Character page for the Godzilla franchise.
- 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.
Showa Era's Anguirus first appeared in a ferocious battle with Godzilla; and though the smaller creature was ultimately defeated, he (or another of his kind) aided Godzilla in fending off the space terror duo of King Ghidorah and Gigan. Later on, he would attempt fighting Mechagodzilla on his own, and inform Godzilla of the mechanical impostor's presence. In 1999, Anguirus would be relocated and moved to Monsterland, alongside many other Earth monsters. After the final death of King Ghidorah, Anguirus would live peacefully on Monsterland for the rest of his days.
Millenium Era's Anguirus was first seen trampling Shanghai under the orders of the Xiliens alien race. Anguirus aided Rodan and King Ceasar in battling Godzilla at Mount Fuji, but the monster trio were defeated when Godzilla flung the ankylosaur into his two partners, leaving them knocked out in a dazed heap. This incarnation of Anguirus frequently curled into a ball as a form of attack.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comic Godzilla Legends he manages to defeat Destoroyah and send him packing. In the Marc Cerasini novels, he fights Gigan one-on-one and kills him. In Godzilla: The Half-Century War, he puts up one helluva fight against Godzilla.
- Hell, he even 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", although later films generally have them as allies.
- Badass Normal: Anguirus is one of the few monsters that doesn't have a breath weapon and he certainly cannot fly. All he's got going for him are his horns, teeth, claws, and the ability to roll into a spiky ball. And, yet, he's still considered to be Godzilla's greatest ally.
- In Destroy All Monsters, Anguirus is the first Kaiju to deal a strong enough attack to King Ghidorah to draw blood, something Godzilla himself wouldn't manage until the Heisei era.
- Bash Brothers: With Godzilla in the later films.
- The Bus Came Back: Prior to his appearance in Final Wars, his last appearance was in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla thirty years prior, skipping the entire Heisei Era.
- 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!
- Or being dropped from a flying Ghidorah and stomped upon repeatedly, at that. Getting his jaw broken, though...
- Dumb Dinos: Averted. Like Godzilla he displays intelligence.
- Dynamic Entry: In Rulers of Earth he makes a dynamic return by rescuing Jet Jaguar just as it is about to be defeated.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance in Godzilla Raids Again (and in a few early video games), he had a sonic roar that causes Osaka Castle to crumble, but in all his later appearances he has no breath attack.
- Epic Flail: Gets used as one By Godzilla against several Mechagodzillas in the Rulers of Earth comic. Anguirus takes it in stride.
- 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.
- Rolling Attack: The first time he's ever used this ability was in the game Godzilla Kaiju Daikessen as his finishing move. The fighting games takes this move Up to Eleven. Godzilla Final Wars was the first film to have him utilize it as it makes him difficult to intercept and has even struck down a Gotengo ship in one blow.
- That was also how he defeated Destroyah in one IDW issue.
- 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. His only apparance has been in a video game called Super Godzilla for the SNES as the Final Boss. Despite this, Bagan has managed to gain quite a following, in part because of how powerful he is in the game requiring Godzilla to turn into Super Godzilla to stand a chance against him. His attacks in the game consist of claw slashes, shooting white stars that look like shurikens from his horns, and a white energy beam.
- 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, which has meaning retroactively considering that Bagan was planned for several movies but ended up as a huge What Could Have Been. His first planned appearance was in the original story for The Return of Godzilla where he had multiple forms.
- No-Sell: Essentially what Bagan does to normal Godzilla's attacks in regular gameplay.
- One-Shot Character: While he wasn't intended to be one, Bagan showed up in one video gamenote , and then disappeared from the face of the earth, not unlike Krystalak and Obsidius.
- Power Gives You Wings: While it's impossible to know thanks to it being scrapped, storyboards for Mothra vs. Bagan imply it as they show him seemingly 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 seem to act as substitutes of him, given that they take his shtick of having multiple forms.
- 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's a straight villain in Frankenstein vs. Baragon, but by his role in Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack he's one of the three guardian monsters defending humanity from Godzilla.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: She even regenerates the back of her head after Godzilla blows through her skull.
- Hell Is That Noise: Listen for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65hu18vLxJQ
- They got those noises off of humpback whales: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Humpbackwhale2.ogg
- 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 Critters: 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
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!
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a very brief cameo destroying Sydney in the prologue of Planet of the Monsters, his first film appearance in twenty years.
- Creating Life: Was created in order to clean up pollution. But...
- 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.
- Hollywood Acid: Before he was shown onscreen one of his Barems opened up and ejected an acidic venom on a fisherman's face.
- Making a Splash: Dagarah can conjure up waterspouts and whirlpools whenever he chooses to.
- Mook Maker: His Barem.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A sea dragon created from an advanced civilization who's purpose was to fed on leftover pollution.
- Sea Monster: In more ways than one.
- Shoulder Cannon: Can fire beams from them. Sometimes he'll shoot his Barems out of them.
- 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!
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The only antagonist in the entire trilogy that Leo fought who wasn't an Expy of King Ghidorah in any shape or form.
- First appearance: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, 1995
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 besides Godzilla, the original Rodans, King Ghidorah or Mothra.
- An Ice Person: Oddly despite being vulnerable to immense temperatures he could exhale a short-ranged ice blast that can freeze enemy monsters in Godzilla Save the Earth.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Just like how Godzilla is a walking organic atom bomb, Destroyah is a monstrous living embodiment of the more lethal Oxygen Destroyer.
- Anti-Villain: Yes, really. It's easy to forget this due to its Evil Laugh, but Destroyah is the way it is because everything has been trying to kill it since it was born. The humans were trying to kill the tiny forms before they became gigantic. The aggregate forms had their territory invaded and reacted on instinct, the flying form correctly saw Godzilla Junior as a huge threat, and the final form killed Junior in response to Junior nearly roasting the collective alive.
- Asteroids Monster: Can break apart into its Aggregate form at will.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Continuously attacks Godzilla for a while in the final battle; as soon as Godzilla hits critical mass it bolts. The army freezes it solid, causing it to plummet to the ground and explode on impact.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: His tail ends with a pincer fitting that he's a(mutated) crustacean.
- Blood from the Mouth: Destoroyah coughs up blood after getting hit with the Red Spiral Ray.
- Breath Weapon: It can spit a stream of Micro Oxygen, a chemical almost identical to Serazawa's Oxygen Destroyer. This means it can suffocate another kaiju without being anywhere near it as well as dissolve organic material.
- Captain Ersatz: Posses a hive-like mind and extend-able mandibles, along with the fight with military, seems similar to the Alien.
- 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.
- Chest Blaster: Originally planned on having this power but was never really carried out in the final version of the movie.  There was a deleted scene where Destroyah's floral patterned chest opens up and blasts Godzilla into a building but the beam animation wasn't included by Special Effects staff.
- He had his chest beam that's apart of his arsenal in the manga version where it blew off chunks of Godzilla's dorsal spines and the tip of his tail.
- 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 Is Bigger: The most vile kaiju to ever exist as well as his last form dwarfing Godzilla in size.
- 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 Heisei Era.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In the Godzilla: Rulers of Earth comic, several Aggregate Destoroyahs invaded a comic convention. Instead of fleeing in terror, the convention goers stayed and took pictures.◊ Until it became clear that they were the real thing.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's basically Godzilla's equivalent to Doomsday, an incredibly powerful opponent that appears suddenly to mark Godzilla's death, but with little coherent goal outside of bringing destruction. Similar to Doomsday however, this has not stopped him from being a very popular character among fans, despite never appearing or being mentioned in any subsequent films.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Well, giant enemy pincered monster with a shell. Officially, it's a "Micro-Oxygen based Precambrian Life-Form".
- Giant Flyer: Is even bigger than Godzilla in its final form, but those wings work... except in the video games.
- Hero Killer: Personifies the one weapon that killed Godzilla; 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:Destroyah explodes after being hit by Godzilla's Infinite Heat Ray and a repeated barrage from the military's freezing weapons.
- Made Of Titanium: Despite being weak against extreme temperatures, Destoroyah survived repeated hits from Godzilla's red spiral breath (though from the looks of it hacking up blood it still did a lot of damage), which killed Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla, two of the toughest opponents in the series.
- 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.
- In a infamous deleted scene, it was supposed to get a satisfying one from Godzilla but the directors decided to have humanity kill it off to maintain the impact of Godzilla's death.
- Off with His Head!: In the manga version instead of being axed by the JSDF Godzilla decapitates the bastard. Before dying he fired his Micro Oxygen beam at him.
