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"Godzilla. Truly a God Incarnate."
~ Kayaco Anne Patterson, Shin Godzilla.

A character list including Godzilla himself and several closely related characters.

To return to the main character index, go here. For the Tristar Godzilla from the 1998 movie and the cartoon series go to the main character index and search American Kaiju. For the Legendary Godzilla from the MonsterVerse, go here.

Due to Wiki Policy, this page contains numerous unmarked spoilers for each Godzilla involved. You Have Been Warned.

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    General Tropes 

  • Animalistic Abomination: Barring Godzilla Earth and Filius, most Godzillas are this, being mutated dinosaurs or, Shin's case, a sea creature.
  • Anti-Hero: His most common trait whenever he is not a Villain Protagonist.
  • Anti-Villain: Whenever he is a Villain Protagonist, Godzilla is usually portrayed as not truly malicious but rather a destructive force of nature.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Each Godzilla's size varies. Original and Showa: 50 meters (184 ft), Heisei: 80 meters (262 ft) in his first two appearances, 100 meters (328 ft) from Vs King Ghidorah and onwards; Millennium: Your Size May Vary, Shin: 118 meters (387 ft), PotM: 300 meters (984 ft).
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: The "Godzilla March" theme was actually intended for the military as far as 1954. It isn't until 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla that it made its return, but it is used for Godzilla. Each film later on uses the theme whenever Godzilla shows up, up until 2000 and as a remix for Godzilla: Final Wars. Shin Godzilla uses Terror's version (known as "Godzilla appears'') and the 1954 version in the credits.
  • Breath Weapon: Each Godzilla is able to charge and fire radioactive plasma, called Atomic Breath, from their mouth. The colors and power varies in each film.
  • Depending on the Writer: Godzilla's origin varies in each film: He has been a prehistoric monster awakened by a nuclear bomb, a dinosaur mutated by a nuclear submarine, a sea creature mutated by dumped nuclear materials, a planimal, or he is just sort of there.
  • Destructive Savior: If he's the protagonist, expect a major city in ruins.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In the Showa, Heisei, and Millennium eras. Notably, none of the films since have used this.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: It generally takes specialized weaponry or another kaiju to pierce Godzilla's skin, and most conventional weapons don't even faze him. Shin Godzilla was made to bleed from GBU-57A/B Massive Ordinance Penetrator bombs.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Depending on the film you watch, Godzilla's either a good guy or a bad guy, and he sometimes switches sides within the same movie.
  • The Klutz: As terrifyingly powerful as he is, he is oddly clumsy. The Showa Godzilla definitely had these kinds of moments such as tangling his tail on an electric tower, smacking his face on Nagoya Castle, and so forth. Heisei Godzilla can't seem to stroll into a city without stepping into a pothole or just falling into a hole on the ground.
  • Meaningful Name: At first, he didn't have one. His name was simply the words "Gorilla" and "Kujira" mixed together. According to Shin Godzilla, "Godzilla" (or rather, his Japanese name, Gojira [ゴジラ]) officially means "God Incarnate" (Kami no keshinai). Considering he is depicted as a Physical God, this makes sense. And yes, this applies to the Legendary version as well, since he was depicted the same way.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As if his name alone isn't enough to make anyone flee in terror, there's also his above meaningful name, God Incarnate (Kami no kenshinai).
  • Non-Malicious Monster: His most consistent trait until GMK. Even then, incarnations such as Shin are portrayed with sympathy.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Most incarnations of Godzilla are impervious to conventional weaponry, only being capable of being injured by other kaiju or weapons specifically created to do so.
  • Nuclear Nasty: The most common origin of the monster is that radiation is involved in his conception.
  • Outside-Context Problem: More often than not, Godzilla is depicted as the first time kaiju have come into conflict with humanity.
  • Papa Wolf: Giant nuclear monster or not, he is incredibly protective of his child. Harm even one of them, and he will absolutely end you. Showa, Heisei, and anime Godzilla demonstrates this in their respective films.
  • Physical God: In several films — most prominently the original — is worshipped and/or depicted as a god of destruction. Fitting as his name as "God Incarnate''.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Each Godzilla has to be at least thousands to million years old when he survives each extinction event. Shin, in kaiju terms, is perhaps the youngest incarnation out of each Godzilla.
  • Red Baron: "King of the Monsters", "God Incarnate", "God of Destruction".
  • Superpower Lottery: Various incarnations of the King of the Monsters courtesy of being an irradiated beast have been granted Super Strength, Super Toughness, a Healing Factor, Energy Absorption, reverse electrical surges, deliver physical blows extracted with energy, destructive energy shockwaves etc.
  • Wild Card: He is a giant monster after all. Most of the time he treats the location he's in as a territory. Of course, that depends on the Godzilla.
  • Villain Protagonist: If he's the main threat and started the main plot, he is this.

    The original Godzilla 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godzilla1954.jpg
You have your fear which might become reality. And you have Godzilla, which is reality.

First appearance: Gojira (Godzilla) / Godzilla, King of the Monsters, 1954/1956
AKA: Gojira
Portrayed by: Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka (1954), Tsutomu Kitagawa (Godzilla vs. Megaguirus and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla), and Mizuho Yoshida (Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack)

The original monster. A giant, prehistoric aquatic reptile who lurked in the darkest depths of the ocean, until the fateful day a nuclear weapons test destroyed his habitat, caused him to absorb massive amounts of radiation and unleashed him upon the unsuspecting world.

Born from the atomic fires, Godzilla was a metaphor for the horrors of nuclear destruction. After the death of the monster, his presence haunts the Japanese for the rest of their lives, including his successors that followed.


