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First appearance: Godzilla Raids Again, 1955

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.

Anguirus first appeared in a ferocious battle with Godzilla; and though the smaller creature was ultimately defeated, it(or another of its kind) would later aid Godzilla in fending off the space terror duo of King Ghidorah and Gigan, even using his spiny carapace to ram into Ghidorah, and the two dinosaur kaiju became close allies afterwards.

Unfortunately, Anguirus was one of the casualties in the destruction of Monster Island; a fissure opened and swallowed the panicked beast before Godzilla could even turn to save his comrade. Even though the fissure swallowed him, Anguirus survived and burrowed away, escaping the crumbling island. He would resurface a year later, and spot Godzilla close by.

But something was off about this Godzilla, Anguirus realized. The triumphant roar he'd come to respect was now a high-pitched, almost robotic screeching sound, and it then began to attack him. Anguirus realized the deceptive trick the doppelganger was trying, and would have none of it; Anguirus started engaging this psuedo-Godzilla in battle. Unfortunately, the doppelganger snapped his jaw, causing Anguirus to retreat in pain, but the wounded ankylosaur located Godzilla and informed him of the psuedo-Godzilla's deception. Furious, Godzilla headed off to face the doppelganger in battle, but Anguirus remained behind, nursing his fresh wound.

Anguirus would then be located and moved to Monsterland in 1999, along with Godzilla, Gorosaurus, Varan, Baragon, Manda, Mothra, Kumonga and Minya. He would be mind controlled by the Killiaks, and used to guard the base at Mount Fuji, along with Baragon and Varan. Once the Earth's monsters were free of the mind control, the Killiaks unleashed King Ghidorah as a last resort, as Godzilla, Gorosaurus, Manda, Mothra, Kumonga and Minya all converged to Mount Fuji to aid Anguiurus, Varan and Baragon in the fight with the space terror, and ultimately Anguirus' tenacity, Godzilla's determination and Gorosaurus's power worked in unison to finally kill King Ghidorah for good, the tyrant's body swallowed by the earth. Anguirus would then rest peacefully on Monsterland for the rest of his days.

The Millenium Anguirus was, like Rodan, first seen trampling Shanghai and demolishing anything in his path. Engagement with the airship Karyu was prematurely ended when the Xiliens teleported Anguirus away, but when the leader of the Xiliens was killed and their commander took his place, Anguirus, and the rest of the kaiju, were unleashed once more. This time, the fleets aided the kaiju; and Karyu, distracted by the numerous Xilien fighters, suffered a midpoint impact from Anguirus, sending the vessel into into the Oriental Pearl Tower and destroying Karyu.

Anguirus would aid Rodan and King Ceasar in battling Godzilla at Mount Fuji, but was ultimately defeated with Rodan when Godzilla flung the ankylosaur into the air, his velocity and Godzilla's tail launching sent the prehistoric beast swiftly into the sky, striking Rodan in the body and casuing the pterosaur to crash. Anguirus, unable to control his trajectory, crashed as well, falling upon Rodan in a dazed heap. After King Ceasar was defeated, the three were left in a heap by Godzilla.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the comic Godzilla Legends he manages to defeat Destoroyah and send him packing. In the Marc Cerasini novels, he fights Gigan one-on-one and kills him. In Godzilla: The Half-Century War, he puts up one helluva fight against Godzilla.
    • Hell, he even kills Destoroyah in one of the other IDW comics (with aid from the humans).
  • 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. 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.
  • Animal Jingoism: The second movie explicitly sets him up as an enemy of Godzilla due to his defensive nature and hatred of "warlike creatures".
  • 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 Godzilla vs. Gigan, 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Has it either worse or better than Rodan, depending on the film.
    • In IDW comics, he's rather infamous for losing 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.
  • Death Wail: Anguirus has an additional, unique cry head during his death, after Godzilla bites his neck, but it's only heard in foreign versions and is missing from the Japanese version entirely, much like Godzilla's in The Return of Godzilla
  • Defeat Means Friendship: It was never made clear whether Anguirus was revived from "Raids" or it's a second, but after being defeated in that movie Showa Godzilla and Anguirus were allies.
    • It is explained in the Japanese version that Anguirus only had a problem with Godzilla because Godzilla was violence-prone monster, which Anguirus hated. Since Godzilla would soon reform, Anguirus would then have no problem with him.
  • Determinator: Again, mostly a melee fighter, yet his heart won't stop him from fighting. Even taking a buzz-saw in the face (Gigan) won't stop him!
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted. Like Godzilla he displays intelligence.
  • Dynamic Entry: In Rulers of Earth he makes a dynamic return by rescuing Jet Jaguar just as it is about to be defeated.
  • Epic Flail: Gets used as one By Godzilla against several Mechagodzillas in the Rulers of Earth comic. Anguirus takes it in stride.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A mutated ankylosaur.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The games take this Up to Eleven.
  • Honor Before Reason: Took Gigan's buzzsaw in the face just to try to help an ailing Godzilla.
  • 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 one of the comics 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."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Kick the Dog: The disguised Mecha-Godzilla ripping his jaw apart counts so hard. That's the last time viewers saw him until Final Wars.
  • The Lancer: At least when paired with lighter and softer Showa Godzilla, he's grouchier and relies on fangs and guts.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Anguirus is not only durable and powerful, but capable of moving surprisingly quick
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: A modification of Ankylosaurus.
  • Pet the Dog: Allowed to live in Final Wars as a nod to once being Godzilla's ally.
  • Sidekick: Best known as Godzilla's closest ally.
  • Spell My Namewithan S: He was "Angilas" officially in English starting with Godzilla Raids Again (identified on Toho's English export poster and sales brochure). For unknown reasons, he became "Anguirus" starting in 1974. Toho jumped back and forth from then until 1998 when they decided to run with "Anguirus". His name is ultimately derived from Ankylosaurus.
  • The Spiny: His back is covered in spikes.
  • Spring Jump: Gained this ability in Mechagodzilla due to subbing for Baragon.
  • Suddenly Voiced: A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment in the English dub.
  • Tunnel King: See Spring Jump.
  • 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.
  • 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.


First appearance: Super Godzilla for the Super Nintendo, 1993

The phrase "Better luck next time, buddy" best describes Bagan, a creature intended to be used in a handful of Toho daikaiju movies, none of which ever came to be: the original draft of The Return of Godzilla, Mothra vs. Bagan and Godzilla vs. Bagan, before finally appearing in the video game Super Godzilla. The Bagan in The Return of Godzilla is completely different from the later version of the beast, which would stay more or less the same in each of its subsequent "appearances." From a shapeshifting creature that heals with each change, to a protector of China freed from ice in the Himalayas seeking to punish mankind for global warming, to virtually unknown about what he was, to a creature from Earth's ultra ancient past controlled by alien invaders and containing the DNA of Godzilla and King Ghidorah, Bagan has possibly had the roughest history of all kaiju. He's only apparance has been in a video game called Super Godzilla for the SNES as the Final Boss. Despite this, Bagan has managed to gain quite a following, in part because of how powerful he is in the game requiring Godzilla to turn into Super Godzilla to stand a chance against him. His attacks in the game consist of claw slashes, shooting white stars that look like shurikens from his horns, and a white energy beam.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. Funnily enough 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: Like Krystalak and Obsidius, Bagan was in one video game.
    • Bagan also appeared in the little known 1998 Godzilla Studio Movie Tour along with fellow unmade monster Dogolas.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Hinted at, as storyboards for the scrapped Mothra vs. Bagan he seems to be growing wings made of energy from his back.
  • Prehistoric Monster: In the scrapped Mothra vs. Bagan is from Earth's "ultra ancient past", in the "land of Legend", China.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Happens in Super Godzilla after he destroys all of Tokyo.
  • Rule of Cool: He gets three. Looms over to...
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifter Mashup: In the scrapped draft of The Return of Godzilla his final form was an amalgamation of his previous forms.
  • 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.


First appearance: Frankenstein vs Baragon, 1965

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.

Not to be confused for the kaiju Barugon that fought Gamera.

  • Acrofatic: For his stocky build, he's surprisingly agile. Especially so in the video games, where he fights by breakdancing.
  • Big 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. Leads to fighting Godzilla.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Played straight in Frankenstein Vs. Baragon/Frankenstein Conquers the World, where he causes major property damage and kills and devours dozens of people only to burrow away without a trace, misguiding the authorities to blame the Frankenstein Monster.
    • Averted in GMK, where he does everything in his power to stop Godzilla.
  • The Cameo: In Destroy All Monsters he only 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.
  • Determinator:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Super-Evolved burrowing fire breathing Dinosaurs that is.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Godzilla seems to draw out his fight with Baragon to beat him up.
  • Meaningful Name: Portmanteau of bara (Japanese for "rose") and "dragon". The ridges on his back look like rose petals.
  • Name's the Same: Shares most of his name and some of his look with the Gamera monster Barugon. Baragon came first, though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Attempts this with Godzilla in GMK, is only able to buy valuable time for people to escape.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Showa Baragon shares the same roar as Varan and Gorosaurus.


First appearance: Godzilla vs. Biollante, 1989

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: The 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.
    • Possibly YMMV: Her human side at least, when confronted with Godzilla, she can become downright vicious. Split personality perhaps? Or maybe two consciousness Erika and Biollante inhabit that body?
  • Breath Weapon: Not a beam but her headed tentacles and second form spat radioactive acidic sap.
    • It's worth noting that said acid caused red energy to flash across Godzilla's skin when it hit him so while not a purely energy weapon like Godzilla's Atomic Breath it did seem to carry a current of some type of energy that would "zap" the target at the same time the acid burned their skin.
  • Combat Tentacles: Even used one to pierce through Godzilla's hand! OW!
  • Gentle Giant: Maintains some of her soul in her first form.
  • Healing Factor: Arguably the best in the entire series.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Listen for yourself:
  • Impaled Palm: Biollante 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 100 meters tall and only 66,000 tons.
    • Besides the already mentioned Heisei King Ghidorah and Batra and Mothra, every Godzilla opponent in the Heisei was 120 meters. What makes Biollante stand out is that Godzilla was only 80 meter tall at the time. He got a size boost in Godzilla vs King Ghidorah
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kills some terrorists.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite being the size of a small mountain she moves mighty quickly!
  • Mix and Match Critter: 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.
    • And a case of Fridge Brilliance as Biollante looks more like Godzilla in her second form as opposed to looking like a Rose in her first and lost the weakness to Godzilla's heat ray she had in her first form. She's adapting, mutating herself into becoming more like Godzilla so she is more resistant to his heat ray.
  • Planimal: Between Godzilla, a rose and a human, though only the first 2 are obvious.
  • 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.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The closest thing the Godzilla series has to one, given her Final Form loses all of her human soul and becomes practically unstoppable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her second form she was much cooler and could take more hits from Godzilla's breath weapon.
  • Was Once a Man: In a sense. Biollante was just a plant, but said plant was mixed with some of a young woman's cells in order to try and preserve her soul.


First appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 2, 1997

AKA: 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!
  • Creating Life: Was created in order to clean up pollution. But...
  • 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.
  • Mook Maker: His Barem.
  • Sea Monster: In more ways than one.
  • 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

AKA: 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 Y'hag masters.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Some fans speculate that the monster is female due to having certain anatomical traits particular to female crabs. Officially, however, Toho does not assign genders to its monsters.
  • 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.
  • 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 Alien.
    • It being a bunch of smaller monsters forming one larger monster, going through different forms throughout the film, and being defeated by the combined efforts of both humans and Godzilla rather than by Godzilla alone is also quite reminiscent of Hedorah.
  • Death by Irony: They die at the hands of Godzilla (indirectly), the creature the Oxygen Destroyer killed in the first film.
  • 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 has 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 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 second franchise.
  • 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.
  • 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; and lives up to its namesake by killing Godzilla Jr and giving Godzilla Sr one of his most difficult fights. It receives this treatment in Rulers of Earth as well, driving Zilla into fleeing to Honolulu, beating Godzilla unconscious, and then facing down he, Mothra, and two of her larvae at once, all in its first appearance.
  • Hive Mind: The aggregate arthropods that form their body apparently have one.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Destoroyah's weakness to extremes in temperature bites it in the ass twice; first while it tries to dissolve Godzilla in water and then when it tries to make a getaway from a Godzilla at critical mass, the army freezes it and makes it plummet down to the ground, where it explodes.
  • Hollywood Acid: Its Micro-Oxygen breath oxidizes anything it comes into contact with and is highly corrosive.
  • Immune to Bullets: Even at point-blank range to the face, one of the Destoroyahs shrugs it off. They're not immune to being shot by a rocket launcher though.
  • It's Personal: Following its execution of Junior it certainly is.
  • The Juggernaut: Its battle with Godzilla shows what happens when two of these go head to head.
  • 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. That same idea also leads to its demise.
  • Laser Blade: Its horn could extend into one and slice Godzilla apart. In the comics this is treated as its ultimate attack.
  • Made of Explodium: Their wings after they get frozen. Then they falls and somewhat when they hit the ground leaving them unable to escape Godzilla's meltdown.
  • Made Of Titanium: Despite being weak against extreme temperatures, Destoroyah survived repeated hits from Godzilla's red spiral breath (though from the looks of it hacking up blood it still did a lot of damage), which killed Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla, two of the toughest opponents in the series.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: From microscopic organism, to insect sized monster, to ten foot killers, to a Godzilla Junior sized Giant Flyer, to a towering demonic colossus larger than even Godzilla himself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One-Winged Angel: As James Rolfe said, "It looks like the GODDAMN DEVIL!"
  • Say My Name: Meta-example; if you ever watched Cinemassacre's Godzillathon, say it with me, now... DESTOROYAHHHHHHH!
  • 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.
  • The Swarm: Destoroyah could break apart into smaller monsters and attack from everywhere.
  • Sword Beam: What its horn may have really been doing. Made clear in Rulers of Earth.
  • The 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.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Tries to fly away when Godzilla starts to take the upper hand, but gets shot down by Super-X3 in the attempt.
  • Zerg Rush: See The Swarm.


First appearance: Dogora, 1964

AKA: 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!
  • Combat Tentacles: Uses them to lift vehicles and vessels and smash them open to get at the minerals within.
  • 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!
  • 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 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

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.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Godzilla rips off Ebirah's claws during their second battle.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Somewhat averted, the evil organization has to spray a chemical to keep Ebirah at bay but he doubles as a good guard dog for keeping prisoners ON the island.
  • Call-Back: First seen in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, returned in Final Wars. (AMA doesn't count, stock footage).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 was taken down by (mutant) humans.

Frankenstein's Monster

First appearance: Frankenstein vs Baragon, 1965

When Frankenstein's Monster was killed in the fire of a burning windmill, his heart survived. Captured by the Nazis during World War II and shipped to Hiroshima, Japan, the still-living heart was caught in the atomic bomb and irradiated. Ten years later, a wild boy was captured and found to be the heart of Frankenstein's Monster, having regenerated a body. The boy quickly grew into a towering giant and escaped into the countryside. Wrongly blamed for the actions of the monster Baragon, Frankenstein battled the reptile in a long and brutal affair that ended with both kaiju entombed in the earth. However, Frankenstein's legacy would continue...

  • 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.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: The heart of the Frankenstein monster was shipped by the Nazis to Japan so it wouldn't fall into the Allies's hands. What city was the heart shipped to? Hiroshima.
  • Wild Child: Was discovered as a normal-sized feral boy in the ruins of Hiroshima. He was well taken care of and began to grow. And grow. And grow...
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Intervenes just in time to stop Baragon from finishing off the scientists that raised him, plus the subsequent towns and villages.

First appearance: All Monsters Attack, 1969

A bully of a beast, Gabara exists only to torment the small and meek Minilla. Created in the imagination of a young boy (who is often bullied by an older boy named Gabara), he uses his size and electrical powers to antagonize Godzilla's son. After Minilla gains enough confidence from Ichiro and turns the tables on Gabara, he takes his frustration out on Godzilla, leading to a throw-down between the pissed-off father and the angry bully. Gabara is defeated and runs away, out of the movie and (so far) out of the series.

  • The Bully: Duh.
  • Butt-Monkey: Out of universe, there have been ZERO talks about bringing this guy back. It also took until March of 2013 for him to even get an entry; for context, this page was created on August of 2010.
  • Dirty Coward: Prefers to pick on Minya since he can't fight back. Learned the hard way that Godzilla is a papa wolf.
  • Jerk Ass: He loves beating up Minya.
  • Mix and Match Critter: Face of a cat, green warty skin, reptilian belly.
  • Oni: It's not clear. According to some sources, he's one, but others claim he's a mutant toad.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe example. Gabara is literally a nightmare in the movie.
  • Shock and Awe: The horn on his head generates electricity but only when he touches his target.
  • 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

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.

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Saves Sanda from a blast of Godzilla's atomic breath in Rulers of Earth, 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.
  • 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.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Becomes a Godzilla enemy in Rulers of Earth.


First appearance: Space Amoeba, 1970

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.


First appearance: Space Amoeba, 1970

A cuttlefish possessed by the space amoeba Yog and grown to enormous size. Gezora then terrorized the small island Yog had crashed onto, killing several people before being driven off by the high-pitched cries of a swarm of bats and later a pod of dolphins. His final attack saw Gezora lured into a field and set alight by gasoline and torches, mortally injuring the beast and driving it into the sea, where Yog fled the dying body to find another host.

  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Despite his rather lacking abilities, and his fairly swift defeat in the movie, Gezora was brought back for the NES videogame Godzilla: Monster of Monsters with no explanation. He's neither particularly powerful nor even appeared in any Godzilla films, so his appearance in the game is somewhat confusing, since even Mogera and Baragon have been in Godzilla films, though admittedly not during the Showa Era, which was what the game was based on. However, given that Gezora, like Ganimes and Kameba was brainwashed and slain and Yog itself is also dead, this may just be a case of Throw It In! on the part of Toho. Sadly for Gezora, he's less than useless in the game as an antagonist, with no real weapons at all and is one of the easiest monsters to beat within a few rounds at most. Sadly, all the monsters on the previous level are constantly brought back in the next level right up until the finale, so this poor guy gets Curb 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Based on geso, Japanese for "squid tentacle".
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In the IDW comics he becomes a Godzilla adversary.
  • Sea Monster: Unlike Ganimes and Kamebas, Gezora is a regular sea monster Yog possessed.


First appearance: Godzilla vs. Gigan, 1972

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.

  • Alien Invasion: No one knows where Gigan's from, but it clearly isn't anywhere around here. He's been the vanguard of two separate alien invasions thus far (more if you include some of the video games).
    • Japanese sources state Gigan was a "space dinosaur" native to somewhere in Space Hunter Nebula M modified with cybernetic implants.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: One of the best examples, with his sadism, cowardice, and total lack of redeeming feature being his most prominent qualities.
  • Arch-Enemy: Is this to Mothra in Final Wars having battled and lost to Mothra in the past, refacing her in the future. Angirius has also become a frequent opponent of his in American books and comics.
  • Ax-Crazy: Only a maniac would wear a buzzsaw in his stomach. Or attach chainsaws to their hands. On a more serious note, judging from his love of slowly carving his opponents to pieces, calling him insane—even by Kaiju standards—is not much of a stretch.
  • Bash Brothers: With Megalon and King Ghidorah.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His Hook Hands and double-bladed chainsaws.
  • 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.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Yup.
  • Cyborg: There is a living being inside all of that machinery.
  • 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.
  • 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 Y'hag main monster.
  • Evil vs. 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.
  • 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 buzz-saw.
  • Heroic Sacrifice : In Godzilla Island, after spending several episodes trying to defeat Godzilla, Gigan ends up sacrificing himself to stop Kumasogami (Called "Doroin" in the series) and ends up being turned into a sword. This is in sharp contrast to his characterisation in the films.
  • Hook Hands: What he normally has in lieu of actual hands. Upgraded Gigan in Final Wars replaces them with dual chainsaws.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Godzilla Island.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Is decapitated by his own razor disks in Final Wars, then is detonated by Mothra.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mutual Kill: With Mothra in Final Wars.
    • Though it's subverted, since Mothra technically lives in the end. So it's more of a Disney Death.
  • 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.
  • 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, while Megalon, after getting double-teamed by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, flees to one of Seatopia's underground doorways, which Seatopia detonates immediately after.
  • Sinister Scythe: His Hook Hands in Final Wars resemble scythe blades.
  • Smug Snake: One gets this vibe from him.
  • Stripped to the Bone: On Zone Fighter.
  • Spikes of Villainy: While his Showa version is already pretty sharp, the Millenium version takes the trope Up to Eleven.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: The buzzhaw on his stomach and Hook Hands are easily interchangeable for this role.


First appearance: King Kong Escapes, 1967

A giant dinosaur who originally lived on Mondo Island before being relocated to Monster Island. Gorosaurus is similar to Anguirus in that he is a "no-frills" type of monster, lacking a breath weapon or energy powers and relying on his size, strength and devastating kangaroo kick. While attempting to eat some visiting scientists, Gorosaurus became embroiled in a duel with King Kong, a savage battle that ultimately ended with Kong breaking Gorosaurus' jaw and sending him into retreat. He survived and healed, and was soon placed on Monster Island, where he soon became part of the Kilaak invasion of Earth, attacking Paris (originally it was Baragon, but the suit was on loan). When humans broke the mind control, Gorosaurus joined Godzilla and the other monsters at Mount Fuji and was one of the main participants in the battle with King Ghidorah, where his determination and kangaroo kick turned the tide against the space monster. Gorosaurus also has an incredibly robust fanbase, and to this day enjoys popularity among Godzilla fans.

  • Ascended Extra: Because Baragon's suit was so damaged and he had to be reduced to brief appearances in Destroy All Monsters!, Gorosaurus got to fill in for him for the attack on France and the battle at the end. He even got to show just how awesome he was by being the monster that turned the tide against King Ghidorah.
  • 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 Dinosaurs: One of the most simplistic Japanese kaiju designs out there as simply being an oversized theropod.
    • King Kong Escapes was his debut film, as well as that his role in the film was just to act as the T. rex for Kong to fight.
  • Everything's Better With Kangaroos: Kangaroo kicks, at least.
  • Jawbreaker: Courtesy of King Kong.
  • Monumental Damage: In Destroy All Monsters.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Possibly. He looks more Charcharadontosaurus than Tyrannosaurus, especially his three-fingered hands. But he was originally King Kong's adversary, so yeah.
  • 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).


First appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah, 1971

AKA: 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 his wake, killing thousands and destroying anything it touched. He then faced Godzilla on Mount Fuji in a towering bipedal form, using his own sludge and eye-lasers as weapons. Only through a combination of Godzilla's power and mankind's ingenuity was the pollution-born monster stopped, his body dehydrated to powder. A variation on Hedorah, a mushroom creature called Neo Hedorah, would also appear on Godzilla Island.

