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.For kaiju and characters that appear in the 2014 movie, see here.
AKA: Angilas, Angurus, Anguilosaurus, Killer of the LivingThe 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.Anguirus first appeared in a ferocious battle with Godzilla; and though the smaller creature was ultimately defeated, it(or another of its kind) would later aid Godzilla in fending off the space terror duo of King Ghidorah and Gigan, even using his spiny carapace to ram into Ghidorah, and the two dinosaur kaiju became close allies afterwards.Unfortunately, Anguirus was one of the casualties in the destruction of Monster Island; a fissure opened and swallowed the panicked beast before Godzilla could even turn to save his comrade. Even though the fissure swallowed him, Anguirus survived and burrowed away, escaping the crumbling island. He would resurface a year later, and spot Godzilla close by.But something was off about this Godzilla, Anguirus realized. The triumphant roar he'd come to respect was now a high-pitched, almost robotic screeching sound, and it then began to attack him. Anguirus realized the deceptive trick the doppelganger was trying, and would have none of it; Anguirus started engaging this psuedo-Godzilla in battle. Unfortunately, the doppelganger snapped his jaw, causing Anguirus to retreat in pain, but the wounded ankylosaur located Godzilla and informed him of the psuedo-Godzilla's deception. Furious, Godzilla headed off to face the doppelganger in battle, but Anguirus remained behind, nursing his fresh wound.Anguirus would then be located and moved to Monsterland in 1999, along with Godzilla, Gorosaurus, Varan, Baragon, Manda, Mothra, Kumonga and Minya. He would be mind controlled by the Killiaks, and used to guard the base at Mount Fuji, along with Baragon and Varan. Once the Earth's monsters were free of the mind control, the Killiaks unleashed King Ghidorah as a last resort, as Godzilla, Gorosaurus, Manda, Mothra, Kumonga and Minya all converged to Mount Fuji to aid Anguiurus, Varan and Baragon in the fight with the space terror, and ultimately Anguirus' tenacity, Godzilla's determination and Gorosaurus's power worked in unison to finally kill King Ghidorah for good, the tyrant's body swallowed by the earth. Anguirus would then rest peacefully on Monsterland for the rest of his days.The Millenium Anguirus was, like Rodan, first seen trampling Shanghai and demolishing anything in his path. Engagement with the airship Karyu was prematurely ended when the Xiliens teleported Anguirus away, but when the leader of the Xiliens was killed and their commander took his place, Anguirus, and the rest of the kaiju, were unleashed once more. This time, the fleets aided the kaiju; and Karyu, distracted by the numerous Xilien fighters, suffered a midpoint impact from Anguirus, sending the vessel into into the Oriental Pearl Tower and destroying Karyu.Anguirus would aid Rodan and King Ceasar in battling Godzilla at Mount Fuji, but was ultimately defeated with Rodan when Godzilla flung the ankylosaur into the air, his velocity and Godzilla's tail launching sent the prehistoric beast swiftly into the sky, striking Rodan in the body and casuing the pterosaur to crash. Anguirus, unable to control his trajectory, crashed as well, falling upon Rodan in a dazed heap. After King Ceasar was defeated, the three were left in a heap by Godzilla.
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 one helluva fight against Godzilla.
Hell, he even kills Destoroyah in one of the other IDW comics (with aid from the humans).
Butt Monkey: Has it either worse or better than Rodan, depending on the film.
Defeat Means Friendship: It was never made clear whether Anguirus was revived from "Raids" or it's a second, but after being defeated in that movie Showa Godzilla and Anguirus were allies.
It is explained in the Japanese version that Anguirus only had a problem with Godzilla because Godzilla was violence-prone monster, which Anguirus hated. Since Godzilla would soon reform, Anguirus would then have no problem with him.
Determinator: Again, mostly a melee fighter, yet his heart won't stop him from fighting. Even taking a buzz-saw in the face (Gigan) won't stop him!
Pet the Dog: Allowed to live in Final Wars as a nod to once being Godzilla's ally.
Spell My Namewithan S: He was "Angilas" officially in English starting with Godzilla Raids Again (identified on Toho's English export poster and sales brochure). For unknown reasons, he became "Anguirus" starting in 1974. Toho jumped back and forth from then until 1998 when they decided to run with "Anguirus".
Spring Jump: Gained this ability in Mechagodzilla due to subbing for Baragon.
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.
AKA: Subterranean Monster, God of EarthA 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 kaiju Barugon that fought Gamera.
