Character page for the Godzilla franchise.
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First appearance: Godzilla Raids Again, 1955
Film Appearances: Godzilla Raids Again | Destroy All Monsters | All Monsters Attacknote | Godzilla vs. Gigan | Godzilla vs. Megalon | Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla | Godzilla: Final Wars | Godzilla: Planet of the Monstersnote | Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)note
Played By: Katsumi Tezuka (Godzilla Raids Again), Hiroshi Tekita () , Yukietsu Omiya (Godzilla vs. Gigan-Godzilla vs. Megalon), Kin-ichi Kusumi (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla), Toshihiro Ogura (Godzilla: Final Wars)AKA: Angilas, Angurus, Anguilosaurus, Killer of the Living
The second kaiju to appear in the franchise and Godzilla's first opponent. Anguirus is a giant, aggressive, carnivorous, multi-brained "ankylosaur" with a spiked shell and long spike-lined tail. He's one of the "mundane" monsters, possessing only his teeth, claws, spikes and attitude to battle his foes. Anguirus makes up for his lack of flair with immense stamina and determination, and can take an incredible beating before going down while delivering as much as he gets. After almost defeating and being defeated by Godzilla, Anguirus has been one of his closest allies. While he's not very popular in Japan, he has a huge fanbase in America.
The Showa Era's Anguirus first appeared in a ferocious battle with Godzilla; and though the smaller creature was ultimately defeated, he (or another of his kind) aided Godzilla in fending off the space terror duo of King Ghidorah and Gigan. Later on, he would attempt fighting Mechagodzilla on his own, and inform Godzilla of the mechanical impostor's presence. In 1999, Anguirus would be relocated and moved to Monsterland, alongside many other Earth monsters. After the final death of King Ghidorah, Anguirus would live peacefully on Monsterland for the rest of his days.
The Millenium Era's Anguirus was first seen trampling Shanghai under the orders of the Xiliens alien race. Anguirus aided Rodan and King Ceasar in battling Godzilla at Mount Fuji, but the monster trio were defeated when Godzilla flung the ankylosaur into his two partners, leaving them knocked out in a dazed heap. This incarnation of Anguirus frequently curled into a ball as a form of attack.
- 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 defeats Destoroyah in the IDW Godzilla Legends comic. (with aid from the humans).
- In the Atari fighting games however, he displays much more of his physical combat abilities as he's fully capable of standing on his hind legs (indefinitely) by fighting directly in hand-to-hand combat against other monsters, making him far more formidable than he was in the films. He's also great at executing highly agile attacks, he's rather fast on his feet along with having his RollingAttack, and exhibits the best defense out of ANY monster thanks to his spiky armored shell.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear whether the Anguirus from later Showa films is the same one who fought Godzilla in Raids Again, having someohow survived getting his throat torn out and then lit on fire, or a 2nd Anguirus who appeared sometime later.
- An Ice Person: Strangely in the original draft of ''Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!, his Adaptational Super Power Change was going to involve him having his body partially composed out of ice as well as having his spiked carapace and tail possessing icicle-like appendages that would grow back if one of them were detached.
- Animal Jingoism: The second movie explicitly sets him up as an enemy of Godzilla due to his defensive nature and hatred of "warlike creatures", although later films generally have them as allies. And of course, Anguirus and Godzilla are primarily based on Ankylosaurus and Tyrannosaurus respectively, animals which would've been enemies in life.
- Badass Normal: Anguirus is one of the few monsters that doesn't have a breath weapon and he certainly cannot fly. All he's got going for him are his horns, teeth, claws, and the ability to roll into a spiky ball. And yet he's still considered to be Godzilla's greatest ally.
- In Destroy All Monsters, Anguirus is the first Kaiju to deal a strong enough attack to King Ghidorah to draw blood, something Godzilla himself wouldn't manage until the Heisei era.
- Bash Brothers: With Godzilla in the later films.
- Blood from the Mouth: As a gruesome result from having his jaw forcefully broken by Fake Godzilla AKA Mechagodzilla, trickles of blood starts gushing from his mouth. To make it even more brutal than it already is, his face gets slammed face-first into a small puddle of his own regurgitated blood.
- The Bus Came Back: Prior to his appearance in Final Wars, his last appearance was in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla thirty years prior, skipping the entire Heisei Era.
- In the Showa series, he was burnt to a crisp by Godzilla, took a buzzsaw to the face from Gigan, and got his jaw ripped open by Mechagodzilla.
- In IDW comics, he's rather infamous for losing almost every kaiju fight he's been in.
- Close-Range Combatant: He notably lacks projectiles or any long range attacks, relying purely on his natural weapons.
- Crown of Horns: Always possesses an arranged set of horns on his cranium in most of his appearances.
- Defeat Means Friendship: It was never made clear whether Anguirus was revived from "Raids" or it's a second member of the species, but after being defeated in that movie Showa Godzilla and Anguirus became allies.
- It is explained in the Japanese version that Anguirus only had a problem with Godzilla because Godzilla was a 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 from Gigan won't stop him! Or being dropped from a flying Ghidorah and stomped upon repeatedly, at that. Getting his jaw broken, though...
- Dumb Dinos: Averted. Like Godzilla, he displays intelligence.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance in Godzilla Raids Again (and in a few early video games), he had a sonic roar that causes Osaka Castle to crumble, but in all his later appearances he has no breath attack.
- Epic Flail: Gets used as one By Godzilla against several Mechagodzillas in the Rulers of Earth comic. Anguirus takes it in stride.
- A Friend in Need: Godzilla and Anguirus have quite a few moments of these in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
- When Gigan starts kicking Anguirus in the head, how does Godzilla respond? By chucking a boulder at Gigan's head.
- Anguirus sees Godzilla being attacked by high powered weaponry from the Godzilla Tower at the center of the amusement park where the battle is taking place, while Gigan and Ghidorah look on. Headless of the danger to himself, he charges to the rescue, willing to go headlong into Gigan's buzz saw to try to save his friend. It shows just how far these two have come from their first encounter.
- Godzilla returns the favor when he sees Anguirus being attacked by King Ghidorah.
- Honor Before Reason: Took Gigan's buzzsaw in the face just to try to help an ailing Godzilla.
- Horn Attack: After being kept at bay by Gigan who's preventing him from rescuing Godzilla, he attempted to ram into him with his horn... it sort of worked by nudging Gigan slightly, only to get his face butchered by his buzzsaw.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Lacking any kind of ranged or energy attack, Anguirus uses himself as a weapon, slamming his spike-covered shell into opponents with backwards leaps and rolling over/into them with his Rolling Attack. In Rulers of Earth Godzilla uses him as a weapon by swinging him by the tail.
- In Name Only: The movies say he's an ankylosaur, but he far more resembles a spike-covered mahjangasuchid than anything else.
- Technically, Anguirus is identified as an "Angilasaurus" in the Japanese version of "Godzilla Raids Again."
- The Lancer: At least when paired with the lighter and softer Showa Godzilla, he's grouchier and relies on fangs and guts.
- Lightning Bruiser: Anguirus is not only durable and powerful, but surprisingly quick, especially compared to other kaiju.
- Made of Iron: While most kaiju can take an absurd amount of damage anyway, Anguirus stands out since he often fights monsters much stronger and larger than he is.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His "sonic roar" noted above became his ranged attack in the Atari Pipeworks fighting game trilogy. It's the only ranged beam/energy/sonic weapon that can't engage in a Beam-O-War and it has the shortest length, but it pierces buildings/rocks, has a wide range, and can daze opponents for a couple of seconds.
- Meaningful Name: A modification of Ankylosaurus.
- Rolling Attack: The first time he's ever used this ability was in the game Godzilla Kaiju Daikessen which is his finishing move. The fighting games make this move more spectacular. Godzilla Final Wars was the first film to have him utilize it as it makes him difficult to intercept and has even struck down a Gotengo ship in one blow.
- That was also how he defeated Destroyah in one IDW issue.
- Sidekick: Best known as Godzilla's closest ally.
- Signature Move: He's able to fling himself backwards with his spiky carapace in Godzilla vs. Gigan. Godzilla "instructs" him to use this move while Gigan and King Ghidorah were bickering as Anguirus plows right into the latter, toppling both of the alien kaiju to the ground. He does this attack once again on King Ghidorah, 3 times in a row repeatedly while Godzilla kept him fully restrained.
- He also has this attack in the Pipeworks trilogy, but only if his back is against an opponent.
- Spell My Name with an 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". His name is ultimately derived from Ankylosaurus.
- Spike Shooter: How his Rage attack is seen in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee. He jumps, curls himself into ball, continuously spins in mid-air, and spreads glowing orange spiky projectiles from his shell.
- The Spiny: His back is covered in spikes and he often attacks by hurling himself backwards at an opponent.
- Spring Jump: Gained this ability in Mechagodzilla due to subbing for Baragon.
- Starter Villain Stays: He was the very first monster Godzilla fought and returned to the series a bit later, but as an ally.
- Suddenly Voiced: A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment in the English dub of Godzilla vs. Gigan.
- Tough Armored Dinosaur: He's a kaiju based on an ankylosaur.
- Tunnel King: See Spring Jump.
- Unexplained Recovery: It is unknown how he had his jaw fixed after Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla when we see him in Destroy All Monsters (chronologically, Destroy All Monsters is considered the last film of the timeline, not of the series it was made in).
- Then again, we're talking about a creature who possibly survived having his throat ripped out and being burned to a crisp by Godzilla (and shows no visible scars from any of that to boot), so the broken-jaw becomes rather moot.
- The Worf Effect: In his first appearance, Anguirus was vicious enough to hold his own against Godzilla with only tooth and claw. Subsequent films decided to use him to establish how dangerous the new monster was.
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 his 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. His 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.
For tropes pertaining to the numerous versions of the character from scrapped films see this page.
- Big Bad: Of Super Godzilla, though it could be argued he also shares this with Mecha-King Ghidorah.
- Barrier Warrior: He can create forcefields in Super Godzilla.
- Breath Weapon: A white plasma beam from his mouth that does more damage than anything else in the game.
- The Bus Came Back: He made an unexpected appearance in a 2022 episode of the Godziban web-series. His last appearance in any canon before this was in the interactive video game Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (and even then, it was only a handful of screenshots), released in 1998. His design in Godziban is identical to how it was in that game.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: In record time people go from saying "Bagan?" to freaking the hell out when he destroys Tokyo in mere seconds, and right after he's introduced.
- Final Boss: Of Super Godzilla.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Probably as a result of being a largely unused character, his motivations across various scripts beyond being an evil destroyer are vague. The Super Godzilla version simply has him as the Final Boss of the alien invasion.
- Godzilla Threshold: Bagan literally requires you to be Super Godzilla to have any hope in hell of beating him. One can argue that the aliens time traveling to capture Bagan and enhance him with Godzilla and Ghidorah's genetics also counts as by this point Godzilla's pretty much killed everything they threw at him and it seems they were getting incredibly desperate even with Mecha-King Ghidorah as a trump card.
- Made of Iron: He's got the most health any enemy, and Godzilla's attacks will barely do anything to him, some don't even hurt him at all.
- Magic Missile Storm: Downplayed in Super Godzilla; Bagan's Diamond Storm attack has him use his horns to create three star-like objects and then fire them.
- Meaningful Name: "Bagan" is Indonesian for blueprint and/or draft, which has meaning retroactively considering that Bagan was planned for several movies but ended up as a huge What Could Have Been. His first planned appearance was in the original story for The Return of Godzilla where he had multiple forms.
- No-Sell: Essentially what Bagan does to normal Godzilla's attacks in regular gameplay.
- One-Shot Character: While he wasn't intended to be one, Bagan showed up in one video gamenote , and then disappeared from the face of the earth, not unlike Krystalak and Obsidius.
- Red Sky, Take Warning: Happens in Super Godzilla after he destroys all of Tokyo.
- 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.
- Shock and Awe: In some storyboards for the scrapped Mothra vs. Bagan he is shown to be able to fire a type of lightning bolt attack out of his nasal horn.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Destoroyah and Monster X seem to act as substitutes of him, given that they take his shtick of having multiple forms.
First appearance: Frankenstein vs Baragon, 1965
Film Appearances: Frankenstein Conquers the World | Destroy All Monsters | Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! | Godzilla: Final Warsnote
Portrayed by: Haruo Nakajima (1965-1968), Rie Ōta (2001)AKA: Subterranean Monster, God of Earth
A reptilian monster that survived the dinosaur extinction by going underground. Baragon has large floppy ears and a horn on his nose that glows to illuminate subterranean passages. He can also emit a beam of fire from his mouth to aid in digging and as a weapon.
In his first appearance, Baragon was an antagonistic monster who fed on humans and cattle, which led to battle with Frankenstein and ultimately mutual defeat as the two were swallowed by the earth in a cave-in. From then on, Baragon's history was rocky, as his intended appearances in later films were removed or reduced to cameos as the Baragon suit was heavily modified to play Ultraman monsters 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's a straight villain in Frankenstein vs. Baragon, but by his role in Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack he's one of the three guardian monsters defending humanity from Godzilla. Similarly, hes often on the side of good in the video games.
- Acrofatic: For his stocky build, he's surprisingly agile. Especially so in the video games, where he fights by breakdancing.
- Big Bad: He's only the villain in Frankenstein vs. Baragon. He's a straight hero in GMK.
- Big Eater: Has a thing for eating cattle and people.
- Bioluminescence is Cool: His nasal horn glows, helping him see underground.
- Berserk Button: Harm Earth and he'll defeat you.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In GMK; he's the first one to fight Godzilla when he surfaces.
- Breakout Character: Downplayed. He had a major role as the villain in a minor Toho film and then a very small cameo in Destroy All Monsters, but he had a devoted fanbase in Japan, so he shared top billing in GMK with undisputed A-lister kaiju Mothra and King Ghidorah.
- Breath Weapon: He can breathe fire in Frankenstein Conquers the World and various games (the second Baragon from Destroy All Monsters, the one in the novel Godzilla Vs. The Robot Monsters and the GMK version all lack the ability). Supposedly, it helps him burrow quicker.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Godzilla: Monster of Monsters for the NES, Baragon would occasionally face the screen to mock the player.
- Deadline News: People in a news chopper are killed when Godzilla throws Baragon at them in GMK.
- The Cameo: In Destroy All Monsters he shows up in two quick scenes. He's also had appearances in other shows such as Dragon Ball Z.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sadly on the receiving end to Godzilla.
- The original Baragon was pretty damned determined to kill Frankenstein's Monster and eat the cast.
- In spite of being heavily outmatched, the GMK Baragon was determined to hold back Godzilla.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: An ancient Mesozoic reptile monster which can breathe fire and is even named "rose dragon".
- 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.
- Evil Is Bigger: Has been on both ends. When he was the antagonist in Frankenstein vs. Baragon, he was much bulkier than Frankenstein, but in GMK, where he's one of the hero monsters, he's much smaller than the evil Godzilla.
- Fat Bastard: More rotund than most monsters and the antagonistic versions love to eat.
- The Heart: Fits this to a tee in GMK who died trying to help buy time for people to escape from Godzilla.
- Honor Before Reason: Baragon knew he couldn't defeat GMK Godzilla but faced him anyway, bad ass.
- Meaningful Name: Portmanteau of bara (Japanese for "rose") and "dragon". The ridges on his back look like rose petals.
- Neck Snap: How he is killed in Frankenstein Conquers the World.
- Prehistoric Monster: In Frankenstein Conquers the World, Baragon is a dinosaur whose species has somehow survived into modern times, much like Godzilla and other kaiju.
- Spring Jump: A good leaper in all versions.
- Stock Sound Effects: Showa Baragon shares the same roar as Varan and Gorosaurus. For his 2001 version, his vocal library mostly consists of generic tiger and leopard snarls mixed with elephant rumbles and one bellow taken from the Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus rex.
- To Serve Man: Baragon eats people in both his original film appearance and in the novel Godzilla Vs. the Robot Monsters.
- Tunnel King: The most powerful digger in Toho's kaiju roster.
- Whateversaurus: Even more so than other prehistoric kaiju, since he's apparently some sort of burrowing dino-thing with big, dog-like ears.
- Vocal Evolution: The Millennium version no longer reuses Varan's roar and instead utters a high-pitched wail along with multiple growling, moaning sounds, likely as an attempt to convey the character's more sympathetic nature this time.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Attempts this with Godzilla in GMK; while he's quickly taken down, he's able to buy valuable time for people to escape.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Biollante, 1989
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Biollante | Godzilla Vs Spacegodzillanote
Played By: Masao Takegami
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...
- Adaptational Villainy: So far, all of her video game appearances have cast her as a villain, despite her being at worst neutral towards humanity.
- Alien Blood: Chlorophyll may be the reason her blood is green.
- 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. She actively tries to protect humanity against Godzilla and has been also shown to still care for her loved ones due to regaining Erika's memories.
- Benevolent Monsters: She has a human soul and is shown to be kind and docile toward humans. Even in her more aggressive, savage plant beast form, she simply dissipates into spores once her final scuffle against Goji is over (though that was in part because Goji's atomic breath had hit her in a weak spot and fatally injured her) and departs from Earth without causing any further conflict, but not without Erika giving her father one last farewell.
- Botanical Abomination: She's a textbook example of this trope, being the end result of a humble rose that was imbued with human and Godzilla DNA and mutated into a towering, bizarre dino-plant hybrid as a result.
- Breath Weapon: She spits radioactive acidic sap from her fanged tentacles in her first form and is able to unleash it from her main mouth in her second form. 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.
- But Now I Must Go: After helping the JSDF defeat Godzilla by raising Godzilla's body temperature and allow the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria to take effect, she dissolves into spores and ascends into space.
- Combat Tentacles: Even used one to pierce through Godzilla's hand! OW!
- Genetic Abomination: She's a genetic chimaera of rose, human, and Godzilla DNA that mutated from a towering plant with a toothy rose flower into a titanic, bizarre dino-plant hybrid. She's not actually malevolent, however, and is outright kind and docile towards humans due to having a human soul.
- Gentle Giant: Maintains some of her soul in her first form.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: She even regenerates the back of her head after Godzilla blows through her skull.
- Healing Factor: Arguably the best in the entire series.
- Hell Is That Noise: Her roar sounds rather mournful and haunting in both of her forms. They got those noises off of humpback whales.
- Impaled Palm: She skewers Godzilla's palm with one of her Combat Tentacles.
- Kaiju: A giant among giants. She is 120 meters tall (second only to Heisei King Ghidorah who is 150 meters tall) and weighs a whopping 220,000 tons. For comparison, Heisei Godzilla was 80 meters tall and only 50,000 tonsat the time. It's worth noting that all the other Heisei monsters with the exception of Mothra, Battra, and the aforementioned Ghidorah were 120 meters tall, and Godzilla received an increase to 100 meters in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. If Godzilla were 100 meters tall in Biollante's film and the scale between them were kept, then Biollante would be 150 meters tall too, just like Ghidorah.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kills some terrorists.
- LEGO Genetics: Add one third rose, one third Godzilla, one third human and you get a horrifying, crocodile-mouthed flower monster with snapping tentacle-like vines.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite being the size of a small mountain she moves deceptively quickly!
- Long-Range Fighter: She makes use of her wrapping tendrils and vines to keep Godzilla restrained while letting her fanged mouthed parts that spray their acid to damage him and using sneaky methods by using her other vines to grope his ankles and have him thrashed around as she was fighting him for the first time. This is highly justified since her Flower Beast form was utterly motionless and was outright defeated. For her second fight against Godzilla, this gets subverted thoroughly in her Plant Beast form where she first uses her mouthed vines again to approach him but they get downed pretty quickly. By then she starts getting closer to him by moving herself forward with surprising mobility and uses her tendrils to puncture through his left hand and shoulder. Hell, she even got close enough to have her mouth around Godzilla's head.
- Mighty Glacier: How she plays in Godzilla Unleashed. Her overall strength is on par with Orga's since her attacks can reduce any monster's health to a minimum amount and can wipe out their health cells with no effort, along with having numerous vines that can be extended to insane lengths that gives her a massive attack range. This can give players a strategy by basically having her stay in one area while spamming her strongest attacks to dispatch opponents without having the need to use her mobility, since that's the only thing that's holding her back because her pace is undeniably pathetic as she's even slower than Destroyah.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Is part Godzilla's DNA, part rose DNA, part human DNA. And with the ghost of said human inside.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In her second form, Biollante has so much teeth that even the roof of her mouth and her tongue are covered with them.
- One-Winged Angel: One of the most frightening in all cinema. It's 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; she loses the vulnerability 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.
- Pyrrhic Victory: In her second form, Biollante was able to do massive amounts of damage to Godzilla and the fight even ended with Godzilla finally collapsing from exhaustion... but not before Godzilla struck her with a fatal blast that made Biollante break apart into spores.
- The Smurfette Principle: Downplayed. She's the only non-insectoid kaiju that's explicitly female.
- 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.
- Super Spit: She's able to spew globs of burning, glowing sap from her mouth.
- Took a Level in Badass: In her second form she is far bigger, far stronger, and far scarier.