  • Alien Invasion
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Gassed hundreds of people, tried to drown Godzilla in sludge, and is generally one of the most sickening beings in the franchise. Further evidence that in this universe, aliens are scum.
  • Asteroids Monster: Played straight and reversed, actually. It starts out as trillions of polution eating organisms that are very tiny that pull themselves together as they go through their life cycle—getting bigger. Rip the bugger apart, though, without dehydrating/burning it well enough, those remaining pieces will get up and try to get back to the main organism ASAP.
    • Briefly, two Hedorahs exist simultaneously. The younger one split off from the elder when the latter fought Godzilla, then they recombined to form the gigantic form in the picture above. They split again when the elder is killed by Godzilla. This is only barely mentioned even in the Japanese version and not really explained at all in dubs.
  • Bloody Murder: Hedorah's bodily fluids are just as corrosive as everything else he emits.
  • 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 he closes his eyes in bliss while nodding a little. Duuuuuuuude...
  • Dummied Out: Yes, he was gonna be a playable character in Godzilla Unleashed but he was scrapped due to complex cell shading that was required due to his blob like form, as well as due to his changes of forms, which were impossible to do with the Wii. However its sound files are still left in the game and Hedorah's wire frame also appears in the game but cannot be used.
    • It should be clarified that the way Hedorah was to change forms was impossible on Wii hardware; the team wanted Hedorah to be able to change forms without pausing the battle (as Mothra's does), but that proved impossible, so it and the incredibly complex cel-shading to illustrate his blob state ultimately led to him being cut from the game.
  • Evil Laugh: Yes, it proved a kaiju can have this.
  • Eye Scream: In sea form, Hedorah does this to Dr. Yano. Hedorah shoots Godzilla in the eye with acid sludge, doesn't get better. Godzilla repays it in due course at least.
    • He also gets stabbed in the eye by Ebirah in Final Wars before Godzilla uses his atomic breath to destroy both of them.
  • 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 creaates 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. He'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
  • 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.
  • Stripped to the Bone: The victims of Hedorah and even Godzilla. His right hand is rendered partially skeletal after gouging out Hedorah's eye.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Averted in Godzilla: Final Wars. In its previous encounters with Godzilla, it was immune to his radiation breath, only killable via dehydration, half-blinded Godzilla, and indeed nearly killed him. Here it's killed in seconds.
  • Walking Wasteland: Everywhere Hedorah goes becoming sludge infested and toxic.

Jet Jaguar

First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon, 1973

AKA: 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.


First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967

AKA: 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.


First appearance: Space Amoeba, 1970

After Yog's second host, the mutated rock crab Ganimes, was fatally injured, the parasitic alien retreated from the body and divided itself into two halves before possessing another rock crab (which became a second Ganimes) and a rock turtle, mutating it into a giant predatory version called Kamoebas. These two monsters working in tandem almost finished off the humans, until they used their weakness to ultrasonic waves to disrupt Yog's control over them, causing the two behemoths to fight and drag each other into a volcano, which destroyed the Space Amoeba once and for all. Kamoebas made a cameo appearance in Tokyo S.O.S., washed up on a beach after having been killed by Godzilla.

King Caesar

First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, 1974''

AKA: 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. King Caesar returns to dormancy, and isn't seen again until Godzilla Final Wars. One of many monsters under Xilien control, he attacks Okinawa and fights Godzilla. Like Rodan and Anguirus, he is spared in defeat.

  • Angry Guard Dog: He is part dog and his duty is to protect Okinawa.
  • Attack Reflector: One eye absorbs beams, the other shoots it back.
  • 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
  • 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 physicall 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.
  • 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 demanding Battra return and continue fighting as he retreats from his skirmish with Caesar, he immediately spins around and crushes the twins like ants with his hand.
  • Call-Back: Not seen since Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, at least until Final Wars.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • King of Beasts: He's part lion.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Some people find his design goofy-looking but he is no wimp.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Like Rodan and Anguirus, allowed to live since he was an ally of Godzilla in Final Wars.
  • Post Humous 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A God Am I: Krystalak seeks to bring all of the crystal energies together to make himself into the ultimate monster.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: One of his strong attacks is to whip his tail forward, jabbing the cluster of crystal spines at tend into an opponent's body, and quickly yank it back out to pull the opponent off its feet.
  • Breath Weapon: A beam of crystal energy.
  • Gem Tissue: Has crystals running down his back and even has a beard of them.
  • Immune to Bullets: Krystalak is very resistant to most breath and energy attacks, forcing foes to fight him in melee.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast, agile, and pretty strong, but his ranged attacks are rather weak.
  • One-Shot Character: Like Obsidius, Krystalak was created for Godzilla: Unleashed and hasn't appeared in anything else so far.
  • Power Crystal: Born of the crystals that impacted Earth at the beginning of the game. A round reddish crystal sits in the center of his chest, and the fleshy parts of his body have a similar white-purple tone some of the crystal growths have.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His back is completely covered by crystal spines. His tail ends in a ball of crystal spikes. He even has a line of crystals as a beard!
  • 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.


First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967

AKA: 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: She gets her two of her legs ripped off by Monster X in the IDW comics. She also gets one of her legs ripped off in an earlier comic called Godzilla Legends by Godzilla who uses it to bash her with, and loses another in a fight with Gigan in Rulers of Earth. In fact, this has been done so many times it might as well be considered an in-and-out universe Running Gag.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant freakish spider.
  • Giant Spider: The largest example of all.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Fought Godzilla and Minilla in her premiere appearance, then fought alongside Earth's monsters against King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters!.
  • Meaningful Name: Based on kumo, Japanese for "spider".
  • Running Gag: In a good number of the IDW comics (both in the established Shared Universe of Kingdom of Monsters, Rulers of Earth and the anthology Godzilla Legends) she has a tendency to get her limbs cut, torn or broken off.
  • You Have to Burn the Web: In all appearances, Godzilla uses his atomic breath on Kumonga's webbing.

     Japanese Kaiju M-Z 


First appearance: Gorath, 1962

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.


First appearance: Atragon, 1963

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.


First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, 1974

Mechagodzilla is actually three separate robots whose primary similarities are being robotic doppelgangers of Godzilla who have enormous arsenals of weapons.

The first Mechagodzilla (Showa) was created by the Simians in their bid to conquer the Earth. It was initially disguised as Godzilla to discredit the monster, but it was exposed by Anguirus, who saw through the disguise. It badly damaged Anguirus before confronting the real thing. It was eventually taken down by the combined efforts of Godzilla and King Caesar. The Simians rebuilt Mechagodzilla and tried again, this time also enlisting the help of (a mind-controlled) Titanosaurus.

The Heisei Mechagodzilla, by comparison, was built by Humans as a defense against Godzilla and other Kaiju, via reverse engineering the tech that created Mecha-Ghidorah. It was given an artificial diamond coating that allowed it to absorb the energy of Godzilla's atomic breath and store it to its main weapon: the Plasma Grenade. Mechagodzilla II battled Godzilla in Kyoto when he came to rescue Godzilla Jr. and ended up fighting Rodan as well. Was destroyed when Rodan died and gave Godzilla his red spiral breath.

The Millennium Mechagodzilla, also known as Kiryu, was also constructed by Man, this time using the bones of the first Godzilla that attacked Tokyo in 1954 as a base. It was armed with an Absolute Zero cannon, which could freeze targets solid. Unfortunately, it's OS was also tied to Godzilla's DNA, and it tended to suffer from the Call of the Wild a little too often...

