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From left to right: Showa, Heisei, and Millenium/"Kiryu"

Mechagodzilla is various different robots throughout the Godzilla continuities whose primary similarities are being robotic dopplegangers of Godzilla who have enormous arsenals of weapons. Besides that, the depictions of a character have varied widely.

  • Adaptational Badass: In their respective movies, the Showa and Heisei Mechagodzillas were designed with ranged combat in mind, with little-to-no way of fighting hand-to-hand. This was because the hands of the suits were independent of the hands of the actor inside. In the video games, this isn't an issue, where they are often shown fighting other monsters hand-to-hand quite well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chest Blaster: Showa's Wave Motion Cannon, Heisei's Plasma Grenade and Kiryu's Absolute Zero Cannon/Triple Maser.
    • BFS: Well, considering he's 50 metres tall...
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Showa and Heisei Mechagodzillas suffered this, as elaborated in their respective folders. Subverted with Kiryu, with a bit of Fridge Logic when you realize Kiryu wasn't designed purely to fight Godzilla, as every other version of the monster has been. The fourth Mechagodzilla attempted to subvert this, but it was simply too small to face Godzilla Earth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 to som extent, but it's Showa Mechagodzilla's specialtyin particular.
  • 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.
  • More Dakka: Every Mechagodzilla unloads every single weapon at Godzilla at least once in every movie. Showa Mechagodzilla is especially notable for this, the attack appropriately being called an "All-Out Attack/Assault" in some media.
  • 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.
  • Robot Me: They're all robotic doppelgangers of Godzilla.
  • Shadow Archetype: In general all incarnations of Mechagodzilla are a reflection of Godzilla’s unnatural side and his mindless destructive nature, showing what Godzilla would be if he were nothing but an unthinking weapon.
  • Walking Armoury: All of them in their own ways, explained in their respective folders.

     Showa Mechagodzilla
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, 1974
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.
  • Achilles' Heel: The Showa-era Mechagodzilla is at least partially reliant on external hardware for it to function properly. This vulnerability is only exploited after the battle is already won in its original appearance, but was a critical factor in Terror of Mechagodzilla.
    • In its original battle against Godzilla and King Caesar, Godzilla also exploited Mechagodzilla's complete absence of rear-facing weapon placements while flying to pull it in and successfully restrain it.
  • Alien Invasion: Showa Mechagodzilla, who serves as The Dragon to the Simians in the films. Godzilla: Unleashed has Showa Mechagodzilla back in this role alongside several other space monsters and Megalon.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Showa Mechagodzilla is easily the evilest of the characters to carry the name, and alongside fellow aliens Ghidorah and Gigan is one of Godzilla's most brutal opponents in any incarnation.
  • 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.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The first Mechagodzilla never ran of out missiles.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Mechagodzilla 1975 comes with greater firepower than the 1974 version but at the expense of close combat skills or decent aim.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: While Mechagodzilla 1974 was brutally effective both up close and from afar, Mechagodzilla 1975 specialized far more in the weapons side. Indeed, with its improved missiles it endlessly beat Godzilla into the ground, but once Godzilla managed to get closer it proved less effective, unable to properly fight back. At least it was ready for the head ripping trick.
  • Cyborg: In the dub of the 1974 film, 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 the Vortaak in the video games.
  • Evil Knockoff: Controlled by planet conquering aliens, it had no qualms about killing pretty much anything that got in its way.
  • Hero Killer: Plays this the straightest of the incarnations, 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.
  • Informed Attribute: Some sources describe the Showa Mechagodzilla as having the personality of a nihilistic assassin. However both its films only really show it off as a mindless weapon.
  • It Only Works Once: In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Mechagodzilla is beaten when his head torn off. In the next film Godzilla tries this again, only the aliens were ready for it. They made its 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: In addition to his firepower and his Space Titanium body, it could also fly so fast Godzilla struggled to even hit him.
  • Logical Weakness: The moment when Godzilla started to utilize his magnetic abilities, Mechagodzilla could only fly around so much until the robot was (literally) dragged down to ground level, right into Godzilla's grasp where he's unable to make a retreat.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Does this to Anguirus. It's not pretty or pleasant to watch, and mechanical or not, the bastard seems to enjoy doing it.
    • Once the tables were turned on King Caesar, and adapted to using missiles against him, he bludgeons him with metallic strikes without mercy almost to the point where he had his claw missiles inside of Caesar's jaws.
    • Even after Godzilla arrived for a rematch, and was double-teamed, the mech still manages to curb stomp both kaiju as if he's in no danger at all, especially when Mechagodzilla decided to use ALL of his weapons. Godzilla suffered this outcome the the worst, by getting blasted in the jugular several times causing blood to spray out of his neck like a blood sprinkler, and having missiles latched onto his bloody body.
  • Off with His Head!: Showa Mechagodzilla was decapitated twice by Godzilla, but only the first one stuck.
  • Psycho Electro: The original could deploy a powerful electric current from his chest, called the Cross Attack Beam.
  • 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; eventually it reveals its true identity. Anguirus also scrapes off one of the disguise's scales earlier in the movie.
  • So Last Season: Mechagodzilla 1975 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.
  • 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: A Tin-Can Robot if ever there was one, it packed Eye Beams, a force field, a powerful electric current, a Wave-Motion Gun, forcefields, jets, and enough missiles to equip the Red Army.
  • Zerg Rush: The mass-produced Showa Mechagodzillas do this to Godzilla in Rulers of Earth.

