YMMV / Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Since Godzilla states that he only hates humans because humans hate him, this implies he's not really a villain in the first place.
  • Awesome Music: It's Akira Ifukube on top form. Some of the library cues inserted for the American version aren't bad either, especially the clinic shootout track, which was rather unsuitably scored with Godzilla and Rodan's theme in the Japanese cut.
    • King Ghidorah's theme is superb as well. It's nearly as recognizable and iconic as Godzilla's own.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: As the Shobijin sing their song on What Are They Doing Now, there's a close up of a kid in the audience who stands up and proceeds to stuff an entire, large piece of food into his mouth.
  • Broken Base: In America, fans are divided over which is the best Ghidorah, and it generally comes down to 3 of them- The Heisei Ghidorah, the Ghidorah from Rebirth Of Mothra 3, and the original which features in this film.
  • Complete Monster: This film introduced audiences to Godzilla's Arch-Enemy, the titular three-headed dragon, and living catastrophe, King Ghidorah. Reveling in the destruction that he causes, King Ghidorah flies from planet to planet, exterminating life for his own entertainment. Having already annihilated the civilisation on Venus (Mars in the dub), King Ghidorah arrives on Earth, intent on repeating the process. Beaten by Earth's protectors, Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, King Ghidorah did not accept his defeat gracefully, and returned again and again, ravaging the Earth on behalf of the Xiliens in Invasion of Astro-Monster, the Space Hunter Nebula M aliens in Godzilla vs. Gigan, and finally the Kilaaks in Destroy All Monsters, which proved to be the Great King of Terror's last stand. Essentially a life-hating demigod in the form of a dragon, King Ghidorah was undoubtedly the very worst that Godzilla's Showa Era Rogues Gallery had to offer, and was responsible for the loss of millions of lives.
  • Ear Worm: The aforementioned Ifukube soundtrack.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: King Ghidorah, who would go onto make the most appearances of any of Godzilla's enemies, and among Toho's monsters is likely only surpassed in popularity by Godzilla himself.
    • Malmess the assassin has his fair share of admirers.
  • Evil Is Cool: King Ghidorah. He fights three monsters at once, and fanbase all agrees that being far more evil than Godzilla adds to his appeal.
    • Malmess again, his tortoise shell sunglasses notwithstanding.
  • First Installment Wins: The original Ghidorah is still generally considered the best, ESPECIALLY in Japan.
    • Subverted, as the second Ghidorah movie, Invasion of Astro-Monster, while although lacking in the grand slam monster spectacle of its predecessor, is often considered to be a better written and cohesively assembled science fiction story, plus it had the benefit of actually being released outside just the U.S. and Japan.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Owing to its regular theatrical and afternoon TV showings from the mid-sixties to late-seventies, the film has a somewhat large American fan base, as it was only shown stateside during its original release, but nowhere else, so foreign viewers who got the debatably superior Invasion of Astro-Monster in its place are mostly indifferent or actually dislike it.
  • Narm: When Ghidorah causes a rockslide that kills Malmess, he... catches a giant rock, then falls to his death.
    • Even before that, Malmess shoots Shindo's left arm, to which his reaction is rather delayed.
    • The English version, dubbed by a-Bellucci Productions!, while praised by some, has its fair share of narmy lines, many delivered by the princess.
    "I think that bracelets are worthless and silly. If I had one, I'd give it away immediately."
  • Narm Charm: Rodan throwing rocks at King Ghidorah to defeat the Eldritch Abomination is goofy as heck but somehow awesome.
  • Squick: Rodan drops Godzilla crotch first onto an electric tower.
  • Ugly Cute: Mothra Larva, and in a sense, Godzilla.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Eiji Tsuburaya is on top form here, the highlight being King Ghidorah and his gravity beams.
    • Especially Ghidorah's birth out of the fireball: an effect that still looks impressive.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Some people have theorized that the movie is a metaphor for the cold war with Godzilla and Rodan representing the US and the USSR, pointlessly fighting each other, causing destruction and refusing to let go of their grudges to stop a greater threat.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The second Mothra Larva from the previous film Mothra vs. Godzilla disappears without explanation. Officially, we don't know what became of the second larva. In the Japanese version, the Shobijin explain that it died (likely from the beating it received being whipped around by Godzilla's tail).
  • Wild Card: Godzilla and Rodan
  • The Woobie: Mothra Larva.