lora takes Belvera's section of the Elias Triangle and merges it with Moll's, creating one large sword. Belvera engages in a swordfight with Lora. Meanwhile, Moll and Leo realize that Leo must travel back to the Mesozoic to defeat King Ghidorah at a far younger, weaker King Ghidorah. The two duel, with Ghidorah holding the advantage for most of the barttle, but eventually Leo manages to blast off one of Ghidorah's tails and drops the young Cretaceous King Ghidorah into a volcano. Unknown to Leo, the severed tail burrows into the ground and begins regenerating. Back in the present, Ghidorah reappears in a massive fireball, this being the severed tail of Cretaceous King Ghidorah, regenerated into a new body. Back in the Cretaceous, Leo re-emerges from the volcano close to death, but he is saved by his ancestors and re-emerges in the present in a new, armored form. The newly-emerged Armor Mothra re-engages with Ghidorah in the present and quickly overwhelms and destroys King Ghidorah, ending the beast's terror. Lora and Belvera use the sword to revive Moll, and the three sisters share a reunion. With King Ghidorah destroyed and the world safe once more, Leo sheds his armor and becomes Eternal Mothra, and he, along with a Fairy-mounted Moll and Lora, fly off into the sunset, returning to Infant Island once more, as the children are reunited with their parents, and Leo can retire from fighting.
Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. Willing to be trapped in the past to defeat Prehistoric Ghidorah. A second time when he carried young Ghidorah into a volcano, flies out, and seemingly dies.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: He could be the poster boy for this trope. In the first movie he has several beam weapons and a wing dust shield; in the second film he gains the Aqua Mothra form with more new powers; in the third film he gets Lightspeed Mothra to travel back in time, is cocooned by Mothra larvae of the past to become Armor Mothra, and then sheds the armor to reveal Eternal Mothra (and as the name suggests, he's immortal).
Razor Wings: Gains them in his Armor Mothra form for the final battle against Ghidorah.
So Last Season: By the next film his upgrades are obsolete. Except for Rainbow Mothra in the third film where he actually wins a battle before the upgrade.
First appearance: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster , 1964
One of several kaiju that have different origins depending on what film series one is talking about. In the Showa continuity, he is introduced as a rapacious space-faring demon, who wanders the galaxy destroying worlds for his own amusement — ironically, he is actually a puppet monster being controlled by alien invaders in all of his appearances except for two movies (and his introductory movie isn't one of them)! In the Heisei continuity, he is the result of exposing three genetically engineered pet-creatures called "Dorats" to the same explosion that created Godzilla, in order to create a mutant bioweapon that could be used to conquer the world. When Godzilla killed this Gidorah, its remains were salvaged and rebuilt with cybernetics to create Mecha-King Ghidorah, which was used to fight the rampaging Godzilla. In the Rebirth of Mothra series, he is depicted as what his introductory movie claimed he was; a space-traveling living disaster that takes cruel delight in the destruction of life.
Badass: One of the few monsters to consistently overpower Godzilla. At his weakest he's still able to fight the big guy to a draw.
Big Bad: King Ghidorah not only became Godzilla's (and all life in the universe's!) arch-nemesis in the original series but he also became the Big Bad in the Rebirth of Mothra series (even having an Expy in one film) and even fought Zone Fighter on his own show twice and ended the fight in a draw.
Big Damn Heroes: Mecha-Ghidorah returns from the future just in time to stop a crazed Godzilla.
Confusion Fu: In the earlier films, monsters would sometimes have a hard time even getting close to King Ghidorah because he'd keep moving his heads around in such wild ways. It was hard to predict which volley of gravity beams would hit or miss, if he would rake them across an enemy monster's body, or if he would readjust his aim for another direct shot; because there is no glowing warning or recharge time, he spammed these rays like no tomorrow. He wasn't a dangerous planet-killing monster because of strength, but because of how wild he was—chaos incarnate!
Cyborg: Mecha-Ghidorah, who has a mechanical head and wings, plating over his chest and legs, and a vast array of built-in weapons. How much of him is mechanical tends to vary depending on the media and the continuity.
Disc One Final Boss: In Godzilla vs King Ghidorah where Godzilla beats him and takes over as Big Bad. King Ghidorah doesn't take this lying down, returns as Mecha-Ghidorah and fights Godzilla to a Mutual Kill. King Ghidorah and Mecha-Ghidorah also serve as literal Disc One Final Bosses in several of the Godzilla video games.
Dragon-in-Chief: The fact that aliens have mind controlled him is typically what makes them a threat.
Dynamic Entry: When Showa Ghidorah re-awakens from a meteorite it's bad ass.
King Ghidorah is never without a Dynamic Entry. In every movie he's in, he somehow makes his entry epic. This also extends to his expies, as Kaiser Ghidorah's transformation from Monster X is equally awesome.
Energy Absorption: In the Atari fighting games, Mecha-King Ghidorah tends to be weak to most of the different types of energy/breath weapons. To counter this, if he is struck by them while he has his defense shield up the power will be absorbed and either completely nullified or heal him.
Evil Laugh: His trademark cackle is very recognisable.
Expy: Has two in Desighidorah and Kaiser Ghidorah. It's worth noting that many fans believed Kaiser Ghidorah to be King Ghidorah.
Final Boss: The Kilaaks deploy him at the end of Destroy All Monsters, after their control over Godzilla and the other monsters is broken; he procedes to fight all ten of Earth's monsters at once. His expy, Kaiser Ghidorah, does the same thing in Final Wars. As far as video games go, King Ghidorah has been the final boss in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, and Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters, while in Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee, Mecha-Ghidorah serves as the final opponent in Mechagodzilla's Adventure Mode. He's also been confirmed to be the final villain in Godzilla: The Half-Century War alongside Gigan.
For the Evulz: In Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster, the Mothra trilogy, and any of the other films where he is a self-employed Big Bad.
Hero Killer: Billed as such and usually lives up to it, forcing one team-up after another in order to take him down. In Godzilla vs King Ghidorah Mecha-Ghidorah the two of them even fought to a Mutual Kill.
Humongous Mecha: In a weird way, Heisei Mecha-Ghidorah, who had a cockpit built into his chest from which Emi could operate his weapons systems and direct his actions.
Robeast: Mecha-Ghidorah's mechanical parts seem every bit as alive and enraged as his living ones.
It's Personal: He and Godzilla certainly seem to take their rivalry this way. Made explicit in the Scott Ciencin novel, Godzilla vs. The Space Monster where Ghidorah's mockery of his victims, revelry in destruction, and general sadism have Godzilla wanting his head(s) on a platter.
King Ghidorah did not take well to Godzilla killing him in Marc Cerasini's novel Godzilla 2000 and was keen to act on his displeasure in a later book by the same author, Godzilla vs. the Robot Monsters, which featured a three on one battle as Mecha-King Ghidorah battles Godzilla, Moguera, and Mechagodzilla. But it's Godzilla and Mecha-King Ghidorah who have the most interaction as the two of them hate each other with a passion and act on it in brutal fashion.
Joker Immunity: No matter how many times Ghidorah is killed, blown up, or reduced to atomic dust, he always finds a way to return from it, largely due to his popularity as a villain (typically ranking 2nd to Godzilla himself in popularity polls).
Psycho for Hire: When in the employ of various aliens. He really seems to get a kick out of his work, letting out one Evil Laugh after another. Made explicit in the novelization, Godzilla vs The Space Monster, where Ghidorah's constant mockery of his victims is one of the many, many things that makes Godzilla want to kick his ass.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Arrives concealed in a meteor in Three-Headed Monster and Rebirth of Mothra 3.
Shock and Awe: GMK version has an electric bite. All versions spit lightning, or gravity bolts.
Signature Roar: Showa Ghidorah had an iconic high-pitched cackle, but Heisei Ghidorah exchanged that for Rodan's screech.
Took a Level in Badass: In Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Mecha-Ghidorah succeeds in stopping a superpowered Godzilla where King Ghidorah could not.
Is empowered twice in GMK, though it doesn't particularly help him against Godzilla.
Walking Armoury: Mecha-Ghidorah, who boasts lasers, electric cables, and a massive clamp in addition to King Ghidorah's lightning spitting heads and its own immense size. Some of the video games add even more weaponry into the mix.
We Can Rebuild Him: Heisei King Ghidorah was rebuilt into Mecha-Ghidorah; this plotline also appears in several of the video games.
Worf Effect: Occurs in Godzilla vs King Ghidorah to show how tough Godzilla is. Mind you it was Ghido Goji, who got pumped up into an even more powerful monster by a nuclear sub, but vanilla Ghidorah had no chance against him.
He then promptly returns as Mecha Ghidorah and fights Godzilla to a Mutual Kill.
Would Hurt a Child: Or drain their lifeforce. All of the Godzilla characters have probably killed children at some point, but Ghidorah's the only one we see specifically targeting them.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, 1991
These small creatures are genetically-engineered pets of the Futurians. After relocating the injured Godzillasaurus from Lagos Island to the Bering Sea in 1945, Emmy Kano left three Dorats in its place on the island. There the creatures stayed until 1954, when the nuclear bomb test that originally mutated Godzilla instead caused the Dorats to fuse together and mutate into the Heisei incarnation of King Ghidorah.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from three cute, harmless pets to a giant, three-headed monster that could hold its ground against Godzilla.
Our Monsters Are Weird: They look like some strange hybrid between a cat, a bat, and a dragon with green hair on their heads. The fact that they fuse and mutate into King Ghidorah is even weirder.
First appearance: Rebirth of Mothra, 1996
Returning to the roots of King Ghidorah, Desighidorah is a demonic space beast that ravages living worlds and leaves them as apocalyptic wastelands. Coming to Earth sixty-five million years ago, he engaged the ancient civilization (good grief, how many of these did Earth have?!) of Elias and their guardians, the Mothras. Desighidorah was defeated and sealed away, but not before destroying the Elias, most of the Mothras, and the dinosaurs. In the present, he was released by one of the three surviving Elias, Belvera, and began his destruction anew, defeating Mothra and her son. The larval Mothra matured to Leo Mothra and battled Desighidorah again, defeating him and sealing him away once again.
Clipped Wing Angel: Desighidorah's wings had atrophied and become useless during his imprisonment, as well as his powers diminishing. After draining enough life energy his wings were restored and his power returned to full. It didn't help.
This Ghidorah Is Different: Unlike King Ghidorah, Desighidorah is a quadruped, but still has wings. His abilities are also fire-based, and his color is a dark charcoal gray/black with red wings.
Playing with Fire: Spits fireballs from his mouths, has a fiery bite, and can open rifts in the ground to scorch foes with lava
Monster X / Keizer Ghidorah
First appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars, 2004
The last and most powerful monster Godzilla fought in Final Wars, or to put it more bluntly, the only monster in the film that could actually prove a match for him. Sent down in a meteor that destroyed Tokyo, he Godzilla fight, Monster X initially holding the upper-hand. The Xilians then send an upgraded Gigan to make sure Godzilla dies, but Gigan is killed in the battle by Heroic Sacrifice by Mothera. After a Beam-O-War between Godzilla's atomic breath Monster X's eye beams, which ends in a draw, Monster X transforms into the quadrupedal dragon Keizer Ghidorah and nearly kills Godzilla. Godzilla is saved however, by being sent power from the mutant soldiers, which allows him to overwhelm and kill Keizer Ghidorah.
All There in the Manual: Neither Monster X or Keizer Ghidorah ever have their names spoken in the movie. And Toho's official documents refer to Ghidorah as "Monster X-II". Likely to avoid spoilers with their trademark logos.
Their names are seen in the end credits though with the actors who played them.
Badass: He not only holds his own with Godzilla in a film where he appeared largely invincible, he nearly kills him.
Beam-O-War: Fights two with Godzilla, the first as Monster X ends in a draw, the next, after turning into Kaiser Ghidorah, Godzilla loses.
Dragon Ascendant: Keeps fighting long after the Xillians are defeated (in fact he doesn't turn into Kaiser Ghidorah until they have been) and serves as the True Final Boss of the film. It happens again in the IDW comics after Godzilla kills SpaceGodzilla.
Dynamic Entry: Keizer Ghidorah's entrance is pretty epic. He even gets lightning!
Ditto for Monster X, with him slowly floating down behind Godzilla like something out of Dragon Ball Z.
Evil Laugh: Gives a pretty creepy one when he begins transforming.
Expy: Of King Ghidorah, to the point where a lot of people thought he was King Ghidorah. But hey—you gotta end the series with a grudge match.