- One-Winged Angel: As James Rolfe said, "It looks like the GODDAMN DEVIL!"
- Purple Is Powerful: Has a purple beam weapon that can penetrate any material. He's armored with a reddish purple carapace who's also able to throw down with Godzilla at his uttermost strongest.
- Satanic Archetype: Fits the conceptual and physical look of this trope. He's likely referred as the devil of all kaiju by fans. The introduction of his final form looks more akin to a powerful demon that emerged from Hell itself.
- 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. Alternately it's been spelled Destroyah.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Desperately tried to bail as soon as Godzilla's overpowered meltdown was too much for him to handle. The airborne menace was put down by the coldness of the freeze tanks and the Super X III's arsenal.
- The Swarm: Destoroyah could break apart into smaller monsters and attack from everywhere.
- Sword Beam: What its horn may also do, as seen in Rulers of Earth.
- Time Abyss: He's the oldest monster of the Godzilla franchise born in the Precambrian Era. How old is he? Around 541 million years old.
- The Worf Barrage: Destoroyah is the first villain to tank Godzilla's Red Spiral Ray.
- The Worm That Walks: Made up of thousands of microscopic creatures pretending to be one giant one, functioning like individual cells for one enormous body.
- Would Hurt a Child: He seemingly kills Godzilla Jr (though to be fair, Junior is a young adult at this point).
- Villain Decay: In Godzilla Legends, it's defeated with one freeze bomb (which only freezes about half of it) followed by one hit from Anguirus. Granted prior to the bomb it was seemingly a Curb-Stomp Battle in Destroyah's favor. Averted in Rulers of Earth, where it takes on Godzilla, Mothra, and her larvae all at once and still gets away, after beating Godzilla once before in a fair fight..
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Tries to fly away when Godzilla starts to take the upper hand, but gets shot down by Super-X3 in the attempt.
- Zerg Rush: See The Swarm.
- First appearance: Dogora, 1964
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!
- The Bus Came Back: Gets a brief cameo attacking London in the prologue of Planet of the Monsters, his first film appearance in more than fifty years.
- Combat Tentacles: Uses them to lift vehicles and vessels and smash them open to get at the minerals within.
- 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 the Monsters during the montage of giant monsters attacking the world.
- Corrosive Kaiju: Dogora's body has an acidic corrosion effect on anything that touches it.
- Recycled In Space: Was an ordinary single celled organism until a collision with a rogue satellite mutated it.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Bee venom can kill it.
- First appearance: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, 1966
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.
- Dire Beast: He's basically just a giant red shrimp and has no special powers.
- The Dragon: To the Red Bamboo.
- Eye Scream: Accidentally gives one to Hedorah in Final Wars.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Well, shrimp...
- I'm a Humanitarian: After Ebirah smashes the canoe two natives were using to try to flee the island, he skewers the two men on the end of his narrower pincer and enjoyed a snack.
- The Lancer: To Hedorah.
- Meaningful Name: Ebi means "shrimp" in Japanese.
- 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.
- 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.
- He does get a brief appearance in the novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse... as a ten-metre tall ogre who causes no destruction and doesn't even get killed by another kaiju or even humans, but animal wildlife.
- Dirty Coward: Prefers to pick on Minya since he can't fight back. Learned the hard way that Godzilla is a papa wolf.
- Informed Species: Sometimes referred to as a mutant toad, but aside from his warty skin, he doesn't bear any resemblance to an amphibian.
- Jerkass: 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.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Saves Sanda from a blast of Godzilla's atomic breath in Rulers of Earth and later saves him again from a Trilopod, showing that despite their constant fighting and disagreements, he really does care about his brother.
- Big Eater: Of humans!
- Cloning Blues: Sort of, he was born/regrown of a piece of Frankenstein's Monster that washed out to sea after his fight with Baragon. Unlike his "dad" and "twin", though, he became a man-eating menace.
- Evil Twin: If only because he eats people, but that's enough for his brother Sanda to turn against him.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has large canines that jut out from his lower jaw and he eats people.
- 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.
After Gezora was defeated, the space amoeba Yog fled the lifeless body and entered a stone crab, mutating it into the gigantic Ganimes. It returned to the island to seek vengeance on the humans who attacked it, but was quickly destroyed by explosives. Yog then possessed a second stone crab, as well as a turtle and one of the humans, creating another Ganimes along with Kamoebas. The two monsters attacked the islanders, but the man broke Yog's control and released a swarm of bats, which interfered with Yog's control of the monsters and caused them to battle each other. Both Ganimes and Kameba fell into a volcano, destroying them and Yog once and for all.
- Brain Washed: When possessed and grown by Yog. When freed by the sound of bats, the second one immediately battled with Kameba.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Giant stone crab. Well, two of them.
- Meaningful Name: Based on kani, Japanese for "crab".
- Spiteful Spit: Spits blinding saltwater into the enemy's eyes.
- Touched by Vorlons: The Yog entity possessed it and both stone crabs grew to Ganimes.
- Weakened by the Light: His eyes are very sensitive to anything too bright.
A cuttlefish possessed by the space amoeba Yog and grown to enormous size. Gezora then terrorized the small island Yog had crashed onto, killing several people before being driven off by the high-pitched cries of a swarm of bats and later a pod of dolphins. His final attack saw Gezora lured into a field and set alight by gasoline and torches, mortally injuring the beast and driving it into the sea, where Yog fled the dying body to find another host.
- An Ice Person: One of the few Kaiju with ice-based abilities.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: Can emit a low level light when it's dark.
- Brain Washed: Yog possessed him and terrorized the Seiga Island inhabitants.
- Canon Immigrant: Set to appear in IDW's Rulers of Earth.
- Combat Tentacles: Tries to grab people with them. Takes a few tries.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Despite his rather lacking abilities, and his fairly swift defeat in the movie, Gezora was brought back for the NES videogame Godzilla: Monster of Monsters with no explanation. He's neither particularly powerful nor even appeared in any Godzilla films, so his appearance in the game is somewhat confusing, since even Mogera and 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.
- Logical Weakness: As a cold-based organism Gezora is extremely vulnerable to, and ultimately killed by fire.
- Meaningful Name: Based on geso, Japanese for "squid tentacle".
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In the IDW comics he becomes a Godzilla adversary.
- Sea Monster: Unlike Ganimes and Kamebas, Gezora is a regular sea monster Yog possessed.
- First appearance: Godzilla vs. Gigan, 1972
One of the most unique and popular of Toho's monsters, Gigan is a cyborg Serial Killer with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Flesh and mechanics combined into a cycloptic engine of destruction, Gigan lives to destroy and mutilate.
His first attack on Earth was alongside King Ghidorah as part of the Space Hunter Nebula M aliens' attempt to take over the planet, and he fought against Godzilla and Anguirus. Though the battle was long and brutal, Gigan and King Ghidorah were defeated and fled back into space. Gigan returned the next year to aid the giant beetle kaiju Megalon in his attack on Japan, and faced Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. Once again Gigan fled into space after being bested, abandoning Megalon to his fate. Gigan was then captured by the alien race known as the Garoga, modified and sent back to Earth, where he faced Godzilla and then Zone Fighter in combat and met his end on the wrong side of Zone Fighter's Meteor Missile Might.
Gigan returned in 2004's Final Wars as the vanguard of the Xillien invasion force. Having seeded earth with the M mutant gene 12,000 years in the past, Gigan was defeated and mummified by Mothra, then awakened by the Xillien leader to attack mankind. He was defeated by Godzilla in Antarctica, recovered and modified, and aided Monster X against Godzilla before being destroyed for good by Mothra.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the novel GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, the prequel to the anime trilogy, he's very uncharacteristically presented as a good monster who is sent out to defend humanity from Godzilla, who is highly antagonistic here, and Gigan even becomes highly respected for his ultimate sacrifice for the sake of mankind.
- Alien Invasion: No one knows where Gigan's from, but it clearly isn't anywhere around here. He's been the vanguard of two separate alien invasions thus far (more if you include some of the video games).
- Japanese sources state Gigan was a "space dinosaur" native to somewhere in Space Hunter Nebula M modified with cybernetic implants.
- Aliens are Bastards: One of the best examples, with his sadism, cowardice, and total lack of redeeming feature being his most prominent qualities.