     Heisei Mechagodzilla
First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, 1993
The Heisei Mechagodzilla 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. It was destroyed when Rodan died and gave Godzilla his red spiral breath.
  • Attack Reflector: The Plasma Grenade is basically this. Mechagodzilla's armor absorbs Breath Weapons, then converts it into plasma energy and launches it right back.
  • Beam-O-War: Engages in one against Godzilla, but failed because it couldn't fire its Mega Buster for long enough.
  • Breath Weapon: The Mega Buster. Said to be as strong as Godzilla's atomic breath, but it can only be fired for about ten seconds before the mech overheats.
  • The Cameo: Briefly makes an appearance in the ending of the 1993 Godzilla arcade game, created before the movie itself. While only a little bit of him is visible in the story mode ending, in the arcade mode ending he appears in full.
  • Combining Mecha: Heisei Mechagodzilla can connect with the fighter craft Garuda to gain a pair of Shoulder Cannons.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: It seemed designed mostly to engage Godzilla at long range with its array of weapons, combined with its 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 the pterosaur closed the distance.
  • 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: Mechagodzilla 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.
  • 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 also the final boss of Godzilla Battle Legends and Godzilla: Monster War.
  • Haunted Technology: Heisei Mechagodzilla gets possessed by the soul of King Ghidorah in the manga.
  • Hero Killer: Cripples the second brain in Godzilla's waist(even during their first encounter Mechagodzilla had Godzilla backed into a corner until he reversed the electric current of its Shock Anchors), and mortally wounds Rodan, making him fit the "Killer" part to a tee; the "Hero" part depends on which side of the conflict you stand for.
  • Long-Range Fighter: At range, Mechagodzilla's array of weaponry combined with its beam-absorbing armor means that Godzilla is completely overwhelmed and could just possibly be killed. However, once the distance is closed it has just about no means of fighting back.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Two varieties of missiles: Paralyzer Missiles and Tranquilizer Missiles, one aimed high and one aimed low. Both are used to subdue and weaken Godzilla so that Mechagodzilla can fire its Shock Anchors.
  • Mighty Glacier: Even slower than Godzilla, but it doesn't need a whole lot of movement to make it hurt.
  • Shock and Awe: With two Shock Anchors, basically harpoons on cables, it can deliver cripplingly strong electricity into whatever they hit.
  • Taking You with Me: In the manga, it attempts to self-destruct after latching himself onto Godzilla to destroy him as a last-ditch resort.
  • Walking Armoury: Sports a Breath Weapon, Eye Beams, ShoulderCannons (when combined with Garuda), Energy Absorbing armor, a Chest Blaster, paralyzing and tranquilizing missiles, jets, and shock cables.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Tremendous heat. Two of Mechagodzilla's strongest weapons, the Mega Buster and the Plasma Grenade, generate incredible heat and can only be used sparingly, lest the mech shut down and allow Godzilla to rush in and attack up close like he did during their final fight. In addition, after being powered up by Rodan, Godzilla emitted so much heat that Mechagodzilla's diamond coating melted, leaving it unable to absorb beams and rendering the Plasma Grenade useless.