Final Boss: Of Final Wars, and consequently of the series as a whole for now.
Giant Flyer: In IDW's Godzilla comic when he becomes Keizer Ghidorah.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Godzilla destroys the holographic rogue planet Gorath with his breath. When the smoke clears, down floats Monster X. He was inside Gorath, but until then there was no hint of him at any point.
Gravity Master: Keizer Ghidorah's gravity beams finally act like such. He lifts Godzilla and throws him around using his beams, and drags him across the ground through buildings and debris.
Psycho for Hire: If his behaviour in the battle is anything to go by. Like Gigan and King Ghidorah, Kaiser Ghidorah tries to kill Godzilla as slowly and painfully as possible, draining the life from the big lizard instead of simply blasting him with lightning.
Shock and Awe: Monster X fires electrical beams from his eyes and the "eyes" on his "shoulder pads". Once he becomes a Ghidorah, he reverts to form and fires lightning from his mouth.
What Could Have Been: Was considered for Godzilla Unleashed, but dropped due to issues with rendering his transformation.
Japanese Kaiju A-K
First appearance: Godzilla Raids Again, 1955
The second kaiju to appear in the franchise and Godzilla's first opponent. Anguirus is a giant, aggressive, carnivorous, multi-brained "ankylosaur" with a spiked shell and long spike-lined tail. He's one of the "mundane" monsters, possessing only his teeth, claws, spikes and attitude to battle his foes. Anguirus makes up for his lack of flair with immense stamina and determination, and can take an incredible beating before going down while delivering as much as he gets. After almost defeating and being defeated by Godzilla, Anguirus has been one of his closest allies. While he's not very popular in Japan, he has a huge fanbase in America.
Adaptational Badass: In the comic Godzilla Legends he manages to defeat Destoroyah and send him packing. In the Marc Cerasini novels, he fights Gigan one-on-one and kills him. In Godzilla: The Half-Century War, he puts up on helluva fight against Godzilla.
Hell, he even kills Destoroyah in one of the other IDW comics (with aid from the humans).
What Could Have Been: Was considered to appear in a scrapped Heisei-era project, Godzilla VS. Baruboi, but he ended up canned along with the project. Art does exist for the design, however, and it's been posted online.
First appearance: Super Godzilla for the Super Nintendo, 1993
The phrase "Better luck next time, buddy" best describes Bagan, a creature intended to be used in a handful of Toho daikaiju movies, none of which ever came to be: the original draft of The Return of Godzilla, Mothra vs. Bagan and Godzilla vs. Bagan, before finally appearing in the video game Super Godzilla. The Bagan in The Return of Godzilla is completely different from the later version of the beast, which would stay more or less the same in each of its subsequent "appearances." From a shapeshifting creature that heals with each change, to a protector of China freed from ice in the Himalayas seeking to punish mankind for global warming, to virtually unknown about what he was, to a creature from Earth's ultra ancient past controlled by alien invaders and containing the DNA of Godzilla and King Ghidorah, Bagan has possibly had the roughest history of all kaiju. He's only apparance has been in a video game called Super Godzilla for the SNES as the Final Boss. Despite this, Bagan has managed to gain quite a following, in part because of how powerful he is in the game requiring Godzilla to turn into Super Godzilla to stand a chance against him. His attacks in the game consist of claw slashes, shooting white stars that look like shurikens from his horns, and a white energy beam.
Rule of Three: For the original draft of Godzilla 1985, he was going to appear as a living giant totem pole of monsters, in Mothra vs Bagan, he was going to appear as a Chinese legend and for Super Godzilla, he is a monster brought to the modern day from Earth's "Ultra Ancient Past" by aliens and aside from his own formidable form and powers, also gains extra powers after having the DNA strands of Godzilla and King Ghidorah spliced into him.
A reptilian monster that survived the dinosaur extinction by going underground. Baragon has large floppy ears and a horn on his nose that glows to illuminate subterranean passages. He can also emit a beam of fire from his mouth to aid in digging and as a weapon. In his first appearance, Baragon was an antagonistic monster who fed on humans and cattle, which led to battle with Frankenstein and ultimately mutual defeat as the two were swallowed by the earth in a cave-in. From then on, Baragon's history was rocky, as his intended appearances in later films were removed or reduced to cameos as the Baragon suit was heavily modified to play Ultraman villains and was too badly damaged, so the costume had to be rebuilt, but it was not finished in time. Baragon finally returned to the screen in Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as a Yamato Monster, protecting Japan from the wrath of Ghost Godzilla. In contrast to Anguirus, Baragon has a so-so American fanbase but is very popular in Japan.Not to be confused for the Gamera kaiju Barugon.
Acrofatic: For his stocky build, he's surprisingly agile. Especially so in the video games, where he fights by breakdancing.
Big Eater: Has a thing for eating cattle and people.
Determinator: Pretty damned determined to kill Frankenstein's Monster and eat the cast. Determined to hold back Godzilla.
Dishing Out Dirt / Playing with Fire: Baragon can dig quickly and efficiently, and has used his ability to good effect (digging a trap for Godzilla, burrowing around to surprise Frankenstein). He also possesses a fiery beam weapon (either from his mouth or his horn depending on the media). In Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed Baragon can cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions by digging.
After Godzilla's rampage in Godzilla 1985, his cells were collected from the wreckage and found their way to the hands of a scientist, who began using them to create a strain of bacteria that could feed on radiation and render it safe. However, his laboratory was bombed and his daughter killed in the roses she loved. Distraught, the scientist combined the G-cells with the rose bush, convinced that his daughter's spirit lived in the plant, giving rise to the gigantic repto-flora creature Biollante. Initially a towering plant with a toothy rose flower, she faced Godzilla and was defeated, her physical form burning into golden spores that ascended into the sky. Later, the spores returned when Godzilla was infected with the ANEB and Biollante revealed her newly-evolved crocodilian-like form, a towering behemoth of a creature. Fighting Godzilla to a draw, Biollante returned to the sky, where her particles could have later run afoul of a black hole and be changed into a creature of evil...
Anti-Villain: Despite her downright horrific appearance and the savage fight she had with Godzilla, Biollante may actually be one of the most peaceful monsters in the entire Toho canon.
Badass: Depending on how you view the ending, she either ties or ultimately defeats Godzilla.
Breath Weapon: Not a beam but her headed tentacles and second form spat radioactive acidic sap.
It's worth noting that said acid caused red energy to flash across Godzilla's skin when it hit him so while not a purely energy weapon like Godzilla's Atomic Breath it did seem to carry a current of some type of energy that would "zap" the target at the same time the acid burned their skin.
And a case of Fridge Brilliance as Biollante looks more like Godzilla in her second form as opposed to looking like a Rose in her first and lost the weakness to Godzilla's heat ray she had in her first form. She's adapting, mutating herself into becoming more like Godzilla so she is more resistant to his heat ray.
Planimal: Between Godzilla, a rose and a human, though only the first 2 are obvious.
Superpowered Evil Side: The closest thing the Godzilla series has to one, given her Final Form loses all of her human soul and becomes practically unstoppable.
Took a Level in Badass: In her second form she was much cooler and could take more hits from Zilla's breath weapon.
Was Once a Man: That giant eldritch abomination up there? It used to be a young woman.
First appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 2, 1997
A monster created by the advanced seagoing civilization Nilai Kinai, Dagahra was meant to consume the toxins and pollution his creators fouled the waters. He did his work too well, however, and used the pollution he consumed to create toxic sea stars called Barems, which overwhelmed and destroyed the civilization. Falling into slumber, Dagahra later awakened from humanity's pollution of the oceans and resumed his mission, filling the waters with Barems and threatening the Earth. Challenged by Leo Mothra and temporarily defeating him, Dagahra was ultimately destroyed by Leo Mothra's new Aqua form, dissipating his Barems and purifying the oceans.
Superpower Lottery: In addition to the regular heat beam, Dagahra has shoulder cannons, aerial and swimming capabilities, the ability to summon water spouts, his Barem, and laser discs. No wonder Leo had trouble with him!
Arising from the graveyard that was created by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954, Destoroyah is a creature of nihilism, anti-life in origin and function. Near-microscopic crustaceans that lived in anaerobic conditions were awakened and mutated by the Oxygen Destroyer, and they grew in number until they made their existence known in 1995 when they first attacked an aquarium, then an abandoned building, facing the JDF in combat. The creatures have a hive mind and can combine into larger and deadlier forms, from man-sized long-limbed crown-headed crustaceans to a Godzilla Junior-sized crustacean and a flying squirrel-like flying form to their ultimate form, a towering demonic bipedal beast that towers over Godzilla. Their only weakness is extreme temperatures.
Achilles' Heel: Destoroyah does not deal well with extreme cold or extreme heat.
Ambiguous Gender: Some fans speculate that the monster is female due to having certain anatomical traits particular to female crabs. Officially, however, Toho does not assign genders to its monsters.
Awesome, but Impractical: Destoroyah can emulate the Oxygen Destroyer causing the target to be reduced to bones. Sounds cool right? The problem? He has to have them in a body of water and break up into a swarm of microbes for it to work. And even when he dropped Godzilla into the ocean he still couldn't use it because Godzilla's imminent meltdown was boiling the water and made it and him too hot to use this power. The only one to fall victim to this in the whole movie was an aquarium full of fish.
Badass: He is considered by many Godzilla fans to be the most powerful enemy Godzilla has ever fought. He's able to fight him to a near standstill even though Godzilla is both at the peak of his power and rage.
Breath Weapon: Of a similar compound to Serazawa's Oxygen Destroyer. Means he can suffocate another kaiju without being anywhere near it.
Captain Ersatz: Posses a hive-like mind and extend-able mandibles, along with the fight with military, seems similar to Alien.
Him being a bunch of smaller monsters forming one larger monster, going through different forms throughout the film, and being defeated by humans rather than by Godzilla alone is also quite reminiscent of Hedorah.
Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Comes out of nowhere in time to help kill Godzilla and end the Heisei franchise.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Destoroyah's weakness to extremes in temperature bites him in the ass twice; first while he tries to dissolve Godzilla in water and then when he tries to make a getaway from a Godzilla at critical mass, the army freezes him and makes him plummet down to the ground, where he explodes.
It's Personal: Following its execution of Junior it certainly is.
The Juggernaut: His battle with Godzilla shows what happens when two of these go head to head.
Kick the Dog: Tries its best to kill Junior as slowly and painfully as possible in the above form.
Laser Sword: His horn could extend into one and slice Godzilla apart.
Made of Iron: Despite being weak against extreme temperatures, Destoroyah survived repeated hits Godzilla's red spiral breath (though from the looks it hacking up blood it still did a lot of damage), which killed Mechagodzilla and Space Godzilla, two of the toughest opponents in the series.
Metamorphosis Monster: From microscopic organism, to insect sized monster, to ten foot killers, to Godzilla Junior sized Giant Flyer, to a towering demonic colossus larger than even Godzilla himself.
Mook Maker: Played straight and inverted. The big Destoroyah grew from a bunch of little ones joining together. It can break apart into smaller kaiju ones and swarm Godzilla.
A mysterious creature that lived in the upper atmosphere of Earth. Growing from a microscopic cell bathed in solar radiation caught by the atmosphere, Dogora began to feed on materials rich in carbon, like coal and diamonds. Now a titanic one-celled being encased in a crystalline shell, Dogora feasted on minerals, using its tentacles to scoop them up, until it was temporarily destroyed by missiles. That was a big mistake, however, as each piece began to grow into new Dogoras. It was discovered that bee and wasp venom was deadly to the cells, and in the final battle was used to utterly defeat the Dogoras.
An enormous shrimp mutated by the nuclear waste of the terrorist organization Red Bamboo, Ebirah guarded their island base and destroyed any ship that attempted to arrive or leave. The terrorists used the juice of a special plant on the island to drive away the monster so their ship could come and go. During a stormy night, Ebirah attempted to attack two men trying to get to the island to save the enslaved natives of Infant Island, only to engage in battle with an awakened Godzilla. Driven away, Ebirah returned the next day and destroyed Red Bamboo's escaping ship before battling Godzilla again, which ended when Godzilla ripped off Ebirah's claws and forced him to retreat. In the Millennium series, Ebirah returned in Final Wars as one of the monsters controlled by the Xilliens. He attacked an industrial site and fought against the JDF's mutant human soldiers, then was later killed by Godzilla along with Hedorah.