- Ambiguously Related: In the video game Godzilla: Trading Battle, there is an original kaiju known as "Seagan" which strongly resembles Gigan, including have spiked hands and feet, mandibles and a horn on its head, wings and a rows of spikes on its back, and nearly identical coloration (to the Showa version, as the Millennium version didn't exist yet). Disregarding their similar appearances and Seagan's name almost certainly being a portmanteau of 'Sea Gigan', the game never implies a connection between the two.
- 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.
- Asskicking Pose: Does this when preparing to duke it out with Godzilla and Anguirus for the first time.
- Ax-Crazy: Only a maniac would wear a buzzsaw in his stomach. Or attach chainsaws to their hands. On a more serious note, judging from his love of slowly carving his opponents to pieces, calling him insane—even by Kaiju standards—is not much of a stretch.
- Bash Brothers: With Megalon and King Ghidorah.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His Hook Hands and double-bladed chainsaws.
- Brains and Brawn: He's this to Megalon's brute force. It shows in the differing fighting styles between the two. When both got curb-stomped by Godzilla, the Big G went too close to Gigan who was pretending to be unconscious and struck him with no warning.
- Beware the Silly Ones: It's practically a given due to how incredibly bizarre his overall design is.
- The Showa version in particular as he performed some celebratory goofy dances as a sign of victory not to mention pulling off comical gestures... but let's not forget that he managed to batter Godzilla into a literal bloody mess and pretty much made Anguirus his own punching bag.
- Butt-Monkey: The Final Wars incarnation ends up being this for the main quartet of kaiju (Godzilla, Mothra, Monster X/Keizer Ghidorah and himself); he gets decapitated by Godzilla himself, then blown up by Mothra.
- The Cameo: Appears very briefly in Godzilla Legends issue 1.
- Chainsaw Good: When upgraded in Final Wars, his hook hands are replaced with double-bladed chainsaws, which deliver pain to both Godzilla, and by accident, Monster X (impressive considering Monster X is the only monster to survive Godzilla's thermonuclear breath in the film). He also has a buzzsaw in his stomach.
- Combat Pragmatist: If there's one thing Gigan hates, it's playing fair.
- Cyber Cyclops: Yup.
- Cyborg: There is a living being inside all of that machinery.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Gigan is notably the first villain to make Godzilla bleed.
- Dirty Coward: By his second appearance, he'd walked out on his allies twice mid-battle. It is also worth noting that he prefers to attack opponents who are unable to fight back.
- The Dragon: To King/Kaiser Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. Gigan, Final Wars and Half-Century War. Rulers of Earth has him as the invading alien Cryog main monster.
- 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.
- Fatal Flaw: His cowardice. He works great with his allies and is an excellent fighter due to his sadism and love of cheating. The minute he takes even two hits from his foes, however, he runs like the wind, usually abandoning his allies in the process.
- Faux Affably Evil: For all his sadism, Gigan is remarkably chummy towards whoever he partners up with, doing things like giving Megalon a brofist or patting King Ghidorah on the back. Won't stop him from abandoning them when the going gets tough.
- 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.
- HeelFace Turn: In Godzilla Island.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Is decapitated by his own razor disks in Final Wars, then is detonated by Mothra.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: He repeatedly rams into the back of Godzilla whenever he tries to get on his feet after drawing blood from him. He literally does the deed to an already weakened Godzilla (who was blasted by lasers from the Godzilla Towers multiple times mind you) the way how he bludgeons his cranium in a brutal fashion until blood oozes down his face just screams cruelty.
- 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.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has a face vaguely resembling a bird's with insect-like mandibles, scaly skin, a tail like a lizard or a dinosaur and fishlike fins on his back.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. He seems to have a Villainous Friendship with Megalon in Godzilla vs. Megalon, but the minute Godzilla and Jet Jaguar gain the upper hand, he splits, leaving Megalon to his fate to save his own skin.
- Psycho Electro: In Final Wars he adds a set of cables capable of delivering electric shocks to his arsenal.
- Psycho for Hire: Despite (seemingly) being under-mind control he seems to enjoy all the stuff he does, and the sheer number of alien species he's fought for can cause one to wonder if he is, in fact, for hire.
- Redemption Equals Death / Heroic Sacrifice: Occurs in the series Godzilla Island where he sacrifices himself to kill another evil monster. This is entirely at odds with his portrayal elsewhere.
- Sadist: His Showa, Millenium, and IDW comic book incarnations all demonstrate this personality trait, causing as much pain as possible for the heck of it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Godzilla vs. Megalon Gigan flies off after taking a couple of shots of Godzilla's atomic breath, 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.
- Slaying Mantis: Has some elements of this in his design, with his massive Hook Hands, insect-like mandibles on his beak and his green coloration. Whether or not this was intentional is unclear.
- Smug Snake: One gets this vibe from him.
- 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.◊ Subverted in that he's perfectly fine with abandoning Megalon as soon as the tides turn in their enemies' favors.
- 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.
- Badass Normal: He has no special powers and is basically just a generic carnivorous theropod, but he has faced off against the likes of King Kong and King Ghidorah.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: He has a pointed barb at the end of his tail, but it can be hard to notice and he's never shown to actually use it combat.
- 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.
- Expy: He was created just to act as a substitute for the Meat-Eater dinosaur that fought King Kong in the original 1933 film.
- Jawbreaker: Courtesy of King Kong.
- Monumental Damage: In Destroy All Monsters.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Infamously and inexplicably shown tunnelling under the Arc de Triomphe in Destroy All Monsters. This is because it was originally going to be Maguma, then Baragon, before finally settling on Gorosaurus after the producers had trouble with Baragon's ears in the scene.
- One Steve Limit: He was accidentally misnamed Baragon when he attacked Paris in Destroy All Monsters even though they look nothing alike. Justified for a reason, as the Baragon suit was going through modifications, was used for many monsters in Ultraman, and was still being repaired in the middle of filming.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Supposedly (according to Word of God), he's only 30 metres tall in Destroy All Monsters...even though he's taller than the 40 metre tall Anguirus, and is as tall as the 50-metre tall Godzilla. Either you follow Word of God and he's 30 metres (which would make Godzilla 30 metres, Anguirus 10 metres and King Ghidorah 40 metres) or you follow the movie's scale and he's 50 metres (which keeps everything at the same scale, even if it goes against Word of God).
- Stock Dinosaurs: According to some official books, he's a descendant of Allosaurus and therefore not a tyrannosaur as commonly believed.
- Stock Sound Effect: His roar is sampled from a modified variation of Baragon's roar that originally belonged to Varan. Some of Ebirah's roar can be heard at the start of his screech.
- 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.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Showa Hedorah was arguably one of the toughest foes Godzilla fought, taking out his hand and one of his eyes, and required the combined efforts of Godzilla and the JSDF to finally take down, while the anime Hedorah managed to kill both Rodan and Anguirus together before completely razing Beijing and Tianjin and disappearing. Meanwhile the Final Wars incarnation didn't even last thirty seconds in a two on one with Ebirah against Godzilla (although to be fair, Godzilla's Final Wars incarnation is arguably one of his strongest in any film).
- Aliens are Bastards: Gassed hundreds of people, tried to drown Godzilla in sludge, and is generally one of the most sickening beings in the franchise. Further evidence that in this universe, aliens are scum.
- All There in the Manual: According to the mobile game Godzilla Defence Force, the Showa Hedorah was female and the Millenium Hedorah was male (distinguished by the red tendrils on its left hand).
- 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.
- Blob Monster: He's literally sludge so most attacks go right through him, although this attribute is inconsistent.
- Body Horror: Yoshimitsu Banno, the producer of Godzilla vs. Hedorah, even acknowledged that Hedorah's eyes were meant to resemble vaginas. There's a red beam fired from the area where the clitoris would be. And then there's the scene where Godzilla punches his hand straight into one of these vageyenas and causes a dark, sludgy liquid to come out.
- Butt-Monkey: In Final Wars, he didn't even get introduced before getting impaled by Ebirah and killed by Godzilla!
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: At one point Hedorah is hanging out by a factory, leaning over the smokestacks and sucking up the smoke and pollutants. And 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!
- Logical Weakness: As a Blob Monster made out of sludge, it will die when completely dried out, which is how it is eventually killed in the film.
- 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.
- Stone Wall: His greatest asset at best. Hedorah's body is difficult to injure with physical blows, mainly because of his corrosive anatomy. Harming him would eat away the flesh of any living being. The only things he had going for him were his Eye Beams and his toxic mist, and even then Godzilla being the The Juggernaut that he is kept coming back for more.