  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Because King of the Monsters downplayed his connection with the H-Bomb, the American version portrays him as a giant monster with a chip on his shoulder similar to Rhedosaurus. His sympathetic traits were mostly removed, and this is apparent since in the original film, Dr. Yamane gives a double eulogy to Serizawa and an Alas, Poor Villain speech for Godzilla. In the American version, he stays quiet while Steven Martin only gives a eulogy to his fallen best friend.
    • In GMK, the resurrected Godzilla is not a tragic monster nor a destructive force of nature. He is a being of pure malevolence who seeks nothing but the utter destruction of Japan and the world. To further illustrate this, he is also a Sadist who torments and toys with his opponents, namely the Guardian Monsters.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The reactions of both Kyohei Yamane and the audience in regards to his death. To elaborate, you'd think he's an utter villain after having destroyed Tokyo twice over by killing thousands of people, and dying in a spectacular way. He is not. He's, in Ishiro Honda's way, an innocent creature who was unlucky to be mutated. Like the Japanese 9 years prior, he is suffering because of what he has become. It's that sad.
  • Anti-Hero: In Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The original Godzilla was created as an embodiment of the atomic bomb.
  • The Assimilator: While regenerating, in GMK, Godzilla has absorbed the souls of all those killed in the Pacific War. Not just military casualties either; he's powered by 36 million poor lost tormented souls. He is full of anger, and seeks to avenge those dead on a Japan that has forgotten its past, and the horrors of war. He also kills the guardian monsters and then absorbs their souls also, becoming ever more powerful.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Though it would sound unimpressive compared to some of the later Godzilla's, he's still a threat at 50 meters.
  • Back from the Dead:
  • Berserk Button: Godzilla really hates lights, and he had a damn good reason too, especially from a weapon that scarred him for life. Too bad those reporters during his raid didn't get the memo.
    • Hell, just by the sheer amount of destruction he causes, and the fact that he's pretty much in a rage all the time, one could assume that just looking at him pisses him off. This is consistent across all his incarnations.
  • Big Bad: Of his debut film. He caused a lot of damage and took lives by the thousands. However, his Cry for the Devil gave him some sympathy points, as the climax illustrates. Posthumously, he casts a very long shadow over the franchise. It's no wonder the Japanese dread this Godzilla more than his successors.
  • Big Eater: Initially it was planned for Godzilla to have a cow in his mouth when he popped over the cliff on Oto Island, and it's mentioned that his presence was resulting in a fish shortage for the natives, who would sacrifice young girls to appease his hunger.
  • Breath Weapon: His Atomic Breath is a stream of nuclear vapor that burns, melts, and irradiates whatever it hits. His Vs. Megaguirus incarnation has a orange solid-gaseous version, while his GMK version has a solid blue beam.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: A movie version. The original film is set in 1954 while Godzilla: King of the Monsters! is stated to be in 1956. The American version of The Return of Godzilla sets the events in 1956, but later American dubs of the films from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah set the film in 1954.
  • Cyborg: He becomes this as Kiryu in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. However, his memories affects Kiryu's control systems to the point of rampaging. In its sequel, Godzilla as Kiryu does it again, but as a heart-felt farewell to his human pilot rather than destroying everything in sight.
  • Depending on the Writer: Has gone through many different retcons and returned in many different ways, especially in the Millenium series. Either he didn't die at all and re-surfaced, resurrected as an undead abomination, or stayed dead and had his bones used to create the cyborg Kiryu to fight his successor.
  • Disk-One Final Boss: He was the first, but definitely not the last of his kind.
  • The Dreaded: And rightfully so. Even posthumously, as Dr. Yamane states that it's possible that Godzilla might not have been the only one of his kind and that another Godzilla could emerge if nuclear weapons continue to be tested and used.
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted. Godzilla is intelligent, and his rampage is very intentional.
  • Everything Is Better With Dinosaurs: According to Dr. Yamane, Godzilla was an undiscovered intermediary species of dinosaur that could survive on land and sea. In the Heisei continuity, this species was named Godzillasaurus in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.
  • Freudian Excuse: Why does this highly radioactive mutant dinosaur attack humans? Because he was mutated by an H-bomb in the Pacific. This excuse actually holds water.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: This became a problem in the film. It took the Oxygen Destroyer to kill him, but this caused more problems than resolving it.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Godzilla's ominous footsteps usually precede his appearance.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He is covered in radiation burns from head to tail. These are scars of constant pain and wrath.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Posthumously, he casted a very long shadow over the franchise.
  • Humans Are Special: He eventually lets go of his hate of humans as Kiryu, and personally drops his own kind into the ocean and deactivates. But not before saying farewell to Yoshido.
  • It's Personal: Godzilla's entire hatred of humans stems from this; after all, they did blow up his home, horribly mutate him and then try to kill him off when he decided he wanted to state his complaints by wrecking Tokyo up.
  • It Can Think: He knows exactly what he's doing in his debut film. Dumb Dinos he is not.
  • Mighty Glacier: He moves rather slowly in his debut film (this can be attributed to his suit being incredibly heavy). This works well due to his attack being a rolling nuclear explosion.
  • Monster from Beyond the Veil: In Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!, he gets resurrected by the spirits of vengeful soldiers killed in World War II.
  • Mutants: He was mutated by an H-bomb in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Shrugs off everything the JSDF throws at him.
    • GMK Godzilla demonstrates this best, even after blowing himself up, it was still not enough to destroy the monster, as his disembodied heart continued to beat at the bottom of Tokyo Bay, slowly regenerating a new body.
    • The comic issue #5 of 'Godzilla in Hell' reveals nothing can stop him. The hell-bats, eldritch abominations in their own right, devour him, tearing him apart. His response? Assimilate them and their bodies against their will to become his new body, which he puts to good use in crushing the hell guardian, and returning to the world of the living.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: A very tragic example, despite unleashing his wrath on the populace. Averted in GMK, where the resurrected Godzilla, driven by the vengeful spirits, seeks nothing more than the annihilation of life itself.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Godzilla in GMK is a being of pure evil who seeks the destruction of everything.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The vengeful ghost of the original Godzilla was going to kill the Heisei Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla, the prototype for the film that became Godzilla vs. Destroyah. While this ultimately didn't occur, Ghost Godzilla has occasionally appeared in merchandise and the idea of the original Godzilla returning as a vengeful undead creature was reused for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Both literally and figuratively. As for the literal part, his mere presence will give those around him radiation poisoning.
  • Pet the Dog: Gets one near the end of the original film where he is found sleeping in the ocean. This quote from this review says it best:
    ''We have it here as its compassion reaches out to embrace even the destructive power at the center of its story. Here, for the first and last time, we catch a strangely touching glimpse of Godzilla at peace, going about the normal life from which forces beyond his control or understanding have so violently wrenched him. Even in the face of all the death and chaos, even as mankind strikes back with a power even more terrible than Godzilla himself, the film takes a moment to remind us that Godzilla, too, is in his way a victim."
  • Physical God: The original Godzilla was worshipped as a destructive deity by the natives of Odo Island, even before his mutation.
  • Posthumous Character: In all 3 series; moreso in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah due to the prominence of the Oxygen Destroyer. In fact, because of his first appearance in 1954, he casts a long shadow all over the 3 series. For the Showa series, it's quite unnerving when he's responsible for the actions he causes and his succesor undergoes Characterization Marches On, while his Heisei and Millennium successors remain the same creature while he either stays alive, or comes back as an undead abomination or a cyborg.
  • Power Glows: When charging his Atomic Breath, Godzilla's dorsal spines glow with Cherenkov radiation.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: In-universe, the Japanese government names the kaiju "Gojira" after the malicious storm god of Odo Island.
  • Shadow Archetype: Of your typical giant Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever Nuclear Nasty monster. To clarify, when a giant monster is on the loose, it's by instinct. Godzilla however can think, knows exactly where his targets are (as explained in Destroy All Monsters), and unlike those monsters, he is actually depicted as a Tragic Monster whose existence was created by humanity's mistakes. The film does not make an effort to point out how badly his existence is, and it makes him the most sympathetic interpretations of the monster.
  • Sole Survivor: The 14th Edition of Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction contains a 2-panel comic verifying Dr. Yamane's theory regarding Godzilla's origins; showing a small colony of Godzillas living at the bottom of the ocean until the Castle Bravo nuke wiped all but one — or two, given the existence of the subsequent Showa Godzilla — out.
  • The Soulless: Subverted by some 36 million plus souls in Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, where he comes back as an undead white-eyed monster possessed by spirits of the casualties of World War 2's Pacific War. Given his terrifying supernatural aura, it's not clear if this Godzilla had his soul exorcised by the evil spirits, never had one to begin with, fused with them, or is the very incarnation of their anger and hate.
  • Spared By Adaptation: In Godzilla vs. Megaguirus he wasn't killed by the Oxygen Destroyer.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first monster in almost every Continuity Reboot untill 2014 (MonsterVerse - Godzilla Legendary) and Shin. His existence also expands the wider Toho universe where there there's just not another Godzilla, but a whole array of monsters, including space ones such as King Ghidorah and Gigan.
  • Story-Breaker Power: At the time, his atomic breath is his most powerful weapon. He also point-blank kills people with it. To this reason, he's Too Powerful to Live.
  • Stripped to the Bone: How he dies via Oxygen Destroyer, being reduced to a skeleton before his bones were outright disintegrated. In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla it only stripped him to the bone.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: We can count how tragic this monster is without making a joke about it. It wasn't his fault he was awakened and mutated by the H-Bomb. If anything, he has a very justified hatred towards humans.
  • The Tokyo Fireball: He completely destroyed Tokyo in his debut film. The main difference between his and his successors of later films' level of destruction is that he was very thorough in his destruction. whereas others will knock a few buildings or set them on fire. It gives the disturbing imagery of Hiroshima's destruction.
  • Tragic Monster: Oh boy. He was a prehistoric creature living in the deep sea trenches, minding his own business, before getting nuked. The film does not sugarcoat that he is an innocent victim as much as the humans of nuclear warfare. To illustrate this, Serizawa and Ogata come across him napping at the bottom of Tokyo Bay.
  • The Undead: Of the healing and no rotting variety in Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!, where he is reanimated by the vengeful spirits of soldiers killed in World War II.
  • Villain Protagonist: In his debut film, he levels most of Tokyo, and the implication that he could attack other cities not just in Japan but around the world is what spurs Daisuke Serizawa to act.
  • War Is Hell: His very existence is a byproduct of war. Not just his original self, but also his GMK appearance.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: With his and Daisuke Serizawa's death, Dr. Yamane asks this question as a eulogy to both. As later sequels tell you, the answer is "No."
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: This also cannot be understated. His first film depicts him as this: He was a normal dinosaur mutated by the Castle Bravo test in 1954, which gave him powers. This clearly made him stronger and angrier, not to mention in constant pain from his radiation burns. While destructive, he nonetheless is depicted as a Tragic Monster who just wanted to be left alone. After he destroys most of Tokyo, he goes to the ocean to have peace, but the humans won't let him be, and he dies rather in a Tear Jerker manner.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: When he defeats Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah in GMK he absorbs their souls to become more powerful. He himself is composed of millions of vengeful spirits from World War II's Pacific War.

    Showa Godzilla 

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/showagodzilla.png
Clockwise: Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Terror of Mechagodzilla

First appearance: Godzilla Raids Again, 1955
AKA: Gojira, The King of the Monsters, Gigantis, Monster Zero-One, God of Destruction, The Big G
Portrayed by: Haruo Nakajima (1955-1972; Water scene only in Son of Godzilla), Katsumi Tezuka (King Kong vs. Godzilla; water scene only), Hiroshi Sekita and Seiji Onaka (Son of Godzilla), Shinji Takagi (Godzilla vs. Megalon), Isao Zushi (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla), and Toru Kawai (Terror of Mechagodzilla)

"I cannot believe Godzilla is the last member of its species. But if we continue to conduct nuclear tests, another Godzilla may appear somewhere in the world again."
~ Kyohei Yamane, Gojira

The Legacy Character to the original Godzilla. Godzilla began as a neutral being, a living force of nature, but through the years he's also been a protector of the Earth, a monstrous engine of vengeance, and even a caring parent. One thing is constant, though: Godzilla is unstoppable and will face all challengers with his size, power, ferocity, and devastating atomic ray.