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: In a sense. Biollante was just a plant, but said plant was mixed with some of a young woman's cells in order to try and preserve her soul.
First appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 2, 1997
AKA: DagarlaA 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!
AKA: DestroyerArising 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 airborne form to a towering demonic bipedal beast that looms over Godzilla. Their only weakness is extreme temperatures.
Achilles' Heel: Destoroyah does not deal well with extreme cold or extreme heat.
Alien Invasion/Aliens Are Bastards: In the IDW comics continuity there was no Oxygen Destroyer. In order to circumvent this, Destoroyah became the result of an alien science project, created by the Devonians to both battle Godzilla, and give them the advantage over their nominal Y'hag masters.
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? It has to have them in a body of water and break up into a swarm of microbes for it to work. And even when it dropped Godzilla into the ocean it 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: It is considered by many Godzilla fans to be the most powerful enemy Godzilla has ever fought. It's able to fight him to a near standstill even though Godzilla is both at the peak of his power and rage.
Breath Weapon: It can spit a stream of Micro Oxygen, a chemical almost identical to Serazawa's Oxygen Destroyer. This means it can suffocate another kaiju without being anywhere near it as well as dissolve organic material.
Captain Ersatz: Posses a hive-like mind and extend-able mandibles, along with the fight with military, seems similar to Alien.
It being a bunch of smaller monsters forming one larger monster, going through different forms throughout the film, and being defeated by the combined efforts of both humans and Godzilla rather than by Godzilla alone is also quite reminiscent of Hedorah.
Death by Irony: He dies at the hands of Godzilla (indirectly), the creature the Oxygen Destroyer killed in the first film.
Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Is to Godzilla as Doomsday is to Superman, coming out of nowhere to kill Godzilla and end the Hisei franchise.
Disney Villain Death: Well, sort of. It was frozen by the Super X-3 and fell to the ground, where it exploded on impact.
Evil Counterpart: To Godzilla. Both creatures existed before the human race existed, and has woken up by a superweapon hat caused their mutation. Unlike Godzilla, who holds a grudge against humans because of what he became, Destoroyah is an Ax-Crazy murderer that kills For the Evulz.
Giant Flyer: Is even bigger than Godzilla in its final form, but those wings work... except in the video games.
Hero Killer: Personifies the one weapon that killed Godzilla; and lives up to its namesake by killing Godzilla Jr and giving Godzilla Sr one of his most difficult fights. It receives this treatment in Rulers of Earth as well, driving Zilla into fleeing to Honolulu, beating Godzilla unconscious, and then facing down he, Mothra, and two of her larvae at once, all in its first appearance.
Hive Mind: The aggregate arthropods that form his body apparently have one.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Destoroyah's weakness to extremes in temperature bites it in the ass twice; first while it tries to dissolve Godzilla in water and then when it tries to make a getaway from a Godzilla at critical mass, the army freezes it and makes it plummet down to the ground, where it explodes.
Hollywood Acid: Its Micro-Oxygen breath oxidizes anything it comes into contact with and is highly corrosive.
It's Personal: Following its execution of Junior it certainly is.
The Juggernaut: Its battle with Godzilla shows what happens when two of these go head to head.
Laser Sword: Its horn could extend into one and slice Godzilla apart. In the comics this is treated as its ultimate attack.
Made Of Titanium: Despite being weak against extreme temperatures, Destoroyah survived repeated hits from Godzilla's red spiral breath (though from the looks of it hacking up blood it still did a lot of damage), which killed Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla, two of the toughest opponents in the series.
Metamorphosis Monster: From microscopic organism, to insect sized monster, to ten foot killers, to a 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.
The Swarm: Destoroyah could break apart into smaller monsters and attack from everywhere.
Sword Beam: What its horn may have really been doing. Made clear in Rulers of Earth.
The Worm That Walks: Made up of thousands of microscopic creatures pretending to be one giant one, functioning like individual cells for one enormous body.
Villain Decay: In Godzilla Legends, it's defeated with one freeze bomb (which only freezes about half of it) followed by one hit from Anguirus. Granted prior to the bomb it was seemingly a Curb-Stomp Battle in Destroyah's favor. Averted in Rulers of Earth, where it takes on Godzilla, Mothra, and her larvae all at once and still gets away.
Villain Exit Stage Left: Tries to fly away when Godzilla starts to take the upper hand, but gets shot down by Super-X3 in the attempt.