  • Adaptational Heroism: As opposed to the alien weapon built to conquer Earth in the Showa era, Mechagodzilla in the Heisei and Millennium eras was a man-made weapon designed to defend humanity from Godzilla. The latter was built on the bones of and has DNA from the original Godzilla from 1954.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Kiryu, who went rogue upon its memories of being the original Godzilla being activated. Averted by the Showa version, which is every bit the bastard it was intended to be.
  • Alien Invasion: Showa Mechagodzilla, who serves as The Dragon to the Simians in the films. The Showa Mechagodzilla is this to the Vortakk in Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee. Godzilla: Unleashed has Showa Mechagodzilla back in this role alongside several other space monsters and Megalon.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Showa Mechagodzilla is easily the evilest of the three characters to carry the name, and alongside fellow aliens Ghidorah and Gigan is one of Godzilla's most brutal opponents in any incarnation.
  • An Ice Person: Kiryu's Absolute Zero Cannon. It fails to do much of anything to Godzilla, though. Well, other than punching a massive hole in his chest. Sorta.
  • Arch-Enemy: Has faced Godzilla in every continuity and is second only to King Ghidorah in number of appearances.
  • Armour Is Useless: Averted. Mechagodzilla's armour is one of the few things that consistently stands up to blows from Godzilla's radioactive breath, not to mention kaiju sized fists, claws, teeth, and tails.
  • Attack Reflector: In Godzilla: Unleashed, Showa Mechagodzilla's shield bounces ALL forms of projectiles right back at the user, be they another monster's breath/energy weapon or solid projectiles, missiles and lasers fired by Masers/Fighters/UFOs and Walkers, the stun bombs dropped by helicopters, even the energy beams and missiles fired by the Atragon.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Absolute Zero Cannon. It freezes and crushes whatever it hits, but it requires Kiryu to stand still and charge it for several seconds, meaning Godzilla can either dodge or counter before it fires. In fact, the only time Kiryu successfully fires it AND hits Godzilla is at the very end of the movie. Kiryu charged it while carrying Godzilla out to sea. The most it did was punch through the skin on Godzilla's chest, which did give Godzilla a scar in the next film, but doesn't seem to have done anything beyond that.
  • Bottomless Magazine: The first MechaGodzilla never ran of out missiles.
  • Breakout Villain: The original proved to be such a popular villain he's likely Godzilla's most well known enemy beside King Ghidorah, and since then every film series has a had a version of him. He's also appeared in the video games, and the IDW comics.
  • Breath Weapon: Heisei's Megabuster.
    • Kiryu's oral-mounted maser cannons could count as well.
  • Chest Blaster: Showa's Wave Motion Cannon, Heisei's Plasma Grenade and Kiryu's Absolute Zero Cannon/Triple Maser.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Mechagodzilla 1975 comes with greater firepower than the 1974 version but at the expense of close combat skills or decent aim.
  • Combining Mecha: Heisei Mechagodzilla can connect with the fighter craft Garuda to gain a pair of Shoulder Cannons.
  • Cool Sword: Kiryu's Electric Blade.
    • BFS: Well, considering he's 50 metres tall...
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Heisei Mechagodzilla, which seemed designed mostly to engage Godzilla at long range with its weapons armor that gave it immunity to his Atomic Breath. While it proved fully capable of beating him if it stayed at distance, when he did manage to get up close to it to fight it hand to hand it was no match for him. It even lost an eye to Rodan when it got up close to it.
    • Showa Mechagodzilla had this issue as well; in a ranged battle it did perfectly fine. In melee, however, it became less effective. Kiryu seems to be the only one of the three Mechagodzilla incarnations to subvert this trope. Fridge Logic when you realize Kiryu wasn't designed purely to fight Godzilla, as every other version of the monster has been.
    • All three, though, seem cripplingly overspecialized in seperate things; MG'75 was a supporter, MG'93 was a ranged combatant and MG'02 was the generalized combatant.
  • Cyborg: Kiryu was made using the original Godzilla's skeleton and DNA. In the dub of the 1974 film, the first Mechagodzilla is referred to as a cyborg, but no reason for it is given. The sequel, Terror of Mechagodzilla, made the Showa incarnation cyborg-ish, in that it had a human control system; but lacked any organic parts in its own body.
  • Darker and Edgier: Terror of Mechagodzilla is a darker and more serious film that dealt with questions of the humanity of a cyborg, love, and suicide, compared to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla seems to lampshade this with his dark gray paint-job and spikier fingers.
  • Deflector Shields: The original Mechagodzilla could deploy a force field by rotating its head rapidly. This made hurting him very, very difficult.
  • The Dragon: Showa Mechagodzilla is this to the Simians in the films and Vortaak in the video games.
  • Eagle Land: In the Mark Cersani books, Heisei Mechagodzilla was built by America and Japan, but more or less owned by the US. This is justified in the Cerasini books because not only have Godzilla and his fellow Kaiju become worldwide threats, a great chunk of the Kaiju are currently in or near the United States and there is a great deal of paranoia that Godzilla might decide to come back to the US and they barely survived their first go-round with him.
  • Energy Absorption: Heisei Mechagodzilla, which could absorb energy from Godzilla and Rodan's Breath Weapons and fire it back at them through its Plasma Grenade.
  • Enemy Mine: In Godzilla Legends against Hedorah with Godzilla. In the Mark Cerasini books with Godzilla and Moguera, all three of them joining against Mecha-King Ghidorah.
  • Evil Knockoff: Especially the first one, who was controlled by planet conquering aliens and had no qualms about killing pretty much anything that got in its way.
  • Expy: Kiryu is a cyborg created from the corpse of a giant monster to fight other giant monsters, has a limit to how long it can remain active, and is prone to going berserk when its soul takes control from its pilot.
  • Eye Beam: The Showa and Heisei era versions both possess these. It was probably Showa Mechagodzilla's most powerful weapon.
  • Eye Scream: Heisei Mechagodzilla loses an eye to Rodan. Kiryu also lost the lens on his eye.
  • Final Boss: Heisei Mechagodzilla is the final boss of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee no matter who you play as (unless you use Mechagodzilla; then Mecha-Ghidorah takes over that role). Mechagodzilla 2 is the final boss of Godzilla: Monster War.
  • Freeze Ray: Kiryu's Absolute Zero Gun.
  • Glass Cannon: Kiryu. He's pretty quick and deal out plenty of damage, but can't take many hits.
  • Haunted Technology: Kiryu is possessed by the ghost of the original Godzilla.
    • Heisei Mechagodzilla gets possessed by the soul of King Ghidorah in the manga.
  • Hero Antagonist: The Heisei and Millenium Mechagodzillas, both of which are owned and operated by the Japanese Self-Defence Force.
  • Hero Killer: Mechagodzilla always comes very close to killing Godzilla. The Showa era version plays this the straightest, as Godzilla was at his most heroic when the two of them clashed, and the big lizard had to ally with King Caesar to have even a hope of defeating him.
    • The Heisei Mechagodzilla is arguably the only kaiju ever to succeed in killing Godzilla, and definitely succeeds in mortally wounding Rodan, making him fit the 'Killer' part to a tee; the "Hero" part depending on which side of the coin you stand for.
  • Humongous Mecha: They're giant robotic replicas of Godzilla.
    • Killer Robot: The original Mechagodzilla was designed to murder anything it came across. Later versions were piloted by humans, although Kiryu still went berserk once.
    • Mechanical Monster: The original Mechagodzilla may look like a clunky seventies robot, but is incredibly powerful nonetheless, and every bit as vicious/dangerous as this trope requires.
      • Heisei Mechagodzilla becomes this after King Ghidorah's soul decides to take over, in addition to being immensely powerful, in the manga adaptation of his film.
      • Kiryu becomes this in Godzilla X Mechagodzilla when he goes beserk.
    • Robeast: All of them, but particularly the original Mechagodzilla.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Kiryu for the first time reveals his true self-awareness, and personally wishes his engineer Yoshito one final goodbye, before plunging into the ocean's depths with his counterpart Godzilla, never to be seen again.
  • It Only Works Once: In "G.vs.MG" Mecha is beaten by getting his head torn off. In "Terror" Godzilla tries this again, only the aliens were ready for it. They made Mecha's head easier to snap off, freeing him, and gave him a secondary, smaller head in the neck. This head even had a beam weapon of its own.
  • Kick the Dog: The original Mechagodzilla's beatdown of Anguirus was the tip-off that we shouldn't be cheering for this guy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Following four of the goofiest, campiest movies in the series, the two Showa Mechagodzilla movies returned to the series earlier Darker and Edgier tone.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The original Mechagodzilla, who in addition to his firepower, could also fly so fast Godzilla struggled to even hit him.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Outside of Kiryu, the Mechagodzilla incarnations mostly fought Godzilla by staying back and pummeling him with their weapons.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: All of them, Showa Mechagodzilla's specialty.
  • Made Of Titanium: All the Mechagodzillas are ridiculously hard to damage, standing up to repeated blows from Godzilla's radioactive breath (and in Showa Mechagodzilla's case, flat out No Selling it). This is in addition to whatever Deflector Shields and other forms of armour they might be equipped with.
  • Meaningful Name: The Name "Kiryū" can be translated as "Mechanical Dragon".
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The Heisei Mecha was defeated in its first fight with Godzilla. By combining with Garuda it formed Super Mechagodzilla who put up a bigger fight and would have killed him for good without Rodan's intervention.
    • Kiryu subverts this in its second movie. The freeze gun is too damaged, and is replaced with a tri-maser gun instead, a great deal weaker weapon.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Heisei incarnation, who is even less mobile than Godzilla, but packs more firepower.
  • More Dakka: Every Mechagodzilla unloads every single weapon at Godzilla at least once in every movie. Showa Mechagodzilla is especially notable for this.
  • Mythology Gag: The first Millennium Mechagodzilla had a blue weapon-backpack (later silver) that looks awful similar to the Mechagodzilla-Garuda combo. Also Showa's rainbow eyes were reincarnated as Heisei's mouth-beam attack.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Showa Mechagodzilla does this to Anguirus. It's not pretty or pleasant to watch, and mechanical or not, the bastard seems to enjoy doing it.
  • Off with His Head!: Showa Mechagodzilla was decapitated twice by Godzilla; only the first one stuck.
  • Psycho Electro: The original could deploy a powerful electric current.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Kiryu, though he didn't die per se; he just put himself at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Robot Me: They're all robotic doppelgangers of Godzilla.
  • Robotic Psychopath: The original Mechagodzilla is doing exactly what it was built to do.
  • Robotic Reveal: Showa Mechagodzilla starts off in a Godzilla costume, but as he and Godzilla battle in a refinery, Mechagodzilla's "skin" keeps falling off and revealing its true identity. Anguirus also scrapes off one of the disguise's scales earlier in the movie.
  • Shout-Out: Kiryu is a cyborg mech made from the corpse of a monster to fight other monsters, is possessed, and prone to going berserk. The Neon Genesis Evangelion parallel is made even more explicit with promotional merchandise for Godzilla Resurgence including a model of Kiryu decked out in Unit-01's colors.
  • So Last Season: The second Showa Mecha could lose his head and keep fighting. Much to Godzilla's chagrin.
  • Soviet Superscience: The Showa Mechagodzilla is made by Russia in Rulers of Earth.
  • Taking You with Me: Heisei Mechagodzilla attempts to self-destruct after latching himself onto Godzilla to destroy him as a last-ditch resort.
  • This Is a Drill: Kiryu's drill hand.
  • Tin-Can Robot: The original, proving that even the clunkiest, most barrel-bodied old-school robots can still be bloody horrifying.
  • Villain Team-Up: Showa Mechagodzilla allied with a mind-controlled Titanosaurus during its second appearance.
  • Walking Armoury: All of them. The original (a Tin-Can Robot if ever there was one) packed Eye Beams, a force field, a powerful electric current, a Wave Motion Gun, forcefields, jets and enough missiles to equip the Red Army.
  • Zerg Rush: The mass-produced Showa Mechagodzillas do this to Godzilla in Rulers of Earth.


First appearance: King Kong Escapes, 1967

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.


First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, 2000

A gigantic mutant dragonfly and queen of the Meganulon insects. After an egg was laid by a time-displaced prehistoric dragonfly following the test run of the Dimension Tide, a boy brought the egg to Tokyo and later dropped it into the sewers, where it hatched into many larval Meganula. After causing the city to flood, they crawled up the buildings and metamorphed into adult Meganula, who flew off and found Godzilla and siphoned off some of his energy (during which Godzilla killed many of them). The survivors returned to Tokyo and gave the Godzilla energy as well as their own to their gestating queen, who grew enormous and much more fearsome as she became Megaguirus. One of the fastest kaiju, she can fly circles around her opponents and use her stinger to impale and siphon off their energy, which prevents them from using their special powers while she's draining them.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Swarm: Her Rage ability in Godzilla: Save the Earth summons three swarms of Meganula who chase foes and, if they catch it/them, paralyze it/them while draining a large amount of health and weapon energy to give to their queen.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from Rodan-food to being a threat to Godzilla.
  • Visual Pun: She's a dragon-fly!


First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon, 1973

A dimwitted subterranean kaiju vaguely resembling a giant beetle with drills for hands, Megalon was worshipped as a god by the underworld civilisation, Seatopia, which tried to deploy him to punish the surface world for their continued nuclear tests damaging Seatopia. In the Atari fighting game trilogy Megalon is allied with the invading alien Vortaak, fighting alongside their space monsters to destroy humanity and protect Seatopia.

  • Bash Brothers: With Gigan, cooperating very well during their battle against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies
  • 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.
  • Fireballs: Megalon fires them from his mouth-parts, and they're quite explosive.
  • 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.
  • Post Humous Character: Appears to be this so far in Rulers of Earth.
  • Shock and Awe: Lightning bolts from his horn.
  • 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.
  • Tunnel King: Those drills do something useful!


First appearance: The Mysterians, 1957

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.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.
  • 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: 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 he's one of the fastest monsters in speed, but pays for it with low defense. Subverted in the movie as it was capable of taking on Spacegodzilla for several hours as indicated in the day to night transition.
  • 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. In the fighting games he has the highest weapon stat, but pays for it with low defense. Subverted in the movie as it was capable of taking on Spacegodzilla for several hours as indicated in the day to night transition.
  • 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 / Karmic Death: In The Mysterians. During the JSDF's attack on the Mysterian's dome, A short lived second Moguera burrows beneath a Markalite Cannon toppling it over, only to be crushed by the massive piece of military equipment itself.
  • 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!
  • Redemption Equals Death.
  • 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.


First appearance: Video Game/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 Space Godzilla in order to escape from his prison in Godzilla: Save the Earth) embedded themselves in the surface, some of them managed to punch through the earth's crust and enter the lithosphere. There, brought together by the magma flows from within the earth, a sentient creature was brought to life by the accumulated power of the crystals and the raw, ferrous materials of the earth. Obsidius emerged from a volcano onto the surface world only recently in conjunction with fellow mutant Krystalak, and thus far has resisted all attempts at communication. His virtually impenetrable mineral exterior shields him against both physical and energy assaults. He advances single-mindedly toward the most unstable crystal formations on the surface, and as such should be considered extremely dangerous.