  • Abusive Parents: He threatens to hit Minya and stomps on his tail to get him to use Atomic Breath. Somewhat justified, since Minya needs some way to defend himself on an island full of Big Creepy-Crawlies trying to eat him.
  • Achilles' Heel: Played with. He was originally the only incarnation with a clearly defined weakness as the Showa Godzilla showed varying levels of aversion to electric/lightning-based barriers or attacks of a high enough voltage. At least up until 1966, when he is shown to have adapted to electricity, being woken up by lightning strikes channeled through a sword and cable. In 1974, he is shown to have used it to heal wounds suffered at the hands of Mechagodzilla, and further used it to turn himself into a living super electromagnet.
  • Adaptational Heroism: This version of Godzilla is definitely the most heroic one yet. While he starts off villainous, he dials back on his destructive tendencies, staying out of human cities and only leaving his territory to defend Earth from extraterrestrial threats.
  • All Webbed Up: How he is defeated by Mothra's children in Mothra vs. Godzilla. Kumonga did this to him once as well.
  • Anti-Hero: Showa Godzilla is a Byronic hero who starts off wholly antagonistic but develops into a destructive savior for mankind.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: During the Showa Era, Godzilla went from a fairly animalistic monster that fought using his teeth and claws (along with his thermonuclear breath) to something of an anthro-animal superhero who would fight using kung fu moves. This is up to and including an Ali-Shuffle in Monster Zero. And there's that time he put on gigantic sneakers to go one-on-one with Charles Barkley...
  • Art Evolution: Showa Godzilla went from being more or less identical to the original Godzilla in Godzilla Raids Again to having a frog-like head with bulbous eyes.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's called the King of Monsters for a reason.
  • Bash Brothers: With Anguirus and Rodan, depending on the film. Also counts with Gorosaurus, Manda, Kumonga, Varan, Baragon and Mothra, if Destroy All Monsters is accounted for.
  • Beauty = Goodness: In a kaiju way. He went from a radioactive abomination with a hideous face as an antagonist to an Ugly Cute superhero sort of way.
  • Breath Weapon: Godzilla's Atomic Breath is a stream of nuclear vapor that makes facing him in combat "like fighting a flamethrower".
  • Boisterous Bruiser: After Ghidorah the 3 Headed Monster Godzilla becomes a lot more energetic, vigorous, and incredibly pumped up in the fights scenes almost as if he enjoys squaring off against his opponents. In Godzilla vs. Megalon and Zone Fighter he's like this constantly.
  • Bully Hunter: It's said in Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster that one of Godzilla's biggest pet peeves is large and strong monsters beating up weaker and smaller ones — despite Godzilla having done this himself. When he sees Ghidorah beating on the larva Mothra, he inevitably marches up to Ghidorah and joins Mothra in fending off the space beast.
  • Byronic Hero: Godzilla's Freudian Excuse establishes him as having a grudge against mankind, with good reason, but he nevertheless helps defend the planet against far worse monsters.
  • Character Development: If one watches the Showa movies from first to last, one notices Godzilla progressing from cranky and destructive to cranky and apathetic, to slowly developing a mild, if distant, respect for his new neighbors, the humans. Son Of Godzilla is the start of showing Godzilla's more compassionate side by having him not only adopt Minya as his son, but also hugging him to keep him warm as the island they are both on freezes over.
  • Characterization Marches On: From Godzilla Raids Again to Terror of Mechagodzilla (or chronologically, Destroy All Monsters), his character ranged from an animalistic creature who is destructive as hell to a superhero with anthropomorphic tendencies.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He started as a grouchy villain when compared to his predecessor - who was a Tragic Monster - but once Character Development kicked in, he became a protector of Earth.
  • Denser and Wackier: As the Showa series progressed and itself became less serious, Godzilla became increasingly comedic, performing victory dances and even talking to Anguirus.
  • Destructive Savior: Depending on the film he appears in. In the Showa series prior to his Heel–Face Turn, he has a tendency to destroy nearby villages while facing the likes of King Ghidorah, Gigan, Mechagodzilla, and so on.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: A 164 foot tall theropod dinosaur that breaths radioactive fire and is immune to conventional weaponry. Admittedly, he's a mutant dinosaur.
  • The Dreaded: When Godzilla shows up, it's a good idea to run.
  • Dub Name Change: When the American version of Godzilla Raids Again was drastically edited, Godzilla was renamed Gigantis to give the impression he was a completely new monster.
  • Dumb Dinos: While the English version of King Kong vs. Godzilla describes him as having a brain the size of a marble, this is actually averted - Godzilla is able to cooperate effectively with other monsters, tailors his fighting style to suit different opponents and abandons tactics that don't work, and is caring to his adopted son.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In his debut film, he retained most of his predecessor's design, which includes three rows of spines on his back, small ears, a snout, and four toes on each foot. Starting from King Kong vs. Godzilla, the ears and fourth toe were removed, a single row of spines, and a less dinosaurian mouth. These traits would carry on until his last appearance in Terror of Mechagodzilla,
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster, Godzilla finally decides to intervene when he sees King Ghidorah attack the much weaker Mothra Larva. It was this moment when Showa Godzilla turned from villainous bully monster to an Anti-Hero.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In the American version of King Kong vs. Godzilla he is described as having characteristics of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Stegosaurus, though his origin is most likely similar to that of the original Godzilla.
  • Eviler Than Thou: What ultimately spurs Godzilla's Heel–Face Turn. He stops being top dog when King Ghidorah enters the scene. Ghidorah at that point outclasses Godzilla in sheer power and villainy, that he simply cannot compete, and is forced to ally with Rodan and Mothra in order to stop him and save the Earth.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Rodan and Mothra in Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Appears to have continued this friendship with every generation of Mothra in the Showa Era, though the friendship was often rocky at best.
  • Flight: Godzilla has shown at least once (during the film Godzilla vs. Hedorah) that he is capable of using his thermonuclear breath to propel himself through the air. Of course, it's never been shown or mentioned since in the films, but was used in the 11th issue of one of the Godzilla IDW comics to propel himself upwards like a rocket out of a ravine he gets trapped in during his fight with Hedorah.
  • Freudian Excuse: Has one in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. He says the reason why he hates humans is because they always attack him, contrary to his actions from Godzilla Raids Again through Mothra vs. Godzilla where he willingly attacked humans on his own. The reasoning could also be because the military usually resorts to trying to pump Godzilla full of lead, missiles and artillery fire before trying out any non-violent method of dealing with him. When the military stops attacking him, he really begins his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: "History shows again and again how Nature points out the folly of man!"
  • Godzilla Threshold: The trope namer himself. When Godzilla shows up, at least one city is going to be reduced to rubble, depending on how far he travels. Quite often, the threshold is crossed.
  • Harmless Freezing: He's buried by a avalanche at the end of Godzilla Raids Again and winds up in an iceberg, which he breaks out of at the beginning of King Kong vs. Godzilla. He and Minya also survive being frozen alive at the end of Son of Godzilla.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He goes from being an arguably malevolent creature with a strong grudge against humans to a full-on defender of the planet, teaming up with former enemies like Anguirus, Rodan, and Mothra to save the earth.
  • I Know Kung-Faux: In later Showa films he developed a proficiency for kaiju-style martial arts.
  • Irony: Electricity (man-made) was his biggest weakness in the early 60's movies but in Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster lightning was the opposite it actually energized and revived him. Justified as that film was originally meant to a King Kong movie.
    • In an infamous scene in King Kong vs. Godzilla Kong uproots a tree and lodged it into Godzilla's throat, whereas in Godzilla vs. Megalon Godzilla uproots a tree and forcefully jabs at Megalon's face pinning him to the ground.
    • In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla lightning once again was used that not only rejuvenated him but gave him a new power that allowed him to draw MechaGodzilla in like a magnet.
  • It Can Think: Despite being described as having a brain the size of a marble, Godzilla is surprisingly intelligent... possibly due to the secondary brain in his hindquarters. He showed a level of intelligence closer to human than animal, not only being able to strategize well and lead other monsters into battle but also teaching his son how to use his atomic breath and using boulders as weapons in a fight. He also started fighting using martial arts in the 70's.
  • Jerkass:
    • Has a particularly bad attitude in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Towards the end of the fight Godzilla trips Kong with his tail. When Kong regains his balance he hits him again and laughs his head off!
    • When Mothra sprays Rodan with silk in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla laughs so hard he doubles over.
    • He also taunts Ebirah with his own arms in Ebirah, Horror of The Deep.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Develops into this over the course of the Showa series. He's still kind of an asshole, but he loves his adopted son and is perfectly capable of bonding with fellow kaiju like Anguirus, Rodan, and Jet Jaguar.
  • Legacy Character: He is a second mutated member of the original Godzilla's species, functionally identical to his predecessor.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As the films become more about him fighting monsters, he becomes deceptively agile. He's able to leap into the air during his Happy Dance.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Proficiency in martial arts, flight, and magnetism are all abilities Godzilla has spontaneously used once or twice with no foreshadowing.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Godzilla shrugs off mundane weapons with no effect, and has only been wounded enough to bleed a handful of times.
  • Nominal Hero: Most of the time, he saves the world not for any admirable reason, but because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time or was simply saving his own skin.
  • Off-Model:
    • The tail end of the Showa era (especially VS. Gigan and VS. Megalon) were infamous for reusing suits from the previous films, even if they looked nothing alike to each other (example: GiganGoji and MegaroGoji), for certain scenes.
    • Godzilla's appearance in the comic book series published by Marvel. While the comic's design generally adheres to the original movie's design, it portrays Godzilla with stereotypical green skin (a trait that wouldn't follow over to the original Japanese movies until Godzilla 2000) and generally looks slightly more like a dinosaur. The comic also greatly exaggerated Godzilla's height, making him over 150 meters, or 492 feet (for comparison, that's three times the original movie design's height, which had Godzilla at 50 meters, or 164 feet).
  • Papa Wolf: Godzilla adopts Minya and is very protective of him.
  • Power Glows: When he charges his Atomic Breath, his dorsal fins glow blue with Cherenkov radiation.
  • Power Trio: Godzilla forms one with Rodan and Mothra in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster.
  • Progressively Prettier: While he never becomes something you could ever describe as "pretty," his features do soften up over time as he becomes progressively more heroic.
  • Redemption Promotion: Godzilla becomes more badass once he undergoes his Heel–Face Turn, going on to win fights against even tougher enemies. If he does lose, then he always comes back for another round with a new trick or creative solution up his sleeve ready to win the day.
  • Slide Attack: He infamously slides on his tail to drop-kick Megalon.
  • Signature Roar: "SKREEEEEEEONNNNNK!", which goes from being a rumbling bass bellow in Godzilla Raids Again to a shrill shriek in King Kong vs. Godzilla and subsequent films.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Breaks out of his iceberg imprisonment (from the end of Godzilla Raids Again) during the events of King Kong vs. Godzilla to the surprise of a wary American nuclear submarine crew.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He kills Titanosaurus in what appears to be cold blood, rips off Ebirah's claws and taunts him with them, and really seems to enjoy fighting in general. His apathy towards the humans who die, either directly or indirectly from his actions, counts as well.
  • Story-Breaker Power: While it also doubles as New Powers as the Plot Demands, he apparently gain magnetism from being struck by lightning.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Godzilla has gills in the form of small holes at the base of his neck,note  which let him stay underwater indefinitely without going up to breathe. It's explained in the first film that Godzilla belongs to a family of transitional marine-dwelling dinosaurs. Godzilla's Revenge retroactively established that Godzilla is also able to breathe underwater, though he is apparently not an amphibian. It may be part of the mutations that gave him powers.
  • Super Strength: He's lifted Gigan and other similarly-sized kaiju over his shoulder with little effort, as well as tossed King Ghidorah over a cliff.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Son of Godzilla was when he started showing his more compassionate side.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Temperamental, misanthropic, and an all-around Jerkass, but saves the planet from time to time.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and Mothra vs. Godzilla, where he is an antagonistic force. It's only in Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster that he starts developing into an Anti-Hero.
  • Vocal Evolution: Had the original Godzilla's deep and menacing roar in Godzilla Raids Again, but from King Kong vs. Godzilla onward the roar was changed to a higher pitch, most likely to make him sound expressive.
  • The Worf Effect: The mark of a serious monster in this franchise is that it's managed to defeat Godzilla at least once. Nearly all monsters lose the rematch, though.

    Heisei Godzilla 
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First appearance: The Return of Godzilla, 1984
AKA: Gojira, The King of the Monsters, Big G
Portrayed by: Kenpachiro Satsuna

"Godzilla is like a hurricane, or a tidal wave. We must approach him as we would a force of nature. We must understand him, deal with him, perhaps even try to communicate with him."
~ Steve Martin, Godzilla 1985.

In a separate continuity from the Showa series, Godzilla was once a mere theropod dinosaur living on Lagos Island, where it was caught in the crossfire between American and Japanese soldiers during World War II. The dinosaur chased away the American soldiers, but was mortally wounded in the process. A group of time travellers called the Futurians, seeking to prevent the creation of the original Godzilla, abducted the dinosaur and left it to die at the bottom of the Bering Sea, where it was mutated by a Soviet nuclear submarine. This Godzilla attacked Tokyo in 1984, fighting a number of foes before eventually absorbing more radiation than his body could handle and undergoing a nuclear meltdown.