AKA: DagoraA 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...
Gentle Giant: Is willing to eat cattle, but won't even think of touching a human.
I Love Nuclear Power: The heart of the Frankenstein monster was shipped by the Nazis to Japan so it wouldn't fall into the Allies's hands. What city was the heart shipped to? Hiroshima.
Healing Factor: One of his hands was left behind after escaping some shackles. It regrows.
Misblamed: Before Baragon's existence is revealed, Frankenstein is accused of the disappearance of people and destruction of towns.
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
AKA: BorodanOne 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).
Japanese sources state Gigan was a "space dinosaur" native to somewhere in Space Hunter Nebula M modified with cybernetic implants.
Aliens Are Bastards: One of the best examples, with his sadism, cowardice, and total lack of redeeming feature being his most prominent qualities.
Arch-Enemy: Is this to Mothra in Final Wars having battled and lost to Mothra in the past, refacing her in the future. Angirius has also become a frequent opponent of his in American books and comics.
Ax-Crazy: Only a maniac would wear a buzzsaw in his stomach. Or attach chainsaws to their hands. On a more serious note, 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.
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.
Tyrannosaurus rex: Possibly. He looks more Allosaurus than Tyrannosaurus, especially his three-fingered hands. But he was originally King Kong's adversary, so yeah.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Hedorah, 1971
AKA: The Smog MonsterAn 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.
Aliens Are Bastards: Gassed hundreds of people, tried to drown Godzilla in sludge, and is generally one of the most sickening beings in the franchise. Further evidence that in this universe, aliens are scum.
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.
AKA: Robotman, Superman, King KongA 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.
AKA: GimantisNot 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.
First appearance: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, 1974''
AKA: King Seeser, King ShisaA 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.
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!
AKA: SpiegaA 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, and loses another in a fight with Gigan in Rulers of Earth. In fact, this has been done so many times it might as well be considered an in-and-out universe Running Gag.
Heel-Face Turn: Fought Godzilla and Minilla in her premiere appearance, then fought alongside Earth's monsters against King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters!.
Running Gag: In a good number of the IDW comics (both in the established Shared Universe of Kingdom of Monsters, Godzilla and Rulers of Earth and the anthology Godzilla Legends) she has a tendency to get her limbs cut, torn or broken off.
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.
Ascended Extra: Appears in Rulers of Earth as one of the Devonian slave monsters, alongside Gezora and Titanosaurus.
Mechagodzilla is actually three separate robots whose primary similarities are being robotic doppelgangers of Godzilla who have enormous arsenals of weapons.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 Showa 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.
Aliens Are Bastards: The Showa Mechagodzilla is easily the evil of the three, and alongside fellow aliens Ghidorah and Gigan is one of Godzilla's most brutal opponents.
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.
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. He's also appeared in the video games, and the IDW comics.
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 its 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.
The Dragon: Showa Mechagodzilla is this to the Simians in the films and Vortaak in the video games.
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.
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.
Killer Robot: The original Mechagodzilla was designed to murder anything it came across. Later versions were piloted by humans, although Kiryu still went berserk once.
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 its 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.
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.
Life Drain: She can absorb the life essence of her enemy and heal herself, at least in the games. She can also siphon away weapon energy as well, filling up her weapon energy bar in the process.
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 its 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, its 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.
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.
An enormous octopus. It's unknown if he is a mutant or simply a massive member of his kind, but he's certainly not much of a monster, possessing only his eight arms and size. While he's never been actually killed, he's been defeated quickly in all of his appearances save the optional ending to Frankenstein vs Baragon.
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.
Aliens Are Bastards: Invaded Earth, killed hundreds of people, and tried to eat Godzilla in order to save itself from its own failures. Further evidence that you just can't trust aliens.
Big Eater: He tried to eat Godzilla! Doesn't get much bigger then that. In Rulers of Earth it tries to devour Godzilla, Moguera, and its own ally, Gigan, in turn.
Healing Factor: Has a pretty impressive one in the film, and an even better one in Rulers of Earth, where taking one of Gigan's blades through his upper jaw, or being blown apart from the inside out by Jet Jaguar, don't manage to kill him.
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.
Horror Hunger: Orga has to absorb new sources of DNA constantly or die. In Rulers of Earth this results in him trying to devour everything in sight, including his own allies.
LEGO Genetics: After adsorbing Godzilla's DNA, he immediately morphed into a pseudo-Godzilla like beast.