  • Breath Weapon: A spray of lava.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His body is composed mainly of solid rock and cooled magma.
  • 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

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.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: His completely nonsensical, sudden appearance in the rather anti-climactic alternate ending of Frankenstein vs. Baragon.
  • One-Shot Character: Sort of. His debut appearance was in King King vs Godzilla, where he fought the giant ape and fled. He then appeared in War of the Gargantuas for a brief moment, threatening a ship before being chased off by Gaira. In an alternate ending for Frankenstein Conquers The World made for America but not used, Oodako suddenly arrived after Frankenstein's monster defeated Baragon and wrestled him into a lake, pulling him under to his death.
  • Meaningful Name: Quite literally just "giant octopus".
  • Sea Monster: Not much else to say.
  • Tentacled Terror: A giant Kaiju octopus.


First appearance: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, 1966

An giant condor mutated by the nuclear waste of the terrorist organization Red Bamboo, Ookondoru guarded the island base in the air. It's unknown if Oookondoru is controlled in any manner. At any rate, while searching for prey, he came across Godzilla. The fight between them was short, but fierce. With one hit from Godzilla's atomic heat ray, Ookondoru fell into the ocean, never to be seen again except as Stock Footage in All Monsters Attack.


The villain of Godzilla: 2000, Orga is the freak result of a Millennian trying and failing to properly absorb Godzilla's DNA. The resulting mutant spent the remainder of the film trying to devour and consume Godzilla's genetic code, though whether this was instinctive, or out of a desire to save itself is unknown.

First appearance: Godzilla 2000: Millennium, 1999

  • Alien Invasion: Intended to take over the Earth by copying Godzilla's DNA.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Invaded Earth, killed hundreds of people, and tried to eat Godzilla in order to save itself from its own failures. Further evidence that you just can't trust aliens.
  • Big Eater: He tried to eat Godzilla! Doesn't get much bigger then that. In Rulers of Earth it tries to devour Godzilla, Moguera, and its own ally, Gigan, in turn.
  • 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.
  • Cool Ship: Initially appears as a silvery UFO.
    • Living Ship: The ship is controlled by the collective consciousness of the alien Millennians, and transforms into Orga after copying Godzilla's DNA.
    • Sapient Ship: See above.
  • Dumb Muscle: Not a particularly bright monster in the films, the games, or the comics.
  • Final Boss: Of Godzilla: Unleashed's Easy and Medium modes.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Millennians spent the entire movie trying to get Godzilla's DNA to gain his regenerative abilities and restore their bodies. Instead of doing that, it mutated them into Orga.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Tends to tank a lot of damage thanks to his healing factor.
  • Healing Factor: Has a pretty impressive one in the film, and an even better one in Rulers of Earth, where taking one of Gigan's blades through his upper jaw, or being blown apart from the inside out by Jet Jaguar, don't manage to kill him.
  • Hive Mind: In the manga adaptation of Godzilla 2000, the Millenian were a group of alien entities who accidentally fused together into a single consciousness.
  • Horror Hunger: Orga has to absorb new sources of DNA constantly or die. In Rulers of Earth this results in him trying to devour everything in sight, including his own allies.
  • LEGO Genetics: After absorbing Godzilla's DNA, he immediately morphed into a pseudo-Godzilla like beast.
  • Oh, Crap!: Eyes widen just before Godzilla, who is halfway down his stomach, unleashes his Nuclear Pulse and blasts him to pieces, giving the impression Orga just realized that was a bad idea.
  • Scaled Up: Started growing scales and dorsal spines as he absorbed Godzilla's DNA.
  • Secret Character: In Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save The Earth.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Has a replica of the Millenian ship's energy cannon in his left shoulder.
  • Too Dumb to Live: You've just spent the last twenty minutes slugging it out with Godzilla, who has been blowing pieces off of you with his Atomic Beam. Best course of action? Let's try swallowing him head first!
  • Villain of the Week: Only appeared in one movie, although he's certainly popular in the games.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: While he does quite a few grapples in the movie, the games it's taken up a notch...
  • Your Head Asplode: Him trying to swallow Godzilla results in him getting his head blasted off.


AKA: Radon (Japanese name and occasionally used in foreign dubs)

First appearance: Rodan, 1956
"Rodan agrees with him."
~ The Shobijin translating Rodan's agreement with Godzilla's Freudian Excuse in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.

When a pair of miners go missing in the small mining village of Kitamatsu, Shigeru Kawamura and the police enter the now-flooded shaft to search for the two men. They sucessfully find the lacerated corpse of Yoshi, one of the two miners. A doctor determines the cause of death to be an unusually sharp object, and they continue looking for what killed Yoshi; one of the murdered men's wives blames Goro for the deaths, but eventually he is proven innocent. Eventually, the killer reveals itself as a Meganula, an ancient species of insect. The wounds inflicted by two police officers by the gigantic arthropod are near identical to those found on Yoshi's corpse; the insect was clearly the killer of the men, and not Goro. The creature is still rampant, however.

After a bit of searching, the group find a swarm of Meganula inside the mine, and Shigeru is trapped. The search leads them to Goro's mutilated corpse, and the crew barely escape the Meganula swarm. Earthquakes begin as Doctor Kashiwagi reveals the identity of the insects, as rumors start of Mount Aso's imminent eruption, the volcano of which eclipses the entire mining village. Shigeru, shockingly, survived the earthquake, but has lost his memory.

Meanwhile in Kyushu, several miles away, an airbase is alerted by one of its jets to a UFO performing impossible manœuvres at supersonic velocities. The jet's pilot is ordered to trail it, but the object makes a sudden change of course and flies towards the jet, flying right into it and destroying its pursuer. This mysterious object is then seen around the world, and eventually a photo of its enormous wing is taken. Though it looks similar to the wing of Pteranodon, the theory is dismissed for how far-fetched it is.

After Shigeru has a vision, the team find out that the creature is a Pteranodon, after all, and eventually Rodan and its mate hatch, grow and terrorize Kyushu. After Rodan and his mate are finished with Kyushu, they return to their old nest, where a military trap is set off, killing one of the two pterosaurs. The second, whilst it has flown above the lava, flies into the volcano with its mate. Kiyo buries her weeping head in Shigeru's shoulder as he and Kashiwagi solemnly watch the two creatures die together, unwilling to live without each other.

The male Rodan was revealed to have survived and emerged from the volcano, tracking down and engaging in a ferocious battle with Godzilla. Even when Mothra, the only surviving offspring of the Mothra that Godzilla had killed before, attempted to convince them to help her defeat the space terror King Ghidorah and save humanity, the two beasts were too caught up in their own quarreling to bother with the young moth's pleas, Godzilla pointing out that because humans had attacked them, they would attack humans, as Rodan agreed. The two continued their duel as Mothra, after calling them bullheaded, defeatedly crawled off to try and face Ghidorah alone, knowing the two would probably never aid her. According to the Shobojin, Mothra's twin pristesses, Godzilla was not one for politeness, cussing at the larva and outright refusing his plea.

Ghidorah quickly (and violently) overwhelmed him, volleying gravity beams at the young moth and blasting him over and over. Godzilla and Rodan stopped at once; both of them impressed by his courage and selflessness. The two agreed to stop their battle and focus on the space beast in front of them, and the titanic battle of Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra VS King Ghidorah began, eventually ending in the three driving Ghidorah back into space after Godzilla threw the three-headed menace from a cliff. Rodan would later (along with Godzilla) be kidnapped by the Xilliens in a bid to use him, Godzilla and Ghidorah to conquer Earth. This would fail, and Rodan would be controlled by the Killaks in 1999 and sent to destroy Moscow. After being freed, the pterosaur joined his comrades (Godzilla, Mothra, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Minya, Varan and Manda) in killing King Ghidorah once and for all.

The Heisei Rodan was mutated by nuclear waste, and drawn to the egg of Baby Godzilla, along with Godzilla himself, where the two would attack each other over the egg, Godzilla eventually triumphing over—and mortally wounding—Rodan. Rodan would later be revitalized by further radiation and intercept a UNGCC carrier, then is once more mortally wounded by Mechagodzilla and Garuda. The pterosaur would attempt to escape while Godzilla and his robotic opponent were in battle; however, Super Mechagodzilla would cripple Godzilla swiftly, then turn and fire upon Rodan, fatally wounding the giant pterosaur. Landing on Godzilla's body, Rodan's energy dissipated as his body disappeared, his life energy and radiation gifting Godzilla with the Spiral Ray.

The Millenium Rodan is controlled by the Xilians, and is first seen in an assault on New York, his supersonic flight devastating the windows and raining glass upon the streets of the Big Apple. Suddenly, the prehistoric terror vanishes in a flash of light, and the Xilians reveal themselves as peaceful beings who destroyed the kaiju to aid humanity. The aliens are found out and, with their previous leader dead, their new Commander steps up and, in a fit of rage, unleashes the kaiju, including Rodan, to the world.

The Gotengo frees Godzilla at the South Pole, and the kaiju are whisked back away; the Commander using them to stall Godzilla and the Gotengo long enough for Gorath to arrive. After Godzilla effortlessly slaughters Zilla in Sydney, painlessly sends Kumonga over the horizon in New Guinea and fries Kamacuras in Osaka, the titan finds himself facing three kaiju; Anguirus, King Ceasar and Rodan himself. Despite their best efforts, Godzilla manages to defeat them; first sending a rolled up Anguirus, kicked like a ball by King Caesar, flying into the overhead Rodan, causing the prehistoric pterosaur to crash into a nearby cliffside. Anguiurus would be used as a ball some more, before also crashing into the same cliffside as Rodan and falling belly-first on his comrade, too woozy from his extended roll to continue fighting. King Caesar, despite his best efforts, was also flung into the cliff, and fell upon Anguirus' spiny hide. With the three defeated, but not killed, Godzilla moved on, leaving Rodan, King Caesar and Anguirus stacked on each other.

  • Adaptational Badass: In Godzilla Ongoing when he slams into Gigan.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The Heisei Rodan accepted Baby Godzilla as its foster brother and became extremely protective of him.
  • Blow You Away: His trademark is causing hurricane winds and sonic booms.
  • Breath Weapon: In his original film, Rodan emits a strange black smoky substance from his beak, which resembles the early animations of Godzilla's energy ray. Whether or not it was an energy ray or some form of "hurricane breath" is debatable, but he does get his own radioactive breath weapon in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II during the Heisei era. After being exposed to Godzilla's breath weapon, no less!
  • Crisis Cross Over: Linked not just the Mothra and Godzilla mythos but the Rodan one as well, all to defeat Ghidorah!
  • 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.
  • Feel No Pain: Showa Rodan took several of Godzilla's atomic heat rays and Ghidorah's gravity beams without so much as a scratch. In fact, his response to Godzilla's breath was to shake his head and look annoyed.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Occurs in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, maybe again in Mechagodzilla II.
    • Actually tends to happen a lot—Rodan is tied with Anguirus for being Godzilla's most consistent ally. Arguably Godzilla's strongest ally as well, considering how well the pair work together.
  • Giant Flyer: Very much so, due to being a giant mutant pterodactyl.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Godzilla: Final Wars, though he was under mind control.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II
  • Lightning Bruiser: So fast he can use sonic booms as an offensive weapon, yet strong enough to carry Godzilla.
  • Meaningful Name: The original Japanese name (Radon) is taken from Pterandon.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Rodan mutates into Fire Rodan after his battle with Godzilla, gaining his own uranium heat ray and more strength and toughness.
  • Pet the Dog: Allowed to live in Final Wars due to being an old ally of Godzilla's.
  • Powerup 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.
  • Signature Roar: A ululating cackle.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Inverted — After beginning with a starring role, Rodan was forever after reduced to playing second banana to Godzilla.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rodan was already quite cool but the versions in Mechagodzilla II and Final Wars are even cooler.
    • Subverted to many fans who consider his showings in the Showa era- going toe to toe with the King himself and later repeatedly handing King Ghidorah his ass by far his most badass moments, as compared to his later appearances where he would be cannon fodder.
  • Toothy Bird: He 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

  • Ascended Extra: See below.
  • Canon Immigrant: Set to appear 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 like of people.
  • 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.