  • Alien Blood: Strangely bleeds green blood in The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla VS Biollante. His blood color was changed to red afterwards.
  • Alternate Self: The Heisei version of Godzilla exists in a separate continuity from the Showa films that disregards all the previous films except for the first one.
  • Anti-Hero: Unlike the Showa Godzilla, the Heisei Godzilla does not deliberately protect mankind, making him a Nominal Hero at best. Humankind's survival relies on him fending off threats such as Biollante, King Ghidorah and Destroyah but being Too Dumb to Live they're always scheming to destroy Godzilla at every opportunity.
  • Art Evolution: Heisei Godzilla's design changed over the course of the series, though not as significantly as the Showa Godzilla's, with his face becoming almost feline in appearance.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: A Godzilla manga focused on a story where after fulfilling the conditions of being the destroyer of worlds, he becomes a literal god. His God form is basically him with King Ghidorah's wings, and absolutely humongous.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's called the King of Monsters for a reason.
  • Attack Reflector: In Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla II Mechagodzilla launches its shock anchors into Godzilla's flesh surging him with electrical shocks. But he managed to redirect the surge backwards which in turn ruptured his mechanical foe's circuits and became crippled.
  • The Big Guy: He starts out 80 meters tall, and due to time travelling shenanigans he becomes 100 meters tall, and he's definitely a heavy hitter.
  • Breath Weapon: Godzilla's Atomic Breath is a beam of plasma that can burn through almost anything. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, he absorbs Fire Rodan, which supercharges his Atomic Breath into the even more powerful Red Spiral Ray.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to his predecessors, he doesn't seem to be as tragic as the original Godzilla. He's pretty much a No-Nonsense Nemesis when it comes to fighting opponents.
  • Cloning Blues:
    • Biollante was created by splicing a rose bush with Godzilla's cellular material, and proves a difficult opponent.
    • Spacegodzilla is created when some of Godzilla's cells wind up in space and fuse with a crystalline entity living inside a wormhole.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Melting down in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah proved to be this by the climax of the film. His body heat increasing would cause him to melt down and die. But as his temperature rose he became more dangerous because his body was so, and he could rapidly fire his Spiral Atomic Breath.
  • Destructive Savior: Godzilla does not deliberately protect mankind, but is instinctively drawn to the Tokyo region and is extremely territorial. He does inadvertently save the day against genuinely malevolent monsters.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: The first incarnation of Godzilla to specifically be stated to be a dinosaur, being a mutated Godzillasaurus.
  • Dumb Dinos: Heisei Godzilla shows little-to-none of the sentience displayed by the Showa Godzilla and is essentially a territorial predator. However, in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, he is revealed to be able to communicate with psychics and is a caring parent to his adoptive son Godzilla Jr. He's also smart enough to figure out and exploit Spacegodzilla's weaknesses.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, he sees Destroyah murder his son, and even while his dying from melting down keeps fighting to bring down his final opponent. In the original script he was in fact planned to die right after he beat Destroyah to death.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The Burning Godzilla form used in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah hasn't been seen before or since. Justified in that it was explained as the result of being overclocked on radioactive power at levels even he couldn't absorb all at once and ended up killing him.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: If he dies by meltdown, he will either cause Earth to explode or, if unlucky enough, the entire universe.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Heisei Godzilla is a mutated Godzillasaurus.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The trope namer himself. When Godzilla shows up, at least one city is going to be reduced to rubble, depending on how far he travels. Quite often, the threshold is crossed.
  • Going Critical: If Godzilla absorbs too much radiation it becomes too intense for his body to internally control, and he finally succumbs to a total nuclear meltdown.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal:
    • It was the Heisei series that cranked Godzilla's healing powers up, with him recovering from grievous wounds like being impaled through his hands by Biollante.
    • In the Marc Cerasini novel series (which are based off the Heisei Godzilla series, for the most part), a group of scientists studying Godzilla during a military attack are only able to observe Godzilla's regenerative capabilities with high-speed cameras, the regeneration happening so fast that it looks like missiles and bullets do absolutely nothing to him in real time.
  • Good Parents: For a giant city-destroying monster, he sure is a loving and protective father towards his adopted son Godzilla Jr., going berserk when Spacegodzilla kidnaps him and when Destroyah kills him.
  • Having a Blast: The Big G is able to generate a destructive atomic shockwave known as the Nuclear Pulse. At first the ability was actually an unfinished Atomic Ray after being strangled by one of Biollante's tentacles. It happens again when King Ghidorah started to asphyxiate him which resulted in him unleashing it on the dragon. After that he can seemingly do it at will in Godzilla vs. Mothra.
    • It becomes even stronger in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah during his meltdown Stuff Blowing Up ensues with widespread explosions surrounding the area.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Much like his Showa predecessor, Heisei Godzilla goes from villain to Anti-Villain, to finally Anti-Hero over the course of the 90's movies.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: The Futurians attempted to erase him from history in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah by moving the Godzillasaurus from Lagos Island to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, preventing it from being mutated by the Bikini Atoll nuclear test. The Godzillasaurus was mutated by a Russian submarine in the 1970's and became Godzilla anyway.
  • I'm Melting!: How he ultimately meets his end. After absorbing so much radiation, Godzilla's body begins to go into meltdown, heating up uncontrollably until his flesh oozes off his bones.
  • Implacable Man: Godzilla is a lumbering, unstoppable juggernaut. He cannot be overcome or reasoned with, only avoided for as long as possible. Only another powerful monster can give him a challenge.
  • It Can Think: Heisei-era Godzilla also had telepathic abilities that connects him to a psychic human girl named Miki Saegusa. He's also the one who figures out Spacegodzilla's weaknesses and exploits them.
  • It's Personal: With Destoroyah (who killed his son). The latter is made quite explicit in one of the novelizations.
  • The Juggernaut: If he's the villain then the plot of the films tends to be about finding a way to stop him - which half the time fails to kill him or flat out doesn't even work.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Cadmium is extremely poisonous to him, and the Anti-Nuclear Bacteria proves highly effective, severely weakening him.
  • Legacy Character: The Heisei Godzilla is initially assumed to be the same Godzilla that attacked Tokyo in 1954, but is revealed to be a separate individual.
  • Living Battery: The King of Monsters absorbs radiation and stores it away, ever-growing in mass and power... unless/until he has a Superpower Meltdown.
  • Living Weapon: The de Bont script had its Godzilla be a living weapon crafted from dinosaur DNA to fend off the Gryphon and its probes.
  • Manly Tears: Godzilla, The King of the Monsters, wept for his son, dead at the claws of Destoroyah.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Godzilla has ravaged Japan, alone or in a brawl with other monsters, in 28 films across at least three continuities.
  • Mercy Kill: In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah he finds and annihilates Yasuaki Shindo, who blames himself for Godzilla's painful mutation and continued miserable existence. Godzilla stares long at the saluting man before respecting Shindo's wishes and ending the man's life, letting out a mournful roar afterward. This scene has also been interpreted as Godzilla being tormented by the memories rather than cherishing them.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: When given the opportunity, Godzilla tends to grab an enemy kaiju by their tail and repeatedly slams them up and down.
  • Mighty Glacier: Of the Godzilla incarnations, he is among the slowest, and for years he was the largest.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Heisei Godzilla sports twin rows of fangs in most of his designs.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He's nearly indestructible. His tough scaly hide is almost impenetrable and even such attacks as do harm him are quickly negated by his fast-acting regenerative abilities. The only thing that kills him is a massive overdose of radiation.
  • Papa Wolf: Only a complete moron would try to harm Godzilla's adopted offspring. Godzilla is many things but despite the fact that Godzilla Jr. isn't his biological offspring (we think), he is devoted to the care of his child and screwing with him is a pretty effective way of committing suicide, as Spacegodzilla and Destroyah found out.
  • Phlebotinum Overdose: In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla absorbs too much radiation and begins to meltdown.
  • Power Glows: His dorsal spines glow blue with Cherenkov radiation when he charges his Atomic Breath, and red when he uses his Crimson Spiral Ray. In his burning form, his body is covered in glowing orange-red molten patches, signifying his Super-Power Meltdown.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His design from Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth — in which he kills Battra — has dark red sclera, made more apparent in its Super-Deformed depiction in Godzilla Kaiju Collection.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Justified as a nuke detonated atmosphere brings him back from a losing fight with the Super-X in The Return of Godzilla.
  • Signature Roar: "SKREEEEEEEONNNNNK!", with a deep undertone accentuating the shrill roar.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He's trapped in a volcano at the end of The Return of Godzilla.
  • Serial Escalation:
    • His breath weapon was kicked up a notch after Rodan's heroic sacrifice in Mechagodzilla II, becoming the Crimson Spiral Ray.
    • Destoroyah started off with Godzilla's breath attack ALREADY being red, then kicked up to near nuke levels when his power level rises to near-critical near Destoroyah's end, in conjunction with Godzilla's rage.
  • Stable Time Loop: As explained by this article, the series implies this is how he was created: what happened in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah was that instead of erasing the original Godzilla, the time travel adventure ended-up creating the Godzilla seen from The Return of Godzilla to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in the first place. There is evidence in both the sequels (Vs. SpaceGodzilla mentioned Biollante as a possible cause for the SpaceGodzilla's origins, and Colonel Gondo from Vs. Biollante is mentioned as still being dead and two characters having known him, one of whom being his sister; and in Vs. Destoroyah, with the Oxygen Destroyer that killed the original Godzilla being a major plot point); in Vs. King Ghidorah itself (everyone remembering Godzilla; Miki sensing Godzilla but not the Godzillasaurus; the Godzillasaurus being placed in a spot that'd later served as the site of a nuclear sub crash; and lastly, the Godzillasaurus already being Godzilla when the JSDF sent a sub to the area to mutate the dinosaur).
  • Story-Breaker Power: He has two:
    • The Nuclear Pulse. A power that allows him to generate powerful shockwaves to shock opponents if they get too close to him.
    • The Spiral Atomic Breath, which is possibly the most powerful version of the original Atomic Breath. Godzilla was able to use this when he really wants his enemies dead. By the time of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, the humans had to make a stronger Super X to even stand a chance while Destoroyah could barely survive several hits.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: His Burning form from Godzilla vs. Destroyah is due to him absorbing too much radiation.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Godzilla can survive underwater for prolonged periods of time, disappearing from radar.
  • Super Strength: He's easily picked up tossed other monsters that are supposedly much heavier than himself.
  • Taking the Bullet: In his initial fight with Space Godzilla, Space Godzilla starts taking shots Godzilla Jr after Godzilla scored a lucky hit on him. Godzilla stops fighting and takes the hits, which costs him the fight.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Starting with the Heisei series, Godzilla started to REALLY make sure his enemies wouldn't get back up. Notable cases are with Heisei series Mechagodzilla, who he repeatedly blasted till it was barely even a flaming wreck, even though he already damaged it to the point he crew had to abandon it (granted he had no way of way knowing that).
    • Jan de Bont's unmade version of the character was to finish off his opponent, the Gryphon, by decapitating it, destroying its body with a explosion and then piking its head on one of the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, he adopts Baby Godzilla as his own son.
  • Tragic Monster: The guy is just as much a victim of humanity as humanity is a victim of him.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Combined with Serial Escalation in Destoroyah. He's royally pissed when Destoroyah mortally wounds Jr. and then somehow that is topped off when Godzilla fails to save him. Easily the crowning moment of pissed-off for Godzilla.
  • Wolverine Publicity: This Godzilla often appears in video games, including Godzilla/Godzilla Vs, toys, and pormotions. If not him, then Godzilla 2000 is the other one.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Heisei Godzilla undergoes a literal Superpower Meltdown, to the point it actually kills him. Every major human pities him.
  • The Worf Effect: In Godzilla vs. Biollante he easily kills her rose form, but when she comes back in a more monstrous form she turns the tables and nearly eats him.
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    Millennium Godzillas 

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Clockwise: Godzilla 2000: Millennium, GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Tokyo S.O.S, and Godzilla: Final Wars
Portrayed by: Tsutomu Kitagawa (1999-2004), Mizuho Yoshida (Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack)

First appearance: Godzilla 2000, 1999; Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, 2000; Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack , 2001; Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, 2002; Godzilla: Final Wars, 2004 (respectively)
AKA: Gojira, The King of the Monsters, Big G