     Millennium Mechagodzilla AKA Kiryu
First appearance: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, 2002
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...

     Anime Mechagodzilla AKA Mechagodzilla City
Mechagodzilla as it appears in Planet of the Monsters
Mechagodzilla City
Mechagodzilla's full body
First appearance: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, 2017
Mechagodzilla is a giant robot that the Bilusaludo patterned after Godzilla—as the name suggests—and intended to use it to kill Godzilla and then turn it on humanity to conquer Earth for themselves. Unfortunately for them, Mechagodzilla refused to activate, and was left abandoned on Earth when Godzilla attacked the facility where it was being stored. City on the Edge of Battle reveals that Mechagodzilla's head has assimilated the surrounding area into the eponymous Mechagodzilla City, becoming a perfect weapon against Godzilla Earth.
  • Alien Invasion: The anime Mechagodzilla once again does this as part of the Bilusaludo's Grey Goo scheme.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Mechagodzilla refused to activate when Godzilla attacked the base it was being stored in, and as a result its body was destroyed and the algorithm restraining the nanometal was glitched. This enabled it to spread for 20,000 years by assimilating the bodies of the workers left behind, as well as Servum who flew too close to it.
  • The Assimilator: Mechagodzilla's nanometal begins spreading over the course of 20,000 years by killing and assimilating any and all Servum that approach it, resulting in the formation of the titular Mobile City. Mulu-elu Galu-gu and Rilu-elu Belu-be willingly allow themselves to be assimilated by the nanometal, while Yuko Tani is partially assimilated and left in a coma when Mechagodzilla is destroyed by Godzilla.
  • The Dreaded: While the Houtua use its nanometal to augment their weapons, they avoid the Mobile City it originated from—viewing it as being cursed.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of Mechagodzilla and the other giant robots in the franchise. Humanity and the Bilusaludo wanted to build a giant robot in Godzilla's likeness to kill him. What they got was a misshapen, toxic, hideous machine that barely functioned properly and was easily destroyed. In the present time, the machine itself is useless, too small to injure Godzilla Earth, and its nanomachine nature means it will do more damage to the planet than Godzilla will.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Galu-gu, as his greatest creation and the true main antagonist of the second movie.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Small glimpses of it in are seen Planet of the Monsters; it is featured more extensively in City on the Edge of Battle. To an extent, due to having been destroyed, and Galu-Gu remarking that rebuilding it would be pointless.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Godzilla Earth, but not in the traditional sense. Rather than being a machine made in Godzilla's image, Mechagodzilla more or less IS the entire City. The nanometal that comprised it is slowly terraforming the planet in the same way Godzilla did, but spreading pollution and killing the indigenous life in the process. In this form, Mechagodzilla is now equal to Godzilla Earth not as an imitation, but as an equal-and-opposite god. And unlike Godzilla's terraforming, Mechagodzilla's is shown to not just be limited to plant life. Just ask poor Yuko...
  • Evil Knockoff: To Godzilla, as per usual.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Mechagodzilla isn't exactly sentient when its remains are abandoned on Earth. It simply follows its assimilation programming, absorbing creatures into its body and forming structures. The Houtua even treat it like a part of the planet's ecosystem steering clear of its danger but still able to use it to craft tools. In the end, it's more of a tool for Gelu-gu who integrates his mind with it and steers Mechagodzilla's actions.
  • Genius Loci: Essentially becomes this once the Bilusaludo take control of the city, being guided by their minds.