- Toilet Humor: A kaiju version. Given that he's fed on mainly anything pollution related, which also involves sewage and fecal matter, fans like to yuck it up that he's jokingly seen as this. Doesn't help that his other method of attack, is launching chunks of his flesh from an "opening" from the front of his body. Him trying to drown Godzilla in sludge from wherever he discharged it is a dead giveaway of taking a dump.
- Walking Wasteland: Everywhere Hedorah goes becoming sludge-infested and toxic.
- 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.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Ultraman.
- Expy: He was based off of Ultraman and Spectreman.
- Humongous Mecha: When he chooses to be.
- One-Shot Character: Has only appeared in one film, although his cult status has led to appearances in several video games and in the comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, and featured prominently in many episodes of Godzilla Island.
- Sizeshifter: As per Ultraman.
- I Know Kung-Fu: In the video games, Jet Jaguar can pull off a lot of fighting moves he didn't in the film. These include roundhouse kicks, heel kicks and other such things.
- Took a Level in Badass: The video games and comics make Jet Jaguar into a far more formidable combatant.
- First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
Not one monster but a number of them, the Kamacuras, or "Gimantis", were a species of praying mantids on Sollgel island which had been radiated and subsequently grown to roughly the size of humans. After an intense storm laced with nuclear fallout lashed the island, they grew large enough to attempt to prey on Minilla. Two of them fell to Godzilla and the third became the meal of Kumonga. After their appearance in Son they were limited to basically cameo shots whenever the action drifted to Monster Island.
In Final Wars, they returned, gaining a camouflage ability and the skill to destroy a Gotengo-level craft. He fell easily to Godzilla.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: And you think he'd be more of a threat since he's a praying mantis... And it's also interesting that they were already human-sized before they were mutated.
- Chameleon Camouflage: In Final Wars, he's given this ability, not that it's any use against Godzilla.
- Giant Mook: Godzilla wipes the floor with them! No seriously he does!
- Kick the Dog: Forcing Minilla to hatch so they can try to feast on him before Godzilla destroys two of them.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This is how he is killed in Godzilla: Final Wars.
- Meaningful Name: Based on kamakiri, Japanese for "mantis".
- Red Shirt: Just Watch Son of Godzilla. Godzilla kills two of them. And the last one is eaten by Kumonga.
- Slaying Mantis: A giant mantis kaiju, although downplayed because it's introduced as fodder for stronger monsters like Godzilla and Kumonga.
- Took a Level in Badass: The Final Wars version put up a fight against one of the EDF crafts and eventually destroyed it! Also gained active camouflage powers!
After Yog's second host, the mutated rock crab Ganimes, was fatally injured, the parasitic alien retreated from the body and divided itself into two halves before possessing another rock crab (which became a second Ganimes) and a rock turtle, mutating it into a giant predatory version called Kamoebas. These two monsters working in tandem almost finished off the humans, until they used their weakness to ultrasonic waves to disrupt Yog's control over them, causing the two behemoths to fight and drag each other into a volcano, which destroyed the Space Amoeba once and for all.
Kamoebas made a cameo appearance in Tokyo S.O.S., washed up on a beach after having been killed by Godzilla.
- Death by Cameo: Godzilla slaughtered him off-screen probably for sport or he and Kamoebas had some territorial dispute over the ocean.
- Long Neck: Similar to an actual mata-mata, he conceals a long neck which he can shoot out for surprise attacks.
- Posthumous Character: His first appearance in the Godzilla franchise is as a washed up corpse.
- Meaningful Name: Based on kame, Japanese for "turtle".
- Sacrificial Lamb: He only appears to prove that Godzilla can kill other giant monsters and make the humans even more frightened of Godzilla's strength.
- Slashed Throat: How Godzilla offed him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Kameba or Kamoebas?
- Take That!: Maybe, given Gamera is Godzilla's most well-known rival...
- Touched by Vorlons: Mutated by the Yog.
- Turtle Power: Like some turtles, he can extend his neck and headbutt a foe.
- 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, and King Caesar returns to dormancy.
King Caesar is not seen again until Godzilla Final Wars. One of many monsters under Xilien control, he attacks Okinawa and fights Godzilla. Like Rodan and Anguirus, he is spared in defeat.
- 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 physical attacks. He was also able to kick a full sized kaiju around like a soccerball.
- His tackles and punches did more visible damage to Mecha Godzilla than Godzilla's breath attack.
- 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.
- Evil Counterpart: He's sort of this to Anguirus in a way, has massive amounts of spikes on his back, spiked tails, and he even runs on all fours. He's also sort of The Lancer to SpaceGodzilla who's, the leader of the Mutant faction just like how Anguirus is Godzilla's right-hand man and is the leader of the Earth Defenders.
- Evil Laugh: His victory animation has him chuckling rather quietly.
- Lean and Mean: Has a lithe and skinny physique and is partnered with the Mutant faction.
- 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.
- Primal Stance: Seems to slouch down in a threatening position either while idle or in his fighting stance.
- Power Crystal: Born of the crystals that impacted Earth at the beginning of the game. A round reddish crystal sits in the center of his chest, and the fleshy parts of his body have a similar white-purple tone some of the crystal growths have.
- 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.
- Running on All Fours: Breaks into this as a sprint in his rush animation.
- First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
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.
- HeelFace 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.
- Super Spit: Similar to real life spitting spiders, Kumonga's webbing comes from her mouth rather than her abdomen. Kumonga's Final Wars incarnation is able to shoot out silk which quickly expands into a net in the air (which is also a real spider ability, but they generally use this type of silk for parachuting rather than hunting).
- You Have to Burn the Web: In all appearances, Godzilla uses his atomic breath on Kumonga's webbing.
- 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.
- Adaptational Badass: In the novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse, Maguma is the kaiju which completely destroyed North Korea and required a nuclear strike to finally bring down. Compare this to his appearance in Gorath, where he only managed to damage a single building before being killed.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The American dub of Gorath removes Maguma completely, thus eliminating his Big-Toothed Walrus Moment.
- Giant Walrus From Nowhere: Just suddenly appears when humanity is setting up the rockets in Antarctica and dies soon afterwards. Apparently the reason for inclusion was Executive Meddling demanded a giant monster for the movie.
- Informed Species: Despite his walrus-like appearance and polar habitat, he's stated to be a reptile (possibly because he was initially meant to be a dinosaur).
- Misplaced Wildlife: A walrus in Antarctica?
- One-Shot Character: Has never appeared outside of his short-lived introduction in Gorath (which he was even removed from in the American re-edit). He was initially planned to appear in Destroy All Monsters but scrapped for unknown reasons. However, Maguma has made minor appearances in a few video games and was mentioned in the novel Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: A giant walrus awakened when rockets were attached to the South Pole to steer the earth away from an oncoming rogue star. It Makes Sense in Context.
- 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.
- Anti-Villain: Manda is the guardian of the lost city of Mu, and generally one of the more peaceful kaiju, unless he's angered.
- Ascended Extra: Appears in Rulers of Earth as one of the Devonian slave monsters, alongside Gezora and Titanosaurus.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Manda is taken out by a human vessel. Granted, it was a Cool Ship and all...
- The Dragon: Literally, however he is also a guardian monster.
- Human Popsicle \ Family-Unfriendly Death: In both Atragon and Godzilla: Final Wars he gets frozen by the Gotengo. Final Wars has him drilled into ice cubes.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: His main attack is to use his long body to constrict his opponent.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Manda is basically a gigantic oriental-style dragon.
- She's a Man in Japan: Manda is set to become a female character in Rulers of Earth.
- You Don't Look Like You: Manda's Destroy All Monsters incarnation lacks the horns, spikes, and hair of the other incarnations, looking less like a dragon and more like a snake with legs (which was actually the original idea before he became a dragon).
- First appearance: 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...
For the fourth, anime MechaGodzilla, see the character page for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.
- 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.
- Subverted with the anime Mechagodzilla, who is once again an alien machine being intended to be used against humanity once Godzilla's dead.
- 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.
- The anime Mechagodzillaonce again does this as part of the Bilusaludo's Grey Goo scheme.
- 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. Has also come consistently closest to killing Godzilla at least once per movie, especially in the Heisei era.
- 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 Magazines: 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. Anime!MechaGodzilla's cannon was intended to be this.
- 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. The fourth Mechagodzilla attempted to subvert this, but it was simply too small to face Godzilla Earth.
- 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 separate things; MG'75 was a supporter, MG'93 was a Long-Range Fighter 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.