  • Alternate Self: Most of the films in the Millennium series are in their own distinct realities and (aside from the two appearances of Kiryu in Godzilla against Mechagodzilla and Tokyo SOS) are each different interpretations of the creature. This explains why his atomic breath is gold/orange in two films, and blue/silver in the others, as much as it explains why the plots of the films effectively ignore each other, to the point of seeming to contradict everything said about Godzilla and his motivations and powers from one film to another, except for the two Mechagodzilla films.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Depends on the viewpoint. GMK Godzilla is often stated to be the only unambiguously evil incarnation of the character. An argument can be made that he's not really at fault for what he does, as the GMK version is explicitly stated to be possessed by millions upon millions of ghosts from WWII who are driving his actions.
  • Art Evolution: Over the course of the Millennium series, Godzilla's design changes several times:
    • In Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus he has an elongated, pointed snout, enormous purple dorsal spines, green scales, and orange-red Atomic Breath.
    • In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack he has black scales, glowing white eyes, and an appearance reminiscient of Heisei Godzilla.
    • In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. he has a similar appearance to the Godzilla 2000 design but with dark charcoal-grey scales and smaller, bone-white dorsal spines.
    • In Godzilla: Final Wars he resembles a mixture of the Showa and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla designs, with a slimmer body, smaller head with larger ears, and smaller dorsal spines.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's called the King of Monsters for a reason. Final Wars emphasizes this by having him Curb-Stomp Battle every monster he faces up to Monster X.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Depending on the film, he fluctuates between this and being an antagonist.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Final Wars Godzilla dishes out one to every monster he meets until he faces Monster X.
  • Destructive Savior: In Godzilla 2000 he vanquishes an alien entity intending to take over the world, then proceeds to raze Tokyo himself. In Final Wars he lays waste to several cities while chasing the Gotengo.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In Final Wars, Ozaki supercharges Godzilla with his Kaiser power, enabling him to use his Crimson Spiral Ray to vanquish Kaiser Ghidorah.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Godzilla 2000's nuclear pulse creates a massive explosion that levels a large chunk of Tokyo and blows Orga to smithereens.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Godzilla's Showa era friendships with Rodan, Anguirus, and King Ceasar are given a nod in Final Wars, as they are the only monsters he spares in his rampage
  • Godzilla Threshold: Invoked in Final Wars, where Godzilla is freed from his icy tomb in order to stop the Xilian invasion after humanity's best and brightest fail to do so.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: G2K attributed Godzilla's healing factor to a type of cell called Organizer G1 (or Regenerator G1 in the American dub). It's so potent that Orga, who stole it, was able to regenerate almost a quarter of his own body in seconds.
  • Human Popsicle: At the beginning of Final Wars, Godzilla is Buried Alive in a glacier by the Gotengo.
  • Implacable Man: In GMK and Final Wars, Godzilla is a lumbering, unstoppable juggernaut who easily crushes his enemies.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Final Wars Godzilla somehow notices a meteor aimed at him and hits it while its in Earth's upper atomosphere.
  • It Can Think:
    • In Godzilla 2000, Godzilla lets himself get swallowed by Orga so he can use his nuclear pulse to blow off Orga's upper body.
    • In Vs. Megaguirus, he pretends to be impaled by Megaguirus' stinger, only to crush it in his jaws and then finish Megaguirus off.
    • The undead Godzilla in GMK is practically diabolical, and gives off the impression that everything is all going Just as Planned when a human tries to help Ghidorah by shooting a missile at him, only for him to grab his three headed enemy and swing him right into the path of the missiles.
    • In Final Wars he shows the ability to strategize when fighting opponents.
  • It's Personal:
    • His motive for attacking the UFO in Godzilla 2000: Millennium - he just went after it because he was mad at it for blasting him early in the film. Ditto with Katagiri, who ordered the Full Metal Missile attack on Godzilla.
    • Godzilla steamrolls through his opponents in Final Wars while chasing the Gotengo, intending to finish the fight that left him buried in a glacier. He has them dead-to-rights at the end of the film, but Minya persuades him to let go of his grudge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the end of Final Wars, Godzilla has the Gotengo dead to rights and is about to annihilate it and its crew, but stops when Minya intervenes and departs into the ocean.
  • The Juggernaut: In Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla fights about a dozen monsters throughout the film and appears invincible up until the fight with Monster X.
  • Legacy Character: The Godzilla from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla Tokyo SOS is presented as being a separate individual from the original Godzilla, with Tezuka & Tomiyama commenting in Godzilla x Mothra x MechaGodzilla: Tokyo SOS Fantastic Collection that it's possible he's the original Godzilla's son. The others are either the same monster or left ambiguous.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Final Wars Godzilla is the largest of the Millennium era incarnations, note  and is also the fastest, easily running and leaping into the air.
  • Monster from Beyond the Veil: GMK Godzilla was reanimated by the vengeful spirits of the Japanese people who had died during World War II, seeking to destroy Japan in revenge for their sacrifices being forgotten.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: GMK Godzilla has white eyes.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Godzilla is typically bulky and ripped,(the Heisei and Legendary version being the prime examples) but the incarnations from Godzilla 2000 and the Mechagodzilla movies have a rather skinny but somewhat muscular built. The Final Wars Godzilla stands out the most, while he has some visible muscle tone, he's probably the slimmest he's ever been and can take down even the most strongest of kaiju with no visible effort... That is until Monster X decided to challenge the king to a dual.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Final Wars Godzilla tanks a meteorite impact and isn't even fazed.
  • Nominal Hero: In Godzilla 2000, Godzilla is not fighting to protect mankind but to defeat a powerful enemy intruding on his territory. In Final Wars, Godzilla isn't even trying to save the earth, but is chasing the Gotengo in order to finish their last battle.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: While the GMK Godzilla is very much an evil entity, some consider his nature as an undead monster to be somewhat sympathetic in this film since it's implied Godzilla's actions aren't of his own free will due to being possessed by some 36 million angry ghosts.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The GMK incarnation of Godzilla is the 1954 Godzilla re-animated and driven by the vengeful spirits of the forgotten soldiers who died in WWII to destroy Japan.
  • Power Glows: His dorsal spines glow blue with Cherenkov radiation when he charges his Atomic Breath. Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus give him a reddish orange glow with incendiary properties.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: In Godzilla: Final Wars he is trapped in a glacier by the Gotengo.
  • Super Strength: Final Wars Godzilla tosses other kaiju around like ragdolls, and throws Kumonga over the horizon.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Final Wars Godzilla smashes Zilla into the Sydney Opera House, then cuts loose with his Atomic Breath until the building explodes.
    • The Godzilla from Godzilla vs Megaguirus managed to fatally Megaguirus. Even the bug is literally going down in flames, he completely incinerates it before it hits the ground.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Final Wars, where he spares the Gotengo and its crew from his wrath when Minya gets between his mouth and them.
    • He also allows Rodan, Anguirus, and King Ceasar to live after defeating them in their fight, likely as a nod to the Showa series where he allied with them (and was more or less Bash Brothers with Anguirus and Rodan).
  • Tragic Monster: Even the unrepentantly evil GMK Godzilla is a victim of mankind, being possessed and reanimated by the vengeful spirits of those who died in World War II.
  • Villain Protagonist: In GMK Godzilla is indisputably villainous, being an undead monstrosity formed from an amalgamation of evil spirits.

    Minilla / Minira 
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First appearance: Son of Godzilla, 1967
Portrayed by: Masao Fukazawa (Showa), Naoko Kamio (Godzilla: Final Wars)

Godzilla's son in the 1950's-70's Showa series, and in the last entry of the Millennium series Godzilla: Final Wars. An enigma, his origins are unknown. Minilla's egg was uncovered by several Kamacuras on a Pacific island from inside a pile of rock. Godzilla soon appeared, having been drawn to the location by Minilla's powerful electromagnetic cries. Saving Minilla from the Kamacuras, Godzilla took the infant under his wing and began raising him (after a rough start). Minilla later faced Kamacuras, the spider Kumonga, and then participated in a giant brawl against King Ghidorah during an alien invasion. He later appeared in a young boy's dreams, and had a small but pivotal role in Final Wars.


  • Art Evolution: While the original Minilla was just a miniature Godzilla with more human-like traits, Final Wars, 37 years later, instead opted for a mix of a turtle and mammalian-like appearance while still borrowing elements from Godzilla's design.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a cute, pudgy infant Godzilla, but was also one of the many monsters that finally put King Ghidorah down in Destroy All Monsters.
  • Breath Weapon: His "Smoke Ring" attack has evolved from being a Running Gag to becoming his Signature Weapon.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he might be weaker and even sillier looking than Godzilla, he's still no slouch; just look at King Ghidorah whom had his middle head strangled to death by his smoke rings.
  • Cute Giant: Goofy and strange looking, sure, but there's likely a charm in it for some.
  • EMP: An unintentional and very similar effect that happens due to his kind of Telepathy.
  • Gentle Giant: Benign and friendly toward humans.
  • Gonk: Bizarre looking even by Kaiju standards.
  • Kick the Dog: Some to count:
    • The Kamacuras prodding at him after he just hatched.
    • Godzilla stomping on his tail so that he can perform a full-powered Atomic Breath.
    • Gabara's brutal beating of Minilla in Godzilla's Revenge counts, too.
  • Morality Pet: For Godzilla in the Showa series. And especially in Final Wars, when Godzilla ultimately decides to spare the humans simply because Minilla asked him to.
  • Sizeshifter: He has the ability to either shrink or grow in size in All Monsters Attack and Final Wars.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Referred to as Minya or Milla by some American distributors.
  • Telepathy: Sort of; while not fullblown psychic in nature, Manilla can keep tabs with Godzilla even from great distances by sending his brainwave patterns through radio frequencies, alerting him whenever he's in danger.

    Godzillasaurus 
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First appearance: Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, 1991
Portrayed by: Wataru Fukuda

The dinosaur that would become the greatest kaiju the world has ever known, theorized by Dr. Kyohei Yamane to be an amphibious species intermediary between land-dwelling theropods and sea-dwelling marine reptiles.

In 1954, a fateful event would mutated one of the species, setting off the events of Godzilla.

During World War II, another Godzillasaurus lived on a small Pacific island that was then captured by the Japanese. American forces soon attacked the island and cornered the Japanese forces, until the Godzillasaurus appeared, chasing the Americans to the beach (and killing many of them with its feet and by knocking trees onto them). Gravely wounded by warship shelling, Godzillasaurus retreated into the jungle, having inadvertently saved the Japanese troops. A few years later the comatose dinosaur was caught in the blast of an H-bomb test and mutated into the second Godzilla, which attacked Japan in Godzilla 1985 and Godzilla vs Biollante. However, in 1992 the Futurians traveled back in time and teleported the injured Godzillasaurus to the Bering Strait, where he lay until the 1970's when the radiation of a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine revived and mutated him, and later a modern Japanese nuclear submarine stumbled upon him and was destroyed, the stronger present-day nuclear sources birthing a much larger, stronger, and angrier second Godzilla.


