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Godzilla (ゴジラ, Gojira)

Portrayed By: T.J. Storm (motion capture), Andy Serkis (additional motion capture, uncredited)

Appears In: Godzilla | Godzilla: Awakening (tie-in comic) | Kong: Skull Island (cameo) | Godzilla: Aftershock (tie-in comic) | Godzilla King of the Monsters | Godzilla vs. Kong

Species: Giant prehistoric amphibious reptile "Titanus Gojira"

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"The top of the primordial ecosystem. A god, for all intents and purposes."
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"Gojira may be the answer. I believe he's here to restore balance. He can defeat them."
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

The last known living member of a species of gigantic amphibious beasts that roamed the Earth back when the planet was being bombarded by radiation during the Permian period. The military found out about the creature in 1954, and tried to cover up his existence with several nuclear strikes that were reported as tests - but these failed to have any effect on the monster. He eventually re-emerged in 2014, having a score to settle with the MUTOs.

In 2019, the humans find him at the bottom of the ocean wanting to be left alone... until he is called to battle against his greatest nemesis, Ghidorah.

In regards to the merchandise for the series as a whole, this version of the Big G is known as "Legendary Godzilla" to differentiate him from Toho's version (named after the company producing the MonsterVerse films, Legendary Pictures).

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For the Toho versions of Godzilla, go here.


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  • 108: In the 2014 movie this version of Godzilla is 108 meters tall. He was the biggest to date until Shin Godzilla came out. King of the Monsters bumps him up by 11 more meters by making him a meter taller than Shin.
  • Accidental Hero:
    • In the first movie, his actions in the final act saved countless lives; killing the M.U.T.O.s saved what remains of San Francisco and stops what could have been a global epidemic of their species. Humanity honestly didn't seem to mind, and the people of San Francisco, at the very least, seem to have embraced him with open arms, if the loud cheers and visible gestures of goodwill that are shown when Godzilla makes his way out of the city the morning after the battle are any indication.
    • In the sequel, he's saved Monarch so many times it's as if it's intentional while fighting King Ghidorah.
  • Achilles' Heel: He really does not take well to choking attacks. The prototype Oxygen Destroyer nearly kills him, and Ghidorah knocks him out in their third battle by strangling him like a python.
  • Acrofatic: Contrary to his very bulky appearance and typical lumbering gait, Godzilla King of the Monsters shows that when he wants to, Godzilla is more than capable of moving quickly, actually running across a city to confront Ghidorah. He's also very fast and agile when in water, capable of swimming from Hawaii to California in a couple of hours, easily outpacing his military escort, and of outmaneuvering King Ghidorah, actually taking off one of the monstrosity's heads when the two engage in underwater combat.
  • Achilles in His Tent: The Oxygen Destroyer took a disastrous toll on Godzilla and forced him to reside in an ancient temple to rejuvenate and adapt, but doing that could take years. Thankfully Serizawa was able to quickly restore and empower Godzilla with a nuke.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In preexisting Godzilla incarnations, with the exception of Godzilla 2000, the Nuclear Pulse was more of a sidearm than anything else, usually stunning or otherwise briefly incapacitating but never being the source of decisive damage. When this Godzilla finally lets loose with them, each is a blazing detonation capable of piecemeal immolating King Ghidorah, who is capable of regenerating From a Single Cell.
    • Godzilla met his unambiguous demise in his very first film by the Oxygen Destroyer, with his successors merely being either Legacy Characters or reboots. In King of the Monsters, they hit him with the Oxygen Destroyer partway through the film, and he survives. He's weakened by it, of course, but the problem isn't even that it mortally wounded him—Monarch personnel assert that he'll eventually recover—the problem is that recovering from it will take a lot of time (which they don't have, considering Ghidorah is, at this point, well on his way to destroying all of humanity).
    • In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla's heart became a nuclear reactor which threatened to end all life on the planet were it to blow up. The damage to his body was so visible it left glowing cracks in his flesh, with fans coining this burnt new form "Burning Godzilla." In the original Toho films, Godzilla attaining this burning form indicated that he was on the verge of dying. In King of the Monsters, he accesses this form as a Super Mode, and uses it to utterly annihilate Ghidorah, emerging from the carnage completely fine. That said, the danger of Godzilla exploding from too much radiation is brought up, and the only reason Godzilla is able to survive is because Mothra manages to stabilize him, which seems to be the reason his Burning form does not destroy him.