- The fourth subverts this: [[spoiler: it was originally built to be a weapon to counter Godzilla and save humanity from his onslaught, but by the time of the movie's events, it was too badly damaged and small to fight against him directly. Instead the entire Mechagodzilla City is weaponized and used against Godzilla Earth.
- 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kiryu always has a red "scar" underneath his eye despite being (partially) mechanical.
- Grey Goo: Anime Mechagodzilla's true signature weapon. One of its finishing moves in the tie-in novels was impaling a kaiju with a blade on its tail and injecting them with a poisonous variant of its grey goo.
- 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 conflict 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.
- 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.
- The Heisei Mechagodzilla also has weapons up the ass; he's practically armed to the teeth with weapons. Granted, he's an anti-Godzilla weapon...
- 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.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: 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.
- 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.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kiryu's berserk mode sports red eyes upon remembering that he too is the original Godzilla being used a weapon.
- 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.
- Shed Armor, Gain Speed: The last weapon Kiryu had was his back unit that fired missiles. After launching it Kiryu becomes much faster being able to dodge Godzilla's Atomic Breath, leap over his tail attack, and proceeded to do a good old fashioned beatdown with everything he's got.
- 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.
- Tail Slap: Kiryu is the only MechaGodzilla to pull off the attack. In Tokyo SOS he flung his metallic tail at Godzilla that sent him crashing into a building.
- 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.
- The Heisei variant sported a Breath Weapon, Eye Beams, ShoulderCannons (when combined with Garuda), Energy Absorbing armor, a Chest Blaster, paralysis and tranquiliser missiles, jets, shock cables and the G-Crusher.
- The Millenium had all of the usual (missiles, lasers), as well as a Cool Sword, and most notably a damn Absolute Zero Cannon (replaced with the far less awesome tri-maser in ''Tokyo S.O.S''.). Kiryu also had two separate Shoulder Cannon add-ons.
- 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.
- Contrived Coincidence: Unlike Mechagodzilla, no reason is given why he's made to look like a robot King Kong and it's mostly by chance he ends up fighting the real Kong.
- Disney Villain Death: After a pitched battle with the real Kong, he falls off Tokyo Tower to his demise.
- Evil Knockoff: One of the earliest examples of the "Mecha-insert name here" monsters, beating out Mechagodzilla by seven years.
- Humongous Mecha meets Killer Gorilla: Simple as that.
- Improvised Weapon: He is one, as he was originally designed for mining in the Arctic. Even the bombs around his waist are meant for blowing apart the ice.
- In Name Only: Based on a character from The King Kong Show, but his physical appearance, abilities, plot relevance, origin story, circumstances where he fights Kong, and location are completely different.
- Mind-Control Device: Via a strobe on top of his head.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Mechani-Kong's ranged offense is a series of grenades on his waist, which he can pluck off and throw at targets.
- First appearance: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, 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.
- Dreadful Dragonfly: A prehistoric dragonfly species specifically, and because of her absorbed Godzilla DNA, she's an almost literal dragon-fly.
- Flash Step: By flapping her wings at an incredible speed, Megaguirus can zip to and fro almost too quickly to see, easily evading attacks. In the games she can activate it as a consumable special ability, doubling her movement and attack speed to dart around the arena and pummel her opponent with rapid-fire attacks.
- Fragile Speedster: In contrast to Godzilla's Mighty Glacier. She's one of the fastest monsters in the series, and she can still take a physical beating like a champ. Fire, however, will bring her down easily, as demonstrated when she weathered all of Godzilla's attacks just fine, but went down immediately the second he got a direct hit in from his atomic breath.
- Glass Cannon: Proved strong enough to knock Godzilla around and even pick him up despite being smaller than he is and painfully weak to fire.
- Hive Queen: Of the Meganulons.
- Life Drain: She can absorb the life essence of her enemy and heal herself, at least in the games. She can also siphon away weapon energy as well, filling up her weapon energy bar in the process.
- Made of Explodium: Blows up toku-style when she dies.
- Monster of the Week: Sort of. Megaguirus herself first appeared in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, but she's part of the same species as the Meganulon, which first appeared in Rodan.
- 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.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's questionable whether he knows what he's doing is intentionally destructive he's been called upon by the leader of Seatopia to kill everyone on the surface in which he does so with the JSDF while laying waste to a city, he even meets Gigan in a friendly and welcoming way and forms a bond with him while they pummel Jet Jaguar to submission.
- Bash Brothers: With Gigan, cooperating very well during their battle against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Like Gigan he's ridiculously jovial in a battle and seems to enjoy the challenge from his enemies, fighting is more like a game to him.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Meant to resemble a combination of a mole cricket and a rhinoceros beetle.
- 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.
- The Gods Must Be Idiots: He's a god to the Seatopians, and he's one of the less intelligent Kaiju.
- Groin Attack: Gets blasted in the cojones by Godzilla's Atomic Breath making him appropriately scream in agony.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tried to spit his napalm at Godzilla while lying on the ground when it looked like he was down for the count it just fell right back into his mouth while ash sizzles out.
- After Gigan fakes his injury and knocks Godzilla down Megalon spits his bomb near Godzilla's head (which didn't even explode yet) Jet Jaguar repays his new ally in kind by grabbing it and chucks back at him and then it detonates.
- I Shall Taunt You: After him and Gigan pulled off a surprise attack on the duo he lands several feet away from Godzilla and does mix between a taunt and a Bring It gesture. He even smacks his ass at the latter two that were imprisoned in his napalm fire.
- Jerkass: Fired his napalm blast at Jet Jaguar after realizing that the robot was outnumbered and tried to escape, the bug laughs when he hits the ground. He even beckoned Godzilla to engage in a one-on-one match forcing Godzilla to charge at him Megalon dickishly kicks him directly in the face.
- Monster of the Week: He's only had one film appearance so far, but has appeared in many video games, comics, books, and the Godzilla Island television series.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Unintentionally murders the assassin associated with the Seatopians who was controlling Jet Jaguar for their purposes of overtaking the surface.
- Post Humous Character: Appears to be this so far in Rulers of Earth.
- Physical God: Serves as one for the people of Seatopia that worships him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: For all his destructiveness, Megalon tends to give off the vibe that he's a bratty child who treats everything like a game and doesn't really have any idea what he's doing. Without Jet Jaguar to guide him, all he can do is flail around and lash out in confused frustration.
- Quizzical Tilt: After Jet Jaguar suddenly grows to nearly his height the first thing he does is stare vacantly as if he's actually in disbelief... Until he gets sucker punched.
- Megalon does it again two times when Godzilla finally enters the fray.
- Ring of Fire: Creates a large pillar of flames surrounding Godzilla and Jet Jaguar with no means of escape but Jet Jaguar lets Godzilla hold onto him while he flies them out safely.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: For a monster having a deep guttural roar he squeals like a pig hilariously.
- Shock and Awe: Lightning bolts from his horn.
- 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!
- Unskilled, but Strong: Let's just say strategy is something he hardly ever does as tenaciously strong as he is he mainly just rushes forward aimlessly to get a jump on Jet Jaguar who at the very least actually knows how to fight. Justified since this was his first time interacting with kaiju in a battle.
- 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: 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: 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.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets downed very easily by Godzilla. And for a long while, he didn't even have a profile.
- Giant Flyer: Being a giant bird, that's par the course.
- Feathered Fiend: The only one in the Godzilla films. Ever.
- Fragile Speedster: Although very swift, it dies in a single shot from the atomic breath.
- Meaningful Name: "Giant condor".
- One-Shot Character: Never appears again (except for Stock Footage in All Monsters Attack).
- Stock Footage: The closest it ever gets for a reappearance.
- First appearance: Godzilla 2000: Millennium, 1999
The villain of Godzilla: 2000, Orga is the freak result of a Millennian trying and failing to properly absorb Godzilla's DNA. The resulting mutant spent the remainder of the film trying to devour and consume Godzilla's genetic code, though whether this was instinctive, or out of a desire to save himself is unknown.
- Alien Invasion: Intended to take over the Earth by copying Godzilla's DNA.
- Aliens are Bastards: Invaded Earth, killed hundreds of people, and tried to eat Godzilla in order to save itself from its own failures. Further evidence that you just can't trust aliens.
- The Assimilator: Basically the Millennians' plan in the film. Using someone else's physical forms can allow them to become solidified, it worked by sampling Godzilla's DNA but the results weren't... pretty. Even after becoming Orga, he still went out of his way to want more of Godzilla by biting and absorbing him to become a superior clone. By the time he unhinged his jaw to fully devour the King of the Monsters it seemed to be all going according to plan. However...