  • Accidental Hero: When the Japanese and Americans fought on Lagos Island, the Godzillasaurus attacks the American G.I.s while unintentionally saving the Japanese Garrison.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Discussed in-universe. It was unknown if the Godzillasaurus intentionally saving the Japanese Garrison by its own admission or it simply attacked the G.I.'s for intruding its territory.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: So much so that a certain filmmaker is inspired by his sailor father's tales of UFO's and a prehistoric monster on a lush island.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the Futurians meddling with the time stream, the Godzillasaurus still became Godzilla.
  • Mysterious Past: The existence of Godzilla's species had been unknown for a long time until Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Godzilla (1954) thoroughly explained that theoretically, his species is an intermediary dinosaur that can live on sea and land, and at least one of them spent their entire life-cycle in underwater caves. It is unknown if this Godzillasaurus is related or a subspecies to the dinosaur that would become the Godzilla that would eventually strike Japan in 1954, since there were technically two Godzillas in this continuity.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The thing was simply living on its island minding its own business. Its home became the battlefield for the Japanese and the Americans. While the Japanese didn't attack, the Americans did, and it starts to attacks in self-defense. Unfortunately, this results in a developing anger Godzilla would possess after being attacked by the Navy.
  • Prehistoric Monster: Somewhat literally; it's a monster-sized prehistoric animal.
  • Stable Time Loop: As mentioned under the Heisei Godzilla, this article points out that the Futurians' attempt to rid the world of Godzilla ended up causing the Godzillasaurus to change into the Godzilla in the Heisei series in the first place.
  • Stock Sound Effect: When the US army opened fire his agonized shriek sounds a lot like Gamera, while his default roar is actually Rodan's roar in a lower pitch.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: In Toho's canon, the Godzillasaurus is a species dinosaur capable of dwelling on both land and in the deep sea.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that he wasn't badass already, but he eventually became one of the most terrifying monsters to ever exist.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: He was originally intended to be a T. rex but was made into a new, unknown (and fictional species) species. Nevertheless, Godzillasaurus definitely calls to mind the tripod-stance look of Tyrannosaurus in older films.

    Godzilla Jr. 
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First appearance: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, 1993 (as Baby Godzilla)
Portrayed by: Hurricane Ryu (Baby and Junior), Little Frankie (Little Godzilla)

''AKA: Junior, Baby Godzilla, Little Godzilla

Godzilla's son in the 1990's Heisei series. Discovered as an egg on an island that was used as a nuclear waste dump site, he was taken to Japan, where he hatched. In contrast to Godzilla, Junior is a peaceful herbivore and kind to humans. He underwent large physical changes as he matured, from a very lizard-like newborn to a tubby big-eyed child to a proto-Godzilla teenager. Though killed by Destoroyah, Godzilla's meltdown released enormous amounts of radiation, which revived and empowered Junior, maturing him into a new Godzilla.


  • Badass Adorable: By the time of Godzilla vs Destoroyah. He's the first one to actually do some damage to the titular villain, one of the most badass enemies in the whole franchise.
  • Berserk Button: Destroyah found out that harming humans near him is a bad idea.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even as a teenager, he didn't do much harm. When lead to Destroyah, though, he put up quite a fight.
  • Cute Little Fangs: As a hatchling, he sports enlarged canines that are more adorable than menacing. Not so much the case as he matures and starts resembling his papa more.
  • Determinator: Against Destoroyah. He doesn't win against the final form, sadly.
  • Disney Death: In Godzilla vs Destoroyah he is killed by the titular villain, but after the original Godzilla dies he is resurrected into an adult.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: He put up one hell of a fight against Destoroyah, and despite lacking any battle experience, was utterly fearless in the face of a greater and more powerful foe. He may be adopted, but clearly Jr. inherited Godzilla's courage and fighting spirit.
  • Future Badass: Dialogue in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah implies that Junior is the Godzilla that didn't destroy Japan. Considering he came back to life after his father passes at the end of Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah leads credence of his survival in the future.
  • Gentle Giant: The most threatening thing he's ever done to humans is frighten a bunch of beachgoers.
  • Happily Adopted: By both his human caretaker Azusa Gozo, and later by Godzilla. Even in his teenage years Junior still saw them as his parents.
  • Legacy Character: At the end of Godzilla vs. Destroyah, he is resuscitated by the radiation given off by Godzilla's death, absorbing it to age to adulthood.
  • Morality Pet: For Godzilla throughout the Heisei series. Notably, Godzilla only actually rampages due to outside forces after adopting him (chasing Spacegodzilla down to save Junior and then due to going berserk due to a nuclear blast sending him into a meltdown) whereas before anytime Godzilla was awake was typically spent rampaging against humanity.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Played straight in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 but they're massive in Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla probably done on purpose to look even more cuter than he already was.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Surprisingly inverted his eyes only glow red out of fear or under immense stress. Azuza is the only human character to sooth his pressure, very similar to a mother giving her crying baby a pacifier.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In his first appearance he did look rather adorable and actually easy to look at. Fans even say he's cuter and looks way better and decently portrayed as a superior son to Godzilla than Minilla.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: The reason why he matured into a teenager so quickly is because of the aftermath of Bass Island's radioactive disposal that not only irradiated his father even more but him as well. Instead of going critical it just sped up his aging instead of aging naturally.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In Godzilla vs. Destroyah Junior as an adolescent looked more like a smaller green version of Godzilla. At the very end of the movie after absorbing his father's remaining radiation he deeply looks like Godzilla minus the Volcanic Veins.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Only in strength. Teenage Junior's actually pretty friendly—unless you happen to be Destoroyah.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • People liked Baby Godzilla (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II) all right but disliked Little Godzilla (Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla). He outgrew it to become the kick-ass Godzilla Jr. (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) and mopped the floor with Destoroyah in the process.
    • Final Wars was initially written as Junior's adventures, but it remains vague enough that one could still interpret it that way and see the movie as Junior surpassing his father in ass-kicking ability.

    Shin Godzilla 
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First appearance: Shin Godzilla, 2016
Portrayed by: Mansai Nomura (motion capture)

The incarnation of the King of the Monsters seen in Shin Godzilla.

Godzilla is an unknown species heavily mutated by nuclear waste in 1956 which had been gradually evolving. Unlike past incarnations, Godzilla is treated as a walking nuclear death reactor that needed to cool down to contain his radioactive properties.