    • Double Subverted with his Atomic Breath. In Godzilla (2014) it had a much more vaporous appearances similar to the Showa era and it was often pointed out how small and unimpressive it seemed in comparison to Godzilla's size. Then it was later revealed to be the MUTOs' EMP ablilities weakening it's effectiveness, and sure enough in King of the Monsters his Atomic Breath is shown to have a much more laser-like appearance when as full strength (while still noticeably gaseous and not a full on beam) and some of the greatest reach and power seen thus far, being able to knock King Ghidorah flat on his ass when Godzilla's still several city blocks away in the Boston Harbor.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike most versions of the character who are usually antagonistic (and a huge case with his original incarnation, a Tragic Monster), but not as much as his Showa incarnation from Godzilla Raids Again through Destroy All Monsters who had a hefty dose of Characterization Marches On. Despite his actions in Hawaii (where he swamps Waikiki beach, the most densely populated area that time of night), he avoids attacking humans as he can and most of his rampages is due to the M.U.T.O.s posing a threat while maintaining his Destructive Saviour status per his previous incarnations.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His relationship with Mothra in the sequel. In the Toho continuities, Godzilla often butts heads with Mothra, and in some cases where he's always the antagonist, Mothra would always win against him. In this continuity, there's no animosity between the two, and she helps Godzilla fight against King Ghidorah. Her death causes the radioactive god to mourn for her, and unleash one hell of a fury on his ancient nemesis. The King of Monsters himself also thanks both humankind and Dr. Serizawa by using his power as an Alpha to keep all Titans away from human settlements, while their powers repair environmental damage on a global scale, bringing humans renewable resources and super foods.
  • Age Lift: Godzilla was already gargantuan for quite some time before he got nuked in this continuity, which was the inciting incident for him becoming massive in the Toho continuity. Furthermore, the shape of his feet indicate that his species, stated to in the Awakening comic to be an amphibious reptile from the Permian, came from an earlier period of time than the Toho version.
  • Ancient Astronauts: All those sea dragons in medieval texts are in fact him, as the opening credits show of the 2014 film, and he was written about dating back to prehistoric cave paintings.
  • Anti-Hero:
    • It's not clear whether he hunts the M.U.T.O.s because he wants to stop their destruction, or simply because their two species are natural enemies; the M.U.T.O.s are parasites while Godzilla is an apex predator. Ultimately his goals end up being in humanity's favor, and he seems to actually be defending Ford Brody on purpose, though this isn't clear. Anyone familiar with older Godzilla movies would have expected a far bigger number of humans and buildings that fell prey to him. However, this can merely be attributed to the fact that he is essentially made out to be more realistic in this movie than in most of the Toho films (for example, even a real life creature of his size would most likely go around buildings than through them if they had a choice, which is what he does). At the end of the film he is seen by one of the main characters as having his usual sentience, making him a hardcore anti-hero.
    • In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, he spends a lot of time saving the main characters (albeit by accident) during his scraps with Ghidorah. Once he becomes the new ruler of the Titans after defeating Ghidorah, he proves even more benevolent, guiding the Titans to repair ecological damage to the planet and steer clear of human settlements.
  • Arch-Enemy: While Godzilla and the MUTOs were natural enemies, he and his old nemesis King Ghidorah (here just Ghidorah) legitimately hate each other. They are rival Apex Predators who fought for dominance over the other Kaiju in ancient times. Godzilla's fights with Ghidorah are even more intense than with any other Kaiju, and the two are positioned as essentially stand-ins for God and the Devil.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Godzilla's design was updated for the 2014 film. The most noticeable changes are gills on his neck, round, sauropod-like feet, and a much longer tail with a pointed tip. The film crew also spent quite a while tweaking his face:
      Edwards: Trying to get the face right was the main thing... I guess he's got more of a bear's face, or a dog's. We also used eagle. There's a lot of nobility in an eagle. It made him feel very majestic and noble.
    • For Godzilla: King of the Monsters his design was updated again, possessing larger dorsal spines as an homage to the original 1954 Godzilla, larger feet with clawed toes, and a shorter tail with a rounded tip. He's also taller, standing around 119 meters tall.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Gets his title "King of the Monsters" through defeating the M.U.T.O.s.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: His gills are quite sensitive and seem to be his most vulnerable area. On the flip side, exploiting weakness is a major part of his fighting style. He forcefed an Atomic blast into the M.U.T.O.'s unprotected belly. In the Sequel, he drags King Ghidorah underwater to neutralize the alien's airborne and lightning advantage.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Regaining the Alpha Titan after defeating the usurper Alpha, King Ghidorah.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning:
    • After his triumph against the M.U.T.O., the American media bestows the well-earned title of "King of the Monsters" upon him.
    • Gets another one after defeating Ghidorah, with all the Titans gathering around him and bowing to him as one.
  • Badass in Charge: Firmly established as this in regard to the other Titans at the end of the second film.
  • Beam Spam: He rarely uses his Atomic Breath, preferably ending his fights at melee range and resorting his breath when he needs to weaken or finish off his opponent. The only time he spams his Atomic Breath was when King Ghidorah awakens. Considering how dangerous Ghidorah is, he has a reason to use it multiple times.
  • Bears Are Bad News: His stance, design and fighting style are based off of those of bears quite a bit. A case of Shown Their Work, as Gojira's original suit actor based his movement on that of bears after studying them in zoos.