- 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.
- Dumb Muscle: Not a particularly bright monster in the films, the games, or the comics.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the US version of the movie.
- Final Boss: Of Godzilla: Save the Earth's Easy and Medium modes.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The Millennians spent the entire movie trying to get Godzilla's DNA to gain his regenerative abilities and restore their bodies. Instead of doing that, it mutated them into Orga.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tends to tank a lot of damage thanks to his healing factor.
- 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.
- In a Single Bound: He may looked grounded due to his size, and Giant Hands of Doom but he can somehow leap somewhere between 100 to 300 meters. Even Godzilla looked up in confusion by his sudden agility.
- LEGO Genetics: 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.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Lets out an high-pitched shriek, when Godzilla clamped his jaws on his forearm until he elbowed him off.
- Shoulder Cannon: Has a replica of the Millenian ship's energy cannon in his left shoulder.
- Too Dumb to Live: You've just spent the last 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. Although he did make a small cameo in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters attacking Turkey in the prologue.
- Vocal Dissonance: In the Japanese version his... "roar" doesn't quite match despite his hulking look. Lampshaded in the DVD Commentary. His roar was modified in the US version with an appropriate bellow.
- Wrestler in All of Us: While he does quite a few grapples in the movie, the games it's taken up a notch...
- Your Head Asplode: Him trying to swallow Godzilla results in him getting his head blasted off.
- First appearance: Rodan, 1956
AKA: Radon (Japanese name - used in some foreign dubs)
A giant pterosaur (with some bird-like traits) who is often shown being Godzilla's enemy before becoming one of his allies.
The Showa Rodan's story begins on Kyushu island when a pair of Rodan are spotted amidst some mysterious deaths, including those of village miners and an airbase pilot. The Rodan couple share a nest in the island's Mount Aso volcano. A snapped photograph of the male Rodan's wing is used to identify him as a Pteranodon (or Rodan, for short). The military theorize that the Rodans were hatched due to nuclear radiation. After terrorizing Kyushu island, the two Rodans return to their volcanic nest, where a military trap causes the volcano to erupt, sending the female Rodan into the lava. The male Rodan drops into the lava shortly after as a result of the scalding heat.
Sometime afterwards, the male Rodan emerged from the volcano, then tracked down and engaged in a ferocious battle with Godzilla. The heroic Mothra would try to convince the two beasts to help her defeat the space terror King Ghidorah (thereby saving humanity), but the two beasts felt that humanity hurt them too much to deserve saving. Rodan and Godzilla continued their duel as Mothra defeatedly crawled off to try and face Ghidorah alone. Rodan and Godzilla stopped fighting upon witnessing Mothra's courage and selflessness. Together, the three monsters fought King Ghidorah and drove him back into space.
Rodan would later (along with Godzilla) be kidnapped by the Xiliens in a failed bid to use him, Godzilla, and Ghidorah to conquer Earth. In 1999, Rodan was controlled by the Killaks and sent to destroy Moscow. After being freed, the pterosaur joined other Earth monsters in killing King Ghidorah once and for all. Rodan peacefully lived out the rest of his years with his fellow monsters on Monsterland.
The Heisei Rodan was mutated by nuclear waste, and drawn to the egg of Baby Godzilla. Godzilla fought with Rodan over the egg and mortally wounded him. Rodan would later be revitalized by further radiation and intercept a carrier before being mortally wounded by Mechagodzilla and Garuda. The pterosaur attempted to escape while Godzilla and his robotic opponent were in battle; however, Super Mechagodzilla fired 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 Xiliens, and is first seen in an assault on New York, his supersonic flight devastating the windows and raining glass upon the streets of the Big Apple. Under the Xiliens' orders, Rodan would team up with King Ceasar and Anguirus to fight Godzilla at Mount Fuji. Despite their best efforts, Rodan and his two companions would be knocked unconscious by Godzilla in a dazed heap, one on top of the other.
- Adaptational Badass: In Godzilla Ongoing when he slams into Gigan. The Monsterverse version of him is also a lot more deadly and destructive than previous Rodans, to the point he's all too willing to confront King Ghidorah himself all by his own.
- Adaptational Wimp: Showa Rodan was a very unrelenting force of nature with devastating powers. He was also utterly immune to Godzilla's atomic breath. Starting with the Heisei series, however, the poor guy got smaller in size and became something of a punching bag for other kaiju. And while he does put up a relatively decent fight with the Big G, he nonetheless ends up beaten by the atomic dinosaur in a few minutes and is left lying unconscious on his home island. While Godzilla's radiation ultimately powered him up as "Fire Rodan", he's mortally wounded and killed by Super Mechagodzilla in a few seconds, but, on the other hand, Fire Rodan's demise allows him to power up Godzilla with the Spiral Ray which allows the Big G to finish his mechanical double with no effort. Millenium Rodan seems to possess no powers beyond his supersonic flight and brute strenght, and Godzilla dispatches him in a matter of seconds like many other kaiju in Final Wars. His Monsterverse version goes back to being a frightful and cappable opponent.
- All Flyers Are Birds: He's officially identified as a Pteranodon but makes bird-like roars and has a face similar to the head of a bird of prey. Heisei Rodan's nurturing behavior towards Baby Godzilla's egg also feels bird-like, as actual pterosaurs would likely abandon eggs like lizards do.
- Art Evolution: In his debut film, he had a small head, pitch black eyes, enormous wings and a broader beak with more teeth. Subsequent Showa designs were mostly the same, but had notable alterations such as large, expressive eyes, with the 1968 suit in particular having a longer, droopy beak. In the Heisei series, he now had a longer beak, a more ferocious look on his eyes and more bat-like wings, not to mention he now was portrayed entirely bu puppets rather than by suitmation. In the Millenium series, he went back to looking more like his Showa design being portrayed by a suit, but had noticeable fingers, a longer neck as well as longer arms and legs, giving him distinctly more human-like proportions. His Monsterverse design takes heavy cues from his debut appereance, and also has rough skin reminiscent of dried lava.
- Big Brother Instinct: The Heisei Rodan accepted Baby Godzilla as his foster brother and became extremely protective of him.
- Blow You Away: His trademark power is causing hurricane winds and sonic booms.
- Breath Weapon: In his original film, Rodan emits a strange black smoky substance from his beak, which resembles the early animations of Godzilla's energy ray. Whether or not it was an energy ray or some form of "hurricane breath" is debatable, but he does get his own radioactive breath weapon in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II during the Heisei era. After being exposed to Godzilla's own breath weapon, no less!
- The Cameo: His skeletal remains can be seen in the prologue of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. The novelization reveals he and Anguirus attacked Beijing in tandem before being killed by the Chinese bioweapon Hedorah.
- Crisis Crossover: He made his way to the main franchise in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, linking not just the Mothra and Godzilla mythos but the Rodan one as well, all to defeat the first version of King Ghidorah.
- 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:
- In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, he's hostile toward Godzilla at first and indifferent toward the Mothra larva, but upon seeing how much of a bastard Ghidorah is, he ultimately decides to put his hatred behind and join forces with the other two Earthly monsters. In Mechagodzilla II, he finally decides Godzilla is better fit to be a parent for Baby Godzilla than him and pretty much lets Super Mechagodzilla kill him so Godzilla absorbs his energy and obtains the Spiral Ray.
- Atually tends to happen a lot. Rodan is tied with Anguirus for being Godzilla's most consistent ally. He's also arguably Godzilla's strongest ally as well, considering how well the pair work together. However, unlike Angy, who is a genuine friend toward the Big G, Rody seems to be more of a lone wolf and his friendhsip with Goji usually comes out of convenience.
- Giant Flyer: He certainly is, due to being a giant mutant pterosaur. He can attain supersonic speeds and create devastating winds by flapping his wings. Due to his predatory nature, one scene in Destroy All Monsters has him swooping down on the sea to catch a dolphin for food.
- HeelFace Turn: In Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster, he goes from antagonizing mankind to working with the Big G to take Ghido down.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Godzilla: Final Wars, though he was under mind control.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, he ultimately realizes Godzilla would be a better parent to Baby Godzilla than him and pretty much lets himself be killed by Super Mechagodzilla's attacks, but his demise allows the Big G to obtain his Spiral Ray.