Angry Guard Dog: Somewhat averted, the evil organization has to spray a chemical to keep Ebirah at bay but he doubles as a good guard dog for keeping prisoners ON the island.
Call Back: First seen in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, returned in Final Wars. (AMA doesn't count, stock footage).
Curb-Stomp Battle: Poor Ebirah was way out of his league. The movie was originally going to have King Kong instead of Godzilla, but when the studio couldn't use Kong they substituted Godzilla... without beefing up Ebirah in any way.
Stock Footage: Kinda appeared in All Monsters Attack, but not really, zero new scenes.
First appearance: Frankenstein vs Baragon, 1965
When Frankenstein's Monster was killed in the fire of a burning windmill, his heart survived. Captured by the Nazis during World War II and shipped to Hiroshima, Japan, the still-living heart was caught in the atomic bomb and irradiated. Ten years later, a wild boy was captured and found to be the heart of Frankenstein's Monster, having regenerated a body. The boy quickly grew into a towering giant and escaped into the countryside. Wrongly blamed for the actions of the monster Baragon, Frankenstein battled the reptile in a long and brutal affair that ended with both kaiju entombed in the earth. However, Frankenstein's legacy would continue...
Wild Child: Was discovered as a normal-sized feral boy in the ruins of Hiroshima. He was well taken care of and began to grow. And grow. And grow...
You Shall Not Pass: Intervenes just in time to stop Baragon from finishing off the scientists that raised him, plus the subsequent towns and villages.
First appearance: All Monsters Attack, 1969
A bully of a beast, Gabara exists only to torment the small and meek Minilla. Created in the imagination of a young boy (who is often bullied by an older boy named Gabara), he uses his size and electrical powers to antagonize Godzilla's son. After Minilla gains enough confidence from Ichiro and turns the tables on Gabara, he takes his frustration out on Godzilla, leading to a throw-down between the pissed-off father and the angry bully. Gabara is defeated and runs away, out of the movie and (so far) out of the series.
Butt Monkey: Out of universe, there have been ZERO talks about bringing this guy back. It also took until March of 2013 for him to even get an entry; for context, this page was created on August of 2010.
Dirty Coward: Prefers to pick on Minya since he can't fight back. Learned the hard way that Godzilla is a papa wolf.
Appearing a year after the death of Frankenstein and Baragon, Gaira is one of two monsters that grew from pieces of Frankenstein left after the battle. The piece that became Gaira washed out to sea, and he grew into a vicious and flesh-hungry monster that prized humans as food. After he began to attack ships and devour their crews, the JDF lured him into a trap, but he was saved by his "brother" Sanda. However, Sanda turned against him when he learned of Gaira's dietary habits, and their blood feud carried them across Japan, through Tokyo, and into the sea, where both perished in a volcanic eruption.
Cloning Blues: Sort of, he was born/regrown of a piece of Frankenstein's Monster that washed out to sea after his fight with Baragon. Unlike his "dad" and "twin", though, he became a man-eating menace.
Evil Twin: If only because he eats people, but that's enough for his brother Sanda to turn against him.
Healing Factor: Shares it with his brother and their "father", Frankenstein's Monster from Frankenstein Conquers The World.
After Gezora was defeated, the space amoeba Yog fled the lifeless body and entered a stone crab, mutating it into the gigantic Ganimes. It returned to the island to seek vengeance on the humans who attacked it, but was quickly destroyed by explosives. Yog then possessed a second stone crab, as well as a turtle and one of the humans, creating another Ganimes along with Kamoebas. The two monsters attacked the islanders, but the man broke Yog's control and released a swarm of bats, which interfered with Yog's control of the monsters and caused them to battle each other. Both Ganimes and Kameba fell into a volcano, destroying them and Yog once and for all.
Brain Washed: When possessed and grown by Yog. When freed by the sound of bats, the second one immediately battled with Kameba.
A cuttlefish possessed by the space amoeba Yog and grown to enormous size. Gezora then terrorized the small island Yog had crashed onto, killing several people before being driven off by the high-pitched cries of a swarm of bats and later a pod of dolphins. His final attack saw Gezora lured into a field and set alight by gasoline and torches, mortally injuring the beast and driving it into the sea, where Yog fled the dying body to find another host.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Despite his rather lacking abilities, and his fairly swift defeat in the movie, Gezora was brought back for the NES videogame Godzilla: Monster of Monsters with no explanation. He's neither particularly powerful nor even appeared in any Godzilla films, so his appearance in the game is somewhat confusing, since even Mogera and Baragon have been in Godzilla films, though admittedly not during the Showa Era, which was what the game was based on. However, given that Gezora, like Ganimes and Kameba was brainwashed and slain and Yog itself is also dead, this may just be a case of Throw It In on the part of Toho. Sadly for Gezora, he's less than useless in the game as an antagonist, with no real weapons at all and is one of the easiest monsters to beat within a few rounds at most. Sadly, all the monsters on the previous level are constantly brought back in the next level right up until the finale, so this poor guy gets Curb stompedrepeatedly. Almost makes you feel sorry for him.
Harmless Freezing: He can emit a very cold atmosphere around himself, freezing the water around him and giving any human he touches frostbite.
Kill It with Fire: His greatest weakness. After he is severely wounded by fire and retreats into the sea, Yog abandons him.
Sea Monster: Unlike Ganimes and Kamebas, Gezora is a regular sea monster Yog possessed.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Gigan, 1972
One of the most unique and popular of Toho's monsters, Gigan is a cyborg serial killer with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Flesh and mechanics combined into a cycloptic engine of destruction, Gigan lives to destroy and mutilate. His first attack on Earth was alongside King Ghidorah as part of the Space Hunter Nebula M aliens' attempt to take over the planet, and he fought against Godzilla and Anguirus. Though the battle was long and brutal, Gigan and King Ghidorah were defeated and fled back into space. Gigan returned the next year to aid the giant beetle kaiju Megalon in his attack on Japan, and faced Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. Once again Gigan fled into space after being bested, abandoning Megalon to his fate. Gigan was then captured by the alien race known as the Garoga, modified and sent back to Earth, where he faced Godzilla and then Zone Fighter in combat and met his end on the wrong side of Zone Fighter's Meteor Missile Might. Gigan returned in 2004's Final Wars as the vanguard of the Xillien invasion force. Having seeded earth with the M mutant gene 12,000 years in the past, Gigan was defeated and mummified by Mothra, then awakened by the Xillien leader to attack mankind. He was defeated by Godzilla in Antarctica, recovered and modified, and aided Monster X against Godzilla before being destroyed for good by Mothra.
Alien Invasion: No one knows where Gigan's from, but it clearly isn't anywhere around here. He's been the vanguard of two separate alien invasions thus far (more if you include some of the video games).
Ax-Crazy: Only a maniac would wear a buzzsaw in his stomach. Or attach chainsaws to their hands. Judging from his love of slowly carving his opponents to pieces, calling him insane—even by Kaiju standards—is not much of a stretch.
The Cameo: Appears very briefly in Godzilla Legends issue 1.
Chainsaw Good: When upgraded in Final Wars, his hook hands are replaced with double-bladed chainsaws, which deliver pain to both Godzilla, and by accident, Monster X (impressive considering Monster X is the only monster to survive Godzilla's thermonuclear breath in the film). He also has a buzzsaw in his stomach.
Epic Flail: In Final Wars he was given four chain-shots to pulls his enemies closer to his buzz-saw.
Heroic Sacrifice : In Godzilla Island, after spending several episodes trying to defeat Godzilla, Gigan ends up sacrificing himself to stop Kumasogami (Called "Doroin" in the series) and ends up being turned into a sword. This is in sharp contrast to his characterisation in the films.
Hook Hands: What he normally has in lieu of actual hands. Upgraded Gigan in Final Wars replaces them with dual chainsaws.
Took a Level in Badass: Between his Zone Fighter appearance and Final Wars where he goes from a vaguely chicken looking monster to an incredibly badass cyborg who serves as The Dragon to Ghidorah himself. He takes another level within Final Wars, following his initial defeat by Godzilla. Upgraded with better tech and chainsaws instead of his trademark Hook Hands he's able to injure Godzilla and kill Mothra before being eliminated.
Some fans consider it horribly inverted, given Showa Gigan, for all his goofiness and antics gave Godzilla a serious challenge and twice made him bleed severely. He completely refused to die after three battles with Godzilla and even when severely injured gave Zone Fighter a tough fight to the end. His Final Wars incarnation, on the other hand, goes down like a chump in both his fights, giving Godzilla minimal trouble in the first and killing himself in the second.
On the other hand, he definitely takes one as of James Stokoe's The Half Century War, where he is portrayed as Godzilla's and mankind's greatest and most powerful kaiju opponent along with King Ghidorah, and not even the combined attacks of Mechagodzilla and Godzilla can put him down.
We Can Rebuild Him: The Xillians resurrect him twice in Final Wars; the second time they add chainsaws to his already impressive arsenal. Rulers of Earth will have him upgraded from his Showa design to his Millenium design.
First appearance: King Kong Escapes, 1967
A giant dinosaur who originally lived on Mondo Island before being relocated to Monster Island. Gorosaurus is similar to Anguirus in that he is a "no-frills" type of monster, lacking a breath weapon or energy powers and relying on his size, strength and devastating kangaroo kick. While attempting to eat some visiting scientists, Gorosaurus became embroiled in a duel with King Kong, a savage battle that ultimately ended with Kong breaking Gorosaurus' jaw and sending him into retreat. He survived and healed, and was soon placed on Monster Island, where he soon became part of the Kilaak invasion of Earth, attacking Paris (originally it was Baragon, but the suit was on loan). When humans broke the mind control, Gorosaurus joined Godzilla and the other monsters at Mount Fuji and was one of the main participants in the battle with King Ghidorah, where his determination and kangaroo kick turned the tide against the space monster. Gorosaurus also has an incredibly robust fanbase, and to this day enjoys popularity among Godzilla fans.
Ascended Extra: Because Baragon's suit was so damaged and he had to be reduced to brief appearances in Destroy All Monsters!, Gorosaurus got to fill in for him for the attack on France and the battle at the end. He even got to show just how awesome he was by being the monster that turned the tide against King Ghidorah.
Badass Normal: Just got his fangs, and that kangaroo jump kick! Yet he went up quite well against King Ghidorah!
Hell, it was thanks to Gorosaurus that they were able to defeat Ghidorah. He's the only monster who brought him down, and twice at that. The first time he tanked Ghidorah's gravity beams, sunk his teeth into one of Ghidorah's necks and pulled Ghidorah to the ground, and the second time he kangaroo kicked King Ghidorah to the ground from behind. And since Ghidorah doesn't get up for the rest of the fight, this implies that Gorosaurus suceeded in snapping Ghidorah's spine and paralyzing him.
Tyrannosaurus rex: Possibly. He looks more Allosaurus than Tyrannosaurus, especially his three-fingered hands. But he was originally King Kong's adversary, so yeah.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Outside of Godzilla, he's probably tied with Anguirus and Titanosaurus for most popular dinosaur kaiju. His Bad Ass status may also help that.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Hedorah, 1971
An alien creature that came to Earth to feed on mankind's pollution. Starting as tiny tadpole-like things living in the ocean, the "baby" Hedorah began to seek each other out and combine into an ever-larger form, becoming a giant quadruped mound of shambling muck and filth. In this form Hedorah left the water to feed on pollution straight from the source and soon encountered Godzilla. The two had a short and inconclusive confrontation, which would become a common occurrence as Hedorah continued to grow larger and stronger. The filthy beast then assumed a new form, a UFO/slug-like flying form that left acid mists in his wake, killing thousands and destroying anything it touched. He then faced Godzilla on Mount Fuji in a towering bipedal form, using his own sludge and eye-lasers as weapons. Only through a combination of Godzilla's power and mankind's ingenuity was the pollution-born monster stopped, his body dehydrated to powder. A variation on Hedorah, a mushroom creature called Neo Hedorah, would also appear on Godzilla Island.
Asteroids Monster: Played straight and reversed, actually. It starts out as trillions of polution eating organisms that are very tiny that pull themselves together as they go through their life cycle—getting bigger. Rip the bugger apart, though, without dehydrating/burning it well enough, those remaining pieces will get up and try to get back to the main organism ASAP.
Briefly, two Hedorahs exist simultaneously. The younger one split off from the elder when the latter fought Godzilla, then they recombined to form the gigantic form in the picture above. They split again when the elder is killed by Godzilla. This is only barely mentioned even in the Japanese version and not really explained at all in dubs.