  • Behind the Black: Godzilla manages to pull this off several times despite his enormous size. For instance, during the Honolulu airport attack a helicopter shoots at the M.U.T.O. only to suddenly have to dodge Godzilla's dorsal spikes. Said M.U.T.O. itself doesn't notice Godzilla until he stomps down just a few dozen feet away from him.
  • Berserk Button: It would seem King Ghidorah is the one thing that genuinely pisses him off. The first time he's seen in King of the Monsters is when he acts uncharacteristically angry, something Monarch notes has never happened before. This happened because the ORCA is using a frequency very similar to his old foe.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • The M.U.T.O.s seem unstoppable until he pimps into town to show them who's boss. The big reveal in the Honolulu airport suggests this trope, but really it's the final showdown in the San Francisco Bay that best captures it. After Ford blows up the M.U.T.O's nest, the female attempts to kill him. Cue atomic breath, allowing Ford to escape. Then later, when Ford is on the boat with the nuclear warhead. The female M.U.T.O. tries to kill him again, but Godzilla sneaks up from behind and pulls her back.
    • In King of the Monsters he darn near abuses this trope. His ability to track down Ghidorah and to take shortcuts through tunnels in the Hollow Earth means he repeatedly arrives just in time to save human characters from annihilation (not that this is necessarily his goal each time, he just wants to stop Ghidorah from rampaging in general).
  • Big Good: In a very loose way, he is seen as this by Dr. Serizawa, who notes that the creature is humanity's best chance at survival. In King of the Monsters it's noted that his unique rivalry with Ghidorah meant he was the only Titan on Earth capable of stopping him.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: His dorsal plates begin to light up blue, just like they do in the TOHO films. The new film adds in the plates glowing blue from the tail up, a la Godzilla: The Series.
  • Born Winner: Godzilla doesn't just seem to be the last of his kind, but abnormally powerful for his kind. While he needs help to actually kill it, the MUTO Prime easily killed another member of his species Dagon but has to run away from him and repeatedly hit and run him to wear him down before actually being willing to face him in a straight fight.
  • Breath Weapon: Godzilla has his atomic breath, true to the original incarnation of him. Unlike the laser appearance from Toho's Heisei and Millennium eras, this incarnation's atomic breath is similar to the superheated vapor appearance from the Showa era. He uses it as the coup de grâce against the female M.U.T.O. three times, but thanks to her thick armor it's only when he force-feeds it to her that it has any real effect. It's also implied that the M.U.T.O.'s EMP ability was weakening the atomic breath's effectiveness, since in King of the Monsters, it regains the thick laser appearance.
  • Came Back Strong: Subverted on him "dying" though. He was put out of commission by the Oxygen Destroyer, and had to be revitalized with a nuke, that boosted his power immeasurably capable of taking on King Ghidorah on equal footing and indeed had him on the ropes before Rodan's arrival.
  • The Cameo: Makes one via cave painting in the post-credits scene of Kong: Skull Island.
  • Character Development: Surprisingly for a giant prehistoric lizard. His first appearance depicts him as utterly uncaring for human safety, in the wake of gargantuan battles against other Titans. But after the Heroic Sacrifice of Dr. Serizawa, Godzilla develops some sense of protectiveness towards humanity as a whole. Because of this, he ends up actively directing the Titans under his command away from human civilization, and has them harness their abilities in a manner that benefits humans.
  • Charged Attack: While the Showa and Heisei incarnations of Godzilla blast their Atomic Breaths almost instantly the Millennium Godzillas only had about several seconds more or less to fully let out their beams, it takes this version around 18 seconds to fully power up his Breath Weapon.
  • The Chosen One: It's emphasized that Godzilla is the rightful ruler of the Titans, since Ghidorah is an alien whose very presence violates the natural order Godzilla keeps in check.
  • Combat Pragmatism:
    • While it can be difficult to see, he does adapt to his opponents based on their strengths and weaknesses. It's also how he kills them most effectively. This may also be why he seems to avoid the boats by diving under them and does not destroy the Golden Gate Bridge until he literally falls through it.
    • In his next movie, Godzilla ambushes Ghidorah in the ocean and drags the dragon under the water, at one point biting Ghidorah's left head off. All indications are he has a decided advantage against Ghidorah under the sea, thanks to how ill-equipped Ghidorah is to fight there compared to Godzilla. If the Oxygen Destroyer hadn't hit then Godzilla could have beaten the other monster himself.
  • Composite Character: As of King of the Monsters Godzilla now contains references to nearly every incarnation before him (sans Shin Godzilla and Earth Godzilla.) He was hit by an Oxygen Destroyer just like the '54 Goji, and lived. Like the Showa Godzilla, he's a benevolent if Destructive Savior that fights other, far worse monsters up close and personal and is willing to team up with other monsters like Mothra. He's still a force of nature like the Heisei Godzilla, but he's not the Big Bad and is more like an anti-hero at worst. He also has a super mode that resembles the Heisei Godzilla's Burning form, but it won't kill him. Like most of the Millennium Godzillas he has sharp, bladed spines that can be weaponized. When he hit the Male Muto with a Tail Slap one of its legs was sliced off by the spines on top of Godzilla's tail. And, Like Final Wars Godzilla, he's also the most powerful monster on Earth, only beaten by a monster that isn't from Earth.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted. Despite rumors that Godzilla would not be referred to as such in this film, Dr. Serizawa introduces him during the briefing as "Gojira" and the military uses the name Godzilla as a code name for the beast. News broadcasts even dub him "King of the Monsters."