- Was Once a Man: In a sense. Biollante was just a rose that was mixed with the cells of Erika Shirakami in an attempt to preserve her soul. When she was conceptualized, one sketch displays her first form having a woman's face in the center of the flower petals.
First appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 2, 1997
Film Appearances: Rebirth of Mothra 2 | Godzilla: Planet of the MonstersAKA: Dagarla
A monster created by the advanced seagoing civilization Nilai Kinai, Dagahra was meant to consume the toxins and pollution his creators fouled the waters. He did his work too well, however, and used the pollution he consumed to create toxic sea stars called Barems, which overwhelmed and destroyed the civilization. Falling into slumber, Dagahra later awakened from humanity's pollution of the oceans and resumed his mission, filling the waters with Barems and threatening the Earth. Challenged by Leo Mothra and temporarily defeating him, Dagahra was ultimately destroyed by Leo Mothra's new Aqua form, dissipating his Barems and purifying the oceans.
- Blow You Away: He once created a water spout!
- Breath Weapon: Can unleash a bright red and black energy blast from his jaws called the Irabushan Beam.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a very brief cameo destroying Sydney in the prologue of Planet of the Monsters, his first film appearance in twenty years.
- Creating Life: Was created in order to clean up pollution. But...
- Expy: Of the Gyaos from the Heisei Gamera Trilogy.
- Flying Seafood Special: He swims, he flies, he walks on land...
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The opposite happened and he contributed to that civilization's downfall.
- Green and Mean: He's more a darker shade of sea-green (along with having orange and light beige tints) and is a deadly kaiju as he went out of his way by destroying to a small village after awakening from his slumber, almost drowned Leo and having him outmatched in the ocean, and has killed the all of the inhabitants of Nilai Kanai with his ceaseless amounts of Barems.
- Hollywood Acid: Before he was shown onscreen one of his Barems opened up and ejected an acidic venom on a fisherman's face.
- Logical Weakness: His own Barems are created from his biology, thus Aqua Mothra manages to split himself into tinier versions and flew into the inside of his body and destroy all of them by blasting all of the Barems Galaga-style.
- Making a Splash: Dagarah can conjure up waterspouts and whirlpools whenever he chooses to.
- Man Bites Man: Takes a good bite out of Leo's left wing as he's getting dragged across the water.
- Mook Maker: His Barem. They're basically the result of Daragah's consumption of the pollutants from Nilai-Kanai. In fact, they're so deadly that not even Leo himself can endure them as he even flew out of the ocean with most of his body being covered in them and spent most of the time resting from his injuries.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A sea dragon created from an advanced civilization whose purpose was to fed on leftover pollution.
- Sea Monster: In more ways than one.
- Shoulder Cannon: Can fire his Irabushan Beams from them. Sometimes he'll shoot his Barems out of them.
- Super Mode: One scene shows him being underwater by sprouting larger protruding spikes from his shoulders that not only shows a visual sign that he's gotten stronger but it also gives him the power to fire two Irabushan Beams at once that are highly increased in range as well as power.
- 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!
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, 1995
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Played By: Ryo Hariya and Eiichi YanagidaAKA: Destroyer
Arising from the graveyard that was created by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954, Destoroyah is a creature of nihilism, anti-life in origin and function. Near-microscopic crustaceans that lived in anaerobic conditions were awakened and mutated by the Oxygen Destroyer, and they grew in number until they made their existence known in 1995 when they first attacked an aquarium, then an abandoned building, facing the JDF in combat. The creatures have a hive mind and can combine into larger and deadlier forms, from man-sized long-limbed crown-headed crustaceans to a Godzilla Junior-sized crustacean and a flying squirrel-like 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 Blood: Destoroyah has lime green or yellow blood. He spits or bleeds huge amounts of it in the later phases of the final battle.
- 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 Cryog partners.
- 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 besides Godzilla, the original Rodans, King Ghidorah or Mothra.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Just like how Godzilla is a walking organic atom bomb, Destroyah is a monstrous living embodiment of the more lethal Oxygen Destroyer.
- Anti-Villain: Yes, really. It's easy to forget this due to its Evil Laugh, frightening design, and appearances in other media following its only film, but Destroyah is the way it is because everything has been trying to kill it since it was born. The humans were trying to kill the tiny forms before they became gigantic. The aggregate forms had their territory invaded and reacted on instinct, the flying form correctly saw Godzilla Junior as a huge threat, and the final form killed Junior in response to Junior nearly roasting the collective alive.
- Asteroids Monster: Can break apart into its Aggregate form at will.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Continuously attacks Godzilla for a while in the final battle; as soon as Godzilla hits critical mass it bolts. The army freezes it solid, causing it to plummet to the ground and explode on impact.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: His tail ends with a pincer, fitting for a (mutated) crustacean.
- Blood from the Mouth: Destoroyah coughs up blood after getting hit with the Red Spiral Ray.
- 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 the Alien.
- Chest Blaster: Originally planned on having this power but was never really carried out in the final version of the movie.  There was a deleted scene where Destroyah's floral patterned chest opens up and blasts Godzilla into a building but the beam animation wasn't included by Special Effects staff. He had his chest beam that's a part of his arsenal in the manga version where it blew off chunks of Godzilla's dorsal spines and the tip of his tail.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He uses his "tongue" to drill holes in Godzilla Jr.
- Curb-Stomp Cushion: Godzilla Jr eventually starts fighting back at one point. While he's no match for Destoroyah, he does at least manage to injure him somewhat.
- Depending on the Artist: Other traces of Godzilla media tend to have Destroyah colored rather inconsistently at times. He'll either be colored as a brown-ish red, a very dark indigo, bright purple, or just fully red to invoke the Big Red Devil image.
- Death by Irony: Dies at the hands of Godzilla (indirectly), the creature the Oxygen Destroyer killed in the first film.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: He massively blows up when he dies. Thankfully, Godzilla is far enough away he doesn't get hurt.
- Death from Above: His Limit Break in the fighting games, where he launches a large purple energy ball into the sky. A few seconds later it plummets right onto his opponent that deals horrific widespread damage.
- Dragons Are Demonic: Destroyah's final form looks like a cross between a dragon and the devil itself. Subverted as they're "simply" a mutated micro-organism.
- Dynamic Entry: The reveal of Destoroyah's final form is AWESOME.
- Evil Counterpart: To Godzilla. Both creatures existed before the human race existed, and were woken up by a superweapon that 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.
- Evil Is Bigger: Often thought to be the most vile kaiju to ever exist, and though his final form is only 120 meters tall like most other Heisei monsters, he has an utterly colossal wingspan.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Yes Kenichi, Destoroyah will "gladly" kill Godzilla for you when it was born from the Oxygen Destroyer, even though it has killed innocent people and Junior.
- Evil Laugh: When dragging Godzilla by the neck. It also does this in the games.
- Final Boss: Of the Heisei Era.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In the Godzilla: Rulers of Earth comic, several Aggregate Destoroyahs invaded a comic convention. Instead of fleeing in terror, the convention goers stayed and took pictures.◊ Until it became clear that they were the real thing.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's basically Godzilla's equivalent to Doomsday, an incredibly powerful opponent that appears suddenly to mark Godzilla's death, but with little coherent goal outside of bringing destruction. Similar to Doomsday however, this has not stopped him from being a very popular character among fans, despite never appearing or being mentioned in any subsequent films.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Well, giant enemy pincered monster with a shell. Officially, it's a "Micro-Oxygen based Precambrian Life-Form".
- 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 (however, the original Godzilla was the main villain at the time); and lives up to its namesake by killing Godzilla Jr and giving Godzilla himself 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 their body apparently have one.
- Hollywood Acid: Its Micro-Oxygen breath oxidizes anything it comes into contact with and is highly corrosive.
- Homing Projectile: In the Atari Pipeworks fighting game trilogy, he fires spherical versions of his Micro-Oxygen blast called Oxygen Mines that act as a Painfully Slow Projectile that'll travel towards his enemies, "magnetically" drawing them within range, and once they come into contact they instantly implode, which sends them flying.
- Immune to Bullets: Even at point-blank range to the face, one of the Aggregate Destoroyahs shrugs it off. They're not immune to being shot by a rocket launcher though.
- It Can Think: There's definitely a brain in there, albeit a twisted, sadistic one. Case in point: according to Word of God, when Destroyah dragged Godzilla into Tokyo Bay he was deliberately trying to kill him the same way the 1954 original Gojira died, by dissolving him in water. Would have worked too, if Godzilla's burning body hadn't made the water scalding hot, forcing Destroyah to abandon it.
- An Ice Person: Oddly, despite being vulnerable to immense temperatures, he could exhale a short-ranged ice blast that can freeze enemy monsters in Godzilla Save the Earth.
- The Juggernaut: Its battle with Godzilla shows what happens when two of these go head to head.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Attacks Godzilla while the latter is grieving over Junior.
- Knight of Cerebus: And for a good reason. It also appears to be this for the much lighter hearted Rulers of Earth comic.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: One of the few monsters to realize that retreating from a very pissed off Godzilla is a good strategy. Not that it does any good.
- Laser Blade: Its horn could extend into one and slice Godzilla apart. In the comics this is treated as its ultimate attack. In the Atari games it's used as his fierce attack where it can outright devour chunks of health as long he has enough power in the energy meter to do so... Not so much in Godzilla Unleashed where that attack doesn't even require energy to use and it can be outright spammed continuously, almost to the point where it can easily be seen as That One Attack for most players in this case.
- Made of Explodium: Destroyah explodes after being hit by Godzilla's Infinite Heat Ray and a repeated barrage from the military's freezing weapons.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Aside from being an incredibly destructive kaiju, it was also created by the Oxygen Destroyer.
- 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.
- Mighty Glacier: As he gets incredibly larger with each new form, he also becomes noticeably slower as a result. His mobility in his Perfect Form is so downright embarrassing, he hardly ever moves an inch since flying is definitely his best method of movement. However his Perfect Form was able to easily pierce into Godzilla's Nigh-Invulnerable flesh with only 2 slices with his Horn Attack with absolute ease.
- Mood Whiplash: To show how utterly monstrous Destoroyah is, he attacks Godzilla while the nuclear giant's grieving. Twice!
- 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.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Has yellow colored pupil-less angular Glowing Eyes that gives him an outright vicious vibe.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The name is meant to sound like "Destroyer" after all.
- Nested Mouths: Present in its Giant Flyer and smaller mook forms, but not his final form.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Of Junior. In a infamous deleted scene, it was supposed to get a satisfying one from Godzilla but the directors decided to have humanity help in finishing it off to maintain the impact of Godzilla's death.
- Off with His Head!: In the manga version instead of being axed by the JSDF Godzilla decapitates the bastard. Before dying he fired his Micro Oxygen beam at him.
- One-Winged Angel: As James Rolfe said, "It looks like the GODDAMN DEVIL!"
- Our Dragons Are Different: His One-Winged Angel form looks very like a big red dragon.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has a purple beam weapon that can penetrate any material. He's armored with a reddish purple carapace and is able to throw down with Godzilla at his uttermost strongest.
- Satanic Archetype: A giant monster that looks like a Big Red Devil, made from the folly of mankind. His Perfect Form even makes its entrance emerging from an explosion.
- Spell My Name with an S: It's pronounced "Destroyer" (in the English dub) but spelled Destoroyah due to odd rights with using the word. Alternately it's been spelled Destroyah.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Desperately tries to bail as soon as Godzilla's overpowered meltdown proves too much for him to handle. The airborne menace is put down by the coldness of the freeze tanks and the Super X3's arsenal.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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.
- The Swarm: Can break apart into smaller monsters and attack from everywhere.
- Sword Beam: What its horn can do, as seen in Rulers of Earth and the Pipeworks video game trilogy.
- Time Abyss: He's the oldest monster of the Godzilla franchise born in the Precambrian Era. How old is he? Around 2.5 billion years old.
- The Worf Barrage: Destoroyah is the first villain to tank Godzilla's Red Spiral Ray.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: He seemingly kills Godzilla Jr (though to be fair, Junior is a young adult at this point).
- 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, after beating Godzilla once before in a fair fight.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Tries to fly away when Godzilla starts to take the upper hand, but gets frozen and downed by the military in the attempt.
- Zerg Rush: See The Swarm.
First appearance: Dogora, 1964
Film Appearances: Dogora | Godzilla: Planet of the MonstersAKA: Dagora
A mysterious creature that lived in the upper atmosphere of Earth. Growing from a microscopic cell bathed in solar radiation caught by the atmosphere, Dogora began to feed on materials rich in carbon, like coal and diamonds. Now a titanic one-celled being encased in a crystalline shell, Dogora feasted on minerals, using its tentacles to scoop them up, until it was temporarily destroyed by missiles. That was a big mistake, however, as each piece began to grow into new Dogoras. It was discovered that bee and wasp venom was deadly to the cells, and in the final battle was used to utterly defeat the Dogoras.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant Jellyfish which eats diamonds and coal! Dogora is actually one of the largest kaiju to appear in the entire franchise, with tentacles easily spanning the 367 metre long Wakato Bridge.
- The Bus Came Back: Gets a brief cameo attacking London in the prologue of Planet of the Monsters, his first film appearance in more than fifty years.
- Combat Tentacles: Uses them to lift vehicles and vessels and smash them open to get at the minerals within.
- Flying Seafood Special: A jellyfish-like creature that floats in the atmosphere.
- From a Single Cell: Literally a mutant cell, so when it gets destroyed, lots of Dogoras can form.
- Healing Factor: So much that simply blowing Dogora up would make more of them!
- Kryptonite Factor: Bee or wasp venom is the only known substance that can truly destroy Dogora since it can tank most artillery and blowing it up simply creates more Dogoras. Contact with the venom causes its flesh to turn into inert crystal chunks.
- Metamorphosis Monster: First appears as an amoeba-like organism before turning into a jellyfish-like monster, and then being blown up and becoming a swarm of flickering ctenophore-like forms.
- Mind over Matter: Maybe. It's able to cause people and cars to levitate, can itself float in the atmosphere, and can suck up mounds of diamonds and coal through some unknown mechanism.
- Non-Malicious Monster: It's a very non-violent monster that is questionably sentient at best and doesn't intentionally cause much destruction until it's shot at by the military, at which point it starts fighting back. Mostly it just seems to be single-mindedly trying to find more sources of carbon to feed on.
- One-Shot Character: Dogora was only featured in his one film. He is never mentioned or seen in any other films, not even Final Wars.
- Dogora does get a brief scene in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters during the montage of giant monsters attacking the world.
- Corrosive Kaiju: Dogora's body has an acidic corrosion effect on anything that touches it.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Was an ordinary single celled organism until a collision with a rogue satellite mutated it.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Bee venom can kill it.
First appearance: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, 1966
Film Appearances: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep | All Monsters Attacknote | Godzilla: Final Wars
Played By: Hiroshi Sekida (Ebirah, Horror of the Deep), All Monsters Attack (stock footage only), Toshihiro Ogura (Godzilla: Final Wars)
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.
- An Arm and a Leg: Godzilla rips off Ebirah's claws during their second battle.
- The Bus Came Back: First seen in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, returned in Final Wars, thirty-eight years later (disregarding Stock Footage used in All Monsters Attack).
- Comic Book Movies Dont Use Code Names: Neither the Red Bamboo or Ebirah are referred to by name in the Titan dub.
- 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. His Final Wars incarnation doesn't fare any better against Godzilla, even fighting alongside Hedorah.
- Dire Beast: He's basically just a giant red shrimp and has no special powers.
- The Dragon: To the Red Bamboo.
- Eye Scream: Accidentally gives one to Hedorah in Final Wars.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Well, shrimp...
- I'm a Humanitarian: After Ebirah smashes the canoe two natives were using to try to flee the island, he skewers the two men on the end of his narrower pincer and enjoyed a snack.
- The Lancer: To Hedorah.
- Meaningful Name: Ebi means "shrimp" in Japanese.
- Red Live Lobster: A crustacean kaiju coloured bright red. Depending on the source, he's either an actual lobster or a giant mutant shrimp.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: As seen in Final Wars, although it could have also been Hedorah.
- Stock Footage: Kinda appeared in All Monsters Attack, but not really; due to the film's copious stock footage he gets zero new scenes.
- Tennis Boss: Godzilla and Ebirah volley a boulder back and forth at each other in their first encounter.
- Villain Decay: In Final Wars he gets taken down by (mutant) humans, but is teleported away before they can actually kill him.
First appearance: Frankenstein vs Baragon, 1965
Film Appearances: Frankenstein Conquers the World
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...
- Adaptational Badass: This Frankenstein's Monster lacks the traditional character's pyrophobia, he even uses a pair of torches against Baragon at one point.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Frankenstein's Monster, grown to Kaiju-size!
- Berserk Button: Eating humans, as Baragon soon found out...
- Clear My Name: Before Baragon's existence is revealed, Frankenstein is accused of the disappearance of people and destruction of towns.
- Gentle Giant: Is willing to eat cattle, but won't even think of touching a human.
- Healing Factor: One of his hands was left behind after escaping some shackles. It regrows.
- Immortality: It's stated that his heart will never stop beating. Even after he's sealed underground, his legacy lives on.
- It Can Think: Smart enough to use fire, set pit traps, and make emotional connections with people, despite being unable to speak.
- Tainted Veins: visible around the neck and upper chest.
- 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...
- Wolverine Publicity: Rather infamously, he's often mentioned in German renames of Showa Godzilla movies despite the fact they've never actually appeared together. Examples include Ebirah, Horror of the Deep becoming Frankenstein and the Monsters from the Ocean, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster becoming Frankenstein's Monsters in Battle against Ghidorah, and Godzilla vs. Gigan becoming Frankenstein's Hell Brood.
- 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
Film Appearances: All Monsters Attack
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.
- The Bully: Minya outright states he's this, fighting and picking on monsters too small to fight back.
- Bullying a Dragon: Attacks Godzilla seemingly out of anger and spite for Minya beating him. He learns the hard way that Godzilla only let him go as long as he did because he wanted Minya to be the one to teach him a lesson.
- 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.
- He does get a brief appearance in the novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse...as a ten-meter tall ogre who causes no destruction and doesn't even get killed by another kaiju or even humans, but animal wildlife.
- He also reappears, of all places, in IDW's second Monsters and Protectors mini series.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: While Godzilla hands him his warty ass overall, Gabara does manage to put him in a bind for a moment with his Shock and Awe powers on full blast, requiring Minya to come in with the save.
- Dirty Coward: Prefers to pick on Minya since he can't fight back.
- Informed Species: Sometimes referred to as a mutant toad, but aside from his warty skin, he doesn't bear any resemblance to an amphibian.
- Ironically in the Go! Godman! continuity, he actually was, canonically at least, a mutant bullfrog.
- Jerkass: He loves beating up Minya.
- Mix and Match Critter: Face of a cat, green warty skin, reptilian belly.
- Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe example. Gabara is literally a nightmare in the movie.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Downplayed. He's clearly no match for Godzilla in a straight-up brawl, but for someone talked up as just The Bully he does get a few good licks in, especially since he just lost the fight to Minya.
- One-Shot Character: He's only appeared in one movie.
- Oni: It's not clear. According to some sources, he's one, but others claim he's a mutant toad.
- Shock and Awe: The horn on his head generates electricity but only when he touches his target, which seems to function as a combination of The Paralyzer and Agony Beam given how Minya and Godzilla react to it.
- Undignified Death: According to Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, he was injured in a themite explosion and proceeded to be eaten alive by crocodiles and piranhas in a river: the same creatures that he spent his time killing. Bonus points for being the only monster who doesn't die at the hands of the other kaiju or humans.
- Would Hurt a Child: Gabara's main victim on Monster Island is Godzilla's son.
Gaira (Green Gargantua)
First appearance: War of the Gargantuas, 1966
Film Appearances: War of the Gargantuas | Godzilla Against Mechagodzillanote | Godzilla: Final Warsnote | Go! Godmannote
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.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Saves Sanda from a blast of Godzilla's atomic breath in Rulers of Earth and later saves him again from a Trilopod, showing that despite their constant fighting and disagreements, he really does care about his brother.
- Big Eater: Of humans!
- 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.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has large canines that jut out from his lower jaw and he eats people.
- Fish People: Downplayed. He comes out the ocean and has scaly skin on parts of his body, as well as green, seaweed-like hair (even his name comes from the Japanese word "kai" (海), meaning 'sea'). Earlier concept art even had him with spiny fins along his back.
- Healing Factor: Shares it with his brother and their "father", Frankenstein's Monster from Frankenstein Conquers The World.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He loves to munch on humans.
- Our Ogres Are Hungrier: His face is significantly more ogre-like than his brother.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Becomes a Godzilla enemy in Rulers of Earth.
First appearance: A Space Godzilla
Leading the Sunerian army in an attack on the home planet of a race of alien Godzillas, killing the Godzilla alien Rozan when she returned with her son Lilin. But Ronan's husband, Kunin, rallied the other Godzillas and, with the aid of the Sphinxes, drove off the Sunerians and rescued his son by killing Gamoni and throwing her head in a sea of acid.