A mutated clone of Godzilla who came 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.

First appearance: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, 1994

  • 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.
  • 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?
  • And I Must Scream: After he is defeated by Godzilla, he gets trapped in the form of tiny crystal particles, floating in space for all eternity.
  • Animalistic Abomination: He was created when Godzilla's cells were pulled into a black hole and fused with a crystalline entity.
  • 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.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: His crystal tip tail lets him stab things.
  • Call-Back / Shout-Out: SpaceGodzilla's physical design was heavily based off of the Super Godzilla design from the videogame of the same name for the SNES. In fact, aside from turning the spines along his back and tail and the massive growths on his shoulders into crystal, he's almost an Expy for Super Godzilla. Right down to the crest on his head, which was edited out of the American version of the game. SpaceGodzilla's mouth also shows some similarities to Biollante's mouth, and the way his body breaks down after death is similar to Biollante as well.
  • Co-Dragons: In Godzilla: Ongoing he, Hedorah, Gigan, and Kaiser Ghidorah are this to the Cryorg, who remain offscreen.
  • Crystal Spires: This is the theme of this behemoth.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In both Godzilla: Ongoing and Half-Century War he's set up as the big threat, only to be eclipsed by Kaiser Ghidorah in the former, and Gigan and King Ghidorah in the latter.
  • The Dragon: Initially this to the Vortaak in the Godzilla games.
  • Expy: He might look like Godzilla, but his characterization, as an alien being who comes to earth for the express purpose of wreaking havoc and hurting people, coupled with his sheer enjoyment of what he does, and independent nature, make him the Heisei equivalent of Showa!King Ghidorah.
  • Evil Twin: A twisted clone of Godzilla, created when his cells fused together with an alien entity and some sort of crystalline lifeform within a black hole.
  • Final Boss: Of Godzilla: Unleashed's Hard Mode and Godzilla: Save The Earth's' Adventure 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.
  • Karmic Death
  • 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.
  • Mix and Match Critter: Part Godzilla, part rose, part human, part crystalline space entity. Maybe. Two potential origins exist for this guy in the movies and a third was introduced by the Trendmasters Godzilla Wars toy line, and was considered definitive within the line. Both with at least one factor in common. One theory's starting point sees a few stray Godzilla cells parting ways from Biollante at the end of Godzilla vs. Biollante, and the other sees Mothra accidentally taking some of Godzilla's DNA into space with her at the end of Battle for Earth. In either case, the theories then state that somehow these cells were exposed to the energy of a black hole and emerged from a white hole, as a twisted and evil clone of Godzilla. The origin presented by Trendmasters take partly from the theory of Mothra being the one responsible for Godzilla cells ending up in space. However the twist is that these cells encountered a crystalline life form, one that may or may not have been malevolent from the outset. Whatever the case, the resultant creature, SpaceGodzilla, headed straight for Earth in both the films and the toy line with a singular thought: defeat Godzilla.
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile
  • 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.
  • Squishy Wizard: In the movie Space Godzilla 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.
  • Tail Slap: His long tail lets him grab and throw things, something his short arms can't help with him.
  • 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.


First appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla, 1975

Similar to Godzilla in that he is believed to be a dinosaur that returned to the sea and survived there through the great extinction, Titanosaurus was a peaceful creature until the Simians returned to earth and used their technology to enslave the aquatic giant, wielding him as a weapon against the human race. When his controller was destroyed, Titanosaurus attempted to flee back into the ocean, but Godzilla pressed his attack and (supposedly) killed him.

  • Anti-Villain: A character notes that Titanosaurus was actually quite gentle. And what does he do when the mind-control is temporarily broken? Breaks off his fight with Godzilla and quickly escapes into the sea. All the bad stuff he did was under mind control.
  • 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.
  • Dub Name Change: Titanosaurus is called "Titano Kong" in the Italian dub.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Gentle Giant: When free of mind control, he quickly drops whatever destruction he was in the middle of and flees.
  • Genre Throwback: After making odd sci-fi monsters like Gigan and Megalon it was a step back to the old-days with Titano, a giant dinosaur with natural powers.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Titanosaurus is actually a gentle giant. But Mifune turned him into his pawn, where he gets forced to fight, blasted with a sonic gun, torturing him to near death, then finished off by Godzilla who had no clue about the mind control.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He gave Godzilla one of his more brutal melee fights, and is pretty dang fast for a giant monster.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: In Godzilla: Unleashed, his ranged weapon is a sonic beam. Explained by him using echolocation to navigate the dark depths, but ironic because his weakness in the movie was sonics. (A possible explanation for it is that Titanosaurus' natural sonar, probably used to navigate the depths of the ocean, where little light goes, is turned into a scrambled mess and renders his vision near-useless, but no official explanation is given)
  • Sea Monster: A giant surviving dinosaur that took to life in the oceans.
  • Shoot the Dog
  • 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.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Showa Mechagodzilla
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: As noted above, his defeat/possible death is really unnecessarily cruel, especially, since he's a peaceful creature being controlled against his will.
    • What makes it even more tragic is that Godzilla had no clue about the mind control. Don't forget this is still the Showa era and Godzilla is still in his 'heroic' phase. He thought Titanosaurus was acting on his own will in siding with Mechagodzilla. So he reacted accordingly. This is really a case where Godzilla's good intentions went wrong, even though his heart was in the right place. Given that the monsters seem to have a language, as established in Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, and seen again in a few other films, it may be an issue that Titanosaurus just didn't have time to get his head together and explain the situation to Godzilla, who attacked out of the belief that Titanosaurus was like so many other recent battles (Gigan and Megalon being the two most recent films before the first ''Mechagodzilla' film.) where he'd fought multiple enemies.
  • 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

A rare species of butterfly native to Sibera is found in Japan, and a pair of entomologists are sent to investigate. Two scientists lead the expedition, but are mysteriously crushed by an unknown entity. The natives of the area worship the creature named Varan, their mountain god. After a while, a young boy named Ken runs from the village after his dog, and when they find him again, the mountain god the villagers described, Varan, emerges. The villagers flee and Varan chases them, killing a priest and tearing the huts apart. Content, the beast returns to the lake.

Reports of Varan's existance are sent to Japan, and they prepare for Varan's arrival. Varan does emerge, and is eventually distracted by light bombs. The creature then reveals large flaps of skin between its limbs, and leaps off the mountain and glides away. He returns, however, and the SDF's weaponry prove useless against Varan's armored hide. The beast goes unchallenged until Special Gunpowder-filled light bombs are set, and Varan devours two of them. The first one detonates, causing Varan to retreat into the ocean. Unfortunately for the creature, the second light bomb detonates and the creature is defeated.

Varan (or a second of his kind) would later be rounded up to Monsterland in 1999, where he would live in peace untill the Kilaaks take over Earth's monsters and unleash them upon humanity; though Varan, Baragon and Anguirus are unmentioned in the assault on mankind. Eventually, the humans break Varan and the other Earth kaiju free of the alien control and Varan observes the demise of King Ghidorah, then returning to Monsterland to live in peace.

  • Adaptational Badass: In Godzilla Unleashed. Varan is the second-fastest Earth Defender, can chain his attacks together into devastating combos, and has great versatility with his gliding (he can even attack during it, and doing his uppercut punch allows him to glide indefinitely). His bite heavy attack also hits deceptively hard and can knock an opponent on its back.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Zone Fighter
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Godzilla will show up on the show once in a while to help Zone Fighter fight other monsters, the King of The Monsters even got a second title, The Monster of Justice.
  • Eye Scream: In one episode he karate chops a monster so hard his eyes pop out and then Zone Fighter rips them out!
  • Follow the Leader: Zone Fighter is "inspired" by Ultraman after all.
  • 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.

     American Kaiju 


First appearance: Godzilla, 1998 (as Godzilla)

The mutant monster, designed by Patrick Tatopoulos, that was the star of the much-panned by Godzilla fans "American Godzilla" movie (which they called just "Godzilla") released by Tristar Films. An iguana heavily mutated by fallout from early atomic bomb tests, Zilla grew into a gargantuan, vaguely theropodian reptile that sunk a number of fishing ships in pursuit of the fish upon which it fed before somehow finding its way to New York, where it began terrorizing the city in its efforts to build a nest — the climax of its mutations was asexuality, enabling it to lay hundreds of eggs that would hatch into a veritable army of giant lizards. Unlike conventional kaiju, though, its sheer size, cunning, agility and ability to use the terrain to its advantage were the only protection it had, and it was brought down by conventional missiles once it was lured from hiding and entangled so that it couldn't flee.

In 2004, director Ryuhei Kitamura and producer Shogo Tomiyama wanted to pit the 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 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.