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In comparison to the previous Godzillas, he does not go out of his way to destroy everything in sight. Some of the damage he causes seems to be accidental instead of intentional. He does not even bear a grudge against the humans who nuked him in 1954, in stark contrast to his original incarnation who hates humans for what he has become. While he's similar to Heisei Godzilla in personality (as in an aggressive fighter), he does not even attack the humans who fire at him because he's more focused on defeating the M.U.T.O.s. Previous incarnations will annihilate tank and ship units if they inconvenience him. This guy? He dives under ship units and does not bother attacking the tank units on the Golden Gate Bridge. And let's not get into details about Shin Godzilla. It also extends to his Meaningful Name, "God Incarnate". Every Godzilla before and after him bears the title of God of Destruction. He surprisingly doesn't, as despite the destruction he causes, whether intentional or not, he is Gaia's God incarnate, set to restore balance, whether against the Mutos or Ghidorah.
  • Covered with Scars: He is covered in old battle scars, highlighting not only his age, but also showing that he's been "maintaining the balance" for quite a while.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Zig-zagged. While he is potentially as dangerous to humanity as the M.U.T.O.s (if not more so), he also serves as a Destructive Savior. It is notable that Godzilla does not go out of his way to destroy stuff like he usually does.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The descriptions for the tie-in toys refer to Godzilla's Atomic Breath as being a powerful last resort weapon due to it draining his internal radiation supplies. The 2014 video game illustrates this by only giving him two charges and a longer recharge time. This is largely dropped in the sequel where he's quite happy to throw it out as an opening gambit, though that could be because of he's now facing Ghidorah.
  • Death Glare: After defeating King Ghidorah, several of the newly awakened Titans surround him, including an injured but alive Rodan. Rodan makes a threat display and Godzilla's response is to simply glare. This leads Rodan to swiftly bow and as Godzilla turns his stare on the other Titans they also bow in submission.
  • Dented Iron: He's absolutely ancient, and shows it at times, especially after the beating he takes in the final fight. After killing the Male M.U.T.O., he pauses to catch his breath, and once the female's dead he outright collapses.
  • Destructive Savior:
    • Even though he's mankind's only hope against the M.U.T.O.s (this does not necessarily make him a true hero, only in the metaphorical sense), Godzilla leaves a substantial amount of destruction in his wake. He doesn't intentionally destroy stuff, though. It's mostly just a case of him just passing through, as he's just that big. At the end of the film, he is hailed (accurately) as the savior of the human race, making him a literal Destructive Savior.
    • King of the Monsters ramps this up on a city-wide scale as his final battle with King Ghidorah is in Boston. By the time Godzilla destroys what's left of Ghidorah, Boston is reduced to a nuclear wasteland.
  • Determinator: Chases the M.U.T.O.s relentlessly for miles and when he finally catches up to them, continues fighting even as he was being mauled by the two at once while constantly getting back up no matter how severely he's beaten down. Even a skyscraper collapsing on him only slowed him down for a few minutes.
  • Disney Death:
    • The nuke that was dropped on him in the beginning should've killed him, right? Nope, he lived through it. This happens twice in the last battle, both times coming out alive but exhausted after a long and brutal fight with each of the M.U.T.O.s. The first time occurs when he's buried by a skyscraper after crushing the male M.U.T.O. against it. The second time occurs when he literally collapses to the ground after killing the female M.U.T.O., and stays there well into the next day before waking up.
    • And again in King of the Monsters, after the US military try to use the Oxygen Destroyer to take him and Ghidorah out at the same time. Ghidorah survives completely unharmed because he's an alien, but the Monarch crew in the Argo track Godzilla for a few minutes, after which they lose his life signs and declare him dead. But as it turns out, he had managed to retreat to his ancient hideout, which has high enough radiation levels to slowly revive him even from Oxygen Destruction.
  • Diving Save: Rams into King Ghidorah unintentionally saving Mark and the rest of the crew in the Argo.
  • Dynamic Entry:
    • Taken to awesome levels in the airport scene. We get a shot of Godzilla's massive foot, then Godzilla in full view roars at his opponent. He did this again when facing off with the female M.U.T.O. in San Francisco.
    • In King of the Monsters, he literally comes out of fucking nowhere by attacking King Ghidorah chasing the Argo.