- The Dragon: To the Sunerian Queen.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: That shoot fire.
- Off with His Head!: How Kunin kills her.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: She's a reptilian creature with breasts that shoot fire, and is able to shoot swastika shaped throwing knives from her belly button and by now you're probably wondering if the person who created her was high.
First appearance: Space Amoeba, 1970
Film Appearances: Space Amoeba
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.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Giant stone crab. Well, two of them.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": As mentioned below, his name comes from the Japanese word for "crab" (kani), with the suffix "-me" added.
- Meaningful Name: Based on kani, Japanese for "crab".
- Spiteful Spit: Spits blinding saltwater into the enemy's eyes.
- Touched by Vorlons: The Yog entity possessed it and both stone crabs grew to Ganimes.
- Weakened by the Light: His eyes are very sensitive to anything too bright.
First appearance: Space Amoeba, 1970
Film Appearances: Space Amoeba | Godzilla: Final Warsnote
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.
- An Ice Person: One of the few Kaiju with ice-based abilities.
- Bioluminescence is Cool: Can emit a low level light when it's dark.
- Brain Washed: Yog possessed him and terrorized the Seiga Island inhabitants.
- Canon Immigrant: Set to appear in IDW's Rulers of Earth.
- Combat Tentacles: Tries to grab people with them. Takes a few tries.
- 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 has 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. And even worse, 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 stomped repeatedly. 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.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": His name comes from the Japanese word for "tentacle" (geso), with the common kaiju name suffix "-ra" added at the end (so his name would be "Tentaclera" if directly translated). And lo and behold, he's a cephalopod monster.
- Logical Weakness: As a cold-based organism Gezora is extremely vulnerable to, and ultimately killed by fire.
- Meaningful Name: Based on geso, Japanese for "squid tentacle".
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the IDW comics, he becomes an adversary of Godzilla. Before this he already appeared in a few Godzilla video games.
- Sea Monster: Unlike Ganimes and Kamebas, Gezora is a regular sea monster Yog possessed.
- Tentacled Terror: He's a giant amphibious cuttlefish monster mutated and possessed by an alien.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Gigan, 1972
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Gigan | Godzilla vs. Megalon | Godzilla: Final Wars
Played By: Kenpachiro Satsuma (1972-1973), Kazuhiro Yoshida (2004)AKA: Borodan
One of the most unique and popular of Toho's monsters, Gigan is a cyborg Serial Killer with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Flesh and mechanics combined into a cycloptic engine of destruction, Gigan lives to destroy and mutilate.
His first attack on Earth was alongside King Ghidorah as part of the Space Hunter Nebula M aliens' attempt to take over the planet, and he fought against Godzilla and Anguirus. Though the battle was long and brutal, Gigan and King Ghidorah were defeated and fled back into space. Gigan returned the next year to aid the giant beetle kaiju Megalon in his attack on Japan, and faced Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. Once again Gigan fled into space after being bested, abandoning Megalon to his fate. Gigan was then captured by the alien race known as the Garoga, modified and sent back to Earth, where he faced Godzilla and then Zone Fighter in combat and met his end on the wrong side of Zone Fighter's Meteor Missile Might.
Gigan returned in 2004's Final Wars as the vanguard of the Xillien invasion force. Having seeded earth with the M mutant gene 12,000 years in the past, Gigan was defeated and mummified by Mothra, then awakened by the Xillien leader to attack mankind. He was defeated by Godzilla in Antarctica, recovered and modified, and aided Monster X against Godzilla before being destroyed for good by Mothra.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the novel GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, the prequel to the anime trilogy, he's very uncharacteristically presented as a good monster who is sent out to defend humanity from Godzilla, who is highly antagonistic here, and Gigan even becomes highly respected for his ultimate sacrifice for the sake of mankind.
- 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. Averted in GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, where he's just a large amphibious dinosaur in a Siberian coast.
- Aliens Are Bastards: One of the best examples, with his sadism, cowardice, and total lack of redeeming feature being his most prominent qualities.
- Ambiguously Related: In the video game Godzilla: Trading Battle, there is an original kaiju known as "Seagan" which strongly resembles Gigan, including have spiked hands and feet, mandibles and a horn on its head, wings and a rows of spikes on its back, and nearly identical coloration (to the Showa version, as the Millennium version didn't exist yet). Disregarding their similar appearances and Seagan's name almost certainly being a portmanteau of 'Sea Gigan', the game never implies a connection between the two.
- The Showa version of Gigan bears a mild resemblance to Ghidorah with his golden scales and similar fin-like 'wings'not to mention appearing alongside Ghidorah in his debut filmthough nothing is ever really made of this.
- An Arm and a Leg: In one IDW issue, he engages in a galactic battle with SpaceGodzilla. While he doesn't get killed by the crystal beast, Gigan does get his right arm yanked off by the latter as Space G was too powerful for him.
- Appropriated Appellation: Botched pronunciation variant — in the novel Godzilla At World's End, when one of the people monitoring the hole in the surface of Antarctica sees him coming out and says "It's gigan-", they're cut off before they can finish saying "gigantic". He's later dubbed Gigan as a result of this.
- Arch-Enemy: Is this to Mothra in Final Wars having battled and lost to Mothra in the past, refacing her in the future. Anguirius has also become a frequent opponent of his in American books and comics.
- Art Evolution: His revamped Millennium appearance is a sheer contrast/overhaul compared to his original design. He went from a goofy-looking chicken-like alien to a futuristic, menacing, spikier, and edgier looking cyborg. The color of his body in his 2004 look is dark blue with his wings being red rather than yellow. His simplistic hooks that the Showa version had, are longer and are scythe-like in Final Wars. While his face is mostly kept the same, the teeth inside of his beak are much more pronounced and highly visible while being equipped with a long tail with a spike at the tip.
- Ass-Kicking Pose: Does this when preparing to duke it out with Godzilla and Anguirus for the first time.
- 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.
- Bash Brothers: With Megalon and King Ghidorah, whom he fights alongside in Godzilla Vs. Megalon and Godzilla Vs. Gigan, respectively.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His Hook Hands and double-bladed chainsaws.
- Brains and Brawn: He's this to Megalon's brute force. It shows in the differing fighting styles between the two. When both got curb-stomped by Godzilla, Gigan pretended to be unconscious and waited for Godzilla to come close to make sure, then sprung back up to strike.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: His Showa version possesses a really small spiked tip on his tail even though he's never taken the time to actually use it for striking other kaiju in combat. However in Final Wars his redesign is equipped with a scorpion-like multi-pronged pincer for a tail where he stabs Mothra with it when he approached her.
- Beware the Silly Ones: It's practically a given due to how incredibly bizarre his overall design is.
- The Showa version in particular is this as he performed some celebratory goofy dances as a sign of victory, not to mention pulling off comical gestures... but let's not forget that he managed to batter Godzilla into a literal bloody mess and pretty much made Anguirus his personal punching bag.
- Breakout Villain: Despite debuting in what is widely considered one of the weakest films in the franchise, Gigan has proven to be one of the most beloved and enduring Kaiju outside of the "Big Five" of Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mechagodzilla, thanks to his striking visual design and sadistic personality. He ended up one of the main villains of Final Wars despite not appearing in a movie since Godzilla Vs. Megalon, and has shown up in most non-film adaptations, continuing to act as a Psycho for Hire.
- Butt-Monkey: The Final Wars incarnation ends up being this for the main quartet of kaiju (Godzilla, Mothra, Monster X/Keizer Ghidorah and himself); he gets decapitated by Godzilla himself, then blown up by Mothra.
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: If there's one thing Gigan hates, it's playing fair.
- Cyber Cyclops: Yup.
- Cyborg: There is a living being inside all of that machinery.
- Dark Is Evil: Colored a dark metallic blue in Final Wars with an even more sinister and wicked design to boot.
- Determinator: Oddly enough in the anime continuity's novelizations, and among the many ways the monster depicted there is different from other versions of the character. Gigan is thrown into battle alongside human forces on multiple occasions, and despite being outmatched every time, he. Does. Not. Retreat. Progressive battles leave Gigan becoming more and more a cyborg, even gaining extra weaponry originally designed for Mechagodzilla. It takes Godzilla nearly completely obliterating him to finally put an end to Gigan, and even then, human forces rally long enough to recover his remains, taking truly massive casualties in the process.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Gigan is notably the first villain to make Godzilla bleed.
- Dirty Coward: By his second appearance, he'd walked out on his allies twice mid-battle. It is also worth noting that he prefers to attack opponents who are unable to fight back.
- The Dragon: To King/Kaiser Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. Gigan, Final Wars and Half-Century War. Rulers of Earth has him as the invading alien Cryog main monster.
- Dub Name Change: Strangely, he goes by the name Borodan in the comic book version of Godzilla vs. Megalon, despite the fact that he was never referred to as such for the English Dub of Godzilla vs. Gigan.
- Epic Fail: The Millenium incarnation of Gigan is pretty bad with this; engaging a newly-released Godzilla (and not even trying to dodge the atomic breath that made his head detonate), and then later, as Upgraded Gigan, he fires off his razor disks, turns around to resume the double-team on Godzilla... and is decapitated by the razor disks Mothra reflected at him. He's then blown up by a burning Mothra, though she survives (somehow).
- Epic Flail: In Final Wars he was given four chain-shots to pulls his enemies closer to his buzzsaw.
- Evil Versus Evil: In Rulers of Earth, Gigan spends an issue fighting SpaceGodzilla. It ended in a draw with both monsters seriously injured.
- Eye Beam: For a long time, movie posters and video games had a tendency to give him this despite him not having one in his first two appearances, which most games based him on. Many people believed it was due to budget reasons as to why it was never shown. It was later revealed however by Teruyoshi Nakano that the REAL reason it was never shown was because he didn't believe it fit with the character, so neither film demonstrated this ability for said reason. Ultimately, the ability was added and retooled in Final Wars, where it's given a unique twist: he fires a beam that fires a short distance before exploding into a shotgun-blast of projectiles.
- He does it again in the IDW Godzilla comics, first with his Showa design and then his Millenium one.
- Eye Scream: In the ongoing Godzilla comic, Rodan shatters his visor by slamming into him.
- Fatal Flaw: His cowardice. He works great with his allies and is an excellent fighter due to his sadism and love of cheating. The minute he takes even two hits from his foes, however, he runs like the wind, usually abandoning his allies in the process.
- Faux Affably Evil: For all his sadism, Gigan is remarkably chummy towards whoever he partners up with, doing things like giving Megalon a brofist or patting King Ghidorah on the back. Won't stop him from abandoning them when the going gets tough.
- Glass Cannon: Downplayed, really. When it comes to battles he can certainly endure physical strikes rather well, and his hooked claws and buzzaw can make things literally bloody. It's Godzilla's Atomic Breath that puts him out of commission. He's mostly this in Godzilla Final Wars, where he's a mechanical tissue paper packed with all sorts of deadly weaponry... that can accidentally slice off his own head if their return goes unnoticed.
- 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Is decapitated by his own razor disks in Final Wars, then is detonated by Mothra.
- In one scene in Godzilla vs. Gigan, Gigan notices a boulder laying right next to his foot, and for whatever reason he attempts to kick it at Anguirus... who just so happens to parry it like a volleyball, followed by Godzilla as he punches the aforementioned boulder right into Gigan's face. Strategy seems pretty foreign to space kaiju.
- Hook Hand: What he normally has in lieu of actual hands. Gigan in Final Wars has scythe-like blades, and replaces them with dual chainsaws.
- Informed Ability: The Godzilla Movie Studio Tour states that Gigan has a built-in flamethrower within his beak which can be used as a Breath Weapon whenever he's not in range. He's had this power the whole time in the Showa era but has never used it in any of his film appearances other than a couple of video games.
- Ironic Name: The "Gi" in his name was derived from "nice guy", which is the last way to accurately describe Gigan.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: He repeatedly rams into the back of Godzilla whenever he tries to get on his feet after drawing blood from him. He literally does the deed to an already weakened Godzilla (who was blasted by lasers from the Godzilla Towers multiple times mind you) the way how he bludgeons his cranium in a brutal fashion until blood oozes down his face just screams cruelty.
- Killed Off for Real:
- His Showa incarnation was killed off in an episode of Zone Fighter when the titular hero blew him up with his Monster Missiles.
- The novel version from Godzilla At World's End is fatally wounded by Anguirus and dragged into the Caspian Sea to drown.
- The Millennium version is blown up by Mothra's flaming tackle.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Gigan tends to bail whenever the going gets rough. Whether this makes him a Dirty Coward or not is sort of up to you.
- Lean and Mean: His redesign in Final Wars is visibly sleeker and skinnier than usual, with his body having more of a humanoid-like build, but he's just as destructive and sadistic as before just like his Showa version.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The addition of his double-bladed chainsaws in Final Wars; it's implied they upgraded the rest of his systems as well.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has a face vaguely resembling a bird's with insect-like mandibles, but he also has scaly skin, a tail like a lizard or a dinosaur, and fishlike fins on his back.
- Mutual Kill: With Mothra in Final Wars. Although it could be subverted if the Mothra that shows up at the end turns out to be the same one and survived the explosion.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Of Jet Jaguar in Godzilla vs. Megalon. It's a rather jarring scene in an otherwise silly film.
- Off with His Head!: In Final Wars, where this seems to be the only way to disable him.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. He seems to have a Villainous Friendship with Megalon in Godzilla vs. Megalon, but the minute Godzilla and Jet Jaguar gain the upper hand, he splits, leaving Megalon to his fate to save his own skin.
- Psycho Electro: In Final Wars he adds a set of cables capable of delivering electric shocks to his arsenal.
- Psycho for Hire: Despite (seemingly) being under-mind control he seems to enjoy all the stuff he does, and the sheer number of alien species he's fought for can cause one to wonder if he is, in fact, for hire.
- Redemption Equals Death / Heroic Sacrifice: Occurs in the series Godzilla Island where he sacrifices himself to kill another evil monster. This is entirely at odds with his portrayal elsewhere.
- Sadist: His Showa, Millenium, and IDW comic book incarnations all demonstrate this personality trait, causing as much pain as possible for the heck of it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In Godzilla vs. Megalon Gigan flies off after taking a couple of shots of Godzilla's atomic breath.
- Shadow Archetype: Gigan can be seen as a sick joke of Godzilla's existence. Both are monsters that are an unholy combination of technology and nature coming into contact. The only difference is Gigan fully embraces the weapon he was made into.
- Sinister Scythe: His Hook Hands in Final Wars resemble scythe blades.
- Slaying Mantis: Has some elements of this in his design, with his massive Hook Hands, insect-like mandibles on his beak and his green coloration. Whether or not this was intentional is unclear.
- Smug Snake: One gets this vibe from him. He taunts and bullies his enemies and prefers to inflict long, drawn-out torture on them rather than kill them outright, but never sticks around once it looks like the tables have turned. It helps that Gigan's mouth appears to be locked in a permanent smirk that denotes complete arrogance.
- Stripped to the Bone: On Zone Fighter.
- Spikes of Villainy: While his Showa version is already pretty sharp, the Millenium version is something else.
- Those Two Guys: Godzilla vs. Megalon gives it a Narm quality to it as seen here.◊
- Took a Level in Badass: Within Final Wars, when his trademark Hook Hands are replaced with chainsaws, and his system is upgraded.
- Villainous Friendship: With Megalon.◊ Subverted in that he's perfectly fine with abandoning Megalon as soon as the tides turn in their enemies' favors.
- Visual Pun: One of the Japanese words used for Gigan's name is gan, which is Japanese for goose. Gigan (besides Rodan) has a beak which makes him bird-like in terms of overall looks.
- 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.
Gigan Rex and Gigan Miles
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex, 2022
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: While the blades of the Gigan Miles can't cut through Godzilla's skin, they can effortlessly destroy the JSDF fighter jets with one slash, spike their tanks like meat on a skewer, and cut buildings in half. Gigan Rex is in a similar boat. Rex's chainsaw whips can't pierce Godzilla's skin, but they can stagger him a little and slice through structures just as smoothly.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: For the numerous Gigan Miles, their abdominal buzzsaws are colored red instead of silver and the green sections of their bodies are more of a bluish-teal. Gigan Rex is fully red all the way down along with some shades of dark grey for his "flesh", and his visor is more of a dark magenta.
- An Arm and a Leg: One Gigan Miles activates his buzzsaw to carve Godzilla's flesh, only to be momentarily obliterated by getting blown away by his Nuclear Pulse. It was so powerful that it even severs one of his arms.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Gigan Rex is the leader of the Gigans and the only one capable of actually fighting Godzilla one on one.
- Big Bad: Gigan Rex is the main antagonist of the short film and the leader of the Gigan Miles.
- Beam-O-War: Gigan Rex's fight with Godzilla ends with its Chest Blaster colliding with Godzilla's white Atomic Breath. Gigan Rex has the advantage until Godzilla pushes back and the resulting explosion kills Gigan Rex.
- Body Horror: When ordered by Gigan Rex, the Gigan Miles pull back the skin on their chest and their buzzsaw gruesomely enlarges and pulls out of their body.
- Chest Blaster: Gigan Rex trades out the buzzsaw for a powerful energy cannon. He can supercharge it by tearing out the cores of the Gigan Miles and linking with them.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: The first group of Gigan Miles clearly didn't go down without a fight as they were surely willing to bring Godzilla down even though he has them outmatched. The two cyborgs were able to briefly gang-up on him with one of them revving his buzzsaw into Godzilla's skin while other fires his laser beam at him from a farther distance. While their attacks weren't enough to injure him outright, their tenacity and coordination deserves mention.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Instead of a buzzsaw, Gigan Rex has another eye in its chest that can fire energy beams.
- King Mook: Gigan is reimagined as an army of weaker Gigan Miles and one, much stronger Gigan Rex.
- The Leader: Gigan Rex is the leader of the Gigan Miles in their fight against Godzilla.
- Made of Iron: Unlike the Gigan Miles, who go down in one hit, Rex can withstand Godzilla's physical attacks and his atomic breath.
- Made of Plasticine: The Gigan Miles themselves aren't exactly the sturdiest type of kaiju as they're easily destroyed by Godzilla's onslaught. One of them gets his head caved in by his foot while the other gets sent flying by his Nuclear Pulse. A single blast of Atomic Breath was enough to make one combust into flames, leaving nothing behind.
- Meaningful Name:
- Miles is latin for soldier, and the Gigan Miles act as Mooks for the Gigan Rex.
- Rex is latin for king, and Gigan Rex is the leader of the Gigan Miles.
- Mooks: The Gigan Miles serve as minions for Gigan Rex, being much weaker but there's at least 13 of them.
- Strong and Skilled: Gigan Rex is powerful compared to the Gigan Miles. Rex can fight Godzilla on equal footing and is surprisingly agile despite his size, using his power to fly, his chainsaw whips, and his control over the Miles to his advantage.
- Tiny-Headed Behemoth: Their actual heads are strangely a lot more puny compared to their largely rotund torsos.
- Whip Sword: Gigan Rex's scythes can transform into whip swords. With chainsaws on the chain.
- Zerg Rush: The Gigan Miles are much weaker than Gigan Rex and Godzilla, but there's at least 13 of them and they can pose a threat to Godzilla if enough dogpile him at once.
First appearance: King Kong Escapes, 1967
Film Appearances: King Kong Escapes | Destroy All Monsters | All Monsters Attacknote | Godzilla vs. Gigannote
A giant dinosaur who originally lived on Mondo Island before being relocated to Monster Island. Gorosaurus is similar to Anguirus in that he is a "no-frills" type of monster, lacking a breath weapon or energy powers and relying on his size, strength and devastating kangaroo kick. While attempting to eat some visiting scientists, Gorosaurus became embroiled in a duel with King Kong, a savage battle that ultimately ended with Kong breaking Gorosaurus' jaw and sending him into retreat. He survived and healed, and was soon placed on Monster Island, where he soon became part of the Kilaak invasion of Earth, attacking Paris (originally it was Baragon, but the suit was on loan). When humans broke the mind control, Gorosaurus joined Godzilla and the other monsters at Mount Fuji and was one of the main participants in the battle with King Ghidorah, where his determination and kangaroo kick turned the tide against the space monster. Gorosaurus also has an incredibly robust fanbase, and to this day enjoys popularity among Godzilla fans.
- Ascended Extra: Because Baragon's suit was so damaged and he had to be reduced to brief appearances in Destroy All Monsters!, Gorosaurus got to fill in for him for the attack on France and the battle at the end. He even got to show just how awesome he was by being the monster that turned the tide against King Ghidorah.
- Badass Normal: He has no special powers and is basically just a generic carnivorous theropod, but he has faced off against the likes of King Kong and King Ghidorah.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: He has a pointed barb at the end of his tail, but it can be hard to notice and he's never shown to actually use it in combat.