Badass: Showa Era Hedorah damn near killed Godzilla, providing him with his most difficult fight up to that point. Even Mechagodzilla didn't come that close to killing him.
Body Horror: Yoshimitsu Banno, the producer of Godzilla vs. Hedorah, even acknowledged that Hedorah's eyes were meant to resemble vaginas. There's a red beam fired from the area where the clitoris would be. And then there's the scene where Godzilla punches his hand straight into one of these vageyenas and causes a dark, sludgy liquid to come out.
Butt Monkey: In Final Wars Hedorah didn't even get introduced before getting its butt kicked by Godzilla!
Does This Remind You of Anything?: At one point Hedorah is hanging out by a factory, leaning over the smokestacks and sucking up the smoke and pollutants. And he closes his eyes in bliss while nodding a little. Duuuuuuuude...
Dummied Out: Yes, he was gonna be a playable character in Godzilla Unleashed but he was scrapped due to complex cell shading that was required due to his blob like form, as well as due to his changes of forms, which were impossible to do with the Wii. However its sound files are still left in the game and Hedorah's wire frame also appears in the game but cannot be used.
It should be clarified that the way Hedorah was to change forms was impossible on Wii hardware; the team wanted Hedorah to be able to change forms without pausing the battle (as Mothra's does), but that proved impossible, so it and the incredibly complex cel-shading to illustrate his blob state ultimately lead to him being cut from the game.
My Brain Is Big: It appears that at certain times its brain will rise out of its head.
No Animals Were Harmed: In a rather unusual scene in Godzilla vs Hedorah, right after killing several people playing cards in a nightclub and oozing to the dance scene downstairs, thoroughly terrifying the partiers, it retreated, leaving a small cat covered in sludge but otherwise unharmed.
Shaky P.O.V. Cam: When Godzilla confronts it a second time, during the day, and he wrestles it to the ground, there is a brief shot from Hedorah's POV when the Big G pulls back to punch it.
Silicon-Based Life: Hedorah feeds on toxic chemicals, but the creature itself is stated in-universe to be a mineral lifeform, with a base composite of crystallized carbon that bonds with waste particles. This is why it needs to be moist and why electricity is so deadly against it; if it dries out, it becomes nothing but dust.
A robot created by Dr. Goro Ibuki, the Seatopians stole Jet Jaguar to guide Megalon in the vengeance on the surface world. Once Ibuki regains control, Jet Jaguar is sent to recruit the help of Godzilla. Once he returned, he gains sentience of his own and somehow grows in size to fight Megalon. He was doing well until Gigan came along but was saved by the arrival of Godzilla. Together, they drove back both monsters and they parted on good terms. Originally going to get his own show, Jet Jaguar didn't get his debut and was tied in legal troubles with Tsubaraya. These troubles were eventually settled in time for the Godzilla video games, where he was much better received.
Contest Winner Cameo: To capitalize on Ultraman and other such shows, Toho held a contest, where a entry called Red Arone. Renamed Jet Jaguar, details on the film were tied in Development Hell until Godzilla and Gigan were included.
I Know Kung-Fu: In the video games, Jet Jaguar can pull off a lot of fighting moves he didn't in the film. These include roundhouse kicks, heel kicks and other such things.
First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
Not one monster but a number of them, the Kamacuras, or "Gimantis", were a species of praying mantids on Sollgel island which had been radiated and subsequently grown to roughly the size of humans. After an intense storm laced with nuclear fallout lashed the island, they grew large enough to attempt to prey on Minilla. Two of them fell to Godzilla and the third became the meal of Kumonga. After their appearance in Son they were limited to basically cameo shots whenever the action drifted to Monster Island. In Final Wars, they returned, gaining a camouflage ability and the skill to destroy a Gotengo-level craft. He fell easily to Godzilla.
Red Shirt: Just Watch Son of Godzilla. Godzilla kills two of them. And the last one is eaten by Kumonga.
Took a Level in Badass: The Final Wars version put up a fight against one of the EDF crafts and eventually destroyed it! Also gained active camouflage powers!
First appearance: Space Amoeba, 1970
After Yog's second host, the mutated rock crab Ganimes, was fatally injured, the parasitic alien retreated from the body and divided itself into two halves before possessing another rock crab (which became a second Ganimes) and a rock turtle, mutating it into a giant predatory version called Kamoebas. These two monsters working in tandem almost finished off the humans, until they used their weakness to ultrasonic waves to disrupt Yog's control over them, causing the two behemoths to fight and drag each other into a volcano, which destroyed the Space Amoeba once and for all. Kamoebas makes a cameo appearance in Tokyo S.O.S., washed up on a beach after having been killed by Godzilla.
Turtle Power: Like some turtles, he can extend his neck and headbutt a foe.
What Could Have Been: It was originally supposed to be Anguirus, but the staff realized that might draw negative reaction, so they combed through their Kaiju library, and picked Kamoebas from Space Amoeba instead.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, 1974''
A strange monster that resembles a humanoid Shisa, or guardian dog-lion spirit, King Caesar is the protector of the Azumi Royal Family. A construct of stone over a mechanical endoskeleton, he is vital to a prophecy of a monster that would destroy the world. The invading Simeans believe this means MechaGodzilla, so they do anything in their power to prevent to its revival. But King Caesar is revived and squares off against MechaGodzilla. The battle doesn't go in his favor until Godzilla arrives. Together, they manage to destroy MechaGodzilla. King Caesar returns to dormancy, and isn't seen again until Godzilla Final Wars. One of many monsters under Xilien control, he attacks Okinawa and fights Godzilla. Like Rodan and Anguirus, he is spared in defeat.
The Lancer: Not the most effective one to Godzilla but still...a lancer.
Pet the Dog: Like Rodan and Anguirus, allowed to live since he was an ally of Godzilla in Final Wars.
Shown Their Work: King Caesar's role in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is very similar to that of the Shisa in Okinawa folklore.
In fact, the song used to awaken him roughly translates into "Kill the dragon, King Shisa!" which references a famous Okinawa legend in which a Shisa is awakened in order to slay a dragon that's terrorizing the people much like how King Caesar is awakened to kill Mechagodzilla.
Obviously he doesn't reach that goal (without Godzilla's intervention, at least), but he at least tried.
Appearing in the Wii version of Godzilla: Unleashed, Krystalak is a semi-sentient crystal organism, spawned by the same meteor shower that threatens to rip the earth apart. Born from the crystals, Krystalak seeks to bring all of their energies together to make himself into the ultimate monster. Like the crystals that spawned him, Krystalak is quite resistant to most forms of energy weapons, forcing opponents to fight him tooth and claw. Krystalak can expel crystal shards in a solid stream, bludgeoning foes from a distance. Krystalak can also overload his crystal heart - sacrificing his own physical integrity to damage everything nearby. With no ties to any existing alien or terrestrial powers, Krystalak seeks power at any cost. Like Obsidius, Krystalak is an original creation by Atari but is also considered part of the kaiju family by Toho.
Action Bomb: Can overload his heart to create a powerful shockwave that damages everything around him. The manual says he sacrifices his structural integrity to perform the move, but in the game itself it only consumes all of the energy bars to prevent self-inflicted damage that could put the player at a disadvantage.
A God Am I: Krystalak seeks to bring all of the crystal energies together to make himself into the ultimate monster.
Beware My Stinger Tail: One of his strong attacks is to whip his tail forward, jabbing the cluster of crystal spines at tend into an opponent's body, and quickly yank it back out to pull the opponent off its feet.
Immune to Bullets: Krystalak is very resistant to most breath and energy attacks, forcing foes to fight him in melee.
Lightning Bruiser: Fast, agile, and pretty strong, but his ranged attacks are rather weak.
One-Shot Character: Like Obsidius, Krystalak was created for Godzilla: Unleashed and hasn't appeared in anything else so far.
Power Crystal: Born of the crystals that impacted Earth at the beginning of the game. A round reddish crystal sits in the center of his chest, and the fleshy parts of his body have a similar white-purple tone some of the crystal growths have.
Spikes of Villainy: His back is completely covered by crystal spines. His tail ends in a ball of crystal spikes. He even has a line of crystals as a beard!
A giant spider native to Sollgel Island. It is implied the creature was this large even before the weather experiment. Awakened by a falling rock carelessly cast into its pit during a skirmish between Minilla and the last Kamacuras, Kumonga crawled out in pursuit of both the scientists and Godzilla's son, additionally killing the Kamacuras. Before the spider could poison his son, Godzilla arrived and a long battle ensued, with Minilla joining the fray after freeing himself. With their combined efforts, the two monsters set Kumonga aflame, presumably killing it. This was not the case, as Kumonga was present during the battle against King Ghidorah decades later. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Kumonga was used as a another kaiju pawn by the Xilliens and was easily defeated by Godzilla in New Guinea.
An Arm and a Leg: She gets her two of her legs ripped off by Monster X in the IDW comics. She also gets one of her legs ripped off in an earlier comic called Godzilla Legends by Godzilla who uses it to bash her with.
A giant walrus living in the frozen reaches of Antarctica. When scientists and technicians arrived to built the giant rockets meant to push Earth out of the path of the oncoming rogue planet Gorath, Maguma was awakened by the noise and activity and attacked in a grumpy rage. He inflicted some damage on the operations before he was killed by a powerful defense laser.
Executive Meddling: The Monster Boom caused executives to insert giant menaces in any movie possible - like Gorath.
...And then he was edited right the hell back out by American execs for the US release.
The guardian of the lost kingdom of Mu. Enraged by the intrusion of the battleship Gotengo, he tries to destroy it by constricting it in his long body, but is deterred by electrical shocks and frozen by the Gotengos Absolute Zero Cannon. Manda was then taken to Monsterland with many other monsters, but an attack by the Kilaak caused him, along with the others, to be mind-controlled by the aliens and sent to attack cities across the world. Manda participates in an attack on Tokyo alongside Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra, and when the mind control is broken he arrives at Mount Fuji to battle the Kilaak, though he doesn't aid in the fight against King Ghidorah. In Godzilla Final Wars Manda battles his nemesis, the Gotengo, once again, and inflicts heavy damage on the battleship before he is frozen and destroyed by the Gotengos drill.
Anti-Villain: Manda is the guardian of the lost city of Mu, and generally one of the more peaceful kaiju, unless he's angered.
Mechagodzilla is actually three separate robots. The first Mechagodzilla (Showa) was created by the Simians in their bid to conquer the Earth. It was initially disguised as Godzilla to discredit the monster, but it was exposed by Anguirus, who saw through the disguise. It badly damaged Anguirus before confronting the real thing. It was eventually taken down by the combined efforts of Godzilla and King Caesar. The Simians rebuilt Mechagodzilla and tried again, this time also enlisting the help of (a mind-controlled) Titanosaurus.The Heisei Mechagodzilla, by comparison, was built by Humans as a defense against Godzilla and other Kaiju, via reverse engineering the tech that created Mecha-Ghidorah. It was given an artificial diamond coating that allowed it to absorb the energy of Godzilla's atomic breath and store it to its main weapon: the Plasma Grenade. Mechagodzilla II battled Godzilla in Kyoto when he came to rescue Godzilla Jr. and ended up fighting Rodan as well. Was destroyed when Rodan died and gave Godzilla his red spiral breath.The Millennium Mechagodzilla, also known as Kiryu, was also constructed by Man, this time using the bones of the first Godzilla that attacked Tokyo in 1954 as a base. It was armed with an Absolute Zero cannon, which could freeze targets solid. Unfortunately, it's OS was also tied to Godzilla's DNA, and it tended to suffer from the Call of the Wild a little too often...
Alien Invasion: Showa Mechagodzilla, who serves as The Dragon to the Simians in the films. The Heisei Mechagodzilla is this to the Vortakk in Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee. Godzilla: Unleashed has Showa Mechagodzilla back in this role alongside several other space monsters and Megalon.
Arch-Enemy: Has faced Godzilla in every continuity and is second only to King Ghidorah in number of appearances.
Armour Is Useless: Averted. Mechagodzilla's armour is one of the few things that consistently stands up to blows from Godzilla's radioactive breath, not to mention kaiju size fists, claws, teeth, and tails.
Attack Reflector: In Godzilla: Unleashed, Showa Mechagodzilla's shield bounces ALL forms of projectiles right back at the user, be they another monster's breath/energy weapon or solid projectiles, missiles and lasers fired by Masers/Fighters/UFOs and Walkers, the stun bombs dropped by helicopters, even the energy beams and missiles fired by the Atragon.