  • Edible Ammunition: Theoretically, this should apply to him, though we see no signs that he absorbs radiation in the same way he did during the Heisei series. However as proved in the prologue set in 1954, nuking Godzilla doesn't seem to work and probably just made him even stronger. This is thoughtfully confirmed in King of the Monsters, where a nuclear detonation about 30 feet from his face not only revives him from near-death, it supercharges him enough to be able to destroy Ghidorah just by releasing his built up radiation.
  • Enemy Mine: Of a sort - he refuses to attack the military (who attack him on occasion) because they are opposed to the MUTOs. It helps that it's quite quickly established that the military is effectively no threat to either of them.
    • A stronger example in King of the Monsters, as both Godzilla and the humans joined forces as King Ghidorah became their common and most dangerous enemy. By the final battle in Boston, he bore witness to several aircraft flying past him, and clearly acknowledged his comparatively tiny allies in the fight to come. It is implied that Ghidorah's defeat strengthened Godzilla's interest and protection of humanity.
  • Era-Specific Personality: The film once again makes him the terrifying force of nature he was in his earliest films but also continues the Heisei/Millennium portrayal of him being an unintentional defender of humans from other monsters.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: He comes from the Permian period predating dinosaurs but he retains much of the classic Godzilla's look. The extras on the Blu-Ray clarifying that, yes, this Godzilla is a Dinosaur, though being from the Permian means he could be either one of the first dinosaurs or he's a extremely derived dinosauriform...
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Not used or invoked in the film itself, but Gareth Edwards has said that if this incarnation of Godzilla were a human, he would be "the last samurai".
    Gareth Edwards: He's an ancient warrior who's the last of his kind, and his kind has long since died out. He lives a very solitary lonely existence and he's very happy to keep away from everyone, but we keep doing things to force him to return and put things right.
  • Eye Color Change: His Supernatural Gold Eyes were changed to a reddish orange sclera that goes along with his Art Evolution in KOTM.
  • Feeling Their Age: He's definitely been around for eons no doubt. There are two signs of it in the movie displaying his age. After impaling the male MUTO with building debris he hunches down a little to recuperate from presumably hours of tireless fighting. Near the end of the move where civilians are being rescued, everyone including Serizawa and Vivienne assumed that he's dead but in reality he was just sleeping albeit motionless which is Truth in Television. The way how elderly people take naps almost gives off the implication that they're dead but thankfully aren't.
  • Finishing Stomp: He finishes the MUTO Prime off by crushing its head with a stomp while it's stunned from his Nuclear Pulse.
    • He stomps down on King Ghidorah's chest, pinning him onto the ground while unleashing another Nuclear Pulse that incinerates the rest of his entire body.(minus the remaining middle head).
  • Foil: To Rodan. Godzilla, for intents and purposes, a "good guy" on a loose definition, is revered as a God Incarnate that will fight dangerous opponents that threatens all life on Earth. Rodan is depicted as a God of Destruction that does not have the same benevolence Godzilla has, which is shown by leveling cities just by flying over one, and thrashing the military.

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  • Gaia's Vengeance:
    • Gareth Edwards stated that Godzilla is a "representation of the wrath of nature."
    Edwards: Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. The theme is man versus nature and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win and that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve.
    • In-universe, Dr. Serizawa believes nature sent Godzilla to restore balance to the world by hunting the M.U.T.O.s.
  • Genius Bruiser: Godzilla is rather crafty for a giant reptile. After seeing how his atomic breath only had a minor effect on the female M.U.T.O., he switched to grabbing her head and firing it down her throat in a "Kiss of Death" until it decapitated her. As for the male M.U.T.O., Godzilla was having difficulty dealing with the male constantly resorting to hit-and-run attacks from the air. So Godzilla suckered the male into attacking him from behind by pretending that he didn't know it was there, then giving him a tail whip that knocked the male out of the air into a skyscraper, impaling it on a protruding beam.
  • Giant Equals Invincible:
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: He displaces so much water that he kills hundreds of people in massive tsunamis just from rising out of the ocean.
  • Glad He's on Our Side: "Good thing he's on our side," says one scientist, after Godzilla kills Ghidorah. The response from another? "For now."
  • Glasgow Grin: He has a "born with it" variation, though it's only really visible when he opens his mouth to roar or use his atomic breath. Its design seems to be based off the similar "smiles" of many real-life reptiles.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: King of the Monsters gives him these when using his Atomic Breath.
  • Godzilla Threshold: He seems to have one of his own—the signature Atomic Breath, which he only uses once in Awakening and three times in the film's climax. The fact that he employs it far more often in fights with Ghidorah suggests that he (rightly) perceives his three-headed nemesis as a much more dire threat.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's one of the more benevolent versions of the character, but disrupt the natural order of things and you will pay. He's variously impaled the Male MUTO on a building, killed its mate by burning its head off with his atomic breath, killed the Prime MUTO by stomping its head in and burned Ghidorah to a crisp before chowing down on and finally incinerating the dragon's surviving central head.