- Combat Pragmatist: During the final battle in Destroy All Monsters, he was going to initiate his attack and confront King Ghidorah head-on as Anguirus tried to attempted but it proved to be difficult to approach him since his Gravity Beams are dangerous. Eventually, Godzilla keeps the alien hydra grounded with a blast of his Atomic Breath as he tangles with the left head while Anguirus was biting his right head. Gorosaurus sees the opportunity to run past and get behind King Ghidorah to unleash his Kangaroo Kick to have him fully dominated and mutilated by their combined might so that he'll never have the chance to get up again. It worked quite well for them.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He may not have defeated King Ghidorah alone but he did manage to briefly pin him to the ground with his jaws, only to get thwarted away by his Gravity Beams. He floors the dragon to the ground with his powerful Kangaroo King on his back where he's left open to Godzilla bringing his foot on one of his heads while Anguirus bites the other one to death.
- Dumb Dinos: In King Kong Escapes, he's shown to be a simple Prehistoric Monster. This later gets averted in Destroy All Monsters! where he displays cunning in the battle against King Ghidorah. Namely while Godzilla and Anguirus attack Ghidorah in front, Gorosaurus sneaks around behind him and then kangaroo-kicks him down allowing the other kaiju to finish him off.
- Everything's Better With Kangaroos: Kangaroo kicks, at least.
- Expy: He was created just to act as a substitute for the Meat-Eater dinosaur that fought King Kong in the original 1933 film.
- Jawbreaker: Courtesy of King Kong.
- Monumental Damage: In Destroy All Monsters.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Infamously and inexplicably shown tunnelling under the Arc de Triomphe in Destroy All Monsters. This is because it was originally going to be Maguma, then Baragon, before finally settling on Gorosaurus after the producers had trouble with Baragon's ears in the scene.
- One-Steve Limit: He was accidentally misnamed Baragon when he attacked Paris in Destroy All Monsters even though they look nothing alike. Justified for a reason, as the Baragon suit was going through modifications, was used for many monsters in Ultraman, and was still being repaired in the middle of filming.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale:
- Supposedly (according to Word of God), he's only 30 metres tall in Destroy All Monsters...even though he's taller than the 40 metre tall Anguirus, and is as tall as the 50-metre tall Godzilla. Either you follow Word of God and he's 30 metres (which would make Godzilla 30 metres, Anguirus 10 metres and King Ghidorah 40 metres) or you follow the movie's scale and he's 50 metres (which keeps everything at the same scale, even if it goes against Word of God).
- He's often stated in official sources to be 35 metres tall in King Kong Escapes, but he's shown to be about the same height as Kong, who's said to be 20 metres tall. For Gorosaurus to be 35 metres tall, Kong would need to be chest-height to him. A few sources do more correctly state him as 20 metres, putting him more in line with his height compared to Kong.
- Stock Sound Effect: His roar is sampled from a modified variation of Baragon's roar that originally belonged to Varan. Some of Ebirah's roar can be heard at the start of his screech.
- T. Rexpy: Created as an obvious homage to the tyrannosaur King Kong originally fought in King Kong (1933), similarly being a large theropod without any special abilities (with the exception of a fancy kick) who gets its jaw broken at the end. As stated above, he's said to be descended from Allosaurus however.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah, 1971
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Hedorah | Godzilla: Final Wars | Godzilla vs. Hedorah (2021)noteAKA: The Smog Monster
An alien creature that came to Earth to feed on mankind's pollution. Starting as tiny tadpole-like things living in the ocean, the "baby" Hedorah began to seek each other out and combine into an ever-larger form, becoming a giant quadruped mound of shambling muck and filth. In this form Hedorah left the water to feed on pollution straight from the source and soon encountered Godzilla. The two had a short and inconclusive confrontation, which would become a common occurrence as Hedorah continued to grow larger and stronger. The filthy beast then assumed a new form, a UFO/slug-like flying form that left acid mists in her wake, killing thousands and destroying anything it touched. She then faced Godzilla on Mount Fuji in a towering bipedal form, using her 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, her body dehydrated to powder. A variation on Hedorah, a mushroom creature called Neo Hedorah, would also appear on Godzilla Island.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Showa Hedorah was arguably one of the toughest foes Godzilla fought, taking out his hand and one of his eyes, and required the combined efforts of Godzilla and the JSDF to finally take down, while the anime Hedorah managed to kill both Rodan and Anguirus together before completely razing Beijing and Tianjin and disappearing. Meanwhile the Final Wars incarnation didn't even last thirty seconds in a two on one with Ebirah against Godzilla (although to be fair, Godzilla's Final Wars incarnation is arguably one of his strongest in any film).
- Adaptational Badass: Toho released a short film featuring the Final Wars Godzilla and Hedorah fighting properly, and unlike the movie Hedorah manages to put up an actual fight and even get the upperhand at points.
- Alien Invasion: It's an extraterrestrial that invaded Earth to feed on pollution.
- 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.
- All There in the Manual: According to the mobile game Godzilla Defence Force, the Showa Hedorah was female and the Millenium Hedorah was male (distinguished by the red tendrils on its left hand).
- Animal Motif: It's mentioned in the film that its metamorphic process is similar to that of a frog with the smallest and initial larger forms resembling tadpoles and the penultimate form being crouched down like a frog prior to its most powerful and humanoid form. Additionally, its eyes vaguely resemble toad eyes.
- Asteroids Monster: Played straight and reversed, actually. It starts out as trillions of pollution 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.
- Played with as it can still split into two halves that resemble its previous forms to avoid danger.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Well, not that bizarre. According to several sources, Showa Hedorah is female while the Final Wars incarnation is male, with its red markings being a form of sexual dimorphism.
- Bloody Murder: Hedorah's bodily fluids are just as corrosive as everything else it emits.
- Blob Monster: He's literally sludge so most attacks go right through him, although this attribute is inconsistent.
- 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, he didn't even get introduced before getting impaled by Ebirah and killed 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 she closes her eyes in bliss while nodding a little. Duuuuuuuude...
- Evil Laugh: The roar of Hedorah's Perfect Form sounds somewhat like an evil cackle, and it roars/laughs while covering Godzilla in sludge.
- Eye Scream: Hedorah gets on both the giving and recieving ends:
- On the giving end, Hedorah shoots a blob of sludge at Godzilla's face during their final clash in Godzilla Vs. Hedorah, which ends up melting one of his eyes.
- On the recieving end, after getting sent flying into a building, his partner, Ebirah, soon follows, and flies into Hedorah's face claw first, taking out his left eye.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: People being reduced to bones from Hedorah's sulfuric acid mist.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Godzilla's injuries at the hands of Hedorah.
- Flying Saucer: Gets around its slow speed by being able to transform into this, with lights and sparkles!
- Glowing Eyes of Doom/Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red and orange ones.
- Knight of Cerebus: Despite the movie attempting to draw in children Hedorah creates a huge dissonance as it is a very powerful and particularly gruesome monster, even by the series standards, and it nearly succeeds in killing Godzilla!
- Laser-Guided Karma: The projectile sludge of its own body that did little to no effect on Godzilla's body earlier was now able to burn away his eyeball, making him mostly blind with only one eye (not that it hindered him though). Right when Godzilla used his tail to move a boulder behind him, the sound actually distracted it, by then, Godzilla forcefully punches out one of its own eyes as a result. An eye for an eye it seems.
- Logical Weakness: As a Blob Monster made out of sludge, it will die when completely dried out, which is how it is eventually killed in the film. And in Godzilla At World's End, where it died after the rain stopped, allowing Godzilla to dry out its body with his radioactive ray and finally incinerate it. This also comes up in the Godzilla vs Hedorah short film Toho released, where Godzilla wins by knocking Hedorah into power lines, weakening it enough for Godzilla to kill it with his Atomic Breath.
- Meaningful Name: Ken calls the monster Hedorah because it lives in industrial sludge (hedoro) and polluted waters.
- Metamorphosis Monster: Goes through several stages as it rampages through Japan, including a flying form and a crawling form before settling on a bipedal form. It's even mentioned that this process is similar to that of frogs.
- Mighty Glacier: Its adult form is slow, but has some pretty dangerous attacks.
- My Brain Is Big: It appears that at certain times its brain will rise out of its head.
- Muck Monster: Hedorah is not an animal in the same way that the other Kaiju are. She's actually a living mineral.
- 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.
- No Pronunciation Guide: The characters in the Titan Productions dub (the 1972 U.S. theatrical release) insist on pronouncing Hedorah as Hee-drah.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: in his brief appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars, he does this a lot.
- Silicon-Based Life: Unlike most Kaiju that are either earth-bound or alien yet have similar enough physiology, Hedorah is explicitly made of minerals as its dried up remains crack into coal like dust. Justified as it's alien, even by Showa's standards.
- 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.
- Spring Jump: The other way it got around its Mighty Glacier statues.
- Stone Wall: Her greatest asset. Hedorah's gooey body is difficult to injure, both by way of a lack of any weak points, and by way of the corrosive fluids that coat at anything she touches.
- Stripped to the Bone: The end result of being covered in Hedorah's sludge. Even Godzilla gets it, albeit to a smaller degree, after gouging Hedorah's eye out; as a result of being covered in Hedorah's blood, Godzilla's hand is quickly reduced to bone.
- Toilet Humor: A kaiju version. Given that she's fed on mainly anything pollution related, which also involves sewage and fecal matter, fans like to yuck it up that she's jokingly seen as this. Doesn't help that her other method of attack is launching chunks of her flesh from an "opening" from the front of her body. Her trying to drown Godzilla in sludge from wherever she discharged it is a dead giveaway of taking a dump.
- Walking Wasteland: A walking mass of pollution and poison. Everywhere Hedorah goes becomes sludge-infested and toxic. Simply standing too close to it is enough to pretty much destroy human lungs.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon, 1973
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. MegalonAKA: Robotman, Superman, King Kong
A robot created by Dr. Goro Ibuki, the Seatopians stole Jet Jaguar to guide Megalon in the vengeance on the surface world. Once Ibuki regains control, Jet Jaguar is sent to recruit the help of Godzilla. Once he returned, he gains sentience of his own and somehow grows in size to fight Megalon. He was doing well until Gigan came along but was saved by the arrival of Godzilla. Together, they drove back both monsters and they parted on good terms. Originally going to get his own show, Jet Jaguar didn't get his debut and was tied in legal troubles with Tsubaraya. These troubles were eventually settled in time for the Godzilla video games, where he was much better received.
- Breath Weapon: In Godzilla: Trading Battle, he emits a blue cloud of some sort as a breath attack.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Ultraman.
- Crippling Overspecialization: In Gojiban, he was intended to be a diplomat and example of AI technology. He's not very good at fighting, as a result.
- Expy: He was based off of Ultraman and Spectreman.
- Flight: He can hit Mach 3.5 and hover.
- Glowing Eyes: JJ uses bright lights emitted from his eyes to track Megalon as it burrows underground.
- Grow Beyond Their Programming: Ibuki gave Jet Jaguar the ability to follow very complex orders, but never intended for him to suddenly become sapient. He especially didn't intend for him to somehow make himself grow to 50 meters tall.
- Hand Blast: In a couple of video games he can launch rays from his hands, in an attack known as the "Plasma Clap".
- Humongous Mecha: When he chooses to be.
- I Know Kung-Fu: In the video games, Jet Jaguar can pull off a lot of fighting moves he didn't in the film. These include roundhouse kicks, heel kicks and other such things.
- Mechanical Lifeforms:
- Although not designed as such, its programming evolved to the point where it could make decisions for itself. The suit actor was directed to move in a mechanical fashion in the beginning scenes, and in the later ones to act as though something human had entered Jaguar.
- In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, he's a refugee from an alien planet who was sent to Earth to save us from the aliens who destroyed his home.
- One-Shot Character: Has only appeared in one film, although his cult status has led to appearances in several video games and in the comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, and featured prominently in many episodes of Godzilla Island. He also ends up being a central character in Godzilla: Singular Point, with far more screen-time than even Godzilla!
- Sizeshifter: As per Ultraman. Since his inventor had no idea he could do that, it's unclear just how he pulls it off. Gojiban treats him like a balloon.
- Superhero Speciation: In Godzilla Island, it appears that numerous Jet Jaguars have been designed for different purposes. A silver one (possibly a battle model) gets destroyed early on, but one designed for medical and scientific work manages to become a recurring character, along with its female pilot.
- Took a Level in Badass: The video games and comics make Jet Jaguar into a far more formidable combatant.
- Ultraman Copy: One of the more notable examples, he was conceptualized to capitalize on the popularity of Ultraman. He has a similar colour scheme, pointy silver head, sizeshifter powers, and fights villainous kaiju just the same.
First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
Film Appearances: Son of Godzilla | All Monsters Attack | Godzilla vs. Gigannote | Godzilla: Final Wars | Godzilla: Planet of the MonstersAKA: Gimantis
Not one monster but a number of them, the Kamacuras, or "Gimantis", were a species of praying mantids on Sollgel island which had been radiated and subsequently grown to roughly the size of humans. After an intense storm laced with nuclear fallout lashed the island, they grew large enough to attempt to prey on Minilla. Two of them fell to Godzilla and the third became the meal of Kumonga. After their appearance in Son they were limited to basically cameo shots whenever the action drifted to Monster Island.
In Final Wars, they returned, gaining a camouflage ability and the skill to destroy a Gotengo-level craft. He fell easily to Godzilla.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: And you think he'd be more of a threat since he's a praying mantis... And it's also interesting that they were already human-sized before they were mutated.
- Chameleon Camouflage: In Final Wars, he's given this ability, not that it's any use against Godzilla.
- Giant Mook: Godzilla wipes the floor with them! No seriously he does!
- Kick the Dog: Forcing Minilla to hatch so they can try to feast on him before Godzilla destroys two of them.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This is how he is killed in Godzilla: Final Wars.
- Meaningful Name: Based on kamakiri, Japanese for "mantis".
- Red Shirt: Just Watch Son of Godzilla. Godzilla kills two of them. And the last one is eaten by Kumonga.
- Slaying Mantis: A giant mantis kaiju, although downplayed because it's introduced as fodder for stronger monsters like Godzilla and 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
Film Appearances: Space Amoeba | Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
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 made a cameo appearance in Tokyo S.O.S., washed up on a beach after having been killed by Godzilla.
- Death by Cameo: Godzilla slaughtered him off-screen, likely either for sport or the two having some territorial dispute over the ocean.
- Long Neck: Similar to an actual mata-mata, he conceals a long neck which he can shoot out for surprise attacks.
- Posthumous Character: His first appearance in the Godzilla franchise is as a washed up corpse.
- Meaningful Name: Based on kame, Japanese for "turtle", and "amoeba", referring to the alien that possesses him.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He only appears to prove that Godzilla can kill other giant monsters and make the humans even more frightened of Godzilla's strength.
- Slashed Throat: How Godzilla offed him.
- Spell My Name with an S: Kameba or Kamoebas?
- Take That!: Maybe, given that Godzilla's most well-known rival is a turtle as well...
- Touched by Vorlons: Mutated by the Yog.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, 1974
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla | Terror of Mechagodzillanote | Godzilla: Final WarsAKA: King Seeser, King Shisa
A strange monster that resembles a humanoid Shisa, or guardian dog-lion spirit, King Caesar is the protector of the Azumi Royal Family. A construct of stone over a mechanical endoskeleton, he is vital to a prophecy of a monster that would destroy the world. The invading Simeans believe this means MechaGodzilla, so they do anything in their power to prevent to its revival. But King Caesar is revived and squares off against MechaGodzilla. The battle doesn't go in his favor until Godzilla arrives. Together, they manage to destroy MechaGodzilla, and King Caesar returns to dormancy.
King Caesar is not 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed, as he's actually one of the many mind controlled monsters in Godzilla Final Wars, but when he first appears, he's seen attacking Okinawa before the Xiliens "saved" the residents by teleporting him away.
- Adaptational Wimp: Actually held his own rather well against Mechagodzilla; even though he was beaten he still managed to assist Godzilla in his bid to defeat their common enemy. In Godzilla Final Wars however he's not as resilient or tenacious; Godzilla, was far too much for him to handle and he was easily defeated alongside Rodan and Anguirus. The Final Wars version also lacked his notable energy reflection ability.
- Angry Guard Dog: He is part dog and his duty is to protect Okinawa.
- Arch-Enemy: The expanded material seems to have made Megalon into King Caesar's primary enemy. In the Rulers of Earth comic series he and Megalon fought a fierce battle in the ancient past that devastated Okinawa, and he also fought Megalon to defend Okinawa in the backstory to the anime trilogy.
- Asian Lion Dogs: He's based on the shisa, the Okinawan versions of these; his original name in Japanese is in fact "King Shisa". He's a stony, lion-like guardian entity who is awakened from his slumber by a Miko to protect the world from Mechagodzilla.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: King is in his name and in the Rulers of Earth comics it is implied that he has defeated multiple Kaiju as the protector of Okinawa
- Attack Reflector: One eye absorbs beams, the other shoots it back.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Slumbers while sealed within a cave, and can only be awakened to battle an oncoming threat by a descendant of the Azumi royal family, summoning him by singing a song.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He is one of the most physically tenacious of the Kaiju seen in Godzilla. He was faster than Mecha Godzilla and damaged his metal body with his physical attacks. He was also able to kick a full sized kaiju around like a soccerball.
- His tackles and punches did more visible damage to Mecha Godzilla than Godzilla's breath attack.
- More or less this trope in Godzilla: Unleashed where his combats skills are seemingly on par with Jet Jaguar and/or Kiryu's fighting prowess.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The evil twin women controlling Battra in Rulers of Earth found this out the hard way. After King Caesar notices them demand that Battra return and continue fighting as he retreats from his skirmish with Caesar, he immediately spins around and crushes the twins in his hand like ants.
- Breath Weapon: The only time he used this power was in Godzilla Island where he could launch an electrical blast from his mouth.
- Call-Back: Not seen since Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, at least until Final Wars.
- Expressive Ears: His ears instantly flare upwards like a dog when he approaches Mechagodzilla. He does it again briefly in Final Wars.
- Eye Beams: Can freely do this at will in Godzilla: Unleashed by storing solar energy and releasing it in the form of concentrated beams. That's right his own beams have The Power of the Sun.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Godzilla Final Wars he had an antagonistic role where has being mind controlled by the Xiliens. Completely justified mostly because the movie itself had no connection to the Showa era films.
- Fallen Hero: In Rulers of Earth, King Caesar goes from being a noble beast to being just as savage and unrelenting as Megalon upon seeing the people he was supposed to protect laying dead. He is back to normal and redeems himself in the present battling the alien Trilopods.
- Fighting Clown: Some people find his design goofy-looking but he is no wimp.
- Gentle Giant: He is a large powerful Kaiju but when his battle Megalon cause severe damage to his city and people he is devastated.
- Golem: His body is composed of rock and earth. An interesting cutaway image◊ also shows that King Caesar is actually a construct with an internal metal framework covered with stone.
- Informed Ability: Kuronuma, head of the aliens in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, states that they'll be in trouble if King Caesar brings other monsters to life. This is the only time he's stated to have this ability and it seems to have been completely forgotten about.
- Irony: Caesar was originally the ancient protector and savior of Okinawa in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. The location he's shown attacking in Godzilla Final Wars? Okinawa. Also doubles as a nice bit of Foreshadowing that he's being mind controlled by the Xiliens, as why else would he attack the place he's supposed to protect?
- King of Beasts: He's part lion. Specifically, he's based off the Shisa, lion/dog hybrids said to be able ward off evil and keep good spirits with just their maw.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is pretty dang fast and one of the more agile kaiju, hits hard enough to visibly damage Mechagodzilla's Space Titanium armor (something Godzilla couldn't manage), and can take one heck of a beating.
- Made of Iron: It took a HELL of a beating from Mech G., maybe even moreso than Godzilla did, but he kept getting up and fighting.
- Posthumous Character: In Rulers of Earth, it may seem this way. Averted as he along with other ancient kaiju like Gorosaurus, Kamoebas, Megaguirus, and Megalon are all alive and awaken in the present to battle the invading aliens and their Trilopod army.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A powerful and ancient kaiju who has a pair of glowing ruby encrusted eyes, which are basically his most greatest power by using them as organic reflectors that are capable of sending weapons against kaiju opponents who're unfortunate to have energy beam attacks.
- Shown Their Work: King Caesar's role in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is very similar to that of the Shisa in Okinawa folklore.
- Spell My Name with an S: King Seeser and King Shisa are two alternatives, though the latter makes more sense than the alternative and even his official name, since he is based on the Shisa temple guardian.
- Stock Sound Effects: His roars are actually borrowed from King Kong's.
- Sudden Anatomy: His eyes look more organic in Godzilla Final Wars rather than resembling jewels.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Performs an impressive cross-body block in Final Wars.
First appearance: Godzilla: Unleashed, 2008
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.
- Beard of Evil: He has a row of spikes underneath his chin that's seen as a crystalized version of a goatee.
- 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.
- Breath Weapon: A beam of crystal energy.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: His theme in the game is more-or-less just Battra's from the PlayStation 2 version of Godzilla: Unleashed as that version was released a month before the Wii version.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Crystal Overload attack has horrifically destructive power but unfortunately using it can drain a health cell or two if the player is reckless enough to do so.