  • 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: Emmerich's, Devlin's, and Toho's stance is that the 1998 film is set in its own continuity unrelated to any of the other films, aside from a brief Take That! in GMK. Ergo, the versions of the monster that appeared in Final Wars and Rulers of Earth are not the same monster that was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge, but seperate incarnations of the character.
  • 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.
  • Breath Weapon: The Godzilla in the 1998 movie sent cars flying and set off a massive explosion by screeching, and in reference to this scene Zilla in Final Wars had an "acid fire breath", but was only shown using it once from off-screen. In Godzilla: The Series, Cyber-Godilla gained a blue version of his son's atomic breath thanks to the aliens' tampering.
  • Butt-Monkey: Got beaten even faster than most of the other monsters in Final Wars.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: In Rulers of Earth, Zilla's eyes are shown in a tidal wave just before he makes landfall.
  • Conspicuous CGI: One of the reasons most of its appearances were at night in the original film. Deliberately done by Toho in Final Wars as a Take That! at Zilla and CGI in general.
  • Cyborg: In the Godzilla: The Series he was resurrected as one.
  • Decomposite Character: Patrick Tatopoulos's creature design was first created and used in 1998 as an adaptation of Godzilla, but was poorly received by fans. Toho poked fun at this in GMK, where it is 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" and 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, Toho considers the 1998 Godzilla and Zilla from Final Wars to be different incarnations of the same character, but are legally obligated to refer to the 1998 and cartoon versions as Godzilla. All post-2004 incarnations of the creature are to be called Zilla.
  • Explosive Breeder: In the 1998 film, Godzilla lays over 200 eggs, and each of its offspring is capable of doing the same. As a Mythology Gag to this, in Godzilla: Oblivion a panel shows Zilla nesting in the ruins of a city surrounded by hundreds of eggs; and Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse states that Zilla's greatest strengths are its speed, agility, and ability to rapidly reproduce asexually.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He had his chest blown open by volleys of missiles, and in Godzilla: The Series, his rebuilt self is pretty much mauled to death.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Nick is very surprised when a pregnancy test reveals the giant radioactive lizard ransacking NYC is about to lay eggs. It's then subverted by everyone continuing to call Godzilla a "very unusual he" due to it being asexually reproducing, despite it being anatomically female.
  • Fragile Speedster: One of the most agile of all kaiju, but squishy enough to be taken down by fighter plane missiles and one-shotted by Godzilla's atomic breath note . He's considerably tougher in the Rulers of Earth comic; while he's still more lightly built than most kaiju, he's able to take multiple hits from Godzilla's claws, teeth, and atomic breath, and brushes aside the army like they're nothing. Still a Fragile Speedster when compared to other kaiju, though.
  • In Name Only: Tri-Star's '98 remake quickly had fans coining the acronym GINO (Godzilla In Name Only) for the character. It remains a popular term to distinguish the '98 creature from its animated counterpart.
  • It Can Think: In the 1998 film, Godzilla is somewhat cunning, as far as an animal goes, but his only surviving offspring takes it Up to Eleven. The Final Wars incarnation is incredibly animalistic; in contrast the Rulers Of Earth version is as smart as his cartoon son, and able to effectively strategize in a battle with Godzilla.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: All incarnations of Zilla know to book it when the odds turn against them.
  • Meaningful Name: Subverted in Toho's case. By 2016, Toho has given Godzilla the official meaning to the character's name, meaning "God Incarnate". Toho's reasons are even stated below.
  • Meaningful Rename: Its name was changed to "Zilla" in Final Wars because Ryuhei Kitamura and Shogo Tomiyama believed it didn't deserve to have the "God" prefix, though Toho still has to call the 1998 and cartoon versions "Godzilla" for legal reasons.
  • Mister Seahorse: Is consistently referred to as a male, even after it lays a few hundred eggs. Patrick Tatopoulos admitted to sculpting female genetalia onto the 1998 version's model.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Lays over 200 eggs in its debut film, which hatch into ravenous baby Godzillas. One happens to survive the end of the movie. The Oblivion comic shows Zilla crouching over a massive clutch of eggs amidst the ruins of a city.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The original can ignite flammable objects with a loud screech.
  • Not Zilla: Was originally meant to be a new version of Godzilla but eventually became this. Understandably many fans and critics alike feel this way about Tri-Star's 1998 "remake", although he is more of an Expy of obscure Godzilla monster Gorosaurus. He has a more traditionally theropod design, an affinity for burrowing (Originally a trademark of Baragon but given to Gorosaurus for Destroy All Monsters), all he lacks is the jump kick.
  • Off-Model: His appearance in Final Wars, which was scanned from the Trendmaster "Ultimate Godzilla" figure from the 1998 film's toyline, when compared to his appearance in Godzilla and the Rulers of Earth comic.
  • Punny Name: Toho renamed him based on the opinion that - unlike the deific Japanese Godzilla - the American Godzilla was a mere animal that could be slain by a couple of missile volleys and thus didn't warrant the "God" part of "Godzilla."
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Doug Walker said that lizards don't eat fish, but in reality, there are lizards that eat fish.
  • 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.
  • Sudden Name Change: Final Wars renamed every incarnation of the character post-2004 "Zilla". According to Ryuhei Kitamura and Shogo Tomiyama, this was because, unlike the Japanese Godzilla, the American Godzilla was just a mutated animal and therefore didn't merit having the "God" prefix. The 1998 version and its cartoon son are still called Godzilla for legal reasons.
  • Super Speed: Say what you will about the rest of his repertoire but damn he's fast. This speed and agility are what saves his life during his battle with Godzilla in Rulers of Earth.
  • Stealth Expert: Was somehow able to shake off the military and hide itself in the middle of New York City, despite the fact that it's a building-sized bipedal lizard.
  • The Strategist: Rulers of Earth makes him into one, at least by kaiju standards, aiming to outfox the much larger and more powerful Godzilla.
  • Take That!:
    • In GMK a couple of JSDF soldiers mention that a reptilian monster attacked New York in 1998 and that the Americans mistakenly believe it was Godzilla.
    • The reason for the official name "Zilla" given by the Japanese studio? Simple: Toho didn't believe the American Godzilla had any right to have "God" in its name.note  The scene where Zilla fights Godzilla is even called "Pretender to the Throne", and Toho's choice of soundtrack for the battle note  further emphasizes their contempt for the character.
  • To Serve Man:
    • Godzilla tries to eat the cab containing Nick, Audrey, Animal, and Roche in order to avenge its babies.
    • Implied in Godzilla: Final Wars, where, during his rampage through Sydney, Zilla spots two people fleeing from him and immediately gives chase before dipping his head down and opening wide.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the series where he's rebuilt as Cyber-Godzilla, and in Rulers of Earth where he has a proper rematch with Godzilla and manages to get a few blows in.
  • Tragic Monster: Much like the original Godzilla, the American Godzilla was a victim of mankind.
  • Truly Single Parent: In the 1998 movie, Godzilla reproduced asexually and laid over 200 eggs.
  • Tunnel King: Can easily burrow through solid rock and concrete.
  • Villainous Underdog: In any fight with Godzilla, who has a Breath Weapon, a thicker hide, and a major size advantage. This results in his getting stomped flat in Final Wars; in the Rulers of Earth rematch 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, stronger monster.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Brought back to life into a cyborg called Cyber-Godzilla under the control of alien invaders in Godzilla: The Series as their ultimate weapon. Also gained a blue variant of his son's Breath Weapon.

Godzilla Jr.

First appearance: Godzilla: The Series, 1998

Star of the animated series derived from Tristar's Godzilla, Godzilla Jr. hatched from the sole surviving egg laid by the first Zilla — because of the mutant's unstable genetic code, the hatchling possessed the sheer resilience, healing factor and energy breath weapon associated with Godzilla as well as the speed, intelligence and agility of Zilla, while also being sterile.

  • Berserk Button: If you value your life, do NOT mess with his "father", Nick Tatopulous.
    • Harming any H.E.A.T member is this, as well as any of Junior's allies.
  • Big Guy: To the H.E.A.T team.
  • Breath Weapon: A green napalm-like blast of fire. His scutes and eyes flash just before he uses it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Granted, he's an animal...
  • Finishing Move: His atomic breath is usually this.
  • Genius Bruiser: In addition to being really fast and agile, Junior here is far smarter than his parent, at times nearing Showa Godzilla-levels (making moral choices).
  • It Can Think: Extremely well (for an animal), in fact.
  • Happily Adopted: More like "adopted" Nick due to Imprinting and has loyally followed Nick since.
  • Legacy Character: To his father/mother.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is as fast and agile as Zilla but has the strength, durability, and atomic breath of Godzilla.
  • Love Hurts: In one episode he fell in love with a mutant Komodo dragon, Komodithrax, and became her mate and surrogate father of her egg (she could reproduce asexually). When she and the egg were lost at the end of the episode, Zilla Jr. roared his grief and despair to the world.
  • Meaningful Name: Unlike his father, the naming of Godzilla actually works for him as it takes more than a few missiles to bring him down. The meaning in question is "God Incarnate".
  • No-Sell: Artillery fire doesn't really work on him.
  • Roar Before Beating: Lets out a roar before going to battle with a Monster of the Week.
  • Superior Successor: Zilla Jr. is much more powerful than Zilla ever was.
  • Tail Slap: His tail may not have a needle on the end, but it's definitely a good whip.
  • The Gloves Come Off: Whenever the Monster of the Week tries to harm Nick, you can be pretty sure Junior will try to destroy, maim and/or kill the offending foe.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In addition to having what good qualities Zilla possessed, he has the original Godzilla's tough hide, healing, strength, determination, and of course, his power breath. Plus he's pretty smart.
  • Tunnel King: Can burrow quite well, like his father.

King Kong

First appearance: King Kong vs. Godzilla, 1962

A large and powerful ape who lived on Faro Island in the South Pacific and was strengthened by electricity. Kong was worshiped as a deity by the natives, who would leave him drinks made from the indeginous fruit trees as offerings (which tended to make him fall asleep after ingesting). During one such ceremony, Kong drove off the giant octopus Oodako, who was attacking the natives, and after drinking his offering was captured by representatives of a pharmaceutical company and taken back to Japan, where he escaped and ran into a rampaging Godzilla. Falling back from the initial confrontation, Kong made a meal of electricity from power lines before he was captured and pitted against Godzilla again. The second fight was a much longer and more brutal affair which ended when both combatants tumbled into the sea and Kong swam away, leaving Godzilla defeated beneath the waves. A while later, after making a new home on Mondo Island, Kong saves visiting scientists from Gorosaurus, is captured by the evil Dr. Who to mine a rare mineral, battles his mechanical doppleganger Mechani-Kong, and then destroys Dr. Who and his ship before once again swimming off to live in peace.

  • 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.
  • Everything's Better With Apes: Yep, though Godzilla would probably disagree.
  • 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.
  • The Rival: To Godzilla both in the film and in a meta sense.
  • Shock and Awe: Electricity makes Kong stronger, and he can channel electric shocks through his hands.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The first brief battle Kong quickly runs away from Godzilla's fire breath, and then during the second battle Kong ends up getting his ass kicked during the fight. An electricity power-up later and the battle ends with Kong ignoring two fire blasts and running through them to get to Godzilla.
  • Your Size May Vary: The original King Kong was roughly 25 feet tall, whereas the Toho one was resized to roughly 147 feet to make a better opponent for the 50 meter tall Godzilla.

Red Ronin

First appearance: Godzilla: King of the Monsters #6, 1978

A giant samurai-themed robot created by Stark International for use by S.H.I.E.L.D. to combat Godzilla and other monsters. He often served as both an ally and foil to the King of the Monsters.

  • Canon Foreigner: He appeared exclusively in the Godzilla comic published by Marvel.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai
  • Expy: Archie Goodwin, the Editor-In-Chief at the time the comic was being published, admitted that Red Ronin is based off of japanese Super Robot anime, most famously Shogun Warriors (which, coincidently, was another property that Marvel adapted into a comic book series).
  • Foil
  • Gatling Good: His shield doubled as a gatling laser gun.
  • Hack Your Enemy: The reason why Red Ronin in later appearances clashed with other Marvel heroes, as he was often reprogramed by villains such as Doctor Doom.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Put on a Bus: Averted. Though Marvel eventually lost the license to use Godzilla, they still owned the rights to original characters they created specifically for the comic. As such, Red Ronin continued to appear in other comic series without Godzilla, often clashing with Marvel's other superheroes such as the Avengers and the Inhumans.


Arthropodal alien kaiju used by the Cyrogs in Rulers of the Earth.

  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Their arms are scythe like blades.
  • Chest Blaster
  • 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.




An alien race that appears in Rulers of Earth along with the Cryog. They have lived under water for centuries, until the Cryog approach them for an alliance.

Kaiju minions: Manda, Gezora, Titanosaurus, Destoroyah, Biollante

The Cryog

An alien race featured in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Let's just say they have big plans for Earth.
Kaiju minions: Gigan, Orga

Space Hunter Nebula M Aliens

Aliens that resemble giant, sentient cockroaches, survivors of a world that was much like earth and which evolved sentience after its equivalent of humanity killed itself off through rampant pollution. They came to earth with plans to wipe out the human race and settle there themselves because, while they could survive in the pollution of their homeworld, the planet was so badly damaged it was dying and would soon no longer be able to support even their existence.

Kaiju minions: King Ghidorah, Gigan.


Aliens from the asteroid belt which appear before humans in the guise of women wearing shiny silvery bodysuits, save for their preference for insanely high temperatures. When it grows cooler, they revert to their true forms, which resemble the Cyber-mats from Doctor Who.

Kaiju minion: King Ghidorah


Semi-amorphous tentacled aliens whose ship crashed on Earth millions of years before, they are accidentally awoken by the Crisis Control Intervention Center's deep sea expedition. Scouting Japan in their spacecraft and seeking to harvest DNA in order to regain physical form, they deemed Godzilla's hyper-regenerative genome to be perfectly suited for their goal, unaware of the drastic effects it would have...

Kaiju minion: Orga.

The Mysterians

Kaiju minion: Moguera.