- Informed Species: He looks less like a Pteranodon and more like a featherless bird of prey with membranous wings and scaly skin. Granted, his Heisei version is more pterosaur-like, but he still has a toothy beak and more jarringly, obvious bat-based wings.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's fast enough to cause sonic booms as an offensive weapon, but also strong enough to carry Godzilla.
- Meaningful Name: His original Japanese name (Radon) is taken from Pterandon.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, he mutates into Fire Rodan after his battle with Godzilla, gaining his own uranium heat ray and more strength and toughness.
- No-Sell: In Godzilla: Unleashed Fire Rodan is completely immune to heat- and fire-based attacks and hazards, taking no damage from the lava in Seattle and the breath weapons of Obsidius, Megalon and Godzilla 2000 (the fireballs specifically for the latter two).
- Showa Rodan was unharmed by Godzilla's atomic breath and Ghidorah's gravity beams. He even perceives both as mere annoyances.
- Pet the Dog: In Final Wars he was spared by Godzilla, along with Anguirus and King Caesar after their battle with the Big G in Final Wars due to being former allies of him.
- 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.
- Ptero Soarer: Rodan is basically a textbook example on how pterosaurs were portrayed throught the 20th century, resembling more a plucked chicken with bat wings. For comparison this is an accurate Pteranodon reconstruction◊. Granted, the Showa and Millenium versions of him have more membrane-like wings, whereas his Heisei incarnation has more blatant bat-like wings. His Heisei version also has a longer beak more similar to those of real Pteranodon. He still has teeth, however. In the case of the Monsterverse Rodan, all this inaccuracies can be justified by the fact he no longer is a pterosaur, but rather an ancient lifeform that happens to look like a pterosaur.
- Signature Roar: A ululating cackle which would be reused countless times for other kaiju.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Inverted — After beginning with a starring role, he was forever after reduced to playing second banana to Godzilla.
- Token Evil Teammate: Expanded universe material in which the kaiju are heroic beings portrays him as far less concerned with human life and being more of a loose cannon. The Monsterverse version of him focuses on this trait, as he's a rogue destroyer who causes mayhem as he pleases and will only align himself with the strongest kaiju there is, even if that happens to be King Ghidorah himself.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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 always has a beakful of teeth, despite being billed as a Pteranodon (whose name actually means "Wing Without Teeth"). Averted in Godzilland, where he's toothless like a real Pteranodon.
- Unexplained Recovery: In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, it's revealed that the male Rodan somehow survived his supposed immolation at the end of Rodan when he bursts out of Mt. Aso.
Sanda (Brown Gargantua)
- First appearance: War of the Gargantuas, 1966
A Gargantua created from Frankentein's genetic samples, Sanda was raised by human scientists, particularly the motherly Akemi Togawa, giving him a possitive perception of humans and making him grow into a compassionate being. When he sees his "brother" Gaira getting heavily injured by the Japanese military, he promptly rescues him, peacefully drives the army away and takes Gaira to a place where he can recover. The moment he sees Gaira eating humans however, Sanda flies into a rage and attacks his brother. When Gaira makes his way to Tokyo in order to feast on yet more people, Sanda has no choice but to confront his brother and put an end to his threat.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Go Godman and Go Greenman, he's now an antagonistic force that must be stopped by the heroes.
- Adaptation Species Change: In Go! Greenman, he's a mutated Minion of Maoh.
- Ascended Extra: See below.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to Gaira's Cain.
- Canon Immigrant: He gets to encounter the Big G in Rulers of Earth alongside Gaira.
- Cloning Blues: Inverted, he's a lot like his "dad", friendly to humans and bringer of pain to those who would harm them
- Gentle Giant: Found by the military and raised among humans for a few years. Ultimately got bored and returned to living in the wild, but he kept his love of people.
- Genius Bruiser: While both Gargantuas are implied to be near or at human intelligence, Sanda more often shows this than Gaira. During their battle with Godzilla in Rulers of Earth, Gaira attacks through biting and scratching, while Sanda fights through punching and grappling, and eventually drives the Big G away by smelling a gas truck, realizing what's inside and slamming the vehicle in Godzilla's face.
- Healing Factor: Inherited from his "father".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he discovers his brother Gaira enjoys eating people, Sanda chases him from the mountains to Tokyo and out to sea, attacking him every chance he gets.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Becomes a Godzilla foe in Rulers of Earth.
- First appearance: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, 1994
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.
- Achilles' Heel: SpaceGodzilla's shoulder crystals. They're not strong enough to withstand M.O.G.U.E.R.A's spiral grenade missiles and when M.O.G.U.E.R.A blasts them, SpaceGodzilla's power becomes drastically weakened. His fat frame and stubby arms don't help him in a fight.
- Acrofatic: Double subverted. While his ground speed is what you'd expect for his size, he moves/flies much faster in the air thanks to his anti-gravity powers.
- Alien Invasion: A one monster variant.
- Aliens are Bastards: Godzilla's cruelest and most openly malicious opponent in the Heisei continuity. What do you expect from this universe's aliens?
- 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.
- Ambiguously Human: If the first theory of his birth of how he's partially created from the remains of Biollante is any indication, it takes it to a rather disturbing thought that he has some aspects of human genes that originally belonged to Erika who's spirit was within a rosebush that was injected with G-Cells.
- Attack Reflector: Capable of spawning a crystallized shield deflecting Godzilla's Atomic Ray right at him. Strangely he doesn't even redirect Moguera's weaponry.
- Batman Gambit: Him attacking Little Godzilla was actually his plan of drawing Godzilla out believe it or not.
- Big Bad: Of both his own film, and of the mutant faction in Godzilla: Unleashed, and of the game as a whole since he's responsible the crystals that are wrecking havoc on Earth, usurping the spot from the Vortaak aliens that were the Big Bad in the previous two games and actually created him.
- 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.
- Continuity Nod: The time travel plot of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah didn't really affect Biollante's existence at all, because of that she's one of the two logical possibilities of how SpaceGodzilla came to be.
- Crystal Spires: 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 Is Bigger: At one-hundred and twenty metres tall, he is twenty metres taller than the Heisei Era Godzilla. His flying form is also said to weigh 720 000 tonnes, making him the most massive kaiju in the series by far.
- Evil Twin: A twisted clone of Godzilla, created when his cells fused together with an alien entity and some sort of crystalline lifeform within a black hole.
- 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.
- Gravity Master: A pro at this. He's used his gravity manipulation on Godzilla to hurl him into a building. (Even though that hardly even hurt him at all.)
- Horns of Villainy: Probably one of the few villainous kaiju to sport a crowned appendage on his forehead.
- Karmic Death
- Kick the Dog: After defeating Godzilla he goes out of his way to use his telekinesis to levitate Godzilla Jr. opening a crystal prison and places him in there that closes around him out of spite.
- Knight of Cerebus: In his first film, which wasn't all that light-hearted to begin with, he kidnaps Little Godzilla and imprisons him.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big, fast, hard to injure, and strong on offense. Until his crystals are busted, then he's a lot weaker.
- Long-Range Fighter: Fairs better at this, he tends to stay evidently stationary firing his Corona Beam countless times at Godzilla and Moguera. Fighting up close is a huge struggle for him since Godzilla had the advantage in hand-to-hand seeing as how he managed to bite him to keep him still giving the pilots of Moguera the opportunity to blow off his shoulder crystals.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Part Godzilla, part rose, part human, part crystalline space entity. Maybe. Two potential origins exist for this guy in the movies and a third was introduced by the Trendmasters Godzilla Wars toy line, and was considered definitive within the line. Both with at least one factor in common. One theory's starting point sees a few stray Godzilla cells parting ways from Biollante at the end of Godzilla vs. Biollante, and the other sees Mothra accidentally taking some of Godzilla's DNA into space with her at the end of Battle for Earth. In either case, the theories then state that somehow these cells were exposed to the energy of a black hole and emerged from a white hole, as a twisted and evil clone of Godzilla. The origin presented by Trendmasters take partly from the theory of Biollante being the one responsible for Godzilla cells ending up in space. However the twist is that these cells encountered a crystalline life form, one that may or may not have been malevolent from the outset. Whatever the case, the resultant creature, SpaceGodzilla, headed straight for Earth in both the films and the toy line with a singular thought: defeat Godzilla.
- Macross Missile Massacre: A crystal version.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The origin of the Godzilla cells that created him are stated to have either come from Mothra's wings when she travelled into space in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth or when Biollante's spores floated in space in Godzilla vs. Biollante. He has the same tusk structure as Biollante and the core of his crystals resembles her belly, which suggests the latter might be the correct one.