Awesome, but Impractical: The Absolute Zero Cannon. It freezes and crushes whatever it hits, but it requires Kiryu to stand still and charge it for several seconds, meaning Godzilla can either dodge or counter before it fires. In fact, the only time Kiryu successfully fires it AND hits Godzilla is at the very end of the movie. Kiryu charged it while carrying Godzilla out to sea.
Badass: Especially the Showa version, who despite being a klutzy looking, old fashioned Tin Can Robot took on Godzilla and King Ceasar and damn near did them both in.
Though the Showa Mecha-G also suffered a massive case of Badass Decay in Terror of Mechagodzilla, where he's essentially playing Titanosaurus' support; and when Godzilla does get into melee range, Mecha-GII is helpless against him.
The Millenium version is quite literally Godzilla himself, and in both his appearances, ultimately defeats Godzilla. He even comes complete with Superpowered Evil Side.
The Heisei Mechagodzilla mortally wounds both Godzilla and Rodan in the same fight and requires a Heroic Sacrifice from Rodan and also a huge powerup to Godzilla to finally defeat him.
Breakout Villain: The original proved to be such a popular villain he's likely Godzilla's most well known enemy beside King Ghidorah, and since then every film series has a had a version of him.
Crippling Overspecialization: Heisei Mechagodzilla, which seemed designed mostly to engage Godzilla at long range with its weapons armor that gave it immunity to his Atomic Breath. While it proved fully capable of beating him if it stayed at distance, when he did manage to get up close to it to fight it hand to hand it was no match for him. It even lost an eye to Rodan when it got up close to it.
Showa Mechagodzilla had this issue as well; in a ranged battle it did perfectly fine. In melee, however, it became less effective. Kiryu seems to be the only one of the three Mechagodzilla incarnations to subvert this trope.
Cyborg: Kiryu was made using the original Godzilla's skeleton and DNA. In the dub of the 1974 film, the first Mechagodzilla is referred to as a cyborg, but no reason for it is given. The sequel, Terror of Mechagodzilla, made the Showa incarnation cyborg-ish, in that it had a human control system; but lacked any organic parts in it's own body.
Darker and Edgier: Terror of Mechagodzilla is a darker and more serious film that dealt with questions of the humanity of a cyborg, love, and suicide, compared to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla seems to lampshade this with his dark gray paint-job and spikier fingers.
Deflector Shields: The original Mechagodzilla could deploy a force field by rotating its head rapidly. This made hurting him very, very difficult.
Eagle Land: In the Mark Cersani books, Heisei Mechagodzilla was built by America and Japan, but more or less owned by the US. This is justified in the Cerasini books because not only have Godzilla and his fellow Kaiju become worldwide threats, a great chunk of the Kaiju are currently in or near the United States and there is a great deal of paranoia that Godzilla might decide to come back to the US and they barely survived their first go-round with him.
Eye Scream: Heisei Mechagodzilla loses an eye to Rodan.
He blows off Godzilla's in the manga adaptation.
Final Boss: Showa Mechagodzilla is the final boss of Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee no matter who you play as (unless you use Mechagodzilla; then Mecha-Ghidorah takes over that role). Mechagodzilla 2 is the final boss of Godzilla: Monster War.
Heisei Mechagodzilla gets possessed by the soul of King Ghidorah in the manga.
Hero Antagonist: The Heisei and Millenium Mechagodzillas, both of which are owned and operated by the Japanese Self-Defence Force.
Hero Killer: Mechagodzilla always comes very close to killing Godzilla. The Showa era version plays this the straightest, as Godzilla was at his most heroic when the two of them clashed, and the big lizard had to ally with King Caesar to have even a hope of defeating him.
The Heisei Mechagodzilla is arguably the only kaiju ever to succeed in killing Godzilla, and definitely succeeds in mortally wounding Rodan, making him fit the 'Killer' part to a tee; the "Hero" part depending on which side of the coin you stand for.
Mechanical Monster: The original Mechagodzilla may look like a clunky seventies robot, but is incredibly powerful nonetheless, and every bit as vicious/dangerous as this trope requires.
Heisei Mechagodzilla becomes this after King Ghidorah's soul decides to take over, in addition to being immensely powerful, in the manga adaptation of his film.
Kiryu becomes this in Godzilla X Mechagodzilla when he goes beserk.
Robeast: All of them, but particularly the original Mechagodzilla.
Mythology Gag: The first Millennium Mechagodzilla had a blue weapon-backpack (later silver) that looks awful similar to the Mechagodzilla-Garuda combo. Also Showa's rainbow eyes were reincarnated as Heisei's mouth-beam attack.
It Has Been an Honor: Kiryu for the first time reveals his true self-awareness, and personally wishes his engineer Yoshito one final goodbye, before plunging into the ocean's depths with his counterpart Godzilla, never to be seen again.
It Only Works Once: In "G.vs.MG" Mecha is beaten by getting his head torn off. In "Terror" Godzilla tries this again, only the aliens were ready for it. They made Mecha's head easier to snap off, freeing him, and gave him a secondary, smaller head in the neck. This head even had a beam weapon of it's own.
Kick the Dog: The original Mechagodzilla's beatdown of Anguirus was the tip-off that we shouldn't be cheering for this guy.
Knight of Cerebus: Following four of the goofiest, campiest movies in the series, the two Showa Mechagodzilla movies returned to the series earlier Darker and Edgier tone.
Lightning Bruiser: The original Mechagodzilla, who in addition to his firepower, could also fly so fast Godzilla struggled to even hit him.
Long Range Fighter: Outside of Kiryu, the Mechagodzilla incarnations mostly fought Godzilla by staying back and pummeling him with their weapons.
Made Of Titanium: All the Mechagodzillas are ridiculously hard to damage, standing up to repeated blows from Godzilla's radioactive breath (and in Showa Mechagodzilla's case, flat out No Selling it). This is in addition to whatever Deflector Shields and other forms of armour they might be equipped with.
Meaningful Name: The Name "Kiryū" can be translated as "Mechanical Dragon".
Mid-Season Upgrade: The Heisei Mecha was defeated in its first fight with Godzilla. By combining with Garuda it formed Super Mechagodzilla who put up a bigger fight and would have killed him for good without Rodan's intervention.
Kiryu subverts this in its second movie. The freeze gun is too damaged, and is replaced with a tri-maser gun instead, a great deal weaker weapon.
Mighty Glacier: The Heisei incarnation, who was even less mobile than Godzilla.
More Dakka: Every Mechagodzilla unloads every single weapon at Godzilla at least once in every movie. Showa Mechagodzilla is especially notable for this.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Showa Mechagodzilla does this to Anguirus. It's not pretty or pleasant to watch, and mechanical or not, the bastard seems to enjoy doing it.
Off with His Head!: Showa Mechagodzilla was decapitated twice by Godzilla; only the first one stuck.
Psycho Electro: The original could deploy a powerful electric current.
Robotic Reveal: Showa Mechagodzilla starts off in a Godzilla costume, but as he and Godzilla battle in a refinery, Mechagodzilla's "skin" keeps falling off and revealing its true identity. Anguirus also scrapes off one of the disguise's scales earlier in the movie.
So Last Season: The second Showa Mecha could lose his head and keep fighting. Much to Godzilla's chagrin.
Taking You with Me: Heisei Mechagodzilla attempts to self-destruct after latching himself onto Godzilla to destroy him as a last-ditch resort.
A giant robot facsimile of the real Kong, built by the evil Dr. Who to mine the radioactive Element X. The radiation proved too damaging for Mechani-Kong's circuitry, however, so a hypnotizing strobe was mounted atop its head in order to subdue and control King Kong. When Kong eventually broke free of the hypnosis, Mechani-Kong pursued him to Tokyo and engaged him in a fierce battle that carried them up Tokyo Tower. An attack on Dr. Who's ship crippled Mechani-Kong's controls, and he plummeted off of the tower and smashed to pieces on the streets below.
Disney Villain Death: After a pitched battle with the real Kong, he falls off Tokyo Tower to his demise.
Evil Knockoff: One of the earliest examples of the "Mecha-insert name here" monsters, beating out Mechagodzilla by seven years.
Throw Down the Bomblet: Mechani-Kong's ranged offense is a series of grenades on his waist, which he can pluck off and throw at targets.
What Could Have Been: Toho had planned to bring him back in the 90s to fight Godzilla after they were unable get the rights to use King Kong (See above). Unfortunately, RKO Studios pointed out that Mechani-Kong looked TOO much like King Kong and forced Toho to scrap the idea...despite the fact that Mechani-Kong is a TOHO owned character.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Megaguirus, 2000
A gigantic mutant dragonfly and queen of the Meganulon insects. After an egg was laid by a time-displaced prehistoric dragonfly following the test run of the Dimension Tide, a boy brought the egg to Tokyo and later dropped it into the sewers, where it hatched into many larval Meganula. After causing the city to flood, they crawled up the buildings and metamorphed into adult Meganula, who flew off and found Godzilla and siphoned off some of his energy (during which Godzilla killed many of them). The survivors returned to Tokyo and gave the Godzilla energy as well as their own to their gestating queen, who grew enormous and much more fearsome as she became Megaguirus. One of the fastest kaiju, she can fly circles around her opponents and use her stinger to impale and siphon off their energy, which prevents them from using their special powers while she's draining them.
Call Back: The Meganulon appeared in Rodan as bullet-proof village terrors, only to become lunch for a newly born Rodan. Not seen until Godzilla X Megaguirus, where they are shown to be juvenile Meganula who serve a queen, Megaguirus.
Flash Step: By flapping her wings at an incredible speed, Megaguirus can zip to and fro almost too quickly to see, easily evading attacks. In the games she can activate it as a consumable special ability, doubling her movement and attack speed to dart around the arena and pummel her opponent with rapid-fire attacks.
Fragile Speedster: In contrast to Godzilla's Mighty Glacier. She's one of the fastest monsters in the series, and she can still take a physical beating like a champ. Fire, however, will bring her down easily, as demonstrated when she weathered all of Godzilla's attacks just fine, but went down immediately the second he got a direct hit in from his atomic breath.
Glass Cannon: Proved strong enough to knock Godzilla around even pick him up despite being smaller than him.
Oh Crap: Once when Godzilla pretends not to know she's behind him, then grabs her stinger with his tail. The second when Godzilla pulls a monster of a jump attack. Another time when she seemingly pierces his head, only to find out he caught the tip of her stinger with his mouth.
Power Copying: Megaguirus can utilize the beam weapons and powers of foes she drains energy from. In the film she creates atomic fireballs after drawing more of Godzilla's energy, and in the video games she can use an opponent's beam weapon by firing it from her stinger after absorbing it.
Razor Wings: Shows them off by cutting a building in two as she flies by.
Slasher Smile: The Queen was rather expressive and got a few wicked grins before pulling a misdeed.
The Swarm: Her Rage ability in Godzilla: Save the Earth summons three swarms of Meganula who chase foes and, if they catch it/them, paralyze it/them while draining a large amount of health and weapon energy to give to their queen.
A dimwitted subterranean kaiju vaguely resembling a giant beetle with drills for hands, Megalon was worshipped as a god by the underworld civilisation, Seatopia, which tried to deploy him to punish the surface world for their continued nuclear tests damaging Seatopia. In the Atari fighting game trilogy Megalon is allied with the invading alien Vortaak, fighting alongside their space monsters to destroy humanity and protect Seatopia.
Bash Brothers: With Gigan, cooperating very well during their battle against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
The original Mogueras were used by the Mysterians as a shock trooper in their invasion of Earth. It rampaged across Japan, taking out a power plant and ravaging a town before it was destroyed while crossing a bridge. The Mysterians deployed a second Moguera to defend themselves against the JSDF, but it suffered a mishap with it's angle of attack...The second M.O.G.U.E.R.A., like Mechagodzilla II, was built as an anti-kaiju weapon. Consisting of two massive vehicles, the Land Moguera and Star Falcon. Unfortunately, it's mission against Godzilla was interrupted by the appearance of a second Godzilla from the depths of space. The M.O.G.U.E.R.A. and its crew found themselves in a three-way battle when the new Godzilla proved to be no friend of the original.
Call Back: Not seen since The Mysterians until getting revamped for SpaceGodzilla. Oddly enough, Moguera appeared in the Nintendo game Monster of Monsters.
Chest Blaster: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. had a large Maser cannon built into it's stomach.
Combining Mecha: Can break off into top and bottom halves, forming a burrowing Drill Tank (top) and a flying machine (bottom).