- Combat Parkour: Performs a lot nifty and athletic flips for his most of kicks and fierce attacks.
- Evil Counterpart: He's sort of this to Anguirus in a way. Both have massive amounts of spikes on their back, spiked tails, and they even run on all fours. He's also sort of The Lancer to SpaceGodzilla, who's the leader of the Mutant faction, just like how Anguirus is Godzilla's right-hand man and is the leader of the Earth Defenders.
- Evil Laugh: His victory animation has him chuckling rather quietly.
- Force and Finesse: Compared to his volcanic brother Obsidius, Krystalak lands his stronger attacks by using his greater agility, speed, and swiftness while combining vicious ferocity that makes him look absolutely feral, whereas Obsidius bludgeons his enemies with more weight and power with sluggish haymakers and grappling like a brutish wrestler. While both kaiju have good attack power at the most, Krystalak is more of a Lightning Bruiser while Obsidius is a Mighty Glacier.
- Gem Tissue: Has crystals running down his back and even has a beard of them.
- Godhood Seeker: Krystalak seeks to bring all of the crystal energies together to make himself into the ultimate monster.
- Immune to Bullets: Krystalak is very resistant to most breath and energy attacks, forcing foes to fight him in melee.
- Lean and Mean: Has a lithe and skinny physique and is partnered with the Mutant faction.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast, agile, and pretty strong, but his ranged attacks are rather weak.
- Meaningful Name: His name is possibly based on the Czech word krystalizovat which means crystalize.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Even though he's merely a crystalline organism, his physical features however seem to be an odd blend somewhere between reptilian and mammalian. His extremely long claws and tail look closer to that of reptiles while his rush attack takes the form of a quadrupedal sprint similar to any big cat carnivorous predator chasing after prey and the crystals on his back can be either seen as his armored carapace or his "fur".
- One-Shot Character: Like Obsidius, Krystalak was created for Godzilla: Unleashed and hasn't appeared in anything else so far.
- Primal Stance: Seems to slouch down in a threatening position either while idle or in his fighting stance.
- 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.
- Purple Is Powerful: Crapload of purple pointy crystal spikes on his back, had some shades of purple on him, and is fast and surprisingly lethal for his frame.
- Running on All Fours: Breaks into this as a sprint whenever the player has him rushing.
- Slasher Smile: He does seem to sport a toothy and creepy looking grin. It's possibly that the idea of gaining power from the crystals is permanently stirring in his mind as he's on the hunt for them.
- 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!
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Aside from looking like a really badly designed attempt at a Spacegodzilla copy, Krystalak's playstyle is very agressive and quick with weak ranged abilities, sort of like a Zilla-expy. Makes more sense when you realize Zilla was intended to be in Krystalak's debut; but was Dummied Out due to his then-current unpopularity.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow slits for eyes almost as if he's squinting, which appropriately fits his power-hungry nature.
First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
Film Appearances: Son of Godzilla | Destroy All Monsters | All Monsters Attacknote | Godzilla vs. Gigannote | Godzilla: Final WarsAKA: Spiega
A giant spider native to Sollgel Island. It is implied the creature was this large even before the weather experiment. Awakened by a falling rock carelessly cast into its pit during a skirmish between Minilla and the last Kamacuras, Kumonga crawled out in pursuit of both the scientists and Godzilla's son, additionally killing the Kamacuras. Before the spider could poison his son, Godzilla arrived and a long battle ensued, with Minilla joining the fray after freeing himself. With their combined efforts, the two monsters set Kumonga aflame, presumably killing it. This was not the case, as Kumonga was present during the battle against King Ghidorah decades later.
In Godzilla: Final Wars, Kumonga was used as a another kaiju pawn by the Xilliens and was easily defeated by Godzilla in New Guinea.
- An Arm and a Leg: A semi-regular occurence. Unsurprising given that its legs are most of its body.
- Beam-O-War: Impressively managed to stalemate Godzilla's Atomic Breath in a beam clash with its webs. It also earns the distinct milestone of being the first monster to beam duel with Godzilla.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant freakish spider.
- The Bus Came Back: Disregarding Stock Footage, there was a gap of more than thirty-six years between Kumonga's appearance in Destroy All Monsters and its next appearance in Final Wars.
- Giant Spider: The largest example of all.
- HeelFace Turn: Fought Godzilla and Minilla in its premiere appearance, then fought alongside Earth's monsters against King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters!, before once again aligning against humanity in "Final Wars".
- Meaningful Name: Based on kumo, Japanese for "spider".
- Super Spit: Spits highly restrictive webbing from its mouth, similar to Mothra's silk.
- You Have to Burn the Web: Kumonga's webs are vulnerable to heat, as discovered by Saeko and Maki when they first encounter the creature. Godzilla, naturally, is able to exploit this with his atomic breath.
First appearance: Gorath, 1962
Film Appearances: Gorath
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.
- Adaptational Badass: In the novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, Maguma is the kaiju which completely destroyed North Korea and required a nuclear strike to finally bring down. Compare this to his appearance in Gorath, where he only managed to damage a single building before being killed.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The American dub of Gorath removes Maguma completely, thus eliminating his Big-Toothed Walrus Moment.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Just suddenly appears when humanity is setting up the rockets in Antarctica and dies soon afterwards. Apparently the reason for inclusion was Executive Meddling demanded a giant monster for the movie.
- Informed Species: Despite his walrus-like appearance and polar habitat, he's stated to be a reptile (possibly because he was initially meant to be a dinosaur).
- Misplaced Wildlife: A walrus in Antarctica?
- Non-Indicative Name: His name comes from the word "magma", but he has no lava-based abilities or relation to lava at all.
- One-Shot Character: Has never appeared outside of his short-lived introduction in Gorath (which he was even removed from in the American re-edit). He was initially planned to appear in Destroy All Monsters but scrapped for unknown reasons. However, Maguma has made minor appearances in a few video games and was mentioned in the novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: A giant walrus awakened when rockets were attached to the South Pole to steer the earth away from an oncoming rogue star. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Wily Walrus: A gigantic walrus-like monster who immediately goes on a rampage when he's awakened. That said, he's more of a nuisance than an actual threat and very weak for a kaiju.
First appearance: Atragon, 1963
Film Appearances: Atragon | Destroy All Monsters | All Monsters Attacknote | Terror of Mechagodzillanote | Godzilla: Final Wars
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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Manda is taken out by a human vessel. Granted, it was a Cool Ship and all...
- The Dragon: Figuratively and literally.
- Human Popsicle / Family-Unfriendly Death: In both Atragon and Godzilla: Final Wars he gets frozen by the Gotengo. Final Wars has him drilled into ice cubes.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: His main attack is to use his long body to constrict his opponent.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Manda is basically a gigantic oriental-style dragon.
- Sea Serpents: A sea dragon (whose name is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for "mammoth serpent") that protects the sunken kingdom of Mu. That said, he's not portrayed with any sort of dragon-like powers, because he was originally meant to be a giant sea snake.
- She's a Man in Japan: Manda is set to become a female character in Rulers of Earth.
- You Don't Look Like You: Manda's Destroy All Monsters incarnation lacks the horns, spikes, and hair of the other incarnations, looking less like a dragon and more like a snake with legs (which was actually the original idea before he became a dragon).
First appearance: King Kong Escapes, 1967
Film Appearances: King Kong Escapes
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.
- Contrived Coincidence: Unlike Mechagodzilla, no reason is given why he's made to look like a robot King Kong and it's mostly by chance he ends up fighting the real Kong.
- 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.
- Humongous Mecha meets Killer Gorilla: Simple as that.
- Improvised Weapon: He is one, as he was originally designed for mining in the Arctic. Even the bombs around his waist are meant for blowing apart the ice.
- In Name Only: Based on a character from The King Kong Show, but his physical appearance, abilities, plot relevance, origin story, circumstances where he fights Kong, and location are completely different.
- Mind-Control Device: Via a strobe on top of his head.
- 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.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, 2000note
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus | Godzilla: Final Warsnote
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.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: She looks like a cross between a dragonfly and a dragon.
- 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.
- Dreadful Dragonfly: A prehistoric dragonfly species specifically, and because of her absorbed Godzilla DNA, she's an almost literal dragon-fly.
- 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 and even pick him up despite being smaller than he is and painfully weak to fire.
- Hive Queen: Of the Meganulons.
- 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.
- Made of Explodium: Blows up toku-style when she dies.
- 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.
- Prehistoric Monster: Probably the only non-reptilian example, she and the Meganulon/Meganula are huge, vicious dragonflies from ancient times (clearly based on Meganeura) which have survived to the present day either in subterranean stasis (Rodan) or by a rip in spacetime (Godzilla vs. Megaguirus).
- Purple Is Powerful: The Hive Queen and strongest of the Meganula, and most of her carapace is a bright purple (with some yellow and red highlights).
- Razor Wings: Shows them off by cutting a building in two as she flies by.
- Single-Stroke Battle: All she did was lose a pincer, but the effect was the same.
- Slasher Smile: The Queen was rather expressive and got a few wicked grins before pulling a misdeed. My God.
- The Swarm: Her Rage ability in Godzilla: Save the Earth summons three swarms of Meganula who chase foes and, if they catch a foe, paralyzes them while draining a large amount of health and weapon energy to give to their queen.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from being Rodan-food to being a threat to Godzilla.
- Visual Pun: She's a dragon-fly!
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon, 1973
Film Appearances Godzilla vs. Megalon
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.
- Arch-Enemy: To King Caesar in the expanded material, having fought against him in the ancient past in the Rulers of Earth comic series and also in the backstroy to the anime trilogy.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's questionable whether he knows what he's doing is intentionally destructive. He's been called upon by the leader of Seatopia to kill everyone on the surface in which he does so with the JSDF while laying waste to a city. He even meets Gigan in a friendly and welcoming way and forms a bond with him while they pummel Jet Jaguar to submission.
- Bash Brothers: With Gigan, cooperating very well during their battle against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Like Gigan he's ridiculously jovial in a battle and seems to enjoy the challenge from his enemies, fighting is more like a game to him.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Meant to resemble a combination of a mole cricket and a rhinoceros beetle.
- Breath Weapon: He can release small round chunks of... whatever that he's firing out of his mouth that usually explodes into bursts of fire.
- Beware the Silly Ones: One look at this dude can make anyone wonder if he's actually meant to be a threat with his downright zany design and he seems to be an oddball who acts like an oversized bumbling and eccentric child, especially when he does bizarre gestures. Right when he's ordered to destroy everything by the Seatopian leader, he wasted no time destroying the JSDF, toppling locales and cities, and takes Jet Jaguar head-on without hesitation. As soon as he teams up with Gigan, he switches from being ridiculous to vicious when the 2 of them deviously wreck Jet Jaguar literally left and right with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. They actually came rather close to destroying him, notably when Megalon kicked him so hard sparks flew out. If Godzilla hadn't arrived in time to assist the beaten bot, Megalon could've actually beaten him with Gigan's help.
- Death by Adaptation: The last part of the extremely short four paged Godzilla vs. Megalon comic newsprint (which was basically the very first licensed Godzilla comic book in the US) shows Godzilla viciously sinking his teeth right into Megalon's nape as well as his skull. note The next panel then shows his body lying on the ground, which is seemingly stating that Godzilla has outright murdered him.
- Dumb Muscle: To the point that he needs a guide (Jet Jaguar) when he surfaces, and is confused and enraged when Jet Jaguar leaves his sight.
- Evil Counterpart: To King Caesar, being the guardian deity to the Seatopians similar to King Caesar being the guardian deity of Okinawa. The difference is that Megalon serves as an attack dog, effectively a sentient weapon for the Seatopians, whereas King Caesar lies sleeping in a cliffside and only awakens when Okinawa is in danger. This contrast is likely why the two are portrayed as each other's Arch-Enemy in the expanded material.
- Evil Laugh: He lets out some deep vile chortles when he pulls off something sadistic, such as when he blew Jet Jaguar right out of the sky with his napalm blast. Sometimes he clangs his drill arms together while laughing maniacally.
- Fireballs: Megalon fires them from his mouth-parts, and they're quite explosive.
- EMP: This is essentially what his Rage attack is in the Atari/Pipeworks fighting games. Megalon charges up in a badass pose, then gathers electricity around himself while magnetizing his entire body that draws in his opponents, and releases an enormous shockwave. note Even his get-up attack in Save the Earth makes him disperse a weaker version of the attack that sends monsters flying.
- Feed It with Fire: In the fighting games, Megalon is immune to electrical attacks and is healed by them.
- Flanderization: He's depicted as an alien in a lot of the spin-off material like the games despite the fact that he's an earth based monster who only teamed up with an alien monster once. The manual for Godzilla: Unleashed justifies it as the Seatopians lending Megalon to the Vortaak in support of their invasion.
- Forgot About His Powers: He's able to fire a lightning bolt from his horn that has demolished tanks and buildings, yet during his battles with Godzilla and Jet Jaguar for no unexplained reason, he's never had the idea to actually use it on either of them. His intellect is either just as bad or somewhat a little higher than Orga's.
- Four-Legged Insect: Tends to be the only insectoid kaiju in the series who is bipedal, and has forelimbs acting as his arms, unlike Mothra, Battra, and the MUTOs who have multiple limbs.
- God Is Inept: He's a god to the Seatopians, and he's one of the less intelligent Kaiju.
- Groin Attack: Gets blasted in the cojones by Godzilla's Atomic Breath making him appropriately scream in agony.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tried to spit his napalm at Godzilla while lying on the ground when it looked like he was down for the count. It just falls right back into his mouth while ash sizzles out. It didn't seem to harm him much, though.
- After Gigan fakes his injury and knocks Godzilla down, Megalon spits his bomb near Godzilla's head (which didn't even explode yet) Jet Jaguar repays his new ally in kind by grabbing it and chucks back at him, and then it detonates.
- Humiliation Conga: Near the end of the movie things took a disastrous turn for both Megalon and Gigan but the former gets his ass handed to him the worst way possible. He suffers an Atomic Ray to the groin, attempted to spit up his napalm bullet right at Godzilla only to have it fall right back into his gullet, Gigan abandons him after being defeated, ergo, leaving him completely defenseless. He painfully endures Godzilla's awesome tail-sliding dropkick twice, gets his tail grabbed by him, gets lifted into the air and being forcefully face-faulted up to 5 times in a row.
- Informed Ability: The star-shaped horn on his head actually works like a "radar" of sorts, but none of the characters not even the people of Seatopia as well as the leader bring it up at any moment in the film.
- I Shall Taunt You: After him and Gigan pulled off a surprise attack on the duo he lands several feet away from Godzilla and does mix between a taunt and a Bring It gesture. He even smacks his ass at the latter two that were imprisoned in his napalm fire.
- In a Single Bound: He seems fond of doing this rather often at certain times as it can be seen to be his preferred method of movement whenever he's on the ground by making continuous hops in strides.
- Jerkass: Fired his napalm blast at Jet Jaguar after realizing that the robot was outnumbered and tried to escape; the bug laughs when he hits the ground. He even beckoned Godzilla to engage in a one-on-one match, forcing Godzilla to charge at him. Megalon dickishly kicks him directly in the face for it.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: By taking notes from King Ghidorah and Gigan, the bug finally accepts his defeat after getting outrageously double-teamed by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, he escapes with his life and learns his lesson on not to pick a fight with a 50 meter mutant dinosaur.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Megalon and Gigan take the immense pleasure in beating the oil of Jet Jaguar and both kaiju are no doubt enjoying themselves as the battle becomes one-sided as it seems like nothing can stop them... That is until the King of the Monsters himself arrives to show the villainous duo what for, and thus the odds become highly evened as a two-against-two tag-team ensues. After a lengthy battle, Gigan, not taking any chances, leaves the scene as he outright ditches his partner to save his own skin. The tables are heavily turned on Megalon as he's the one who's forced to suffer a one-sided clobbering by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. Just like his ally, Megalon has decided that he's had enough punishment and leaves in one piece by going back to Seatopia.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can go one-on-one against Jet Jaguar and especially Godzilla, who's also a major physical powerhouse no doubt, shrugs off numerous poundings as he likes since he's too stubborn not to give up so easily since he'll resort to smashing his enemies once he's up and running, and if that's not enough, he's shown to be stupendously fleet-footed and limber for a 40,000 ton gigantic insect.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: He's purely an amalgamation of various species of insects. Special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano has stated that his head shape is derived from rhinoceros beetles, the coloration, translucent wings, and his body are based on cicadas, and his preferred method of mobility (which involves hopping) are from grasshoppers.
- Monster of the Week: He's only had one film appearance so far, but has appeared in many video games, comics, books, and the Godzilla Island television series.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Unintentionally murders the assassin associated with the Seatopians who was controlling Jet Jaguar for their purposes of overtaking the surface.
- Physical God: Serves as one for the people of Seatopia that worships him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: For all his destructiveness, Megalon tends to give off the vibe that he's a bratty child who treats everything like a game and doesn't really have any idea what he's doing. Without Jet Jaguar to guide him, all he can do is flail around and lash out in confused frustration.
- Quizzical Tilt: After Jet Jaguar suddenly grows to nearly his height the first thing he does is stare vacantly as if he's actually in disbelief... Until he gets sucker punched.
- Megalon does it again two times when Godzilla finally enters the fray.
- Ring of Fire: Creates a large pillar of flames surrounding Godzilla and Jet Jaguar with no means of escape but Jet Jaguar lets Godzilla hold onto him while he flies them out safely.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: For a monster having a deep guttural roar he squeals like a pig hilariously.
- Shock and Awe: Lightning bolts from his horn.
- In Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save the Earth respectively, one of his fierce moves involves coating his drills with some kind of electrical force that enhances the power of his strikes.
- Sky Surfing: In one scene, he briefly blazed through the air by moving in a surfer-like motion after making one leap... only to clumsily fall on his face.
- Super Toughness: Like most kaiju, this gigantic bug can withstand military weapons as he even took a couple of maser blasts to the eye without suffering any injury. His body is coated with a shell hardened like diamond as he can take wave after wave of physical punishment from Godzilla and Jet Jaguar and can continue to get back on his feet. He's even accidentally swallowed his own Geothermal Napalm, which practically harmed the inside of his mouth as smoke sizzled out of his mandibles.
- This Is a Drill: His arms end in half-drill bits that he can spin separately to attack opponents with, or put together into a complete drill to burrow through the ground.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: His Geothermal Napalm Bullets seem to function like organic grenades. While the projectiles tend to explode upon contact at his targets, one of them took at least a couple of seconds before it even exploded, such as when Jet Jaguar managed to grab and toss the explosive away from Godzilla and sent it right back at Megalon instead.
- Thunder Beetle: He is a rhinoceros beetle-like kaiju and one of his (many) attacks is the ability to shoot lightning-like energy bolts from his horn.
- Tough Beetles: He is a giant rhinoceros beetle-like kaiju who, besides being very strong and tough, can also fire lightning from his horn, spit napalm bombs from the mouth, and has got drills for hands.
- Tunnel King: Those drills do something useful!
- Unskilled, but Strong: Let's just say that strategy is something that he hardly ever does nor even bother to do as tenaciously strong as he is. The bug even has many powerful assets in his arsenal that can be potentially fatal to other kaiju opponents, two of which that are his massive drill appendages and his exploding napalms that can come in handy for surprise tactics and long-ranged attacks. He mainly just rushes forward rather aimlessly to get the jump on Jet Jaguar, and later Godzilla, and even if he can hold his own by overpowering them in physical power, they at the very least actually know how to fight and are more proficient in hand-to-hand combat (especially the latter). Justified since this was his first time interacting with kaiju in a battle.
- Even though he's not very intelligent (compared to the rest of the kaiju) he was surprisingly clever enough to create walls of fire to trap Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, especially when the former was too busy helping out the latter to recover.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: After trapping Godzilla and Jet Jaguar in the wall of flames, the humanoid robot uses his flight while Godzilla holds onto him and escape unscathed. Upon seeing this, Megalon becomes hilariously flabbergasted and even does an actual gesture of pure disbelief as a rebuttal.
First appearance: The Mysterians, 1957
Film Appearances: The Mysterians | Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla
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.
- Adaptational Badass: The Heisei version is much more powerful than the Showa one, having way more weapons and also taking a ton more to actually destroy. Also, the Manga version of the Heisei incarnation is shown to be powerful enough to easily curbstomp a rebuilt Mechagodzilla II.
- Adaptational Heroism: As much as a robot vehicle has any sort of morality. The Showa version was a war machine created by extraterrestrials as part of an Alien Invasion. The Heisei version is created by the United Nations to defend the human race and ends up fighting an extraterrestrial.
- Butt-Monkey: In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, getting continually knocked out of the fight before being obliterated by friendly fire.
- Call-Back: Not seen since The Mysterians until getting revamped for SpaceGodzilla. Oddly enough, Moguera appeared in the Nintendo game Monster of Monsters.
- Chest Blaster: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. had a large Maser cannon built into its stomach.