  • Adaptational Heroism: In Godzilla vs. Evangelion: The Real 4-D, he only comes ashore at all to intercept King Ghidorah and returns to the sea once Ghidorah is killed and his fight with the EVAs is more of a misunderstanding than anything.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In Crayon Shin-chan, his Atomic Breath is traditional blue. In his own movie, it's either red or purple.
  • Adaptation Species Change: He is his own monster with no ties with the original Godzilla. Because he's not a dinosaur. He's a different species of a sea creature going through several stages of metamorphosis: going from a tadpole-like creature to an limbless lizard-like yellow form with gills to a red dinosaur-like monster with stumpy arms, and finally to the form we all know.
  • Ambiguous Gender: None of the characters have never stated anything about its sex nor male or female pronouns they usually call him it. Its Tragic Villain song Who Will Know has both male and female choir singing with the first lyric sung by a female more likely his inner struggle as a living being asking if its own life truly means anything if nobody will remember its existence, while the male chorus is its stronger and defensive urge to retaliate at all costs as it does so by effortlessly laying wasting to the US military.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Most versions of the Big G fall under this trope, but Shin Godzilla takes it to a whole new level. He originated as a prehistoric marine animal that acclimated to high concentrations of radioactive waste, and began rapidly mutating via Hollywood Evolution. When he uses his Atomic Breath his lower jaw splits open, and he can also fire energy beams from his spines and a mouth on his tail. And then he can reproduce humanoids from his tail. With a blue eye in it.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He is enormous. He is even bigger than the 2014 American incarnation of the monster originally was, standing at a whopping 118 and a half meters compared to Legendary's approximate 108.2. It is only when Legendary's Godzilla got a small growth in King of the Monsters that he stands just one meter taller than this version. To give a clear frame of reference, he's nearly as tall as Biollante's final form.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His Atomic Breath. It starts out as a fiery smog and can become a purple blade capable of slicing buildings. However, using it too much causes him to tire out. He was in a coma for two weeks because of this.
  • Beam Spam: He's capable of shooting his Atomic Breath not only from his mouth but the tip of his tail, and can fire several beams from his dorsal fins. All of them are extremely accurate because Godzilla seems to have a sort of biological radar system.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Its tail can shoot beams just like its mouth can.
  • Big Bad: Of Shin Godzilla, in the vein of the original Godzilla movie.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: He has (or spontaneously evolves) a biological radar system to detect, lock on to, and shoot down airborne objects that come too close to him. He can use this ability even when he's in a coma, recovering from overuse of his Atomic Breath Beam Spam.
  • Body Horror: Unlike his previous incarnations, especially the original Godzilla from 1954, his keloid scars are very visible. This is a creature truly mutilated by radiation, with shriveled arms, a grotesque face, and open wounds all over his body. It doesn't end there, either; at the tip of Godzilla's tail there's a variety of skeletons merged into his flesh. Even worse: In the official trailer, when he roars, he unnaturally opens his mouth far wider than any previous Godzilla from 1954 to 2014 would have ever done as if he's in pain from just existing, and that's when he's roaring. It's how he shoots his Atomic Breath from his mouth, and the lead-up to his atomic breath looks uncomfortably like he's just vomiting uncontrollably, and when he uses his dorsal plates for this, it seems to cause his nerves and muscles to twitch violently. He's a basically an Ant-Walking Alligator monster"note 
  • Breath Weapon: Godzilla has his Atomic Breath which has two variants: a red flamethrower-like blast that causes a massive firestorm, and a purple beam capable of slicing through skyscrapers.
  • The Cameo: Has an appearance in Crayon Shin-chan. While deemed a serious threat, he (oddly enough) takes the role of The Comically Serious towards the weird shenanigans of the main character. Yes, ShinGoji, of all incarnations, is a comically serious monster who even Sweat Drops.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Every version of Godzilla, including Legendary's, is an ancient prehistoric creature that lived millions of years until a nuclear weapon was used and inadvertently awakened and pissed off the monster. Legendary's own was just sort of there. This Godzilla? He was just a simple sea creature that heavily mutated due to feeding off radioactive materials dumped in the ocean. The worse part was that he mutated to the point of evolving into an 110-metered monstrosity, up to including abominable levels. Most Godzilla is a Tragic Monster in some form. This thing? His mere existence is a tragedy on itself, and his film does not sugarcoat this.
  • Deconstruction: Of the entire "giant monster created by radiation" concept. At first glance his fourth form is an homage to the original 1954 design with dark bumpy skin and the red keloid scars. The deconstruction kicks in upon closer inspection. His body is an asymmetrical, cancerous mess. None of his body parts are the right shape to be functional: the arms are too short, the legs oddly jointed and digitigrade, the tail so long it is almost a second creature. The eyes are always staring, his jaw almost tears itself apart just from roaring, and he's quite obviously in constant pain. Building on this, Reality Ensues when he uses his atomic breath for the first time; the major concern is how long Tokyo will be irradiated after he tears apart half the city. Even blasting him apart with MOP bombs is shown to not be a perfect solution as pieces of his flesh are similarly radioactive and possibly could grow into new mutated creatures.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Its tail's shape, length, glowing red veins, and beam that fires from it make it astoundingly phallic. The film's final shot implies it to literally be a reproductive organ.
  • On a more terrifying note, Godzilla's scars, shriveled arms and body, and other deformities makes him look like as if he was hit by a nuclear bomb. In Japan, survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki gave a rather sickening description of people that were hit by the bomb with that exact description, called "Ant-Walking Alligator people".
  • Deity of Human Origin: It was birthed by humans' radioactive waste and frequently described as a god in story. This comes full circle in the ending where his tail is birthing emaciated humanoid versions of himself. Godzilla's threat to world is showcased as insurmountable due to its genetic complexity - he will respond to anything we can throw at it. Fight him with an army? He will respond with an army.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The ending of the film implies the humanoid creatures emerging from his tail will not be the last time the Japanese will have to deal with threat of Godzilla.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Even in his gruesomely charred state, barrages of missiles and mortar-fire do nothing but annoy him. Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs, on the other hand...
  • Glasgow Grin: While his face was most certainly not cut up this way, it honestly looks like it was considering how grotesquely large and raggedy it is. Combined with the massive amount of teeth he's sporting, and it's like Godzilla's face is locked in a permanent Slasher Smile.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He bleeds quite visibly from two of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs and presumably several more as well, yet the next time we see him there is no visible damage. He healed in seconds.
  • Healing Factor: Godzilla's regenerative ability is so potent that pieces of flesh and blood can regenerate into new bodies, as seen in concept art and a deleted scene.
  • Hidden Depths: "Who Will Know (Tragedy)" implies that Shin Godzilla is a Tragic Monster who rages against a deep sense of melancholy, yearning, and despair.
  • Humiliation Conga: In the Crayon Shin-chan crossover, Godzilla is defeated by a giant five-year old boy who not only moons him, but corks his Atomic Breath with his butt, sits on him after he's been shrunk to the size of a lizard, and then pokes at him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: At the end of the film, there are several petrified humanoid Godzillas emerging from the tip of his tail.
  • It Only Works Once: The moment someone finds something that can hurt or harm Godzilla, he tends to evolve to cope with it. This applies to environmental factors, like managing his own weight on land, and his internal nuclear engine overheating; but it's shown best when the Americans actually manage to wound him with their bombs. Godzilla appears to immediately evolve his own form of radar to detect incoming aircraft and ordinance, and proceeds to blast every airborne object that approaches him right out of the sky from there on out, contrasting heavily with when he completely ignored the JSDF attack helicopters, even when they were blasting him at close range with nearly everything they had.
  • The Kingslayer: Kills the Prime Minister of Japan as well as other top government officials when its atomic breath destroys the helicopter transporting them.
  • Legacy Character: Averted for the first time. He is his own creature and has no connection with the original Godzilla. He's not a dinosaur either, as he's a sea creature who fed on radioactive materials as early as 1956. However his appearances becomes that of a familiar form we see in the trailer.
  • Leitmotif: His is more specific compared to the three previous series that share the same theme. Shin Godzilla's is Persecution of the Masses and Who Will Know (Tragedy). The latter is much more pronounced.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: His title fight with the Evas in Godzilla vs Evangelion is due to a misunderstanding more than anything. Shin only came ashore to intercept King Ghidorah.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: This Godzilla was mutated by American nuclear waste into a tadpole-like organism. By the time he first appears, he has metamorphosed into an armless yellow-green lizard-like creature with fish-like eyes, then further transforms into a crimson stump-armed bipedal form before maturing into his jet-black and glowing red fourth form, with characters speculating that he can mutate even further. His fifth form is the army of humanoid offshoots seen spawning from the tip of his tail at the end of the film.
  • Mighty Roar: In his third form, Godzilla has the original 1954 roar. In his fourth form, he has the Showa-era roar.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He has even more teeth than his Heisei predecessor. A few of them look as if they're growing out of his skin.
  • Multiple Head Case: Close-up photos of the suit reveal that Godzilla has a grotesquely malformed vestigial head on the tip of his tail, presumably how he can fire his Atomic Breath from it.
  • Mythology Gag: A number of which contribute towards either his overall design or backstory.
    • The design of this Godzilla's head has borrowed some aspects from some pieces of concept art for the original 1954 film, with a malformed head and small, beady looking eyes.
    • In one promo image there appears to be a trilobite fossil that got lodged in Godzilla's vestigial toe, much like how the original Godzilla in the 1954 film had happened to bring a trilobite to the surface of Odo Island.
    • The seemingly vestigial head at the tip of his tail may possibly be a darker and more grotesque interpretation of how the Heisei Godzilla happened to have a secondary brain located in between the base of his tail and hip.
    • Godzilla's first and second forms, the "tadpole" and two-legged lizard-like form, have pronounced gills on each side of his neck, which may be a possible reference to the 2014 film, whose Godzilla had gills.
    • The concept of a monster going through multiple forms stronger than the last throughout the film brings to mind Hedorah and Destoroyah, both whom happened to be indirectly created by man. This Godzilla was the result of radioactive waste being dumped into the ocean.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Seemingly averted, as he is possibly the most malevolent version ever since GMK. It's actually played straight in an unusual way. Just like the previous (American) incarnation, the destruction he causes does not appear to be intentional, despite dialogue suggesting otherwise. The reason he destroyed so much is because he was hit by MOP bombs, making him so angry he went full-power with his atomic breath. When the JSDF attacks him, he only knocks a bridge into the air out of self-defense instead of ending the fight like he would have.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The plot of Godzilla vs. Evangelion: The Real 4-D happens because NERV thought they were dealing with another Angel, not Godzilla heading off Ghidorah.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Early in the movie, Godzilla's second form is constantly spurting superheated blood — or a blood-like fluid — from its gills.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Played with; it only needs to intake air or water to fuel itself with nuclear fission, but its energy isn't infinite. Heavy use of its Atomic Breath causes a Power-Strain Blackout that last for over two weeks.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Just like the original and Showa Godzilla, his mere presence gives off radiation strong enough to give hundreds of people radiation poisoning.
  • Poisonous Person: His body is highly radioactive. When he first surfaces, he spills gallons of blood which are as radioactive. And when his spines were blown off his back, his own flesh and that spine are very radioactive. He can emit radiation powerful enough to cause radiation poisoning.
  • Power Glows: The scars on his body actually appear to be glowing red, and glow purple when he charges his Atomic Breath.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Unlike the blue and orange-red Atomic Breaths of previous versions of Godzilla, Shin-Godzilla's is a purple / violet beam capable of carving skyscrapers to pieces.
  • The Quiet One: A rare Kaiju version. He only roars a few times, whereas several incarnations tend to roar a lot.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His body is jet black with glowing red wounds, and he is possibly the most evil-looking incarnation of the King of the Monsters ever.
  • Shadow Archetype: Unusually, to all versions of the monster, including the original and Legendary's. This Godzilla is birthed by radiation just like the others and had gained building-piercing atomic breath. However, unlike the original Godzilla, he is a freak of nature that spells abomination. Even his film shows how affected he is by radiation and goes to show how he vents on humanity by what he has become.
  • Single Specimen Species: Unlike the original Godzilla, radiation actually caused Shin Godzilla's birth of irradiating a sea creature living in the depths. It can make more from his tail, and scraps of flesh can potentially regenerate into new individuals.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The 2014 Godzilla was a force of nature predating humanity, and their only hope against dangerous opponents like the MUTO. Shin Godzilla, on the other hand, is a god of destruction created entirely by man's mistakes.
  • Stone Wall: Highly subverted. It can withstand majority of military bombardments like every incarnation, although MOP Bombs actually damaged him more likely the red glowing areas that are seemingly its vulnerable area, while it never does any means of devastation with physical attacks the Atomic Beams however are its trump card.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Not only can Godzilla shoot his rays, but he can shoot them from his spines and his tail. The humans have to get around that by making him exhaust his power.
  • Sweat Drop: In the Crayon Shin-chan crossover, when Shin moons him and dances with a school bus balanced on his butt, Godzilla reacts to the absurdity with confusion and beads of sweat appear on the back of his head.
  • Tragic Monster: Even he's not immune to this. His Villain Song, Who Will Know? (Tragedy), shows a long sense of yearning and pity, even if it's a much more bitter and cynical type.
  • Trauma Inn: After exerting so much atomic energy on Tokyo it stops moving and stands still its glowing parts darken being in suspended animation for 2 weeks to fully recharge the radiation within.
  • Truly Single Parent: While the reproduction of other Godzillas tends to be a mystery, Shin Godzilla is speculated to propagate by budding when a discarded piece of its flesh continues to grow, which is shown in greater detail in a deleted scene. The last shot before the credits shows its fifth form — an army of humanoid Godzillas — emerging from the tip of its tail.
  • Villain Protagonist: He starts the entire plot just by simply showing up, and destroyed most of Japan's infrastructure and left millions of people dead.
  • Villain Song: The lyrics of "Who Will Know (Tragedy)" are meant to represent Godzilla's own thoughts and plays during the sequence when Godzilla first unleashes his atomic breath and spinal beams on the military.
  • Walking Wasteland: Due to his Bizarre Alien Biology, this Godzilla is a 118-meter tall living nuclear reactor. His body expels a particular isotope that is highly radioactive but fortunately has a short half-life and his traditional Atomic Breath has three stages - smokey fallout, atomic fire, and a focused laser-like beam (which the beast can also shoot from his fins and tail).
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: For a giant mutant monstrosity, he possesses a similar amount of tragedy to the original Godzilla, with a ton of keloid scars, a mouth range that should not be physically possible, and glowing wounds all demonstrating this is perhaps the most miserable Godzilla to exist. It would not be an entirely inaccurate statement to say that he's essentially a giant cancer.

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    Godzilla Earth 

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First Appearance: Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters

The incarnation of the King of the Monsters seen in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: City On the Edge of Battle, and Godzilla: The Planet Eater.