  • The Good King: After he defeats Ghidorah and reclaims his throne, he's indicated to now be actively directing the other Titans to act in ways beneficial to the world, while prohibiting them from attacking any human populations. Notably the humans come to view him as their savior as well.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He is covered in big red scars. This calls to mind the original design philosophy Toho had, in that his skin was supposed to resemble the keloid scars that the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings developed.
  • Graceful in Their Element: He's generally slow and lumbering on land but he's very fast in the water. He uses this to his advantage during his second fight with Ghidorah when he drags him in the water, negating Ghidorah's strengths while staying in his own element, he was winning till the military intervenes.
  • Grin of Audacity: Like with Glasgow Grin above he's not actually grinning per se, it's more or less how his mouth is shaped like this. Although his expression after finding the male Muto looked rather... unsettling almost as if he's about to enjoy beating him. When King Ghidorah blasts him with all three of his Gravity Beams, in his Super Mode if you look closely it looks he's sporting a defined satisfied smirk which shows that he knows his enemy is done for.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Having lived through the past several eons with open eyes rather than hibernating like his peers, Godzilla is not only very, very old, but in many respects has an attitude that's more in line with this trope than his usual one. He more or less shambles through the world without much concern for the humans he steps over and constantly displays irritation rather than anger at the people shooting at him with military-grade weapons. Facing off with Ghidorah is pretty much the only time he goes past this and is closer to his traditional Unstoppable Rage.
  • Having a Blast:
    • Aftershocks reveals he's capable of performing the Nuclear Pulse, which he uses to stun the MUTO Prime long enough to kill it with a Finishing Stomp.
    • When he becomes Fire Godzilla, his Nuclear Pulse is upgraded to the point of basically becoming a super charged nuclear bomb, allowing him to incinerate Ghidorah and kill him once and for all.
  • Heal It with Fire: After Godzilla is on death's door after having the Oxygen Destroyer used on him, he retreats to his home base, which is in a subterranean volcano with such high radiation levels that it could kill a human in seconds. Monarch then takes it further when they decide that it isn't going to heal him fast enough, and deliver him an Adrenalin shot.
  • Heavy Sleeper: If the climax is anything to go by, so much so that when he gets tired and decides to take a nap after defeating the M.U.T.O.s, the military initially assumes him to be dead.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • Needless to say, his roar was best described by Gareth Edwards, himself. He said it was, "A roar of nature. A roar of rage."
    • Erik Aadahl refused to reveal how he created the roar — even to Gareth Edwards — so as not to diminish its capacity to incite fear.
  • The Hero: Main protagonist of the Godzilla movies who is Earth's savior when it's invaded by other Kaiju.
  • Hero on Hiatus: Gets hit by the Oxygen Destroyer, but it doesn't kill him in the second act of King of the Monsters. The main characters then decide to revive him with a nuke to bring him back in action.
  • Heroic Build: Because of his increased activity for the past 5 years, Godzilla doesn't seem to have that barrel chested physique he had in the last film and instead looks more jacked and buffed up.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Manages to gather enough strength to get back up on his feet after suffering many severe injuries from a terribly long battle and being crushed by a skyscraper. Happens again when he becomes Fire Godzilla.
  • Homefield Advantage: When he crossed paths with King Ghidorah a second time, he lunges and brings him into the ocean where he's likely comfortable fighting him in his domain. He had an easier time fighting his nemesis and even bites off Ghidorah's left head, and was seemingly winning... Until the military decided it was a perfect time to use the Oxygen Destroyer to rid of both monsters.
  • I Owe You My Life: A downplayed example. While he was merely indifferent to humans at, his intimidation display towards the humans after his revival played off as a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!, a non-verbal way of scolding them for hurting him with the Oxygen Destroyer. But it is clear from his facial language minutes later that that he acknowledged that humans (through Serizawa's sacrifice) saved him. Sometime after the end of King of the Monsters, he prevented the Titans from harming the humans and they instead benefited the global ecosystem that in turn benefitted them. He even made a surprise appearance to an Ocean Liner with absolutely no sign of fear or violence from the humans.
  • Impossibly Graceful Giant: Played with. He is a lumbering behemoth who causes a lot of damage just by walking through an area, but he is especially graceful in the water, capable of sneaking up on the M.U.T.O.s. just fine, and seems to be trying to weave his way through the cities as much as he can to avoid too much damage unlike the M.U.T.O.s. He's only walking fast to humans because his strides are so long in comparison.
  • Informed Ability: One of the designers explained that he's able to swing his tail, around supersonic speeds. While it's never brought up by the characters In-Universe that could partially, explain why he's able to traverse through the oceans so rapidly.
  • Irony: A giant prehistoric monster whose Meaningful Name means "God Incarnate", but does not own the title of God of Destruction, like his Japanese counterparts. That title goes to Rodan.
  • It Can Think: He gives the distinct impression of regarding the protagonist, Ford Brody, at one point when they gaze at each other close-up. During his many battles with the M.U.T.O.s., Godzilla also does outthink them more than once.