Executive Meddling: Like Maguma mentioned above, there was not originally going to be a monster in The Mysterians, but Tomoyuki Tanaka insisted that there be a monster of some kind in the movie. In fact, Moguera was actually going to be a flesh-and-blood monster before it was decided that he would be a robot.
Additionally, Mechagodzilla II was going to be reused in Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla, but when they realized that Mechagodzilla alone is more than enough to stop Spacegodzilla, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was born.
Fragile Speedster / Glass Cannon: Not surprising, since MOGUERA was built to be a mobile artillery platform. In the fighting games he's one of the fastest monsters in speed and has the highest weapon stat, but pays for it with low defense and mediocre melee power. Subverted defense wise in the movie as it was capable of taking on Spacegodzilla for several hours as indicated in the day to night transition. In The Mysterians, Moguera is destroyed when it falls into a ravine.
Guest Fighter: Moguera, along with Mothra and a statue of Godzilla, appears in the 48th episode of Sonic X (in his The Mysterians look, with some alterations). He chases the characters around and then fights Sonic, Knuckles and Rouge for a few minutes until he's destroyed by Sonic throwing a bomb inside his body.
Moguera was more of a Robeast, while M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was a traditional mecha.
Hoist by His Own Petard / Karmic Death: In The Mysterians. During the JSDF's attack on the Mysterian's dome, A short lived second Moguera burrows beneath a Markalite Cannon toppling it over, only to be crushed by the massive piece of military equipment itself.
More Dakka: Moguera is armed to bear with a large variety of weapons: plasma laser cannons in its eyes; auto-lasers fired from the ends of its cone-arms; spiral grenade missiles fired from inside its arms; a powerful plasma maser cannon in its stomach; in the games it can emit a sphere of electromagnetic energy that persists for several seconds and hits multiple times, and its Rage Attack is a photonic storm that emits rings of powerful energy from its body. In the film Moguera's only melee weapon is its drill nose, while in the games it also uses its arms and legs in combat (but they are inferior to its ranged weaponry).
An original monster created by Atari for Godzilla: Unleashed and the winner of a fan poll involving four monster ideas (the other three being Lightning Bug, Fire Lion, and The Visitor). Although most of the crystals deposited on Earth by the meteor showers (sent by Space Godzilla in order to escape from his prison in Godzilla: Save the Earth) embedded themselves in the surface, some of them managed to punch through the earth's crust and enter the lithosphere. There, brought together by the magma flows from within the earth, a sentient creature was brought to life by the accumulated power of the crystals and the raw, ferrous materials of the earth. Obsidius emerged from a volcano onto the surface world only recently in conjunction with fellow mutant Krystalak, and thus far has resisted all attempts at communication. His virtually impenetrable mineral exterior shields him against both physical and energy assaults. He advances single-mindedly toward the most unstable crystal formations on the surface, and as such should be considered extremely dangerous.
Power Crystal: Obsidius was brought to life by the crystals that impacted Earth at the beginning of the game. Some punched through into the interior of the planet, fusing with magma and rock and creating Obsidius.
Red Sky, Take Warning: Justified, as he emerges from an erupting volcano that formed in the middle of Seattle during sunset.
Stock Sound Effects: Obsidius' entire vocal vocabulary consists of classic Hollywood monster and creature vocalizations, most of them originally from Sharptooth.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: His completely nonsensical, sudden appearance in the rather anti-climactic alternate ending of Frankenstein vs. Baragon.
One-Shot Character: Sort of. His debut appearance was in King King vs Godzilla, where he fought the giant ape and fled. He then appeared in War Of The Gargantuas for a brief moment, threatening a ship before being chased off by Gaira. In an alternate ending for Frankenstein Conquers The World made for America but not used, Oodako suddenly arrived after Frankenstein's monster defeated Baragon and wrestled him into a lake, pulling him under to his death.
First appearance: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, 1966
An giant condor mutated by the nuclear waste of the terrorist organization Red Bamboo, Ookondoru guarded the island base in the air. It's unknown if Oookondoru is controlled in any manner. At any rate, while searching for prey, he came across Godzilla. The fight between them was short, but fierce. With one hit from Godzilla's atomic heat ray, Ookondoru fell into the ocean, never to be seen again except as Stock Footage in All Monsters Attack.
Butt Monkey: He gets downed very easily by Godzilla. And for a long while, he didn't even have a profile.
Giant Flyer: Being a giant bird, that's par the course.
The villain of Godzilla: 2000, Orga is the freak result of a Millennian trying and failing to properly absorb Godzilla's DNA. The resulting mutant spent the remainder of the film trying to devour and consume Godzilla's genetic code, though whether this was instinctive, or out of a desire to save itself is unknown.
First appearance: Godzilla 2000: Millennium, 1999
Alien Invasion: Intended to take over the Earth by copying Godzilla's DNA.
Big Eater: He tried to eat Godzilla! Doesn't get much bigger then that.
Final Boss: Of Godzilla: Unleashed's Easy and Medium modes.
Gone Horribly Wrong: The Millennians spent the entire movie trying to get Godzilla's DNA to gain his regenerative abilities and restore their bodies. Instead of doing that, it mutated them into Orga.
Good Thing You Can Heal: He absorbed Godzilla's healing powers. He was able to heal his whole shoulder being blown off in a matter of seconds. He cannot heal if his head is blown off, however.
Hive Mind: In the manga adaptation of Godzilla 2000, the Millenian were a group of alien entities who accidentally fused together into a single consciousness.
LEGO Genetics: After adsorbing Godzilla's DNA, he immediately morphed into a pseudo-Godzilla like beast.
Mighty Glacier: In the games (and the film) Orga is big and slow, with no distance weapons, moderate attack, and very high defence, requiring him to close with targets in order to beat them down.
Off with His Head!: Him trying to swallow Godzilla results in him getting his head blasted off.
Oh Crap: Eyes widen just before Godzilla, who is halfway down his stomach, unleashes his Nuclear Pulse and blasts him to pieces, giving the impression Orga just realized that was a bad idea.
Scaled Up: Started growing scales and dorsal spines as he absorbed Godzilla's DNA.
Secret Character: In Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save The Earth.
Shoulder Cannon: Has a replica of the Millenian ship's energy cannon in his left shoulder.
Too Dumb to Live: You've just spent the last twenty minutes slugging it out with Godzilla, who has been blowing pieces off of you with his Atomic Beam. Best course of action? Let's try swallowing him head first!
Badass: Did really well against Godzilla when they fought in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. He arguably held the advantage for most of their fight, even though he had no way to do serious damage to Godzilla.
Blow You Away: His trademark is causing hurricane winds and sonic booms.
Breath Weapon: In his original film, Rodan emits a strange black smoky substance from his beak, which resembles the early animations of Godzilla's energy ray. Whether or not it was an energy ray or some form of "hurricane breath" is debatable, but he does get his own radioactive breath weapon in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II during the Heisei era. After being exposed to Godzilla's breath weapon, no less!
Feel No Pain: Showa Rodan took several of Godzilla's uranium heat rays and Ghidorah's gravity beams without so much as a scratch. In fact, his response to Godzilla's breath was to shake his head and look annoyed.
Fire-Forged Friends: Occurs in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, maybe again in Mechagodzilla II.
Actually tends to happen a lot—Rodan is tied with Anguirus for being Godzilla's most consistent ally. Arguably Godzilla's strongest ally as well, considering how well the pair work together.
Took a Level in Badass: Rodan was already quite cool but the versions in Mechagodzilla II and Final Wars are even cooler.
Subverted to many fans who consider his showings in the Showa era- going toe to toe with the King himself and later repeatedly handing King Ghidorah his ass by far his most badass moments, as compared to his later appearances where he would be cannon fodder.
Badass: It's a clone of GODZILLA. You were expecting a pushover?
Big Bad: Of the mutant faction in Godzilla: Unleashed, and of the game as a whole since he's responsible the crystals that are wrecking havoc on Earth, actually usurping the spot from the Vortaak aliens that were the Big Bad in the previous two games and actually created him.
Call Back / Shout-Out: Space Godzilla's physical design was heavily based off of the Super Godzilla design from the videogame of the same name for the SNES. In fact, aside from turning the spines along his back and tail and the massive growths on his shoulders into crystal, he's almost an Expy for Super Godzilla. Right down to the crest on his head, which was edited out of the American version of the game. Space Godzilla's mouth also shows some similarities to Biollante's mouth, and the way his body breaks down after death is similar to Biollante as well.
Mix and Match Critter: Part Godzilla, part rose, part human, part crystalline space entity. Maybe. Two potential origins exist for this guy in the movies and a third was introduced by the Trendmasters Godzilla Wars toy line, and was considered definitive within the line. Both with at least one factor in common. One theory's starting point sees a few stray Godzilla cells parting ways from Biollante at the end of Godzilla vs. Biollante, and the other sees Mothra accidentally taking some of Godzilla's DNA into space with her at the end of Battle for Earth. In either case, the theories then state that somehow these cells were exposed to the energy of a black hole and emerged from a white hole, emerging as a twisted and evil clone of Godzilla. The origin presented by Trendmasters take partly from the theory of Mothra being the one responsible for Godzilla cells ending up in space. However the twist is that these cells encountered a crystalline life form, one that may or may not have been malevolent from the outset. Whatever the case, the resultant creature, Space Godzilla, headed straight for Earth in both the films and the toy line with a singular thought: defeat Godzilla.
Power Crystal: The large crystals on his shoulders generate much of his power, and by seeding an area with crystal spires he can increase his own power greatly.
Spikes of Villainy: Giant crystals on his shoulders, crystal spines along his back, a tail ending in a spiked club, and his flying form is a huge ball of crystal spikes.
This Was His True Form: Spacegodzilla can change into a weird spiky crystal ball to fly in space with his body being just a small portion of it and his legs disappearing. When you recall that he is the result of G-cells fusing with alien crystal life forms you realize that this was what it looked like before G-cells fused with it. You are seeing the alien itself when Spacegodzilla transforms into his flying form.
Turned Against Their Masters: In Godzilla: Unleashed, in the previous game he was a monster created by the Vortaak, but by Unleashed he seems to have turned on them and is focusing conquering Earth himself.
Villain of the Week: Only appeared in a single film, although his popularity has ensured a number of video game appearances.
First appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla, 1975
Similar to Godzilla in that he is believed to be a dinosaur that returned to the sea and survived there through the great extinction, Titanosaurus was a peaceful creature until the Simians returned to earth and used their technology to enslave the aquatic giant, wielding him as a weapon against the human race. When his controller was destroyed, Titanosaurus attempted to flee back into the ocean, but Godzilla pressed his attack and (supposedly) killed him.
Anti-Villain: A character notes that Titanosaurus was actually quite gentle. And what does he do when the mind-control is temporarily broken? Breaks off his fight with Godzilla and quickly escapes into the sea. All the bad stuff he did was under mind control.
Gentle Giant: When free of mind control, he quickly drops whatever destruction he was in the middle of and flees.
Genre Throwback: After making odd sci-fi monsters like Gigan and Megalon it was a step back to the old-days with Titano, a giant dinosaur with natural powers.
Kick the Dog: Titanosaurus is actually a gentle giant. But Mifune turned him into his pawn, where he gets forced to fight, blasted with a sonic gun, torturing him to near death, then finished off by Godzilla who had no clue about the mind control.
Lightning Bruiser: He gave Godzilla one of his more brutal melee fights, and is pretty dang fast for a giant monster.
Make Me Wanna Shout: In Godzilla: Unleashed, his ranged weapon is a sonic beam. Explained by him using echolocation to navigate the dark depths, but ironic because his weakness in the movie was sonics. (A possible explanation for it is that Titanosaurus' natural sonar, probably used to navigate the depths of the ocean, where little light goes, is turned into a scrambled mess and renders his vision near-useless, but no official explanation is given)
Super Strength: Evidently, Titanosaurus is incredibly strong; strong enough to lift the equal-sized Godzilla by the upper jaw with his head alone. Godzilla qualifies, as well; he's lifted Gigan and other similarly-sized kaiju (as well as Keizer Ghidorah) over his shoulder with little effort.
What Could Have Been: Originally going to be TWO smaller Titanosaurus' that united into the big one. Fortunately this was dropped.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Subverted, sure Titanosaurus just has that fin at the end of his tail. It kinda looks stupid, doesn't it, so it must be crap right? Wrong! The hurricanes it can create crumbles buildings and totally threw Godzilla off his game! Plus, uppercuts!