  • 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. The nanometal it is comprised of can assimilate organic matter, with Metphies expressing concern that it will never stop spreading until everything on Earth has been consumed.
  • Humongous Mecha: Subverted. MechaGodzilla was once this, but has spread and grown into the giant City in the title.
  • Mind Hive: Its AI contains the minds of those it assimilates, enabling Galu-gu and Belu-be to take control of the Mobile City.
  • Mythology Gag: Mechagodzilla, while having a completely new redesign, is a cavalcade of these.
    • Just like the 1974 Mechagodzilla it was designed by ape-like aliens whose planet was devoured by a black-hole. And it is finally destroyed the same way—decapitated by Godzilla, and then later having its head and living controller destroyed to permanently kill it after its alien masters resurrect it.
    • Just like the 90s Mechagodzilla 2, it was designed with multiple weapons and defenses to counter all of Godzilla's known abilities, and these defenses are weakened by Godzilla exuding so much heat that its parts start to melt.
    • Lastly, much like Kiryu, Mecha-Godzilla more or less went berserk and was unable to be activated when needed, leading to its defeat in the backstory, and the initial fear is that it's somehow gone out of control and forcibly consuming people. This last part is not entirely true. While it does absorb people, this is all part of Galu-Gu's plan.
  • Not Quite Dead: While its body was all-but destroyed by Godzilla's initial attack, enough of its head survived that it was able to be reactivated. Godzilla finishes the job at the end of City on the Edge of Battle with some help from Haruo.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Zig-zagged. While Mechagodzilla itself was destroyed during Godzilla's initial attack, as a result of its self-sustaining nanometal, it was able to infest the surrounding area over 20,000 years. And it wasn't entirely destroyed either.
  • Robeast: Mechagodzilla is a Bilusaludo-constructed robotic replica of Godzilla, built out of hyper-advanced "nanometal" and possessing weapons designed to counter Godzilla's powers, but differs significantly in appearance from its organic counterpart.
  • Transforming Mecha: Due to being comprised of nanometal, it was supposedly able to reconfigure its body as-needed — though this feature was never displayed due to it refusing to activate.
  • Tron Lines: When Belu-be activates its corpse, cybernetic markings appear along its body and extend across the floor of its replicated facility — which is an extension of its body.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Of a benign sort, as despite being in operational condition, Mecha-Godzilla refused to activate when Godzilla attacked the facility where it was being housed. The Bilusaludo also intended to invoke this once Godzilla was destroyed in order to Take Over the World.
  • The Unfought: Subverted. Its body was destroyed when Godzilla attacked its facility, leaving only part of its head intact. The head proceeded to use its nanometal to reconstruct the facility used to construct it 100 times larger, creating the "Mechagodzilla City". As it's too badly damaged and rebuilding its frame would be useless against a Godzilla six times larger and exponentially more powerful than the one it was built to fight (about Godzilla Filius's size), Mecha-Godzilla itself can't directly fight Godzilla. So it doesn't. Instead, it fights *as* the opposing City, matching Godzilla Earth not as a physical replication, but as an artificial god that can defeat it. Then Haruo decides that they can't risk Mechagodzilla winning if it means the Earth will become assimilated, turning the tables and allowing Godzilla to finish the City off.
  • Walking Armory: Mechagodzilla's original body was armed with a plethora of anti-Godzilla weapons, including a homing Blade Launcher with a range of 3 kilometres; the Convergent Neutron Cannon, a particle beam with a range of 5 kilometres; a Hyper Lance that could inject opponents with nanometal, which would consume them from the inside-out; and a tail that could transform into a blade. Of course, the mech itself is not used to directly confront Godzilla Earth.


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