  • It's Personal: He seems to treat his feud with Ghidorah this way, especially when they charge at each other. Becomes much more personal after Ghidorah kills Mothra, who is Godzilla's loyal ally. Godzilla gives a mournful roar when she dies, and seems incredibly furious when he becomes Fire Godzilla to brutally annihilate Ghidorah.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • He comes off as the Godzilla-lizard equivalent of a Grumpy Old Man and has no qualms about leveling a city he's fighting in. However, he's solely on humanity's side and will protect the Earth from any threat.
    • He's also capable of gratitude. The end credits of KOTM show he goes out of his way to keep the other Titans from attacking human cities after seeing Serizawa sacrifice his own life to help Godzilla regain his strength.
  • The Juggernaut: As per usual, he is nearly indestructible, even surviving a nuclear blast prior to the events of the film. This is also his most heavily built incarnation to date. He's so powerful that Dr. Wates poetically makes him out to be a Physical God.
  • Just Desserts: Inflicts it on Ghidorah, immolating most of his body with Nuclear Pulses before finishing him off with a blast of his Atomic Breath in the process of munching his last head.
  • Kaiju: The most famous giant monster of all.
  • Klingon Promotion: How does he become alpha of the Titans? Killing the last one.
  • Last of His Kind: He is described as the last of a species that lived when the Earth's surface was still being heavily bombarded by radiation.
  • Leitmotif: He has three. The original Godzilla March and theme by Akira Ifukube which are given a newer take by Bear McCreary, and his 2014 theme.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The look he gives the male M.U.T.O. before tail-whipping it to death screams this.
  • Made of Iron:
    • He survived being nuked multiple times, and it's implied that this made him stronger. First nuke he took? Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb. It did nothing to him. Artillery attacks, tank shells, and bullets, he doesn't even notice. Missiles? A mild nuisance. He even takes a skyscraper collapsing on him and manages to get back up. Only attacks from the M.U.T.O.s put him in any mortal danger. If you know your Godzilla, this is to be expected.
    • He survives the Oxygen Destroyer meant to kill him and Ghidorah. However, it physically drains him than outright kill him.
    • King Ghidorah hoists him into the upper stratosphere combined, with his mass and gravity makes him fall a hell of a lot faster (while igniting in the process) and crashes onto a building. He possibly received internal bleeding and was unable to move but was still breathing after that.
  • Man Bites Man: Uses his mouth and teeth quite frequently when fighting the M.U.T.O.s and Ghidorah. This is in contrast to past incarnations; the Showa Godzilla preferred hand-to-hand fighting, the Heisei Godzilla stayed at a distance and engaged primarily with his atomic breath (but could get physical if necessary), and the Millennium Godzilla would switch between melee and ranged combat depending on the situation.
  • Man on Fire: Burning Godzilla generated vast amounts of heat but had relatively little effect on the world around him (beyond the whole threatening nuclear apocalypse thing). Fire Godzilla not only generates heat, he's so hot everything surrouding him catches fire, steel melts and flames erupt benath his feet with each step.
  • Meaningful Name: According to Shin Godzilla, Godzilla (or Gojira) officially means "God incarnate". Considering how he depicted as such by Serizawa and Graham, it makes perfect sense.
  • Mighty Glacier: While he's not as particularly fast as some of his previous incarnations, Godzilla here keeps true to the Big G's tradition of dishing out massive pain. To bring up his fighting style, when faced the female M.U.T.O., which almost matches his size, his first offensive bout seems to focus on solely overpowering it with sheer brute strength and tenacity. Then once he learns enough about his enemy he starts aiming for weaknesses.
    • Then again, as mentioned above in Acrofatic, Godzilla is also a Lightning Bruiser in KOTM. On land, he can run at frightening speeds, and in water, he can swim with great mobility. Combined with the aforementioned underwater mobility with his natural bulk and Home Field Advantage, Godzilla would have successfully killed King Ghidorah underwater if the military didn't intervene.
  • Mighty Roar: A mighty and glorious one.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla's nuclear-powered heart begins to give out to the point where burning, molten scars have formed all over his body. By the end of the film, he imbues the rest of his power upon his son, who takes over his father's place as King of the Monsters. In King of the Monsters, Mothra sacrifices herself in the fight against Ghidorah, and imbues her power to Godzilla. He then takes on his "burning form" and uses his new Super Mode to decimate Ghidorah, cementing his place as the Alpha to the rest of the Titans. It also evokes both Rodan's sacrifice and giving Godzilla his spiral atomic breath in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II and Mothra Taking the Bullet for an ally from Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!, only with Mothra dying, Godzilla being the one protected, and Ghidorah as the one firing.