What the Hell, Hero?: As noted above, his defeat/possible death is really unnecessarily cruel, especially, since he's a peaceful creature being controlled against his will.
What makes it even more tragic is that Godzilla had no clue about the mind control. Don't forget this is still the Showa era and Godzilla is still in his 'heroic' phase. He thought Titanosaurus was acting on his own will in siding with Mechagodzilla. So he reacted accordingly. This is really a case where Godzilla's good intentions went wrong, even though his heart was in the right place. Given that the monsters seem to have a language, as established in Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, and seen again in a few other films, it may be an issue that Titanosaurus just didn't have time to get his head together and explain the situation to Godzilla, who attacked out of the belief that Titanosaurus was like so many other recent battles (Gigan and Megalon being the two most recent films before the first ''Mechagodzilla' film.) where he'd fought multiple enemies.
The Cameo: He was originally going to have a larger part in Destroy All Monsters!, but Toho already blew half the budget on the new Godzilla and Anguirus costumes. So we got two quick shots of a Varan prop.
Make Me Wanna Shout: In Godzilla: Unleashed Varan is given the ability to project a tightly-focused beam of sound and a ball of sonic energy from his mouth. In his character description it's explained as a specialization of his ability to communicate vast distances using hypersonic sound waves.
Took a Level in Badass: In Godzilla Unleashed. Varan is the second-fastest Earth Defender, can chain his attacks together into devastating combos, and has great versatility with his gliding (he can even attack during it, and doing his uppercut punch allows him to glide indefinitely). His bite heavy attack also hits deceptively hard and can knock an opponent on its back.
What Could Have Been: Was originally intended to be in GMK along with Anguirus, but they were replaced by Mothra and King Ghidorah due to not being popular enough.
Alien Invasion: Subverted by Zone and his family who protect the Earth from kaiju called "Terror Beasts" but played straight by the vile Garoga who destroyed Planet Peaceland, Zone's homeworld.
Attack Reflector: Zone can make a force filed shaped like a shield called the Hyper-Barrier which sent King Ghidorah's Gravity Beams right back at him.
Awesome, but Impractical: Zone Fighter can grow to a 62 meter tall, 55,000 tons giant sentai more powerful than Godzilla, but only for a few minutes.
Badass: Zone Fighter is not only strong enough to beat Godzilla in a friendly match but has battled King Ghidorah twice and killed Gigan.
Dueling Movies: In this case shows because Zone Fighter was "inspired" by Ultraman.
Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Godzilla will show up on the show once in a while to help Zone Fighter fight other monsters, the King of The Monsters even got a second title, The Monster of Justice.
Eye Scream: In one episode he karate chops a monster so hard his eyes pop out and then Zone Fighter rips them out!
Glass Cannon: Zone Fighter can dish out a lot of damage but he has a hard time taking it, needing help from Godzilla on at least five separate occasions.
First appearance: King Kong vs Godzilla, 1962
A large and powerful ape who lived on Faro Island in the South Pacific and was strengthened by electricity. Kong was worshiped as a deity by the natives, who would leave him drinks made from the indeginous fruit trees as offerings (which tended to make him fall asleep after ingesting). During one such ceremony, Kong drove off the giant octopus Oodako, who was attacking the natives, and after drinking his offering was captured by representatives of a pharmaceutical company and taken back to Japan, where he escaped and ran into a rampaging Godzilla. Falling back from the initial confrontation, Kong made a meal of electricity from power lines before he was captured and pitted against Godzilla again. The second fight was a much longer and more brutal affair which ended when both combatants tumbled into the sea and Kong swam away, leaving Godzilla defeated beneath the waves. A while later, after making a new home on Mondo Island, Kong saves visiting scientists from Gorosaurus, is captured by the evil Dr. Who to mine a rare mineral, battles his mechanical doppleganger Mechani-Kong, and then destroys Dr. Who and his ship before once again swimming off to live in peace.
Shock and Awe: Electricity makes Kong stronger, and he can channel electric shocks through his hands.
Took a Level in Badass: The first brief battle Kong quickly runs away from Godzilla's fire breath, and then during the second battle Kong ends up getting his ass kicked during the fight. An electricity power-up later and the battle ends with Kong ignoring two fire blasts and running through them to get to Godzilla.
What Could Have Been: Originally, Toho wanted to bring back Kong in the 90s for a rematch against Godzilla. Unfortunately, RKO Pictures wanted too much money for it.
Even sooner than that, There were plans for a direct sequel back in the 60's. Following the immense success of the first film (which when adjusted for inflation would be the highest grossing Godzilla film of all time), it's not surprising that the first concept considered for the next Godzilla movie was one that pitted the two monsters against each other again. Literally titled Continuation: King Kong vs. Godzilla, the proposal for this project was written by Shinichi Sekizawa, who also worked on the previous film, and the draft was submitted in 1963. Unfortunately, the concept never got past the proposal stage, and a more fleshed out script was never commissioned while Sekizawa's ideas for the sequel remain mostly unknown.
Toho and Rankin-Bass were going to make a japanese Kong movie, titled Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah, where the setting was on an island and Kong was to fight a sea monster named Ebirah. Sound familiar? If it does, it's because Rankin-Bass wanted Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya to work on the project, while Toho insisted on Jun Fukuda and Teisho Arikawa instead. Unable to reach an agreement, Rankin-Bass withdrew from the project and took Kong with them. Toho, not wanting to scrap the project altogether, had a simple solution: substitute Kong with Godzilla. The result was Ebirah Horror Of The Deep (known in the US as Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster), with Godzilla's strange behavior (attacking Mothra despite becoming her ally previously, showing interest in a human girl, drawing power from an electrical shock) and the unfair matchup (Ebirah, a giant lobster, isn't exactly a threat to Godzilla) being easily explainable as the movie having been written with King Kong in mind.
Was also considered for Godzilla Unleashed but was scrapped because Universal was charging $1,000,000 for him. Each of the monsters Toho charged Pipeworks only cost $25,000 U.S. dollars and there's 23 of them in the game in total. Do the math.
First appearance: Godzilla, 2014
Mutated insects that will appear in the upcoming Godzilla reboot as one of two other monsters for the King himself to fight. All we know of these creatures is that they're connected to a secret government organization known as M.U.T.O. No official concept art has been released, and the only visuals of the creatures seen so far are brief glimpses from the first official trailer.
Expy: Archie Goodwin, the Editor-In-Chief at the time the comic was being published, admitted that Red Ronin is based off of japanese Super Robot anime, most famously Shogun Warriors (which, coincidently, was another property that Marvel adapted into a comic book series).
Put on a Bus: Averted. Though Marvel eventually lost the license to use Godzilla, they still owned the rights to original characters they created specifically for the comic. As such, Red Ronin continued to appear in other comic series without Godzilla, often clashing with Marvel's other superheroes such as the Avengers and the Inhumans.
Unnamed Multi-limbed Monster
First appearance: Godzilla, 2014
A multi-limbed monster that will appear in the upcoming Godzilla reboot as one of two other monsters for the King himself to fight, first seen in the SDCC teaser trailer. Other than being an original, centipede-like monster created specifically for the reboot, no other information about this monster (including its name) is known at the time of this edit.
The mutant monster that was the star of the much-panned by Godzilla fans "American Godzilla" movie (which they called just "Godzilla") released by Tristar Films. A marine iguana heavily mutated by fallout from early atomic bomb tests, Zilla grew into a gargantuan, vaguely theropodian reptile that sunk a number of fishing ships in pursuit of the fish upon which it fed before somehow finding its way to New York, where it began terrorizing the city in its efforts to build a nest — the climax of its mutations was asexuality, enabling it to lay hundreds of eggs that would hatch into a veritable army of giant lizards. Unlike conventional kaiju, though, its sheer size, cunning, agility and ability to use the terrain to its advantage were the only protection it had, and it was brought down by conventional missiles once it was lured from hiding and entangled so that it couldn't flee. Appeared as a mutant monster of the alien invaders in Final Wars, where he was effortlessly killed by Godzilla. He also appears in Rulers of Earth, one of the IDW Godzilla comics, and ends up fighting Godzilla again. This time, though, Zilla not only lasts more than a few seconds, but he survives the fight itself (albeit from getting the hell out of Dodge when Godzilla was distracted).
Breath Weapon: The original Zilla in the 1998 movie sent cars flying and set off a massive explosion by screeching, and the Zilla in Final Wars had an "acid fire breath" but was only shown using it once from off-screen.
Butt Monkey: Got beaten even faster than most of the other monsters in Final Wars.
Fan Nickname: Before Zilla was officially named, he was known as "GINO"—Godzilla In Name Only. Other nicknames included "Deanzilla", "Fraudzilla", "Notzilla" and "Tri-Zilla". The character's closest official nickname is "Godzilla-USA", from the Japan-only Dreamcast game Godzilla Generations.
Fragile Speedster: One of the most agile of all kaiju, but squishy enough to be taken down by fighter plane missiles and one-shotted by Godzilla's atomic breath.
Franchise Killer: His debut film was almost this for the classic Godzilla, not because anyone thought he was a good "remake" of an icon but because it made people lose interest in the series as a whole.
In Name Only: Tri-Star's '98 remake quickly had fans coining the acronym GINO (Godzilla In Name Only) for the character. It remains a popular term to distinguish the '98 creature from it's animated counterpart.
It Can Think: Shodai-Jira is somewhat cunning, as far as an animal goes, but his only surviving offspring takes it Up to Eleven. The Final Wars incarnation is incredibly animalistic and the Rulers Of Earth version is as smart as Zilla Junior, able to effectively strategize in a battle with Godzilla.
Not Zilla: Was originally meant to be a new version of Godzilla but eventually became this. Understandably many fans and critics alike feel this way about Tri-Star's 1998 "remake".
Although he is more of an Expy of obscure Godzilla monster Gorosaurus. He has a more traditionally theropod design, an affinity for burrowing (Originally a trademark of Baragon but given to Gorosaurus for Destroy All Monsters), all he lacks is the jump kick.
Off Model: His appearance in Final Wars when compared to his appearance in Godzilla and the Rulers of Earth comic.
Star of the animated series derived from Tristar's Godzilla, Zilla Jr. hatched from the sole surviving egg laid by the first Zilla — because of the mutant's unstable genetic code, the hatchling possessed the sheer resilience, healing factor and energy breath weapon associated with Godzilla as well as the speed, intelligence and agility of Zilla, while also being sterile.
Lightning Bruiser: Is as fast and agile as Zilla but has the strength, durability, and atomic breath of the Japanese Godzilla.
Love Hurts: In one episode he fell in love with a mutant Komodo dragon, Komodithrax, and became her mate and surrogate father of her egg (she could reproduce asexually). When she and the egg were lost at the end of the episode, Zilla Jr. roared his grief and despair to the world.
Tail Slap: His tail may not have a needle on the end, but it's definitely a good whip.
Took a Level in Badass: In addition to having whatgoodqualities Zilla possessed, he has the original Godzilla's tough hide, healing, strength, determination, and of course, his power breath. Plus he's pretty smart.
Genius Bruiser: In addition to being really fast and agile, Junior here is far smarter than his parent, at times nearing Showa Godzilla-levels (making moral choices).
Reluctant Mad Scientist: Though not necessarily "mad", Serizawa relunctantly decided to use the Oxygen Destroy afer seeing the destruction Godzilla caused. Though he intends to use the Oxygen Destroyer once, his heroic sacrifice is foreshadowed in an eariler scene when he clearly states that he'd burn his notes at the event of his death.
Save the Villain: Yamane does not want Godzilla to be killed because he survived the H-Bomb testing in the Pacific. As mentioned above, Yamane wants to study Godzilla because he's a paleontologist. However, he ends up having to agree to kill Godzilla after what he did to Tokyo.
Badass: Cracks a one-liner after noticing Godzilla is heading right for him and knows he's about to bite it.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Admits that he hopes Godzilla will appear since a lot of money was spent in preparing for his return. Averted in that he doesn't mind the personal risk and seemingly dies with a smile.
The Big Guy: Paired up with main human character, he was noticeable bigger than him, and that guy was a scientist, Gondo was in the military.
Bond One-Liner: * After shooting Godzilla right in the mouth with the Anti-Nuclear-Energy-Bacteria* "All this intravenous stuff is no good for you...stick to smoking." Never mind he was facing a VERY pissed off Godzilla. Bad ass!
Go Out with a Smile: Kinda, more like he doesn't seem to be worried about Godzilla being only twenty feet from him.
The Lancer: To the main human character of the film, whatever that guy's name was, whatever.