Mighty Glacier: In the games, comics, and 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!
When a pair of miners go missing in the small mining village of Kitamatsu, Shigeru Kawamura and the police enter the now-flooded shaft to search for the two men. They sucessfully find the lacerated corpse of Yoshi, one of the two miners. A doctor determines the cause of death to be an unusually sharp object, and they continue looking for what killed Yoshi; one of the murdered mens' wives blames Goro for the deaths, but eventually he is proven innocent. Eventually, the killer reveals itself as a Meganula; an ancient species of insect. The wounds inflicted by two police officers by the gigantic arthropod are near identical to those found on Yoshi's corpse; the insect was clearly the killer of the men, and not Goro. The creature is still rampant, however.After a bit of searching, the group find a swarm of Meganula inside the mine, and Shigeru is trapped. The search leads them to Goro's mutilated corpse, and the crew barely escape the Meganula swarm. Earthquakes begin as Doctor Kashiwagi reveals the identity of the insects, as rumors start of Mount Aso's imminent eruption, the volcano of which eclipses the entire mining village. Shigeru, shockingly, survived the earthquake; but has lost his memory.Meanwhile in Kyushu, several miles away, an air base is alerted by one of its jets to a UFO preforming impossible manouevers travelling at supersonic velocities. The jet's pilot is ordered to trail it, but the object makes a sudden change of course and flies towards the jet, flying right into it and destroying its persuer. This mysterious object is then seen around the world, and eventually a photo of its enormous wing is taken. Though it looks similar to the wing of Pteranodon, the theory is dismissed for how far-fetched it is.After Shigeru has a vision, the team find out that the creature is a Pteranodon, after all, and eventually Rodan and its mate hatch, grow and terrorize Kyushu. After Rodan and his mate are finished with Kyushu, they return to their old nest, where a military trap is set off, killing one of the two pterosaurs. The second, whilst it has flown above the lava, flies into the volcano with its mate. Kiyo buries her weeping head in Shigeru's shoulder as he and Kashiwagi solemny watch the two creatures die together, unwilling to live without each other.Another Rodan would later be seen in a ferocious battle with Godzilla, the two prehistoric terrors tracking the other down and battling. Even when Mothra, the only surviving offspring of the Mothra that Godzilla had killed before, attempted to convince them to help her defeat the space terror King Ghidorah and save humanity, the two beasts were too caught up in their own quarreling to bother with the young moth's pleas; Godzilla pointing out that because humans had attacked them, they would attack humans, as Rodan agreed. The two continued their duel as Mothra, after calling them bullheaded, defeatedly crawled off to try and face Ghidorah alone, knowing the two would probably never aid her. According to the Shobojin, Mothra's twin pristesses, Godzilla was not one for politeness, cussing at the larva and outright refusing her plea.Ghidorah quickly (and violently) overwhelmed her, volleying gravity beams at the young moth and blasting her over and over. Godzilla and Rodan stopped at once; both of them impressed by her courage and selflessness. The two agreed to stop their battle and focus on the space beast in front of them; and the titanic battle of Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra VS King Ghidorah began; eventually ending in the three driving Ghidorah back into space after Godzilla threw the three-headed menace from a cliff. Rodan would later (along with Godzilla) be kidnapped by the Xilliens in a bid to use him, Godzilla and Ghidorah to conquer Earth. This would fail, and Rodan would be controlled by the Killaks in 1999 and sent to destroy Moscow. After being freed, the pterosaur joined his comrades (Godzilla, Mothra, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Minya, Varan and Manda) in killing King Ghidorah once and for all.The Heisei Rodan was mutated by nuclear waste, and drawn to the egg of Baby Godzilla, along with Godzilla himself, where the two would attack each other over the egg; Godzilla eventually triumphing over, and mortally wounding, Rodan. Rodan would later be revitalized by further radiation and intercept a UNGCC carrier, then is once more mortally wounded by Mechagodzilla and Garuda. The pterosaur would attempt to escape while Godzilla and his robotic opponent were in battle; however, Super Mechagodzilla would cripple Godzilla swiftly, then turn and fire upon Rodan, fatally wounding the giant pterosaur. Landing on Godzilla's body, Rodan's energy dissapated as his body dissapeared, his life energy and radiation gifting Godzilla with the Spiral Ray.The Millenium Rodan is controlled by the Xilians, and is first seen in an assault on New York; his supersonic flight devastating the windows and raining glass upon the streets of the Big Apple. Suddenly, the