- Combining Mecha: Inverted. Can break off into top and bottom halves, forming a burrowing Drill Tank (top) and a flying machine (bottom).
- Drill Mole: The Humongous Mecha version
- Drill Tank: Land Moguera.
- Eye Beams: Shared by both versions.
- Fragile Speedster: In the fighting games its's one of the fastest monsters in speed, but pays for it with low defense.
- Fun with Acronyms: Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-type
- Glass Cannon: Not surprising, since MOGUERA was built to be a mobile artillery platform. Its weapon systems are comparable to those of Super-Mechagodzilla, but it threatened to go offline every other time Spacegodzilla landed a hit. Its final fate rubs salt in the wound, as the robot's entire body shatters into pieces after Godzilla's red spiral beam strikes the ground next to it.
- Glorious Mother Russia: In the Mark Cerasini Godzilla books, it was Russia that created Moguera.
- 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.
- Humongous Mecha: One of the earliest in film for this trope and Robeast, he debuted in 1957 (six years before the Tetsujin-28/Gigantor anime, and 15 before Mazinger Z). The later M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was a traditional piloted mecha.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
- Long-Range Fighter: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was constructed to bombard monsters with it's arsenal of laser weapons, it's only close range weapon being it's drill nose. This is even reflected with its design, having no functional hands for grasping and its feet having tank treads to skate around on the ground and keep distance.
- Meaningful Name: "Mogura" means mole in Japanese.
- 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).
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being much less popular than other mecha in the franchise, the second Moguera was able to hold its own in a three way battle between it, Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla; even managing to severely wound the latter.
- Pokémon Speak: In the fighting games, all in a glorious robot monotone!
- Spell My Name with an S: Used to be called Mogera. Toho later added the U.
- Tank Goodness: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. doesn't use its legs to move most of the time, but instead has giant tank treads on its feet. Its massive use of ranged weapons and Land Moguera's appearence ring true.
- This Is a Drill: Both incarnations have a drill on their nose and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. has a giant one that pops out of its chest when in Land Moguera form. The nose drill is actually powerful enough to drill through SpaceGodzilla hide and draw blood.
- Tunnel King: Thanks to the drill nose.
- Walking Armory: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. carries a slew of plasma laser weapons in its eyes, chest, and arms, as well as "spiral missile" launchers in each arm.
First appearance: Godzilla: Unleashed, 2008
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 SpaceGodzilla 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.
- Breath Weapon: A spray of lava.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His body is composed mainly of solid rock and cooled magma.
- Flat Character: He was brought to life from a crystal embedded in magma and is attracted to the other crystals. That's all there really is to him in regards to "personality" (if one could even call it that).
- Magma Man: His Breath Weapon, his design...he's got it all
- Mighty Glacier: He's one of the slower monsters, but he packs a wallop.
- One-Shot Character: Like Krystalak, was created for Godzilla: Unleashed and so far hasn't been in anything else.
- Playing with Fire: Due to being formed from the crust and magma of the Earth, he can spew molten lava and is immune to fire-based damage.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Plays very much like an ape-like character who's been involved with a Nintendo system before.
- Power Crystal: Obsidius was brought to life by the crystals that impacted Earth at the beginning of the game. Some punched through into the interior of the planet, fusing with magma and rock and creating Obsidius.
- Red Sky, Take Warning: Justified, as he emerges from an erupting volcano that formed in the middle of Seattle during sunset.
- Stock Sound Effects: Obsidius' vocal vocabulary consists of classic Hollywood monster and creature vocalizations (mainly made by Frank Welker), most of them originally from Sharptooth.
First appearance: King Kong vs. Godzilla, 1962
Film Appearances: King Kong vs. Godzilla | Frankenstein Conquers the World | War of the Gargantuas
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.
- Combat Tentacles: As a giant octopus, duh.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: His completely nonsensical, sudden appearance in the rather anti-climactic alternate ending of Frankenstein vs. Baragon.
- Giant Squid: Oodako is simply a gigantic red octopus.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Quite literally just "giant octopus".
- Sea Monster: Not much else to say.
- Slurpasaur: He was played by several live octopi placed on miniature sets in King Kong vs. Godzilla for a few scenes, with stop-motion and puppets were used in scenes where he was interacting with people and fighting Kong.
- Tentacled Terror: A giant Kaiju octopus.
First appearance: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, 1966
Film Appearances Ebirah, Horror of the Deep | All Monsters Attacknote
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.
- Dire Beast: A condor that has been mutated by toxic waste so that it is big enough to (briefly) tussle with Godzilla.
- Expy: As its debut movie was originally intended to be a King Kong film, the Condor was likely intended to be one of the pteranodon from the original 1933 film.
- Feathered Fiend: The only one in the Godzilla films. Ever.
- Fragile Speedster: Although very swift, it dies in a single shot from the atomic breath.
- Meaningful Name: "Giant condor".
- One-Shot Character: Never appears again (except for Stock Footage in All Monsters Attack).
- Stock Footage: The closest it ever gets for a reappearance.
First appearance: Godzilla 2000: Millennium, 1999
Film Appearances: Godzilla 2000 | Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
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 himself is unknown.
- 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.
- Almighty Idiot: The Millennians have successfully acquired the needed genetic structure from Godzilla's DNA and was able to gain a body to use. Godzilla's DNA was likely a blessing as well as a curse on the alien life form as soon as it mutated into Orga. The beast possesses a Healing Factor, high physical strength that's greater than Godzilla's, and a Shoulder Cannon to boot but the major problem is that Orga is... lacking in mobility, inexperienced in a battle, and doesn't even take full advantages of his newfound abilities. This is highly justified mostly because he was literally just created not too long after so the inexperience upon him is similar to an adopted pet being unfamiliar to new surroundings.
- The Assimilator: Basically the Millennians' plan in the film. Using someone else's physical forms can allow them to become solidified. It worked by sampling Godzilla's DNA, but the results weren't... pretty. Even after becoming Orga, he still went out of his way to want more of Godzilla by biting and absorbing him to become a superior clone. By the time he unhinged his jaw to fully devour the King of the Monsters it seemed to be all going according to plan. Until Godzilla started to glow...
- Big Eater: He tried to eat Godzilla! Doesn't get much bigger then that. In Rulers of Earth he tries to devour Godzilla, Moguera, and its own ally, Gigan, in turn.
- The Brute: To the Cryorg in the Rulers of Earth.
- Close-Range Combatant: Despite having an energy blast from his shoulder, Orga instead relies on up-close brute force attacks.
- Dumb Muscle: Not a particularly bright monster in the films, the games, or the comics.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the US version of Godzilla 2000.
- Final Boss: Of Godzilla: Save the Earth's Easy and Medium modes.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The Millennians spent the entire movie trying to get Godzilla's DNA to gain his regenerative abilities and restore their bodies. Instead of doing that, it mutated them into Orga.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tends to tank a lot of damage thanks to his healing factor.
- Guttural Growler: How his roar sounds in the American version of Godzilla 2000 as his vocalizations sound definitely low, deeper, and imposing that accurately fits his frighteningly massive figure, whereas in the Japanese version, his "roars" sounded more screechier and high-pitched.
- His roars sounded even more croaky and vicious in the Atari fighting games.
- 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.
- Hydra Problem: Every single attack that Godzilla does to him whether it's claw slashes, bites, tail bashing, and even blasts of his Atomic Ray will only be quickly nullified because of his advanced Healing Factor. The only proper to kill Orga outright was to destroy him from the inside out which is exactly what Godzilla planned when he purposely went inside of his mouth to use his Nuclear Pulse to finish him off for good.
- In a Single Bound: He may looked grounded due to his size, and Giant Hands of Doom but he can somehow leap somewhere between 100 to 300 meters. Even Godzilla looked up in confusion by his sudden agility.
- LEGO Genetics: Orga can absorb DNA through biting or consuming other beings, and seeks to assimilate Godzilla's. After absorbing Godzilla's DNA, he immediately begins morphing into a Godzilla-like beast.
- Living Ship: The Millennians' UFO is a Sapient Ship controlled by the collective consciousness of the alien Millennians, and in Rulers of Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed it transforms into Orga after copying Godzilla's DNA.
- Man Bites Man: Clenched his jaws into Godzilla's arm, which briefly caused him to squeal in momentary pain. Biting is also how he's able to collect genetic properties by extracting his victim's DNA. The longer he bites, the more DNA he absorbs. He was only able to bite long enough to temporarily change most of the skin on his hulking back from gray to green scales.
- Mighty Glacier: Lumbering, lethargic, and he doesn't take any effort to make himself move any faster than molasses. Encountering him in range can be really situational however, and he literally packs a punch, such as when he actually baited Godzilla by lowering himself to the ground and throwing an uppercut to his jaw so hard that it made Godzilla stagger from the blow.
- Nested Mouths: He can unhinge the entirety of his mouth to reveal a fleshy net-like casing as he tried to swallow Godzilla whole to gain more of his DNA and transform into a stronger Godzilla-clone. It almost worked.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He's still able to telepathically use what's left of the Millennian UFO and cleverly made it a battering ram into Godzilla. When he saw Godzilla preparing to use his Atomic Ray, Orga had the smartest idea to use the damaged UFO as a shield to block it, and given the Big G's animosity towards the space craft he obliterates it in one blast, thus forcing Orga to become rather desperate when Godzilla started to approach him for another fight.
- No Name Given: Significantly downplayed in the Japanese version of the film as his name is actually derived from the word, Organizer G-1, as that was also the name of Godzilla's substance in his regenerative cells. In the American version, his name was never even said out loud by any of the human characters.
- Not Quite Dead: One powerful blast of Godzilla's Atomic Ray was enough to make Orga erupt in nothing but massive flames, making the fight coming to a sudden conclusion as the King of the Monsters stares and snarls at the fire, thinking that his opponent has been killed... Orga lives through it all.
- 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.
- Out of the Inferno: Slowly emerges from the explosion set off by Godzilla's beam, with most of his charred flesh sizzling and dangling off of him while continuously regenerating the burn wounds thereafter.
- Running on All Fours: His giant hands allow him to knuckle walk.
- 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.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Lets out an high-pitched shriek when Godzilla clamped his jaws on his forearm until he elbowed him off.
- 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 few 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!
- Villain of the Week: Only appeared in one movie, although he's certainly popular in the games. Although he did make a small cameo in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters attacking Turkey in the prologue.
- Vocal Dissonance: In the Japanese version his... "roar" doesn't quite match despite his hulking look. Lampshaded in the DVD Commentary. His roar was modified in the US version with an appropriate bellow.
- Wrestler in All of Us: While he does quite a few grapples in the movie, in the games it's taken up a notch...
- Your Head Asplode: Him trying to swallow Godzilla results in him getting his head blasted off.
First appearance: Rodan, 1956
Film Appearances: Rodan | Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster | Invasion of Astro-Monster | Destroy All Monsters | Godzilla vs. Gigannote | Godzilla vs. Megalonnote | Terror of Mechagodzillanote | Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II | Godzilla: Final Wars | Godzilla: Planet of the Monstersnote | Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) | Godzilla vs. Kongnote
Played By: Haruo Nakajima (1955), Masaki Shinohara (1964-1965), Teruoshi Nigaki (1968), Naoko Kamio (2004)AKA: Radon (Japanese name — used in some foreign dubs)
A giant pterosaur (with some bird-like traits) who is first shown as Godzilla's enemy before becoming one of his allies.
The Showa Rodan's story begins on Kyushu island when a pair of Rodan are spotted amidst some mysterious deaths, including those of village miners and an airbase pilot. The Rodan couple share a nest in the island's Mount Aso volcano. A snapped photograph of the male Rodan's wing is used to identify him as a Pteranodon (or Rodan, for short). The military theorize that the Rodans were hatched due to nuclear radiation. After terrorizing Kyushu island, the two Rodans return to their volcanic nest, where a military trap causes the volcano to erupt, sending the female Rodan into the lava. The male Rodan drops into the lava shortly after as a result of the scalding heat.
Sometime afterwards, the male Rodan emerges from the volcano, then tracks down and engages in a ferocious battle with Godzilla. The heroic Mothra tries to convince the two beasts to help her defeat the space terror King Ghidorah (thereby saving humanity), but the two beasts feel that humanity hurt them too much to deserve saving. Rodan and Godzilla continued their duel as Mothra defeatedly crawled off to try and face Ghidorah alone. Rodan and Godzilla stop fighting upon witnessing Mothra's courage and selflessness. Together, the three monsters fight King Ghidorah and drive him back into space.
Rodan would later (along with Godzilla) be kidnapped by the Xiliens in a failed bid to use him, Godzilla, and Ghidorah to conquer Earth. In 1999, Rodan is controlled by the Killaks and sent to destroy Moscow. After being freed, the pterosaur joins other Earth monsters in killing King Ghidorah once and for all. Rodan peacefully lives out the rest of his years with his fellow monsters on Monsterland.
The Heisei Rodan is mutated by nuclear waste, and drawn to the egg of Baby Godzilla. Godzilla battles Rodan over the egg and soundly defeats him. Rodan is later revitalized by further radiation (gaining a beam weapon in the process) and intercepts a carrier before being severely injured by Mechagodzilla and Garuda. The pterosaur attempts to intervene while Godzilla and his robotic opponent are in battle; however, Super Mechagodzilla fires upon Rodan, fatally wounding the giant pterosaur. Landing on Godzilla's fallen body, Rodan's energy dissipates as his body disappeared, his life energy and radiation gifting Godzilla with the Spiral Ray, enabling the King of the Monsters to destroy his mechanical nemesis.
The Millenium Rodan is controlled by the Xiliens, 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. Under the Xiliens' orders, Rodan teams up with King Ceasar and Anguirus to fight Godzilla at Mount Fuji. Despite their best efforts, Rodan and his two companions are knocked unconscious by Godzilla in a dazed heap, one laying on top of the other.
- Adaptational Badass: In Godzilla Ongoing when he slams into Gigan. The Monsterverse version of him is also a lot more deadly and destructive than previous Rodans, to the point he's all too willing to confront King Ghidorah himself all by his own.
- Adaptational Wimp: Showa Rodan was a very unrelenting force of nature with devastating powers. He was also utterly immune to Godzilla's atomic breath. Starting with the Heisei series, however, the poor guy got smaller in size and became something of a punching bag for other kaiju. And while he does put up a relatively decent fight with the Big G, he nonetheless ends up beaten by the atomic dinosaur in a few minutes and is left lying unconscious on his home island. While Godzilla's radiation ultimately powered him up as "Fire Rodan", he's mortally wounded and killed by Super Mechagodzilla in a few seconds, but, on the other hand, Fire Rodan's demise allows him to power up Godzilla with the Spiral Ray which allows the Big G to finish his mechanical double with no effort. The Millenium Rodan seems to possess no powers beyond his supersonic flight and brute strength, and Godzilla dispatches him in a matter of seconds like many other kaiju in Final Wars. His Monsterverse version goes back to being a frightful and capable opponent.
- All Flyers Are Birds: He's officially identified as a Pteranodon but makes bird-like roars and has a face similar to the head of a bird of prey. Heisei Rodan's nurturing behavior towards Baby Godzilla's egg also feels bird-like, as actual pterosaurs would likely abandon eggs like lizards do.
- Alien Blood: In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II the color of his blood was more a dark olive-green.
- Art Evolution: In his debut film, he had a small head, pitch black eyes, enormous wings and a broader beak with more teeth. Subsequent Showa designs were mostly the same, but had notable alterations such as large, expressive eyes, with the 1968 suit in particular having a longer, droopy beak. In the Heisei series, he had a longer beak, a more ferocious look on his eyes and wings that were more bat-like , not to mention him now was portrayed entirely by puppets rather than by suitmation. In the Millenium series, he went back to looking more like his Showa design being portrayed by a suit, but had noticeable fingers, a longer neck as well as longer arms and legs, giving him distinctly more human-like proportions. His Monsterverse design takes heavy cues from his debut appearance, and also has rough skin reminiscent of dried lava.
- Big Brother Instinct: The Heisei Rodan accepted Baby Godzilla as his foster brother and became extremely protective of him.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Godzilla "explains" his reason to Mothra why he won't take action to save humanity: it's because of how he's so hated and disrespected by mankind. Rodan actually agrees with his rival's logic and pretty much had the same thought, being reluctant to help them out as well. Mothra argues that not all humans are bad, and that King Ghidorah is left unopposed, he won't stop until everyone on Earth (kaiju included) are dead. Rodan and Godzilla eventually decide to put their differences aside when Mothra is attacked by Ghidorah.
- Blood from the Mouth: Goes through his painful experience twice in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The first time it happen is when Godzilla aggressively grasps his windpipe so hard, blood started to drip on his chest. The second time, which is arguably even more gruesome is when Mechagodzilla finishes him with a point-blank blast of his Plasma Grenade. The poor pteranodon is seen with a partially ripped open chest that has blood oozing out of it, as he's brutally gargling to near-death on his own blood with a nasty plethora of bloody foam bubbling out of his beak.
- Blow You Away: His trademark power 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 own breath weapon, no less!
- Butt-Monkey: As the movies went by Rodan started to become this as explained above in Adaptational Wimp, suffering defeat after defeat without receiving as many moments of glory as he did before. Even in the Showa series his last appearance involved him being a victim of an earthquake, with a rock whacking him on the face and sending him into a hole.
- The Cameo: His skeletal remains can be seen in the prologue of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. The novelization reveals he and Anguirus attacked Beijing in tandem before being killed by the Chinese bioweapon Hedorah.
- Crisis Crossover: He made his way to the main franchise in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, linking not just the Mothra and Godzilla mythos but the Rodan one as well, all to defeat the first version of King Ghidorah.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Mechagodzilla surely had him on a silver platter with its superior onslaught of weapons so powerful that Rodan could hardly even withstand against. Although before going down for the count, he used a strong Beak Attack to peck and damage one of its eyes, which made the machine lose the power to fire its Eye Beams.
- Died Happily Ever After: The first two Rodans, who perished together... at least until the male Rodan was revealed to have survived in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Godzilla: Final Wars, though he was under mind control.
- Feel No Pain: The 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:
- In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, he's hostile toward Godzilla at first and indifferent toward the Mothra larva, but upon seeing how much of a bastard Ghidorah is, he ultimately decides to put his hatred behind and join forces with the other two Earthly monsters. In Mechagodzilla II, he finally decides Godzilla is better fit to be a parent for Baby Godzilla than him and when Super Mechagodzilla fatally blasts him, he makes the dying effort to lay atop Godzilla so he may absorb his energy, revive and obtain the Spiral Ray, enabling Godzilla to destroy Super Mechagodzilla.
- It actually tends to happen a lot. Rodan is tied with Anguirus for being Godzilla's most consistent ally. He's also arguably Godzilla's strongest ally as well, considering how well the pair work together. However, unlike Anguirus, who is a genuine friend toward the Big G, Rodan seems to be more of a lone wolf and his friendship with Goji usually comes out of convenience.
- Genius Bruiser: He's no slouch as a combatant as he's greatly shown to take on the likes of Godzilla himself and seemed to be evenly matched with him in power in Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, and he's surprisingly strategic in battle. One example is when he lured King Ghidorah away from Godzilla and flies away from a vast distance enough for him to rapidly turn a 180 and forcefully rammed into him which made both of them plummet to the ground. Another instance is when he "told" Mothra to crawl onto his back and steadily flied in a stationary position where it's far easier for her to spray her silk on King Ghidorah while Godzilla grabs ahold of his tails from behind. This is how King Ghidorah loses the fight as the three kaiju basically used all of their combined additional strengths to overpower the hydra and retreats back into space.
- Giant Flyer: He certainly is, due to being a giant mutant pterosaur. He can attain supersonic speeds and create devastating winds by flapping his wings. Due to his predatory nature, one scene in Destroy All Monsters has him swooping down on the sea to catch a dolphin for food.
- HeelFace Turn: In Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster, he goes from antagonizing mankind to working with the Big G to take Ghidorah down.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, he ultimately realizes Godzilla would be a better parent to Baby Godzilla than him and sacrifices his energy (and life) to the Big G, enabling him to obtain his Spiral Ray and save the day.
- Informed Species: He looks less like a Pteranodon and more like a featherless bird of prey with membranous wings and scaly skin. Granted, his Heisei version is more pterosaur-like, but he still has a toothy beak and, more jarringly, obvious bat-based wings.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Mothra attempts to interrupt the fight between him and Godzilla, but both are too busy on seeing who beats who so she sprays Godzilla with silk. Rodan takes the opportunity to laugh at his humiliation. While in the middle of giggling, he too gets sprayed and ends up being the victim of getting laughed at by Godzilla.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's fast enough to cause sonic booms as an offensive weapon, but also strong enough to carry Godzilla.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": A giant Pteranodon named Radon (in Japan) before being respelled into Rodan in other languages.
- Meaningful Name: His original Japanese name (Radon) is taken from Pterandon.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, he mutates into Fire Rodan after his battle with Godzilla, gaining his own uranium heat ray and more strength and toughness.