  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Godzilla's weak point is one of his dorsal fins, and destroying it gives Haruo's team the opportunity to kill Godzilla Filius.
    • Somewhat subverted in City on the Edge of Battle. Were it exploited during his first rampage, humanity would have been able to kill Godzilla Earth before he drove humans off of the Earth. After 20,000 years of evolving and growing, attacking his dorsal fins severely injuries and immobilizes him, but does not outright kill him unlike Filius.
    • While the humans have no means to exploit it in the present, the novels reveal his barrier can't protect him from his own Atomic Breath. Mothra won at least one fight by sending it right back at him with her scales, which wounded him badly enough he had to retreat.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Unlike the dinosaurs of past Godzillas, this Godzilla is a plant-based creature.
  • Adaptational Villainy: This incarnation of Godzilla is the most malevolent since the GMK Godzilla. Whereas most incarnations of Godzillas attack humans by accident or provocation, this Godzilla intentionally seeks out and kills humans even when he isn't provoked. His only redeeming personality trait is his love for his offspring.
  • Anti-Villain: In City on the Edge of Battle, Godzilla's notable patrol pattern shows that he's been trying to find Mechagodzilla City with the intent to destroy it. He has a good reason for doing this, as it's revealed that the nanometal constructed itself as a city (using the Godzilla-born Servum as ingredients), and it will assimilate anything within proximity. This is why he was ignoring Haruo, Yuko, and Belu-be when they attack him.
  • Beehive Barrier: Godzilla can use its electromagnetic abilities to create a force field around its body.
  • Big Bad: Of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble:
    • With Galu-Gu and Mechagodzilla in City on the Edge of Battle. Though Mechagodzilla City is his primary target, he's still hostile towards humanity and intends to finish them off once all is said and done.
    • In The Planet Eater, he's in another with Ghidorah, who was summoned to Earth by Metphies.
  • Botanical Abomination: Godzilla Earth is a plant-based animal-like creature that is over 300 meters tall; has extremely dense and rapidly regenerating metallic flesh; and bioelectrical abilities that let him create impervious force fields, launch waves of plasma from his tail, fire a particle beam that can reduce mountains to craters and hit objects in orbit, and a roar that creates immensely destructive shockwaves. He is responsible for destroying human civilization, and over the next 20 000 years his very existence terraformed Earth to the extent that it's a Death World where almost every other species has submitted to and become an extension of him.
  • Breath Weapon: Godzilla's Atomic Breath is an immensely powerful blue-white beam of energy, which he can supercharge into a red beam. Similarly to Shin Godzilla's focused beam, it's fired from slightly in front of Godzilla's jaws. In its original form it had a range of 13 km, but after 20 000 years its range increased to be able to hit targets in Earth's orbit.
  • Civilization Destroyer: Godzilla singlehandedly wiped out human civilization in the space of a few decades.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: This Godzilla is not like either the original, Heisei, or Shin in terms of being a Tragic Monster who is given a Sympathy for the Devil viewpoint. The original Godzilla attacked humans to make a point, Heisei dies due to a Super-Power Meltdown, and Shin is in constant pain by mere existence. This Godzilla will kill anything in his way, human and monster. While Showa, Heisei, and Shin were just merely strolling the countryside, this Godzilla actively seeks to destroy everything in his path so that only he and his offsprings may rule the Earth. However, just like the Showa and Heisei Godzilla, he actually does care about his offspring, so when Godzilla Fillius is killed, he wastes no time and attack the humans responsible. And unlike Legendary's Godzilla, which is a God Incarnate force of nature and (unknowingly to himself) humans, this Godzilla, just those before him, is a God Incarnate of Destruction. When you have a 300 metered No-Nonsense Nemesis giant monster that can destroy anything within a 150-kilometer radius, running away isn't an option anymore.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Shin is an answer to the question "how much would it suck to be Godzilla?" Godzilla Earth is an answer to the the question: "What if Godzilla won?" The monster first off is the worst case scenario for every Godzilla before him, a nearly-mindless force of destruction that tears apart everything around him. His powers are astronomically greater than anything before or since, but the trade off is lonliness. The only thing he seems to care about is his son, and once Filius is killed, Godzilla simply remains motionless.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Planet of the Monsters opens with him bringing all of human civilization to its knees and slaughtering every other Kaiju he comes across.
  • Evil Is Bigger: This Godzilla is both the most malicious incarnation ever put to film and the largest, being roughly 2.75 times larger than even Shin Godzilla. Fittingly, he's also one of the most openly antagonistic of all the incarnations, as no reason is given why he is driven to wipe out all non-Godzilla life.
  • Eye Color Change: When superheated in City on the Edge of Battle, his eyes turn — or at least appear — yellow, and his pupils narrow into slits.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: In contrast to the other Godzillas on this list, Earth doesn't get nearly as much development. How he came into being is only hinted at, and why he does what he does is never explicitly stated. He's more of a force of nature than even the Heisei Godzilla, who held a grudge against Japan after Japanese soldiers left him to die. He simply is.
  • Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Comparatively speaking, as he's at least 300 meters (984 ft) tall, while Fillius is about 50 meters.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: His healing abilities are the result of continuing to evolve for 20,000 years, but it’s a comparatively slower process than most examples. So unlike Filius, direct EMP blasts aren’t fatal, but they do leave him immobilized and severely injured. However, he’s figured out how to circumvent this weakness by rapidly vibrating the surrounding molecules to as high as about 1000 degrees and creating a massive heat barrier that melts anything around him. So unless whoever’s fighting him as sufficient enough heat shielding to bypass this and is able to go for the finishing blow, there’s no way to really kill him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: That is until it's revealed he was asleep for 20,000 years. Godzilla Fillius was very active until its death, prompting the real one to wake up in a monster version of Roaring Rampage of Revenge and Tranquil Fury at the same time.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mothra won at least one fight between the two by sending his own atomic breath right back at him with her scales according to the novels.
  • Invincible Villain: Arguably the toughest version of Godzilla out of all in incarnations, he tanked a mass barrage of 150 atomic bombs that pockmarked the American Midwest without a scratch, killed three kaiju in a single blow in his first appearance, levelled entire mountain ranges and cities with shots of his atomic breath, blew up an asteroid as massive as the moon, killed off every other kaiju species, and brought humanity to the brink of extinction, and this is all before he grew up! Unsurprisingly, this is also probably his most outwardly malicious incarnation, as no clear reason is given for his hatred towards all other living things.
  • Jagged Mouth: Godzilla's fangs are an extension of its jaws, giving its mouth a serrated look.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: In City on the Edge of Battle and Planet Eater. Mechagodzilla is slowly assimilating the Earth and needs to be stopped before it destroys everything, and King Ghidorah is a Civilization Destroyer/Planet Eater who Metphies explicitly says is much worse than Godzilla.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Godzilla has flesh made out of extremely metallic tissue, giving him a metallic green-black coloration with crystalline blue spines.
  • Mighty Glacier: As tall as he is heavy, it doesn't even matter when he can shoot breath waves and send a shockwave with a tailwhip that can devastate an entire army in seconds.
  • Moby Schtick: Godzilla killed Haruo's parents when he was only four. 20,000 years later, Haruo (who has only aged 20 years) has returned for revenge.
  • Overarching Villain: Being the King of the Monsters, he's primary reason for humanity's exile and their main target throughout the trilogy.
  • Planimal: Despite being made of metallic tissue, this version of Godzilla is described as being of plant origin that acquired new abilities through horizontal gene transfer.
  • Physical God: The Exifs view Godzilla as a god of death and destruction that comes to punish civilizations that have grown hubristic, having seen entire planets decimated by similar kaiju in the past.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: In City on the Edge of Battle, Godzilla Earth uses its Atomic Breath to fire a barrage of homing energy projectiles at the Vulture mechs.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He's so massive and powerful by the present that his roar creates a shockwave powerful enough to blow ships out of the air from hundreds of metres away.
  • Meaningful Name: Aside "God Incarnate", which was established in Shin Godzilla, Fillius means "The Son", making Godzilla Fillius "The son of Godzilla". Predictably, this lead to horrific results when the real 300-metered tall Godzilla appears, and he is pissed.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: Godzilla is the progenitor of creatures called Servum, which are described as being "subspecies" of Godzilla that share 97% genetic material despite looking almost nothing like him. Even the foliage growing on Earth are offshoots of him or acquired his traits through what Adam calls the monster factor, with metallic tissue and razor-sharp leaves. Godzilla Filius is an offspring of Godzilla that is the main antagonist of the first movie.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: It was stated in promotional material that Godzilla is the ultimate product of evolution on Earth and originated as a plant that acquired new abilities bia horizontal gene transfer. In the movie itself, Metphies remarks that his species — the Exifs — have seen other civilizations on other planets decimated by similar creatures, raising the possibility of Godzilla being extraterrestrial in origin. The other possibility is that all planets eventually spawn a Godzilla as food for (or defense against) Ghidorah.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: This Godzilla does not fuck around. If you're trying to escape, he'll make sure you're dead before you get a chance to.
  • Papa Wolf: To say that Godzilla is utterly pissed when Fillius is killed is not an understatement. He devastates Haruo's army, and he is possibly one of the few characters to survive.
  • Pragmatic Villain: Godzilla uses his atomic energy in battle as often as possible, whether it's his Atomic Breath for a long distance precision shot, or his roars and tail slaps for wider ranged attacks against smaller foes. All are equally devasting. He also prioritizes the finding and destruction of Mecha-Godzilla City over killing the surviving humans, as unbeknownst to Haruo (until it was too late), Mecha-Godzilla City and the Bilusaludo were a greater threat to Earth.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Prior to the events of the films, he wiped out every other kaiju species, killed off roughly ninety-nine percent of mankind, and drove off two alien races attempting to invade the Earth. By the present he's trying to find Mechagodzilla City and eliminate it too.
  • Really 700 Years Old: This incarnation of Godzilla has ruled Earth for 20,000 years.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he wakes up and realizes his offspring is dead, he noticed who was responsible and acts accordingly. Curbstomp Battle does not describe what happens after. It's also implied the deaths of Anguirius and Rodan via Operation Hedorah is the reason for his wrath, considering his history of the two in other films and media.
  • Serial Escalation: While it never appears in the anime itself (probably became it'd be pointlessly overkill at his current strength), the prequel novel reveals that he has a Spiral Fire Ray, which he used to destroy Gorath and kill Gigan.
  • Shock and Awe: Godzilla and the Servum can produce powerful EMP's, and Godzilla charging its new Sonic Roar is accompanied by electricity crackling around its spines.
  • Stronger with Age: Godzilla's mountainous 300 meter-tall size has been stated to be the result of it continuing to grow for 20,000 years.
  • Tail Slap: Like many of his counterparts, he's perfectly capable of causing devastation with a tail swipe. The difference here being that the tail can channel his atomic energy, creating an energy shockwave.
  • Tranquil Fury: Perhaps the rarest example in any Godzilla media. Usually when Godzilla sees an opponent that truly angers him, he will roar in rage. This Godzilla? He doesn't, and that's what's truly terrifying of him. But...
  • Unstoppable Rage: He may be quieter than most versions, but he won't hesitate to rage out and destroy anything in his path.
  • Villain Protagonist: While other monsters do invade, Godzilla is treated as the sole Big Bad and Greater-Scope Villain that was responsible for the destruction of civilization and drove humanity off Earth.

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