- Off with His Head!: Beheaded by Godzilla in Half Century War.
- Power Crystal: The large crystals on his shoulders generate much of his power, and by seeding an area with crystal spires he can increase his own power greatly.
- Purple Is Powerful: Bluish indigo in color and one of the most challenging monsters Godzilla has ever encountered.
- 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.
- Shock and Awe: Possesses a few electrical attacks one of which is his preferred Breath Weapon. He briefly fired electrical blasts from his shoulder crystals at Godzilla at one point.
- Shoulders of Doom: Giant spiked crystals protruding out of his shoulders which can allow him to distort gravity on a whim and draw power from the crystals he creates.
- Super Strength: It may not look like it regardless of the short stature of his arms but he's actually even physically stronger than Godzilla the latter was able hoist up Heisei MechaGodzilla that weighed around 150,000 tons. Moguera a rebuilt version of MechaGodzilla was even heavier weighing up to 160,000 tons. The crystal beast impales the mech while he lifted and chucked it into several buildings with just his tail alone!
- Stock Sound Effect: His screech is actually Gigan's roar slowed down.
- 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.
- Butt-Monkey: He often becomes this due to his greed and selfishness.
- Canon Foreigner: Although, Takora never actually appears in any of the Godzilla movies, Crossover merchandise of him can be found at the official Godzilla Store.
- Funny Octopus
- Greed: His defining character trait.
- Interspecies Romance: His love interest is a walrus named Monro
- Our Monsters Are Different: Compared to any other Toho kaiju.
- Terrestrial Sea Life: An octopus who is never seen anywhere near the ocean.
- They Killed Kenny Again: He suffers a Karmic Death at the end of some episodes.
- First appearance: Terror of Mechagodzilla, 1975
Similar to Godzilla in that he is believed to be a dinosaur that returned to the sea and survived there through the great extinction, Titanosaurus was a peaceful creature until the Simians returned to earth and used their technology to enslave the aquatic giant, wielding him as a weapon against the human race. When his controller was destroyed, Titanosaurus attempted to flee back into the ocean, but Godzilla pressed his attack and (supposedly) killed him.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Godzilla Unleashed he's on the Mutants' side who's only purpose was to seek out the various crystals and become empowered by them to wipe out everything in existence, though the manual does state he's not specifically evil, more or less seeking power to preserve himself and his lifecycle.
- Anti-Villain: A character notes that Titanosaurus was actually quite gentle. And what does he do when the mind-control is temporarily broken? Breaks off his fight with Godzilla and quickly escapes into the sea. All the bad stuff he did was under mind control.
- Badass Normal: Aside from his tail making hurricanes he was a rather good brawler who's beaten Godzilla himself to a stand still. (Under mind control)
- Blow You Away: His tail (which may be meant to be used like a fluke underwater) can be used like a fan, easily taking Godzilla off his feet.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's normally a peaceful dinosaur that sleeps on the ocean floor, but he's mind-controlled in Terror of Mechagodzilla to become a brutal monster made to attack Godzilla.
- Dub Name Change: Titanosaurus is called "Titano Kong" in the Italian dub.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Mind control aside, this is the first "natural"note kaiju to show up since Son of Godzilla.
- Gentle Giant: When free of mind control, he quickly drops whatever destruction he was in the middle of and flees.
- Giant Equals Invincible: Played with. He is pretty much immune to bullets and mortars, but he is still vulnerable to sonic waves and Godzilla's atomic ray, after receiving multiple hits from it.
- In a Single Bound: Made an impressive leap reaching to sky level to let a fighter jet hit his face.
- 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)
- One-Shot Character: Downplayed, while he's only appeared in one film, because of his strong fanbase he has made numerous appearances in video games and comics.
- Revisiting the Roots: After making odd sci-fi monsters like Gigan and Megalon, it was a step back to the old-days with Titano, a giant dinosaur with natural powers.
- 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 until the Kilaaks take over Earth's monsters and unleash them upon humanity; though Varan, Baragon and Anguirus are unmentioned in the assault on mankind. Eventually, the humans break Varan and the other Earth kaiju free of the alien control and Varan observes the demise of King Ghidorah, then returning to Monsterland to live in peace.
- Adaptational Badass: In Godzilla Unleashed. Varan is the second-fastest Earth Defender, can chain his attacks together into devastating combos, and has great versatility with his gliding (he can even attack during it, and doing his uppercut punch allows him to glide indefinitely). His bite heavy attack also hits deceptively hard and can knock an opponent on its back.
- 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.
- 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!
- Glass Cannon: Zone Fighter can dish out a lot of damage but he has a hard time taking it, needing help from Godzilla on at least five separate occasions.
- First appearance: Godzilla, 1998 (as Godzilla)
The mutant monster, designed by Patrick Tatopoulos, from the "American Godzilla" movie 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.
- Ascended to Carnivorism: He's a mutated iguana, which are herbivores, but he eats fish and his offspring are also seen hunting humans. In Godzilla: The Series, when his son is given a seaweed-based fish substitute, he spits it out in disgust.
- 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. Though he was treated this way in the fandom even before that.
- 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 its anatomy being called into question.note
- 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.
- Irony: The most accurately dinosaurian of all the Godzilla incarnations, but also the only incarnation that is explicitly non-prehistoric in origin: he mutated from an iguana.
- 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.
- Mr. 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.note
- 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. That said, iguanas are not one of those lizards (they're herbivores), although you could interpret the change in diet to part its its mutation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adaptational Badass: The original Kong died to biplanes and wasn't too threatening on his own, being merely a giant gorilla. This one is big enough that biplanes would be little more than an annoyance to him, can fight and defeat Godzilla on his own, and has lightning powers on top of that.
- Composite Character: As his film was originally supposed to have Frankenstein's Monster, he gains buffs from electricity (which, one would assume, would've buffed the former back in his version).
- Darkest Africa: Averted. The King actually hails from the Pacific islands.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: He wins against his final battle with Godzilla.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Well, apes, but yes, 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 orangutaun.
- 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.
- World's Best Warrior: You know how Godzilla is referred to as the King of the Monsters, and the "most powerful weapon on Earth." That said, canonically, Kong beat Godzilla.
- Your Size May Vary: The original King Kong was roughly 25 feet tall, whereas the Toho one was resized to roughly 147 feet to make a better opponent for the 50 meter tall Godzilla.
- First appearance: Godzilla: King of the Monsters #6, 1978
- 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).
- 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.
- First appearance: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, 2014
An arthropodal alien kaiju used by the Cyrogs in Rulers of the Earth.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: They resemble Anomalocaris, mixed with generic arthropod features, and are named after trilobites.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Their arms are scythe like blades.
- Chest Blaster
- Fusion Dance: Once a Beta Trilopod acquires another kaiju's genetic material, it'll clamber onto and fuse with an Alpha Trilopod to become a transformed Trilopod with the abilities and partial appearance of the kaiju it took the DNA of.
- King Mook: Magita, the King of the Trilopods, really just resembles a gigantic version of the Beta Trilopod.
- Large and in Charge: Up to Eleven with Magita, the king of the Trilopods. while the other Trilopods are in the size range of the other kaiju, Magita is one of the largest monsters that has ever appeared in the entire franchise, utterly dwarfing all the other kaiju present, with Word of God stating that it is nearly half a kilometre in height.
- 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.
DevoniansAn 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
- Alien Invasion: An interesting example as they colonized Earth long ago.
- Aliens are Bastards: Standard Godzilla trope.
- Big Bad: Of the first 12 issues of Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Initially, with the Cryog. Then they get tired of them...
- Eviler Than Thou: On the winning end of this with the Cryog.
- Fish People: They look a little like an entire race of Creatures from the Black Lagoon.
- The Starscream: Successfully, to the Cryog.
The CryogAn alien race featured in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Let's just say they have big plans for Earth.
Kaiju minions: Gigan, Orga
- Alien Invasion: Well, duh.
- Aliens are Bastards: Duh, again.
- Big Bad: For the first portion of Rulers of Earth.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Devonians.
- Canon Foreigner: They are the first original alien race featured in the IDW Godzilla comics along with the Devonians.
- High Collar of Doom: The emperor of the Cryog has two frills on the sides of his body that give off the appearance of this.
- Octopoid Aliens: They have a very squid-like look to them.
- Shapeshifter: Wouldn't be Godzilla aliens without it.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They plan to betray the Devonians when they see fit. Too bad the Devonians betray them first.
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.