Plucky Comic Relief: Not really plucky, quite bad ass actually, but he does inject the film with some humor.
A psychic who has ties with Godzilla. With the exception of Godzilla 1985, she has been in every Heisei film and thus the longest-running human character in the franchise.
All There in the Manual: Some supplementary material reveals her parents were killed by Godzilla in the first Heisei film.
Canon Immigrant: So far, she (along with the Simeons) are the only canonical Godzilla characters to appear in the official IDW Godzilla comics.
Badass: Becomes the first human to climb onto Godzilla, Technically, that honor belongs to members of the Dark Horse comics version of G-Force, which was a scientific group dedicated to the study of Godzilla, rather than his destruction. Nevertheless, Kiriko is the only human in the films thus far to have the ovaries to risk her life getting anywhere near the Monster King intentionally.
Worthy Opponent: She and Kiryu seem to view Godzilla as one. He may just reciprocate.
The man in charge in Godzilla Unleashed. Commander Tagaki witnessed firsthand how the Kaiju seemed to join forces against the aliens to save the world. The experience changed his views on Earth's monsters being a threat to humanity.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: He wants to try and work together with the Kaiju to save the earth from the aliens.
Sergeant Steven Woods
IDW Publishing, "''Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters"
Badass Normal: He survives a brawl between Godzilla and Anguirus in Hollywood and can hold his own in a fight be it against thugs, bikers or even giant monsters.
Berserk Button: Do NOT hurt or threaten Allie, a girl he came across who was orphaned by Godzilla in front of him. Not even Anguirus got away with it when he gave her a concussion while Steve was fighting him in Mecha-Godzilla.
Handicapped Badass: In later issues, he is poisoned by a snake and this causes him to become disorientated.
Papa Wolf: DON'T threaten Allie. It will not go well for you. In fact, don't be anywhere near him when he is with Allie.
Put on a Bus / Out of Focus: Woods disappears after the events of Kingdom of Monsters and is neither seen nor mentioned in IDW's first Godzilla ongoing.
Aliens that resemble giant, sentient cockroaches, survivors of a world that was much like earth and which evolved sentience after its equivalent of humanity killed itself off through rampant pollution. They came to earth with plans to wipe out the human race and settle there themselves because, while they could survive in the pollution of their homeworld, the planet was so badly damaged it was dying and would soon no longer be able to support even their existence. Kaiju minions: King Ghidorah, Gigan.
Shape Shifter: It's ambiguous as to how exactly the aliens assume human form, but this is the most likely candidate.
Aliens from the asteroid belt which appear before humans in the guise of women wearing shiny silvery bodysuits, save for their preference for insanely high temperatures. When it grows cooler, they revert to their true forms, which resemble the Cyber-mats from Doctor Who. Kaiju minion: King Ghidorah
Venus Needs Men: The Kilaaks seem to have kept the male workers of Monster Island.
Semi-amorphous tentacled aliens whose ship crashed on Earth millions of years before, they are accidentally awoken by the Crisis Control Intervention Center's deep sea expedition. Scouting Japan in their spacecraft and seeking to harvest DNA in order to regain physical form, they deemed Godzilla's hyper-regenerative genome to be perfectly suited for their goal, unaware of the drastic effects it would have.... Kaiju minion: Orga.
All There in the Manual: Their species name is never given in the film itself. Even Orga at least gets named in the credits.
Dying Race: Made their own home planet uninhabitable from nuclear war. A good percent of the new born population are born with birth defects. They themselves are poisoned by the effects of Strontium 90.
The Vortaak are a warlike alien species that appear in the Atari games. In Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee, Godzilla: Save The Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed, the Vortaak seem to be one of the galaxy's dominant species. They conquer planets to expand their civilization. But instead of useing their own advanced weapons, they attack Earth by controlling the Kaiju. Godzilla breaks free from the alien mind control and defeats the others. They are led by their Queen, Vortica. Interestingly, the Vortakk, in their first appearance they are controlled by a male character who dresses exactly like the people from Planet X in Godzilla vs. Monster Zero/Invasion of Astro Monster.
Natives of the Planet X, these aliens are known for their black outfits, their distinct shades, and their modus operandi of initially teaming up with humans to take down monsters only to exploit that team-up for their secret sinister motives. They were the first non-kaiju aliens that Godzilla ever went up against. Kaiju minions: (Showa era) King Ghidorah; (Millenium era) Gigan, Monster X, Anguirus, Rodan, Ebirah, King Caesar, Kamacuras, Kumonga, Hedorah, Zilla
The titular "Space Amoeba", a parasitic life-form that crashlanded on an island on Earth, Sensitive to ultrasonic soundwaves, Yog attempted to kill the humans already on the island by merging with, in turn, a cuttlefish, a turtle and two rock crabs, mutating each into a giant monster. Kaiju minions: Kamoebas, Ganimes, Gezora.
In Atragon, this Submersible super-ship was designed by a former Imperial Japanese Navy Officer seeking revenge against the United States for World War II, Dad set on his revenge, he initially refused to use the machine for any other purpose, not even to save the world from the Mulians. Eventually, he relents in time to defeat the Mulians.In Final Wars, the Gotengo's origins are unknown, but it serves as one of Earth's Anti-Kaiju measures.
Ascended Extra: In the video games Atragon started as an enemy vehicle, then became a playable character in the second Japan-only Godzilla fighting game. It went back to being an enemy in Unleashed.
Freeze Ray: Has the Absolute Zero Cannon. Used to good effect on Manda in both Atragon and Final Wars.
Face-Heel Turn: In the first NES Godzilla game and Godzilla: Unleased, the Gotengo is on the evil side. In Godzilla: Monster of Monsters the aliens have an entire fleet of Gotengos, and the Subspace stages can have one as a mid-boss for you to fight for experience. In Unleashed, Atragon is under the command of General Gyozen, who succumbs to the power of the crystals and his hatred of monsters (because of a Noodle Incident involving Godzilla). When you play as an Earth Defender, Mutant or Alien, you must face Atragon several times throughout the story mode, culminating in a boss battle with the battleship in Osaka.
Military Mashup Machine: Primarily a Submersible Battleship, most versions can also fly as well, and many carry a varying number of aircraft.
More Dakka: Final Wars gives Gotengo eight missile launchers and several laser cannons.
Super Prototype: Final Wars shows three similar flying battleships with no drills. by the middle of the film, only Gotengo remains.
This Is a Drill: The bow of the ship is a huge drill, allowing Gotengo to move through the ground.
Super-X / Super-X II / Super-X III
Advanced war machines designed to destroy Godzilla.
Attack Reflector: Super-X II has the Fire Mirror, a diamond sphere that reflects Godzilla's heat ray right back at him.
More Dakka: Super-X and Super-X III. Super-X II mainly used the Fire Mirror, only using missiles in the second confrontation.
Power Creep, Power Seep: The first Super-X was able to defeat Godzilla by firing cadmium missiles into his mouth, neutralizing his atomic cells. But when Godzilla was revived by a nuclear storm, the Super-X couldn't use that trick again, and both combatants simply unloaded at each other until Godzilla finally brought down the Super-X. The Super-X II did amazingly until the Fire Mirror was overloaded by Godzilla's ray, then it faired poorly in the second fight until Godzilla destroyed with a final blast. Subverted by the Super-X III, which not only temporarily defeated Godzilla by freezing him but also landed the killing blows on Destoroyah.
Bonus points for the Super-X3 being the only one of the three to survive its debut film and not be destroyed by either monster.
Shock and Awe: The original effect for the Maser beam was a lightning-like bolt.
Stock Footage: Only one new scene was filmed for them in Godzilla vs. Gigan, with an immobile stiff model. Other then that, all shameless footage lifted from War Of The Gargantuas.
The Worf Effect: In every movie other than War of the Gargantus, Godzilla vs Gigan, and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Masers only annoy the kaiju they're used against. These are supposed to be intimidatingly powerful ray guns, but since their main purpose is to show how tough the monsters are by not hurting them, we never get to see them be the Badass beams they're alleged to be.
Unbuilt Trope: Masers are first mentioned by that name in War Of The Gargantuas, but very similar predecessors are depicted in The Mysterians (where they are referred to as Markelites), and Mothra (Atomic Heat Rays). In Mysterians, the Markelites thoroughly avert the above mentioned Worf Effect, being the primary weapon used to defeat the invaders.
One of four original monsters that were created for the video game Godzilla Unleashed and decided upon by a fan poll. Firelion lost to Obsidius and wasn't used for the final game.A creature of myth and legend, Firelion is believed to have been the guardian of the lost civilization of Mu. The ruins of this once great culture were discovered sunken off the coast of Japan. Artifacts recovered from the site depict the existence of a great lion-like dragon with a fiery mane. This artist’s rendering is based on the many carvings and glyphs found amongst the ruins. Recent earthquake activity has opened fissures near the site which archeologists are eager to explore. According to the ancient images, Firelion possessed the ability to appear and disappear like a flickering flame, and throw fire from his tail.
Expy: Of King Caesar and Manda, sharing the artificial construct nature of the former, the guardian of the lost civilization of Mu of the latter, and the guardian deity title of both.
Golem: Similar to King Caesar, Firelion was made by humans. However, his life force is a spirit of fire inhabiting the sculpture.
Invisibility: Would have been able to vanish and reappear, though if it was to teleport or for stealth is unknown.
Soul Power: A spirit of flame inhabits and animates its sculpted body.
Wreathed in Flames: Firelion's back, elbows, and tail tip burn with the guardian spirit's power.
The creature originally intended to be Godzilla's opponent in the 1994 draft of the first American Godzilla film. It would have been an amorphous extraterrestrial that came to Earth in a meteor and started collecting genetic material from numerous animals in order to form a solid body for itself.
LEGO Genetics: Can incorporate the DNA of other creatures into itself.
One of four original monsters that were created for the video game Godzilla Unleashed and decided upon by a fan poll. Lightning Bug lost to Obsidius and wasn't used for the final game.An experiment to weaponize alien crystal energy goes terribly wrong when a tiny firefly buzzes into the focused energy stream. The firefly survives just long enough to lay her eggs in the test facility's cooling ponds. One of the eggs mutates and produces this uber bug. The Lightning Bug has hover flight, which allows her to unfold her wings and hover short distances. Her Armor Wings also serve as a shield from physical and energy attacks.
Lightning Gun / Plasma Cannon: It's unknown which type of energy Lightning Bug would have used, but it's a safe bet that its ranged attack and non-physical attacks would have used one of them.
Power Limiter: Lightning Bug's metal body contains the unstable energy constantly radiating from its body.
Tron Lines: The green parts of its body would have glowed to show the energy running through its body. The green would change to orange when Lightning Bug suffered massive trauma or other disruption (likely after being knocked down or struck by a heavy attack).
Mogu is a dragon monster that was to appear alongside King Ghidorah and Gigan in the original draft for Godzilla vs. Gigan. However due to the initial enormous budget for the film, cut costs were made and Mogu (along with Rodan and Varan) was scrapped when Godzilla was given Anguirus as a partner instead.
Psycho for Hire: His role was to work alongside Ghidorah and Gigan for the Space Hunter Nebula-M.
One of four original monsters that were created for the video game Godzilla Unleashed and decided upon by a fan poll. The Visitor lost to Obsidius and wasn't used for the final game.In their bid to retake earth, the Vortaak aliens have conscripted a new secret weapon into their arsenal of monsters. The Visitor is a feral alien creature captured from its home planet by the Vortaak with the intent of turning it loose on mankind. The monster clamps down on opponents with its massive jaws and stabs them with its crab-like appendages. The Visitor can also employ a Brainspasm, which shoots a directional shockwave from its pulsating cranium.
Alien Invasion: The Visitor would have been part of the Alien Faction, controlled by the Vortaak.
Bizarre Alien Biology: A head that seems to be all mouth, four long hooked limbs growing from its spine, and it absorbs the alien compounds of its preferred food (space worms) to make its skeleton virtually indestructible.
Expy: Part of The Visitor's design was inspired by Showa Gigan's Hook Hand and Orga's attempt to eat Godzilla whole by expanding its mouth.
Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The four large spines protruding from its back are also limbs, used to dig into the rocky mountainous surface of its home planet and to seize and hold prey and opponents.
Psychic Powers: The Visitor would have had the ability to project a directional beam/burst of psychic energy from its cranium called a Brainspasm as its ranged attack. Seeing as it has no eyes or nostrils, it would likely also be able to sense its surroundings and other beings with its mind.