prehistoric terror vanishes in a flash of light, and the Xilians reveal themselves as peaceful beings who destroyed the kaiju to aid humanity. The aliens are found out and, with their previous leaded dead, their new Commander steps up and, in a fit of rage, unleashes the kaiju, including Rodan, to the world. The Gotengo frees Godzilla at the South Pole, and the kaiju are whisked back away; the Commander using them to stall Godzilla and the Gotengo long enough for Gorath to arrive. After Godzilla effortlessly slaughters Zilla in Sydney, painlessly sends Kumonga over the horizon in New Guinea and fries Kamacuras in Osaka, the titan finds himself facing three kaiju; Anguirus, King Ceasar and Rodan himself. Despite their best efforts, Godzilla manages to defeat them; first sending a rolled up Anguirus, kicked like a ball by King Ceasar, flying into the overhead Rodan, causing the prehistoric pterosaur to crash into a nearby cliffside. Anguiurus would be used as a ball some more, before also crashing into the same cliffside as Rodan and falling belly-first on his comrade, too woozy from his extended roll to continue fighting. King Ceasar, despite his best efforts, was also flung into the cliff, and fell upon Anguirus' spiny hide. With the three defeated, but not killed, Godzilla moved on, leaving Rodan, King Ceasar and Anguirus stacked on each other.
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 atomic 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.
Aliens Are Bastards: Godzilla's cruelest and most openly malicious opponent in the Hisei continuity. What do you expect from this universe's aliens?
And I Must Scream: After he is defeated by Godzilla, he gets trapped in the form of tiny crystal particles, floating in space for all eternity.
Animalistic Abomination: He was created when Godzilla's cells were pulled into a black hole and fused with a crystalline entity.
Badass: It's a clone of GODZILLA. You were expecting a pushover?
Big Bad: Of both his own film. He's also The 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, 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.
Co-Dragons: In Godzilla: Ongoing he, Hedorah, Gigan, and Kaiser Ghidorah are this to the Cryorg, who remain offscreen.
Disc One Final Boss: In both Godzilla: Ongoing and Half-Century War he's set up as the big threat, only to be eclipsed by Kaiser Ghidorah in the former, and Gigan and King Ghidorah in the latter.
The Dragon: Initially this to the Vortaak in the Godzilla games.
Expy: He might look like Godzilla, but his characterization, as an alien being who comes to earth for the express purpose of wreaking havoc and hurting people, coupled with his sheer enjoyment of what he does, and independent nature, make him the Heisei equivalent of Showa!King Ghidorah.
Evil Twin: A twisted clone of Godzilla, created when his cells fused together with an alien entity and some sort of crystalline lifeform within a black hole.
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, 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, SpaceGodzilla, headed straight for Earth in both the films and the toy line with a singular thought: defeat Godzilla.
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)
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.
First appearance: Varan the Unbelievable, 1958
A rare species of butterfly native to Sibera is found in Japan, and a pair of entomologists are sent to investigate. Two scientists lead the expedition, but are mysteriously crushed by an unknown entity. The natives of the area worship the creature named Varan, their mountain god. After a while, a young boy named Ken runs from the village after his dog, and when they find him again, the mountain god the villagers described, Varan, emerges. The villagers flee and Varan chases them, killing a priest and tearing the huts apart. Content, the beast returns to the lake.Reports of Varan's existance are sent to Japan, and they prepare for Varan's arrival. Varan does emerge, and is eventually distracted by light bombs. The creature then reveals large flaps of skin between its limbs, and leaps off the mountain and glides away. He returns, however, and the SDF's weaponry prove useless against Varan's armored hide. The beast goes unchallenged until Special Gunpowder-filled light bombs are set, and Varan devours two of them. The first one detonates, causing Varan to retreat into the ocean. Unfortunately for the creature, the second light bomb detonates and the creature is defeated.Varan (or a second of his kind) would later be rounded up to Monsterland in 1999, where he would live in peace untill the Kilaaks take over Earth's monsters and unleash them upon humanity; though Varan, Baragon and Anguirus are unmentioned in the assault on mankind. Eventually, the humans break Varan and the other Earth kaiju free of the alien control and Varan observes the demise of King Ghidorah, then returning to Monsterland to live in peace.
Adaptational 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Killer Gorilla: Is supposed to be a giant gorilla, though he more closely resembles an orangutang.