- No Body Left Behind: This happens to him while surging the last of his life energy into Godzilla's paralyzed body after taking one mere blast from Super Mechagodzilla's Mega Buster that fatally injured him. After he finishes his Bequeathed Power, his entire body fades away and vaporizes into nothing.
- No-Sell: In Godzilla: Unleashed, Fire Rodan is completely immune to heat- and fire-based attacks and hazards, taking no damage from the lava in Seattle and the breath weapons of Obsidius, Megalon and Godzilla 2000 (the fireballs specifically for the latter two).
- Showa Rodan was unharmed by Godzilla's atomic breath and Ghidorah's gravity beams. He even perceives both as mere annoyances.
- Power-Up Letdown: When he gains his uranium heat ray, it comes at perhaps the worst possible time, against a mech that can absorb and fire rays back at their user.
- Power Trio: With Godzilla and Mothra in the Showa Era.
- Ptero Soarer: Rodan is basically a textbook example on how pterosaurs were portrayed throught the 20th century, resembling more a plucked chicken with bat wings. For comparison, this is an accurate Pteranodon reconstruction◊. Granted, the Showa and Millenium versions of him have more membrane-like wings, whereas his Heisei incarnation has more blatant bat-like wings. His Heisei version also has a longer beak more similar to those of real Pteranodon. He still has teeth, however. In the case of the Monsterverse Rodan, all this inaccuracies can be justified by the fact he no longer is a pterosaur, but rather an ancient lifeform that happens to look like a pterosaur. His appearance in Singular Point is much closer to the real deal, though, even walking quadrupedally and bearing some small hair, but his toothiness still remains.
- Signature Roar: A ululating cackle which would be reused countless times for other kaiju.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He, along with Anguirus and King Caesar, are spared after their battle with Godzilla in Final Wars, as a nod towards them being former allies of his.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Inverted — After beginning with a starring role, he was forever after reduced to playing second banana to Godzilla.
- Token Evil Teammate: Expanded universe material in which the kaiju are heroic beings portrays him as far less concerned with human life and being more of a loose cannon. The Monsterverse version of him focuses on this trait, as he's a rogue destroyer who causes mayhem as he pleases and will only align himself with the strongest kaiju there is, even if that happens to be King Ghidorah himself.
- Took a Level in Badass: It's a really weird case. Rodan was already a rather impressive-looking monster but his various other appearances up the ante some. However, a lot of the time he tends to just be easily-disposed cannon fodder, whether to Godzilla or other monsters, while in the Showa era not only is he a decent match against Godzilla, he actually hands King Ghidorah his ass a few times when he and Godzilla team up.
- Toothy Bird: He always has a beakful of teeth, despite being billed as a Pteranodon (whose name actually means "Wing Without Teeth"). Averted in Godzilland, where he's toothless like a real Pteranodon.
- Unexplained Recovery: In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, it's revealed that the male Rodan somehow survived his supposed immolation at the end of Rodan when he bursts out of Mt. Aso.
Sanda (Brown Gargantua)
First appearance: War of the Gargantuas, 1966
Film Appearances: War of the Gargantuas
A Gargantua created from Frankentein's genetic samples, Sanda was raised by human scientists, particularly the motherly Akemi Togawa, giving him a possitive perception of humans and making him grow into a compassionate being. When he sees his "brother" Gaira getting heavily injured by the Japanese military, he promptly rescues him, peacefully drives the army away and takes Gaira to a place where he can recover. The moment he sees Gaira eating humans however, Sanda flies into a rage and attacks his brother. When Gaira makes his way to Tokyo in order to feast on yet more people, Sanda has no choice but to confront his brother and put an end to his threat.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Go Godman and Go Greenman, he's now an antagonistic force that must be stopped by the heroes.
- Adaptation Species Change: In Go! Greenman, he's a mutated Minion of Maoh.
- Ascended Extra: See below.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to Gaira's Cain.
- Canon Immigrant: He gets to encounter the Big G in Rulers of Earth alongside Gaira.
- Cloning Blues: Inverted, he's a lot like his "dad", friendly to humans and bringer of pain to those who would harm them
- Gentle Giant: Found by the military and raised among humans for a few years. Ultimately got bored and returned to living in the wild, but he kept his love of people.
- Genius Bruiser: While both Gargantuas are implied to be near or at human intelligence, Sanda more often shows this than Gaira. During their battle with Godzilla in Rulers of Earth, Gaira attacks through biting and scratching, while Sanda fights through punching and grappling, and eventually drives the Big G away by smelling a gas truck, realizing what's inside and slamming the vehicle in Godzilla's face.
- Healing Factor: Inherited from his "father".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he discovers his brother Gaira enjoys eating people, Sanda chases him from the mountains to Tokyo and out to sea, attacking him every chance he gets.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Becomes a Godzilla foe in Rulers of Earth.
First appearance: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, 1994
Film Appearances: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
A mutated clone of Godzilla who comes to Earth to fight the original, SpaceGodzilla is a vicious minded entity whose control over crystalline energies makes him a threat to everyone around him.
- Achilles' Heel: SpaceGodzilla's shoulder crystals. They're not strong enough to withstand M.O.G.U.E.R.A's spiral grenade missiles and when M.O.G.U.E.R.A blasts them, SpaceGodzilla's power becomes drastically weakened. His fat frame and stubby arms don't help him in a fight.
- Acrofatic: Double subverted. While his ground speed is what you'd expect for his size, he moves/flies much faster in the air thanks to his anti-gravity powers.
- Alien Invasion: A one monster variant.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Godzilla's cruelest and most openly malicious opponent in the Heisei continuity. What do you expect from this universe's aliens?
- Ambiguously Human: If the first theory of his birth of how he's partially created from the remains of Biollante is any indication, it takes it to a rather disturbing thought that he has some aspects of human genes that originally belonged to Erika whose spirit was within a rosebush that was injected with G-Cells.
- 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 is created when Godzilla's cells are pulled into a black hole and fused with a crystalline entity.
- Attack Reflector: Capable of spawning a crystallized shield deflecting Godzilla's Atomic Ray right at him. Strangely he doesn't redirect Moguera's weaponry.
- Batman Gambit: Him attacking Little Godzilla is actually part of his plan to draw Godzilla out, believe it or not.
- Big Bad: Of both his own film, and 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.
- Bitch Slap: During his second encounter with Godzilla, at one point he pulled off one physical attack that actually damaged him, which was basically an energy enhanced bop to his shoulder whilst zapping him. It's strangely humorous since his arms in comparison, are much shorter than Godzilla's.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: His crystal tip tail lets him stab things.
- Crippling Overspecialization: As much as a major opponent he is to both Godzilla and Moguera, his most devastating weapons are primarily long-ranged as he's practically efficient to use his powers to keep both of them at bay since he's overly reliant on his crystals that energizes his strength to great capacity. That said, fighting enemies up close enemies isn't his specialty, such as when Moguera's nose started drilling into his flesh to draw blood, and even Godzilla was able to briefly overpower him in combat by landing a couple of physical blowsnote and was able to bite into him long enough for the G-Force soldiers to launch the Spiral Grenade missiles fired from Moguera to outright blow up one of his shoulder crystals.
- Co-Dragons: In Godzilla: Ongoing he, Hedorah, Gigan, and Kaiser Ghidorah are this to the Cryorg, who remain offscreen.
- Continuity Nod: The time travel plot of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah didn't really affect Biollante's existence at all. Because of that, she's one of the two logical possibilities of how SpaceGodzilla came to be.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: This is the theme of this behemoth.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: How his gruesome demise occurs after succumbing to the sheer might of Godzilla's all-powerful Spiral Ray.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Instead of being incinerated by Godzilla's Burn Spiral Heat Ray in the film, Godzilla ends him by using one of his own crystals as a stabbing weapon to impale his clone in the manga adaptation.
- 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.
- Energy Ring Attack: Within his flying form, he's able to blast ring-shaped attacks with electromagnetic properties called the Photon Hurricane, which has the power to dismantle electronic equipments that made Moguera unable to function and fight back in the battle of the asteroid belt. He doesn't use this attack on Godzilla for whatever reason.
- Evil Is Bigger: At one-hundred and twenty metres tall, he is twenty metres taller than the Heisei Era Godzilla. His flying form is also said to weigh 720,000 tonnes, making him the most massive kaiju in the series by far.
- 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.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a Godzilla from space.
- 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 the Showa King Ghidorah.
- Fat Bastard: While it's probably not actually fatty tissue, he is nonetheless outlandishly chunky (even compared to the other infamously bulky suits of the Heisei era), to the point where it actively impedes his movement. Combined with being one of the most unambiguously evil kaiju of the Heisei eras, this trope is definitely in effect.
- Final Boss: Of Godzilla: Save The Earth's Hard Mode and Godzilla: Unleashed's Story Mode.
- Flying Brick: A flying Godzilla clone.
- For the Evulz: Seems to be his motivation.
- Gem Tissue: Has a pair of giant crystals on his shoulders and depending on the design his back too.
- Genius Bruiser: Clearly possesses at least some degree of human intelligence, and is self-motivated, making it one of the smartest Kaiju in the franchise.
- Glass Cannon: In the games, its combat stats are sub-par but it has some pretty nasty ranged attacks.
- Gravity Master: A pro at this. He's used his gravity manipulation on Godzilla to hurl him into a building. (Even though that hardly even hurt him at all.)
- Healing Factor: Mougera's drill nose was able to shred into his flesh and drew blood from him. In the next shot, his wound is gone. Given that he's inherited Godzilla's regenerative healing power and cloned from his G-Cells, it makes sense that he has this power. Although it's questionable if he can regenerate the crystals on his shoulders...
- Horns of Villainy: Probably one of the few villainous kaiju to sport a crowned appendage on his forehead.
- Kick the Dog: After defeating Godzilla he goes out of his way to use his telekinesis to levitate Godzilla Jr. opening a crystal prison and places him in there that closes around him out of spite.
- Knight of Cerebus: In his first film, which wasn't all that light-hearted to begin with, he kidnaps Little Godzilla and imprisons him.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big, fast, hard to injure, and strong on offense. Until his crystals are busted, then he's a lot weaker.
- Logical Weakness: Since his energy is heavily drawn from the many crystals he creates, destroying the larger crystals on his shoulders takes a disastrous toll on him. Without the use of those blown up shoulder crystals, SpaceGodzilla's power, durability, and energy gets severely reduced. Even his Corona Beam hardly even affected Godzilla in his weakened state when he desperately attempted to hold him off as best as he can.
- Long-Range Fighter: Fairs better at this, since he tends to stay evidently stationary by firing his Corona Beam countless times at Godzilla and Moguera. Fighting up close is a huge struggle for him since Godzilla had the advantage in hand-to-hand seeing as how he's managed to bite him to keep him still, therefore giving the pilots of Moguera the opportunity to blow off his shoulder crystals.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: 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 Biollante 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.
- Macross Missile Massacre: A crystal version.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a jaw full of numerous and serrated looking teeth. If that's not enough, he also has 4 tusks that are located from the outer layer of his maw.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The origin of the Godzilla cells that created him are stated to have either come from Mothra's wings when she travelled into space in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth or when Biollante's spores floated in space in Godzilla vs. Biollante. He has the same tusk structure as Biollante and the core of his crystals resembles her belly, which suggests the latter might be the correct one.
- Off with His Head!: Beheaded by Godzilla in Half Century War.
- Power Crystal: The large crystals on his shoulders generate much of his power, and by seeding an area with crystal spires he can increase his own power greatly.
- Purple Is Powerful: Bluish indigo in color and one of the most challenging monsters Godzilla has ever encountered.
- 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.
- Shock and Awe: Possesses a few electrical attacks of his own as one of which is his preferred standard Breath Weapon the Corona Beam. He's also briefly fired electrical blasts from his shoulder crystals at Godzilla at one point.
- Shoulders of Doom: Giant spiked crystals protruding out of his shoulders which can allow him to distort gravity on a whim and draw power from the crystals he creates.
- Squishy Wizard: In the movie SpaceGodzilla isn't strong enough to withstand M.O.G.U.E.R.A's missiles and nose drill, and when his crystals are gone he's stuck trying to punch with his stubby limbs. But when he's at full power with his crystals intact, his power is incredible.
- Super Strength: It may not look like it regardless of the short stature of his arms but he's actually even physically stronger than Godzilla. The latter was able hoist up Heisei MechaGodzilla who weighed around 150,000 tons. Moguera (a rebuilt version of MechaGodzilla) was even heavier weighing up to 160,000 tons. The crystal beast impales the mech while he lifted and chucked it into several buildings with just his tail alone!
- Stock Sound Effect: His screech is actually Gigan's roar slowed down.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Space G's appearance is mostly similar to his "brother" but with a lengthened snout and is colored midnight blue/purple. He also possesses tusks sprouting from his jaw, a well-known physical trait that Biollante had as well, which overall makes him sort of a mixture of the former kaiju.
- Tail Slap: His long tail lets him grab and throw things, something his short arms can't help with him.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Rulers of Earth he gets copied by a Trilopod and both he and Godzilla are defeated and trapped inside a crystal prison by it. Though both he and Godzilla are utterly loathe to even think so, SpaceGodzilla realizes that they have to work together if they want to escape. They do so and defeat the SpaceGodzilla Trilopod immediately after, but after Godzilla collapses from exhaustion SpaceGodzilla nearly takes advantage of it to kill his nemesis until the arrival of the Trilopod hive forces him to retreat back into space.
- 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 in one possible origin, he is the result of G-cells fusing with alien crystal life forms you realize that this was what it probably looked like before G-cells fused with it. Assuming the Trendmasters origin is true, this means you are seeing the alien itself when Spacegodzilla transforms into his flying form. ...Maybe.
- 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: Kure Kure Takora, 1973 — 1974
Takora is a greedy anthropomorphic octopus kaiju.
- Butt-Monkey: He often becomes this due to his greed and selfishness.
- Canon Foreigner: Although, Takora never actually appears in any of the Godzilla movies, Crossover merchandise of him can be found at the official Godzilla Store and the Godziban social media page had Godzilla-kun dress as him for Halloween.
- Funny Octopus
- Greed: His defining character trait.
- Interspecies Romance: His love interest is a walrus named Monro
- Our Monsters Are Different: Compared to any other Toho kaiju.
- Terrestrial Sea Life: An octopus who is never seen anywhere near the ocean.
- They Killed Kenny Again: He suffers a Karmic Death at the end of some episodes.
First appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla, 1975
Film Appearances: Terror of Mechagodzilla | Godzilla: Final Warsnote
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.
- Adaptational Badass: For his film appearance, being exposed to supersonic waves can horribly affect and disorient the sea beast, which causes him to start reeling haphazardly. Godzilla Unleashed has him firing his own supersonic beams as his actual Breath Weapon, and is able to interact in a Beam-O-War against any kaiju who has beam weapons.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Godzilla: Unleashed he's on the Mutants' side whose only purpose was to seek out the various crystals and become empowered by them to wipe out everything in existence, though the manual does state he's not specifically evil, more or less seeking power to preserve himself and his lifecycle.
- 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.
- Badass Normal: Aside from his tail making hurricanes he was a rather good brawler who's beaten Godzilla himself to a stand still. (Under mind control)
- Blow You Away: His tail (which may be meant to be used like a fluke underwater) can be used like a fan, easily taking Godzilla off his feet.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's normally a peaceful dinosaur that sleeps on the ocean floor, but he's mind-controlled in Terror of Mechagodzilla to become a brutal monster made to attack Godzilla.
- Combat Parkour: Can pull off a very impressive frontward flip for his Scissor Kick in Godzilla Unleashed.
- Dub Name Change: Titanosaurus is called "Titano Kong" in the Italian dub.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's actually taller and heavier than Godzilla (by ten meters and 10,000 tons), although he's not actually evil, but forced to fight and destroy via mind control.
- Gentle Giant: When free of mind control, he quickly drops whatever destruction he was in the middle of and flees.
- Giant Equals Invincible: Played with. He is pretty much immune to bullets and mortars, but he is still vulnerable to sonic waves and Godzilla's atomic ray, after receiving multiple hits from it.
- Glass Cannon: At first when he attacked a city, he's highly impervious to shrug off military bombardment as well as being able to lay a smackdown onto Godzilla by staggering him with his powerful punches and kicks, showing that he's a great physical threat. However supersonic waves does grievous harm and Godzilla's Atomic Breath can do a number on him, especially when one blast punctured his chest as it made a tiny hole with smoke sizzling out.
- In a Single Bound: Made an impressive leap reaching to sky level to let a fighter jet hit his face.
- 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)
- Man Bites Man: Gnaws right into Godzilla's upper lip, along with the roof of his mouth, and effortlessly flings his 20,000 ton body right into the air using just his mouth.
- Mega Maelstrom: How he makes himself known to the world (as well as making his debut in the movie) when he uses his fan-like tail fin underwater to create a whirlpool, sinking a submarine operated by an expedition team who were trying to locate the remains of Mechagodzilla.
- One-Shot Character: Downplayed; while he's only appeared in one film, because of his strong fanbase he has made numerous appearances in video games and comics.
- Revisiting the Roots: After making odd sci-fi monsters like Gigan and Megalon, it was a step back to the old-days with Titanosaurus, a giant dinosaur with natural powers.
- Sea Monster: A giant surviving dinosaur that took to life in the oceans.
- Shoot the Dog: On his own, he's harmless. But under alien control, he wreaks all kinds of havoc. Also on the receiving end, since Godzilla blasts him off a cliff into the ocean even after he's freed of the aliens' control and no longer a threat.
- Super Strength: Evidently, Titanosaurus is incredibly strong; strong enough to lift the equal-sized Godzilla by the upper jaw with his head alone. He could also send Godzilla sailing nearly to the horizon with a single kick.
- Tragic Monster: Constantly being used and forced to do things beyond his control, he is finally free at the end, only to face the wrath of a tired and bitter Godzilla, who didn't know about the mind control. Katsura can also count, to an extent.
- Uncertain Doom: After taking one final blast from Godzilla's Atomic Breath, he plummets over a cliffside and falls directly into the sea. Given that he's an aquatic monster, there's a possibility that he could've swam off somewhere deeper into the waves being undetected by Godzilla as soon as he sets foot in the ocean.
- Villain Team-Up: With Showa Mechagodzilla (although mind control was involved so the partnership wasn't exactly willing).
- Weaksauce Weakness: Averted. Titanosaurus is susceptible to sonic waves and they had to build a special weapon just to take him down. Without it the final battle may have gone very differently.
- Whateversaurus: He's some kind of aquatic dinosaur sort of resembling a spinosaur (but, weirdly, with a pair of antennae). He coincidentally has the same name as a real (and dubious) dinosaur genus, but bears no similarities.
- Your Size May Vary: In one brief shot, Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus randomly look like they are the size of mountains, nearly filling up the sky, instead of about 50 and 60 meters tall respectively.
First appearance: Varan, the Unbelievable, 1958
Film Appearances: Varan, the Unbelievable | Destroy All Monsters | Godzilla: Final Warsnote
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 until 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.
- Adaptational Wimp: In Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, he can't fly or swim, due largely to the fact that the monster fights take place in a featureless void.
- Ascended Extra: He appears in IDW's Rulers of Earth.
- 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.
- He also shows up in Godzilla Monster of Monsters for the NES/Famicom.
- Demoted to Extra: After starring in his own film, he had a few, extremely brief, appearances in Destroy All Monsters equalling about ten seconds total, and has not appeared in a movie since.note
- Feed It a Bomb: How he was defeated in his debut film.
- Fragile Speedster: In Godzilla: Unleashed. He's fast and agile, but his defenses are only mediocre. He must rely on his combo capability and speed to win.
- Giant Flyer: Actually a giant glider due to the design of its wings being similar to flying squirrels and lizards (which glide despite the name).
- Land, Sea, Sky: Varan is described as a "triphibian", capable of flying (or more specifically, gliding), walking, and swimming.
- 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.
- You Don't Look Like You: In Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, he's bright purple.
First appearance: Zone Fighter, 1973
Zone Fighter is an alien from the planet Peaceland who came to Earth along with his family after their homeworld was destroyed by the evil Garoga aliens, leaving them as the sole survivors. On Earth, the Zone family take on the secret identity of the Sakimori family, with Zone Fighter himself being the family's oldest child Hikaru. But with the Garoga having set their sights on Earth, the Zone family take the duty of thwarting their invasion plans. While their parents Yoichiro and Tsukiko and grandfather Raita provide support and monitoring, Hikaru, along with his sister Hotaru (Zone Angel) and his little brother Akira (Zone Junior), battle the Garoga in the field, assuming their superhero forms by chanting "Zone Fight Power". But when the Garoga unleash one of their Terror Beast kaiju, Zone Fighter himself shouts "Zone Double Fight" to increase his size to match those of the monsters and take them down.
- 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.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Fought King Ghidorah in space and can even fly around without gravity affecting his mobility. Justified since he's an alien himself.
- Calling Your Attacks: Has a tendency to yell out many of his attacks in almost every episode whenever he's battling a Terror Beast. It's basically the go-to approach of Tokusatsu after all.