  • Alien Invasion: To take Earth's women and find a new home.
  • Dying Race: Made their own home planet uninhabitable from nuclear war. A good percent of the new born population are born with birth defects. They themselves are poisoned by the effects of Strontium 90.
  • Death Ray: Tons of them!
  • Elaborate Underground Base: A giant burrowing dome in the Fuji area.
  • Human Aliens: Though we never see them under the helmets, it's what they are.
  • Mars Needs Women: Their motifs.

Simians / Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens

Kaiju minions: Mechagodzilla, Titanosaurus.


The Vortaak are a warlike alien species that appear in the Atari games. In Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Godzilla: Save The Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed, the Vortaak seem to be one of the galaxy's dominant species. They conquer planets to expand their civilization. But instead of useing their own advanced weapons, they attack Earth by controlling the Kaiju. Godzilla breaks free from the alien mind control and defeats the others. They are led by their Queen, Vortica. Interestingly, the Vortakk, in their first appearance they are controlled by a male character who dresses exactly like the people from Planet X in Godzilla vs. Monster Zero/Invasion of Astro Monster.

Xiliens / Xians / Ekkusu-Seijin

Natives of the Planet X, these aliens are known for their black outfits, their distinct shades, and their modus operandi of initially teaming up with humans to take down monsters only to exploit that team-up for their secret sinister motives. They were the first non-kaiju aliens that Godzilla ever went up against.

Kaiju minions: (Showa era) King Ghidorah; (Millenium era) Gigan, Monster X, Anguirus, Rodan, Ebirah, King Caesar, Kamacuras, Kumonga, Hedorah, Zilla


The titular "Space Amoeba", a parasitic life-form that crashlanded on an island on Earth, Sensitive to ultrasonic soundwaves, Yog attempted to kill the humans already on the island by merging with, in turn, a cuttlefish, a turtle and two rock crabs, mutating each into a giant monster.
Kaiju minions: Kamoebas, Ganimes, Gezora.

  • Puppeteer Parasite: Anything Yog possesses becomes his mindless minion along with becoming a giant monster.


Gotengo / Atragon / Gouten

First Appearance: Atragon, 1963

In Atragon, this Submersible super-ship was designed by a former Imperial Japanese Navy Officer seeking revenge against the United States for World War II, Dead set on his revenge, he initially refused to use the machine for any other purpose, not even to save the world from the Mulians. Eventually, he relents in time to defeat the Mulians.

In Final Wars, the Gotengo's origins are unknown, but it serves as one of Earth's Anti-Kaiju measures.

  • Ascended Extra: In the video games Atragon started as an enemy vehicle, then became a playable character in the second Japan-only Godzilla fighting game. It went back to being an enemy in Unleashed.
  • Cool Starship: Believe it or not, she can go into space.
  • Freeze Ray: Has the Absolute Zero Cannon/Maser. Used to good effect on Manda in both Atragon and Final Wars.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the first NES Godzilla game and Godzilla: Unleased, the Gotengo is on the evil side. In Godzilla: Monster of Monsters the aliens have an entire fleet of Gotengos, and the Subspace stages can have one as a mid-boss for you to fight for experience. In Unleashed, Atragon is under the command of General Gyozen, who succumbs to the power of the crystals and his hatred of monsters (because of a Noodle Incident involving Godzilla). When you play as an Earth Defender, Mutant or Alien, you must face Atragon several times throughout the story mode, culminating in a boss battle with the battleship in Osaka.
  • Military Mashup Machine: Primarily a Submersible Battleship, most versions can also fly as well, and many carry a varying number of aircraft.
  • More Dakka: Final Wars gives Gotengo eight missile launchers and several laser cannons.
  • Super Prototype: Final Wars shows three similar flying battleships with no drills. by the middle of the film, only Gotengo remains.
  • This Is a Drill: The bow of the ship is a huge drill, allowing Gotengo to move through the ground.

Super-X / Super-X II / Super-X III

Advanced war machines designed to destroy Godzilla.

  • Attack Reflector: Super-X II has the Fire Mirror, a diamond sphere that reflects Godzilla's heat ray right back at him.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Super-X and Super-X III. The latter has freezing lasers.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Super-X and Super-X II.
  • More Dakka: Super-X and Super-X III. Super-X II mainly used the Fire Mirror, only using missiles in the second confrontation.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: The first Super-X was able to defeat Godzilla by firing cadmium missiles into his mouth, neutralizing his atomic cells. But when Godzilla was revived by a nuclear storm, the Super-X couldn't use that trick again, and both combatants simply unloaded at each other until Godzilla finally brought down the Super-X. The Super-X II did amazingly until the Fire Mirror was overloaded by Godzilla's ray, then it faired poorly in the second fight until Godzilla destroyed with a final blast. Subverted by the Super-X III, which not only temporarily defeated Godzilla by freezing him but also landed the killing blows on Destoroyah.
    • Bonus points for the Super-X3 being the only one of the three to survive its debut film and not be destroyed by either monster.

Maser Cannon
  • Freeze Ray: Modified for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The signature ability of the Masers.
  • Glass Cannon: They can dish out the pain but can't take it. The Maser weapons on Kiryu and MOGUERA don't have this problem.
  • Hell Is That Noise: They come in flying variants called ASTOL-MB 93 that sound like Tie-Fighters.
  • Shock and Awe: The original effect for the Maser beam was a lightning-like bolt.
  • Stock Footage: Only one new scene was filmed for them in Godzilla vs. Gigan, with an immobile stiff model. Other then that, all shameless footage lifted from War of the Gargantuas.
  • The Worf Effect: In every movie other than War of the Gargantus, Godzilla vs Gigan, and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Masers only annoy the kaiju they're used against. These are supposed to be intimidatingly powerful ray guns, but since their main purpose is to show how tough the monsters are by not hurting them, we never get to see them be the badass beams they're alleged to be.
    • Turns out they are glass cannons, they can dish out pain but can't take it, however mechs like Kiryu and MOGUERA have maser weapons and are far more durable than the tanks and aircraft.
  • Unbuilt Trope: Masers are first mentioned by that name in War of the Gargantuas, but very similar predecessors are depicted in The Mysterians (where they are referred to as Markelites), and Mothra (Atomic Heat Rays). In Mysterians, the Markelites thoroughly avert the above mentioned Worf Effect, being the primary weapon used to defeat the invaders.

     Unmade Monsters 
All of these harbor major What Could Have Been moments.


Deutalios was supposed to star in Godzilla vs. Biollante, in which he was fought, killed, and eaten by Godzilla, proving the Big G is carnivorous. He was removed and replaced by Biollante's rose form.


Very little is known about Dogolas. He only appeared on the CD-ROM The Godzilla Movie Studio Tour, and it is totally unknown what movie he was going to be in.


One of four original monsters that were created for the video game Godzilla Unleashed and decided upon by a fan poll. Firelion lost to Obsidius and wasn't used for the final game.

A creature of myth and legend, Firelion is believed to have been the guardian of the lost civilization of Mu. The ruins of this once great culture were discovered sunken off the coast of Japan. Artifacts recovered from the site depict the existence of a great lion-like dragon with a fiery mane. This artist’s rendering is based on the many carvings and glyphs found amongst the ruins. Recent earthquake activity has opened fissures near the site which archeologists are eager to explore. According to the ancient images, Firelion possessed the ability to appear and disappear like a flickering flame, and throw fire from his tail.

  • Expy: Of King Caesar and Manda, sharing the artificial construct nature of the former, the guardian of the lost civilization of Mu of the latter, and the guardian deity title of both.
  • Golem: Similar to King Caesar, Firelion was made by humans. However, his life force is a spirit of fire inhabiting the sculpture.
  • Invisibility: Would have been able to vanish and reappear, though if it was to teleport or for stealth is unknown.
  • Living Statue
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: A dragon/lion creature with a human-like gilded mask.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Soul Power: A spirit of flame inhabits and animates its sculpted body.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Firelion's back, elbows, and tail tip burn with the guardian spirit's power.

Giant Mosasaur

A scrapped kaiju from Tokyo S.O.S, the Giant Mosasaur was going to appear as a corpse that was washed up on shore alongside the rock turtle Kamoebas, both of whom would be mauled and killed by Godzilla. It has no known abilities, and has never been considered for another film.

The Gryphon

The creature originally intended to be Godzilla's opponent in the 1994 draft of the first American Godzilla film. It would have been an amorphous extraterrestrial that came to Earth in a meteor and started collecting genetic material from numerous animals in order to form a solid body for itself. It was ultimately killed in battle with Godzilla, although it did prove itself quite a formidable foe.

Lightning Bug

One of four original monsters that were created for the video game Godzilla Unleashed and decided upon by a fan poll. Lightning Bug lost to Obsidius and wasn't used for the final game.

An experiment to weaponize alien crystal energy goes terribly wrong when a tiny firefly buzzes into the focused energy stream. The firefly survives just long enough to lay her eggs in the test facility's cooling ponds. One of the eggs mutates and produces this uber bug. The Lightning Bug has hover flight, which allows her to unfold her wings and hover short distances. Her Armor Wings also serve as a shield from physical and energy attacks.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies
  • Cyborg: Lightning Bug is a genetically-engineered cyborg developed from a host of insect DNA and grafted with a multi-alloy chassis.
  • Giant Flyer
  • Lightning Gun / Plasma Cannon: It's unknown which type of energy Lightning Bug would have used, but it's a safe bet that its ranged attack and non-physical attacks would have used one of them.
  • Power Limiter: Lightning Bug's metal body contains the unstable energy constantly radiating from its body.
  • Tron Lines: The green parts of its body would have glowed to show the energy running through its body. The green would change to orange when Lightning Bug suffered massive trauma or other disruption (likely after being knocked down or struck by a heavy attack).


A scrapped kaiju from the cancelled American sequel to Godzilla 2000 known as Godzilla Reborn. Miba was a Giant Bat monster composed entirely of Lava, who was to awaken from a Volcano and fight Godzilla in Mauna Loa, Hawaii. It has no known abilities.


Mogu is a dragon monster that was to appear alongside King Ghidorah and Gigan in the original draft for Godzilla vs. Gigan. However due to the initial enormous budget for the film, cut costs were made and Mogu (along with Rodan and Varan) was scrapped when Godzilla was given Anguirus as a partner instead.

The Visitor

One of four original monsters that were created for the video game Godzilla Unleashed and decided upon by a fan poll. The Visitor lost to Obsidius and wasn't used for the final game.

In their bid to retake earth, the Vortaak aliens have conscripted a new secret weapon into their arsenal of monsters. The Visitor is a feral alien creature captured from its home planet by the Vortaak with the intent of turning it loose on mankind. The monster clamps down on opponents with its massive jaws and stabs them with its crab-like appendages. The Visitor can also employ a Brainspasm, which shoots a directional shockwave from its pulsating cranium.

  • Alien Invasion: The Visitor would have been part of the Alien Faction, controlled by the Vortaak.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: A head that seems to be all mouth, four long hooked limbs growing from its spine, and it absorbs the alien compounds of its preferred food (space worms) to make its skeleton virtually indestructible.
  • Expy: Part of The Visitor's design was inspired by Showa Gigan's Hook Hand and Orga's attempt to eat Godzilla whole by expanding its mouth.
  • Eyeless Face
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The four large spines protruding from its back are also limbs, used to dig into the rocky mountainous surface of its home planet and to seize and hold prey and opponents.
  • Psychic Powers: The Visitor would have had the ability to project a directional beam/burst of psychic energy from its cranium called a Brainspasm as its ranged attack. Seeing as it has no eyes or nostrils, it would likely also be able to sense its surroundings and other beings with its mind.