The Rival: To Godzilla both in the film and in a meta sense.
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.
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.
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. In Godzilla: The Series, Cyber-Zilla gained a blue version of his son's atomic breath thanks to the aliens' tampering.
Butt Monkey: Got beaten even faster than most of the other monsters in Final Wars.
Cyborg: In the Godzilla: The Series he was resurrected as one.
Decomposite Character: Zilla was created as an adaptation of Godzilla, but Toho made it clear in GMKnote Where it is mentioned that a reptilian monster attacked New York in 1998 and was mistaken for Godzilla by the Americans. and Final Warsnote Which gave Zilla its official name and had the Japanese Godzilla kill Zilla in under 13 seconds. that they are now two separate monsters.
Female Monster Surprise: Nick is very surprised when a pregnancy test reveals the giant radioactive lizard ransacking NYC is about to lay eggs. It's then subverted by everyone continuing to call Zilla a "very unusual he" due to it being asexually reproducing.
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 note Albeit the fact that most of the monsters Godzilla fought in that film were Curb Stomp Battled by him.. He's considerably tougher in the Rulers of Earth comic; while he's still more lightly built than most kaiju, he's able to take multiple hits from Godzilla's claws, teeth, and atomic breath, and brushes aside the army like they're nothing. Still a Fragile Speedster when compared to other kaiju, though.
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 its 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; in contrast the Rulers Of Earth version is as smart as Zilla Junior, and 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.
Punny Name: Toho renamed him based on the opinion that the American film was so crummy it took the "God" out of "Godzilla."
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Rulers of Earth he gets the Hell out of Dodge after Godzilla is distracted by Hellfire missiles in order to lick his wounds.
Signature Roar: A higher-pitched version of Godzilla's roar, transcribed as "SKREEEENK" in Rulers of Earth.
Super Reflexes/Super Speed: Say what you will about the rest of his repertoire but damn he's fast. This speed and agility are what saves his life during his battle with Godzilla in Rulers of Earth.
Take That: The reason for the official name "Zilla" given by the Japanese studio? Simple: Toho didn't believe the American Godzilla had any right to have "God" in its name. The scene where Zilla fights Godzilla is even called "Pretender to the Throne", and Toho's choice of soundtrack for the battle note Sum 41's All to Blame further emphasizes their contempt for the character.
To Serve Man: Zilla tries to eat the cab containing Nick, Audrey, Animal, and Roche in order to avenge its babies. Implied in Godzilla: Final Wars, where, during his rampage through Sydney, he spots two people fleeing from him and immediately gives chase before dipping his head down and opening wide.
Took a Level in Badass: In the series were he's rebuilt as Cyber-Zilla, and in Rulers of Earth, where he has a proper rematch with Godzilla and manages to get a few blows in.
Tragic Monster: Much like the original Godzilla, Zilla was a victim of mankind.
Tunnel King: Can easily burrow through solid rock and concrete.
Villainous Valour: You just might find yourself rooting for the big iguana when he throws down with Godzilla in Rulers of Earth and uses his cunning, tunneling skills, and speed to get a few hits in on the much bigger, stronger monster.
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 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.
No Sell: Artillery fire doesn't really work on him.
Weaksauce Weakness: Dehydration is a big problem for Junior, as is diseases. Keep in mind this is the same animal that can spew atomic flames, scale the Empire State Building in seconds and run in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Dehydration would be a big problem for almost any Earth-based creature, be it daikaiju or normal animal. Even for animals that can survive in extreme conditions with very little water, they still have to find sources so as to stay alive.
An alien race that appears in Rulers of Earth along with the Cryorg. They have lived under water for centuries, until the Cryorg approach them for an alliance.Kaiju minions: Manda, Gezora, Titanosaurus, Destoroyah, Biollante
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, Dead 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/Maser. 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.
A scrapped kaiju from Tokyo S.O.S, the Giant Mosasaur was going to appear as a corpse that was washed up on shore alongside the rock turtle Kamoebas, both of whom would be mauled and killed by Godzilla. It has no known abilities, and has never been considered for another film.
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. It was ultimately killed in battle with Godzilla, although it did prove itself quite a formidable foe.
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).
A scrapped kaiju from the cancelled American sequel to Godzilla2000 known as Godzilla Reborn. Miba was a Giant Bat monster composed entirely of Lava, who was to awaken from a Volcano and fight Godzilla in Mauna Loa, Hawaii. It has no known abilities.
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.