- Eye Scream: In one episode he karate chops a monster so hard his eyes pop out and then Zone Fighter rips them out!
- Glass Cannon: Zone Fighter can dish out a lot of damage but he has a hard time taking it, needing help from Godzilla on at least five separate occasions.
- In a Single Bound: Even in kaiju size he can jump to impressive heights at 37 times his height, with almost gymnastic finesse. He even made Godzilla applaud him after sticking a landing during a sparring match.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can run and fly around at zooming speeds, and is able to overpower and kill almost any Terror Beast that comes in his way. He's called the Human Meteor for a reason.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Meteor Punch technique allows him to punch at machine gun speeds.
- Super Strength: In one episode, he was shown to move a hillside without straining himself, and once held an incoming stomp of a Terror Beast when he was in his human form.
- Super Speed: It's stated that in the Zone Fighter Pictorial Book, his running speed is around 1,000 kilometers an hour.
- Ultraman Copy: While he's got more grey and little red, much like Jet Jaguar, Zone was basically an attempt to cash in on the Ultraman craze.
First appearance: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla King Of The Monsters #3, 1995
An alien bat Kaiju that came to Earth and battled both Godzilla and Cybersaur, successfully destroying the latter. After losing its fight against Godzilla, it was revealed that Bagorah was in fact being hunted by an alien race of big game hunters called the Dianii, and now these aliens have set their sights on Godzilla.
- Bat Out of Hell: It's hairless, fleshy and red, with a dewlap and bird like talons.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Appears suddenly without any buildup just as Godzilla is being defeated by Cybersaur, destroying the mecha in a quick battle and keeping the momentum of the story going as Godzilla's next opponent.
- Expy: He's a bright red winged kaiju with a plated chest that fights Godzilla and a mechanical version of Godzilla at the same time. In other words, he's Fire Rodan as an alien bat.
- Fragile Speedster: It's much faster than and has the advantage of flight over Godzilla, but it has no attacks that can do much damage to him, and is killed in a single blast of atomic breath.
- Giant Flyer: A giant alien bat kaiju with wings that let it fly through space.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Like many bat monsters, it can attack with sonic screams.
- Make Way for the New Villains: On both ends of this; it destroys Cybersaur and establishes itself as Godzilla's new enemy, but after Godzilla defeats it the rest of the arc is dedicated to a fight between Godzilla and the aliens that were hunting Bagorah.
- Super Hearing: As a bat creature, this is unsurprising, but Bagorah could hear Godzilla's roar in the vacuum of space.
- The Worf Effect: It managed to defeat Cybersaur, the mecha that had defeated and nearly killed Godzilla in the previous issue, setting itself up as a tougher opponent. Ironically, Godzilla has a much easier time fighting it than Cybersaur.
- First appearance: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla, King Of The Monsters #1, 1995
- Humongous Mecha: Humongous Dinosaur Mecha.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets destroyed in battle against Bagorah, and subsequently replaced with the new Mecha All-Terraintula.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Dark Horse couldn't get the rights to Mechagodzilla, so they created their own Mecha-Kaiju for Godzilla to fight. He is almost exactly like Heisei Mechagodzilla in everything except colour and name, being created by the U.N. and even fighting Godzilla and a red flying kaiju at the same time.
First appearance: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla: Color Special, 1992
An oni who terrorized the Japanese island of Kiryoku-shima in the 12th century before being petrified by a monk who sacrificed himself so that his soul could battle the oni's in a duel.
Centuries later, Godzilla attacked Kiryoku-shima and Gekido-Jin was unleashed by the self-sacrifice of a villager named Kogenta. Initially outmatched, Gekido-Jin was eventually able to stalemate Godzilla and drive him off the island, whereupon he was returned to being a statue and sank to the bottom of the ocean.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He reforms his body from the rock and soil of Kiryoku-shima, and his body turns to stone when it's destroyed.
- Drop the Hammer: While he wears a katana and wakizashi, Gekido-Jin's weapon of choice is a massive warhammer.
- Expy: Of Daimajin, being a giant living statue in the shape of a green-skinned oni samurai, whose wrath can only be sated by a willing sacrifice.
- Home Field Advantage: He's able to endlessly reform his body every time he's destroyed and even grow stronger each he's reformed, but only on his island of origin.
- Living Statue: Gekido-Jin's body is formed from the earth and stone of Kiryoku-shima, and crumbles to rubble whenever he is destroyed. He is also introduced as a petrified statue and returns to that state when his mission is finished.
- Resurrective Immortality: So long as Gekido-Jin is in contact with the island of Kiryoku-shima, he will resurrect when killed and grow in size.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: Gekido-Jin's soul is trapped in a battle against the spirit of a monk who sacrificed himself to stop the oni's rampage, and Kogenta takes the monk's place after Godzilla is driven off the island.
- Sizeshifter: Every time he resurrects he increases in size and power. He was initially less-than knee-high to Godzilla, but eventually grows to match the mutant dinosaur in height.
- Summon Bigger Fish: When Godzilla attacks Kiryoku-shima, the local villagers unleash Gekido-Jin to drive him off. However, the oni samurai initially proves to be no match for the mutant dinosaur despite growing larger each time he reforms.
- Taken for Granite: He was turned to stone by the Buddhist monk sacrificing himself. After driving Godzilla from the island and being destroyed a final time, he is returned to being a statue and sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
- Yōkai: Gekido-Jin is a green-skinned oni wearing a full suit of samurai armor.
First appearance: Godzilla, 1998 (as Godzilla)
Film Appearances: Godzilla (1998)
See Godzilla (1998) for his character sheet.
First appearance: Godzilla: The Series, 1998
See Godzilla: The Series for his character sheet.
First appearance: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla King Of The Monsters 1987 Special
The Locust King and one of four Disaster Beasts prophesied to usher the Age of Monsters. He hatches from a giant egg and travels to Japan after being attracted there by a mysterious slab that was unearthed at a construction site and soon engages with both Soran and Godzilla.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant locust.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A giant locust monster... whose name is just the Japanese word for locust (イナゴ, "inago").
- Expy: A male, locust version of Mothra, complete with a tribe that worships him and hatching from a giant egg. Concept art◊ shows he was originally intended to be Mothra.
- Mêlée à Trois: Battles against Godzilla and Soran over the Slab.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Once the Slab was dropped into the ocean, Inagos disengages being the only monster unable to swim.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's awakened by the lifting of an ancient slab in Tokyo, but the slab is dropped into the sea before he's able to get close to it, with no indication what happened to him.
First appearance: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla King Of The Monsters 1987 Special
A Snapping turtle Kaiju, created for a one shot comic by Dark Horse Comics. He was drawn towards Japan by a radioactive slab discovered in Tokyo.
- Expy: Of Anguirus, with concept art◊ indicating he was initially planned as Anguirus (heavily redesigned into a turtle-like creature instead of an ankylosaur) but turned into a thinly veiled copy. In name and design he closely resembles Kamoebas, however.note
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's awakened by the lifting of an ancient slab in Tokyo, but the slab is dropped into the sea before he's able to get close to it, with no indication what happened to him. He's seen in an Imagine Spot much later in the series, but it still doesn't answer where he went.
First appearance: King Kong vs. Godzilla, 1962note
Film Appearances:note King Kong vs. Godzilla | King Kong Escapes | Kong: Skull Island | Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)note | Godzilla vs. Kong
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.
For the other iterations of the character, see here.
- Adaptational Badass: The original Kong died to biplanes after a short fight. This one is big enough that biplanes would be little more than an annoyance to him, can fight and defeat Godzilla on his own, and has lightning powers on top of that.
- Composite Character: As his film was originally supposed to have Frankenstein's Monster, he gains buffs from electricity (which, one would assume, would've buffed the former back in his version).
- Darkest Africa: Averted. The King actually hails from the Pacific islands.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: He wins against his final battle with Godzilla.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: In the climactic duel, Godzilla is clobbering Kong until the ape is struck by lightning, which revives him and grants him electric powers on top of that, allowing him to face Godzilla equally now.
- Expy Coexistence: Downplayed. Godzilla was explicitly greatly inspired by the original King Kong (a giant prehistoric beast travels to a major city, where it wrecks havoc amidst themes about humanity's hubris), and in King Kong vs. Godzilla the two actually crossover and fight!
- Intercontinuity Crossover: King Kong throws it down with Godzilla.
- It Can Think: Established as being extremely intelligent for a kaiju, Kong realized in their first encounter that he couldn't take Godzilla in a head-on fight since he couldn't No-Sell the big guy's Breath Weapon or do damage to him with thrown boulders. So in their second encounter, he utilizes every advantage he can come up with to even the odds: he uses the momentum of sliding downhill to just plow into Godzilla and send him rolling down a mountain, then hides and tries to pin Godzilla from behind to keep him from using his blasts or his superior size and strength. Doesn't work, but credit for trying.
- Killer Gorilla: Is supposed to be a giant gorilla, though he more closely resembles an orangutan.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: He's made much larger than he ever was before and given electrical abilities in order for him to be a match for Godzilla (who in turn was made more vulnerable to electricity than before).
- 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.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In both the original King Kong and its sequel, both giant apes perished at the end of each film. In the Toho King Kong duology, Kong survives in both films and gets to return home.
- 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.
- Wolverine Publicity: Similar to Frankenstein's monster, he's sometimes the focus of renames for movies he doesn't actually appear in. For example, Destroy All Monsters became The Heirs of King Kong and Terror of Mechagodzilla became Destroy Kong! The Earth is in Danger! in Italy, while Godzilla vs. Megalon became King Kong: Demons from Outer Space and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla became King Kong vs. Godzilla in Germany,
- World's Best Warrior: You know how Godzilla is referred to as the King of the Monsters, and the "most powerful weapon on Earth." That said, canonically, Kong beat Godzilla.
- Your Size May Vary: The original King Kong was roughly 25 feet tall, whereas the Toho one was resized to roughly 147 feet (or 45 metres) to make a better opponent for the 50 meter tall Godzilla. In King Kong Escapes he was downsized somewhat to 20 metres now that he didn't need to keep scale with Godzilla.
First appearance: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla King Of The Monsters 1987 Special
A Thunderbird Kaiju created for a one shot from Dark Horse Comics. He fights against Godzilla and Inagos over a Slab that has attracted the monsters to it.
- Expy: Of Rodan. It's possible that, like Inagos and Kamerus, he was originally intended to be the Toho kaiju but acquiring the license for the character was too difficult so they substituted an original kaiju.
- Giant Flyer: Goes without saying, being a bird Kaiju.
- Mêlée à Trois: Fights Godzilla and Inagos over the Slab.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's awakened by the lifting of an ancient slab in Tokyo, but the slab is dropped into the sea and he's last seen diving after it, never to return. He's seen in an Imagine Spot much later in the series, but it still doesn't answer where he went.
First appearance: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, 2014
An arthropodal alien kaiju used by the Cryogs in Rulers of the Earth.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Their arms are scythe like blades.
- Cannibalism Superpower: By sucking the blood of other kaiju and fusing together, the Trilopods can take on their abilities and parts of their appearance.
- Canon Foreigner: The only kaiju in the various IDW Godzilla comic series to not originate from the films.
- Dragon Their Feet: Magita is essentially the ultimate war-beast of the Cryog emperor and Big Bad, Karkaro, who ends up dying before Magita, making the Trilopod king the Final Boss for Rulers of Earth. Probably for the best, considering the Cryog are roughly human-sized and wouldn't really be able to "fight" Godzilla.
- Fusion Dance: Once a Beta Trilopod acquires another kaiju's genetic material, it'll clamber onto and fuse with an Alpha Trilopod to become a transformed Trilopod with the abilities and partial appearance of the kaiju it took the DNA of.
- Insectoid Aliens: They resemble Anomalocaris, mixed with generic arthropod features, and are named after trilobites.
- King Mook: Magita, the King of the Trilopods, really just resembles a gigantic version of the Beta Trilopod.
- Large and in Charge: Magita, the king of the Trilopods. while the other Trilopods are in the size range of the other kaiju, Magita is one of the largest monsters that has ever appeared in the entire franchise, utterly dwarfing all the other kaiju present, with Word of God stating that it is nearly half a kilometre in height.
- Made of Plasticine: Unlike most kaiju, they aren't very durable (despite their evident exoskeletons), and in basically all of their appearances, they end up getting torn into chunky pieces.
- Power Copying: Sucking the blood of other kaiju not only allows the Trilopods to use their powers, but their physical appearance also changes to look just like the ones they absorbed their powers from.
- Xenomorph Xerox: Colonial insectoid aliens emerging from egg-like pods able to take on the appearance of their hosts and with a gigantic "queen" and used as a weapon of conquest by another alien race. Word of God confirmed they were partly based on the xenomorphs, with their differing Beta and Alpha forms based on the facehugger and drone forms specifically.
First appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars, 2004 note
Film Appearances: Godzilla: Final Wars
Zilla is a mutant reptile superficially resembling Godzilla, possessing superior speed and agility but lacking in durability compared to other kaiju.
In 2004, director Ryuhei Kitamura and producer Shogo Tomiyama wanted to pit the 1998 American Godzilla against the Japanese Godzilla to establish which was superior. Since Toho had to share film rights with TriStar but owned Patrick Tatopoulos's creature design,note they created their own version, dubbed "Zilla". Zilla appeared as a mutant monster of the alien invaders in Final Wars, rampaging through Sydney before being effortlessly killed by Godzilla.
Zilla — specified as being based on the Final Wars incarnation but having the appearance of the 1998 Godzilla — appeared in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, one of the IDW Godzilla comics, and fights Godzilla in Honolulu. This time, though, Zilla not only lasts more than a few seconds, but manages to get a few good blows in and survives the fight by getting the hell out of dodge when Godzilla is distracted. He makes a brief reappearance swimming off the coast of Monster Island, and returns for the final battle to help fight against the Trilopods, holding his own against them. Zilla also cameoed in Godzilla: Oblivion as one of the invading kaiju.
The Final Wars incarnation of Zilla appears in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection, which was released on April 21, 2015. Zilla also appears in the 2017 novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, a prequel to Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, where it surfaces in France and is quickly slain by the military — who mistake it for Godzilla. Zilla's offspring overrun the city of Rouen, but are eventually exterminated.
For the pre-2004 versions of this character, see here and here.
- Adaptational Badass: In the Godzilla comic Rulers of Earth, Zilla fights Godzilla and survives, albeit only by turning tail when the going gets too rough. And then there's the fact that he survived an encounter with Destoroyah. He's also the only monster aside from Gigan to not be captured by the alien invaders and copied by a Trilopod, and in fact rips several of them apart by himself.
- Alternate Self: Zilla is one to the 1998 American Godzilla, with them sharing the same creature design but being legally distinct characters.
- Big Damn Heroes: In IDW's Rulers of Earth series, twice, in the same issue, and the same circumstances: rescuing a fellow monster from the alien Trilopods. The first was Jet Jaguar, the second was Godzilla himself.
- Black Sheep: At the end of Rulers of Earth, Zilla is seen off the coast of Monster Island, apparently afraid that they will be rejected by the other monsters if they come ashore. Lucy hopes that the other monsters will accept them in the near future. Making Zilla The Unfavorite and Ensemble Dark Horse both in-universe and out-of-universe.
- Brains Versus Brawn: Much like the 1998 American Godzilla he's based on, their speciality is speed and intelligence as opposed to sheer strength and power, making them more of a survivor than a fighter. This is best demostrated in his fight against Godzilla in Rulers of Earth.
- Breath Weapon: An interview from 2004 attributed to Ryūhei Kitamura attributed a blast of flames preceding Zilla walking around a corner to an "acidic flame breath", though the interview is now long-lost and this ability hasn't popped up in other appearances.
- Butt-Monkey: Got beaten even faster than most of the other monsters in Final Wars, as a reference to the fandom's general repudiation of the 1998 American Godzilla.
- In Rulers of Earth, it's seen off the coast of Monster Island, with Chavez noting that Zilla almost seems afraid that the other monsters will reject it if it comes ashore, and Lucy expressing hope that in the near future it will come to be accepted — meta-commentary on the fandom's slowly-changing opinions towards the character.
- Due to the aforementioned poor reception of the 1998 American Godzilla, it's not uncommon for fans to treat them as such in their animations, webcomics and fan art. Often by having them be bullied by other versions of Godzilla.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: In Rulers of Earth, Zilla's eyes are shown in a tidal wave just before he makes landfall.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: In Rulers Of Earth while still woefully outclassed by Godzillas might, it puts up a much better fight than it did in Final Wars and actually manages to land several good hits on Godzilla.
- Decomposite Character: Patrick Tatopoulos's creature design was first created for and used in the 1998 American adaptation of Godzilla, but was poorly received by fans. Toho poked fun at this in GMK, where it's mentioned that a reptilian monster attacked New York in 1998 and was mistaken for Godzilla by the Americans. In 2004's Final Wars, Toho wanted to have the American Godzilla fight the Japanese Godzilla to prove which one was superior, and learned that while they have to share the 1998 film's rights with Tristar they have sole ownership of Tatopoulos's creature design, which they subsequently used under the name "Zilla" — which was killed in under 13 seconds by the Japanese Godzilla. While many fans took this to mean that the version of the creature in the 1998 movie was renamed "Zilla" as well, according to Matt Frank and Keith Aiken, while Toho considers the 1998 Godzilla and Zilla from Final Wars to be different incarnations of the same character, they are legally obligated to refer to the 1998 and cartoon versions as "Godzilla" while all post-2004 incarnations of the creature are to be called "Zilla".
- Dynamic Entry: In Rulers of Earth, he makes a dynamic return by rescuing Jet Jaguar just as it is about to be defeated.
- Explosive Breeder:
- In Godzilla: Oblivion, a panel shows Zilla crouched amidst the ruins of a city surrounded by hundreds of eggs.
- The chapter featuring Zilla in Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse was a nod to the 1998 GODZILLA movie's worst-case scenario, where the military defeated the original monster only to learn it had laid hundreds of eggs, which hatched and proceeded to wreak havoc in France.
- Fragile Speedster: One of the most agile of all movie kaijus, but squishy enough to be one-shot by Godzilla's atomic breath in a fight that only lasted 13 seconds.note
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In Rulers of Earth, Zilla quickly realizes it's outmatched against Godzilla and returns to the ocean the moment Godzilla is distracted.
- Meaningful Rename: The character was trademarked as "Zilla" beginning with Final Wars because Ryuhei Kitamura and Shogo Tomiyama believed the American Godzilla didn't deserve to have the "God" prefix, though Toho still has to call the 1998 and cartoon versions "Godzilla" for legal reasons.
- Mondegreen Gag: In Rulers of Earth it's named "Zilla" after Steven Woods misinterprets a static-garbled radio transmission warning him that Godzilla had been sighted.
- Monster Is a Mommy: In Godzilla: Oblivion and Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, Zilla lays hundreds of eggs in reference to the worst-case scenario from the 1998 Godzilla movie. In the latter, these eggs hatch and the ensuing offspring wreak havoc across France.
- Mythology Gag:
- Zilla's official trademark logo is derived from official concept art for the 1998 GODZILLA movie.
- Zilla's post-Final Wars appearances are rife with references to the 1998 GODZILLA movie.
- In Rulers of Earth, Zilla makes landfall by causing a swell in the water, attacks a person filming it with a video camera, and escapes danger by burrowing under the ground — references to the 1998 GODZILLA movie. Zilla is also sent flying into a building by Godzilla and immediately blasted by Atomic Breath, a nod to their battle in Godzilla: Final Wars.
- In Godzilla: Oblivion and Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, Zilla lays massive clutches of eggs in reference to the 1998 film's worst-case scenario.
- Off-Model: Zilla's model in Godzilla: Final Wars was created by scanning a Trendmasters' Ultimate Godzilla figure and was intentionally made to look rushed as a jab against the 1998 film's extensive use of CGI. It particularly looks off when compared to his appearance in the Rulers of Earth comic, which was taken from the 1998 film.
- 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.
- Take That!: Zilla's appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars was a tongue-in-cheek nod to the 1998 American Godzilla being reviled by the Godzilla fanbase, with the scene of him being curb-stomped by Godzilla being titled "Pretender to the Throne" and the fight's soundtrack — Sum-41's "All to Blame" — emphasizing contempt towards the American Godzilla.
- To Serve Man: In Final Wars, Zilla lunges jaws-first at a pair of fleeing civilians and is indicated to have eaten them. In Rulers of Earth it tries to eat Lucy before being distracted by the military.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compared to the 1998 incarnation of the character and the incarnation seen in Final Wars, the version seen in Rulers of Earth manages to put up a decent fight against Godzilla and not get killed in the process.
- Tunnel King: Can easily burrow through solid rock and concrete, using this to get away from Godzilla in Rulers of Earth.
- Villainous Underdog: In any fight with Godzilla, who has a Breath Weapon, a thicker hide, and a major size advantage. This results in Zilla getting stomped flat in Final Wars, though in the Rulers of Earth comic he puts up a much better fight through strategic use of his Tunnel King ability.
- 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 and stronger monster.