    • In order to save millions of lives, Dr. Serizawa makes a Heroic Sacrifice by locating Godzilla under the ocean, and detonate a man-made superweapon at his location. The difference is that in the original film, it was to defeat Godzilla with the Oxygen Destroyer. In King of the Monsters, it's to save him with a nuclear warhead.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Taken to new levels, at least with what is confirmed onscreen. In at least some films, most notably The Return of Godzilla, using nuclear weapons on Godzilla has been suggested but never carried out. In this film, it is part of Godzilla's origin: the military tried nuclear as soon as they became aware of Godzilla's existence, covering up their attempts too kill him as tests known as Operation Castle (Castle Bravo being the best known, and largest, of these tests). Not only did these obviously not kill Godzilla, they appear to have inadvertently caused his mutation and given him his powers, like atomic breath. This new Godzilla might be even harder to kill than previous versions.
  • Nominal Hero: This incarnation of Godzilla starts off disinterested with humanity, with much of his focus squarely on any Titan who would dare issue him a challenge. As such, he demonstrates throughout most of his introductory film that, while he doesn't go out of his way to cause rampant destruction to human cities, he isn't at all concerned if he does. This changes as of King of the Monsters, where Godzilla actively directs other Titans away from human territories. It's implied that Dr. Serizawa's Heroic Sacrifice led Godzilla to feel some sense of gratitude towards humanity as a whole.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: He's not particularly interested in fighting with humans and goes out of his way to not fight them even when they are opening fire on him. Like Gareth said, humans are like ants to him. You don't go out of your way to stomp on every ant you see, do you?
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Unleashes one to King Ghidorah in his Super Mode at the end of their final battle.
  • No-Sell: For the most part, he simply doesn't even notice when humans are attacking him. In King of the Monsters, he no-sells Ghidorah's Gravity Beams after reaching his Fire Mode.
  • Nuke 'em: Godzilla has been nuked before in attempt to kill him, but it's implied it made him stronger. He gets nuked again, but this time by Serizawa in order to revive him but it made him a bit too powerful to the point he nearly becomes a literal walking nuclear bomb. Mothra was able to contain his radiation levels and uses his full capacity on King Ghidorah.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the first film, Godzilla was rather calm in his pursuit of the MUTOs, only getting serious when confronting them directly. The instant he senses Ghidorah (even before the dragon has a chance at awakening), he's constantly showing extreme agitation, flashing his spines and swimming very erratically around the MONARCH base. During his fights with his nemesis, he's exceptionally vicious, spamming the atomic breath far more times than he has previously.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • With Mothra. When she's killed in front of him, he lets out a mournful howl and collapses onto the ground, nearly beaten. It was clarified prior that Godzilla and Mothra seem to have a symbiotic, cross-species relationship, with them both being referred to as King of the Monsters and Queen of the Monsters respectfully.
    • He seems to form one with Ford, after looking at him and Ford's timely destruction of the M.U.T.O. nest. Godzilla even goes out of his way to save Ford from the female M.U.T.O. afterward.
  • Offhand Backhand: After he catches on to the male M.U.T.O's hit-and-run tactics, he uses his tail to do this.
  • Old Soldier: Has been fighting other kaiju for eons.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Very destructive and tending to take out whole cities in his fights. Taken Up to Eleven in King of the Monsters where he becomes Fire Godzilla and basically nukes Boston three times over with his supercharged Nuclear Pulses.
  • Physical God: He is described as being like a god compared to the M.U.T.O.s. Fitting, considering his name officially means "God Incarnate''.
    • A mural from the second movie shows him being outright worshiped by an ancient civilization.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After Godzilla incinerates the female M.U.T.O's innards and rips her head off, he takes a power nap. The military think he's dead until he wakes up the following morning.
  • Power Limiter: His dorsal spines actually reserve his radioactive energy supply for his immense power.
  • Power-up Full Color Change: As a result of the Energy Donation from Mothra's power, aside from scorching everything in sight his entire body glows a blazing red accompanied by Volcanic Veins.
  • Reconstruction:
    • Various elements of his design are updated to seem more plausible. His feet are rounder like a sauropod's to support his heavy weight, he has gills on the side of his neck to explain how he can live underwater, his armored hide and arms now look crocodilian, and his body is hunched slightly forward as a bipedal dinosaur's would to maintain balance. In general, he's bulkier, as an animal his size and shape probably would be to support its own weight. In King of the Monsters he has a more muscular build, which is to be expected for a creature which has taken on a much more active lifestyle after the events of the 2014 film.
    • This version of Godzilla overall balances out the alternatively destructive and heroic nature of his original Japanese incarnations into a more cohesive whole. Like his more negative interpretations, Godzilla is still a force of destruction awakened by nuclear activity, driven by sheer instinct and causing massive destruction in his wake. But through his Adaptational Heroism, and his eagerness to combat any Titan seeking to challenge him, he comes to represent a natural balancing force that restores order through destruction. He becomes a more heroic figure towards humanity after Dr. Serizawa performs a Heroic Sacrifice to rejuvenate him for a third round against Ghidorah, reflecting how nature reacts kindly to people when they take care of it.
  • Red Baron: The film has a variation on this: after he has killed the M.U.T.O.s, a news channel has the headline "King of the Monsters: Savior of Our City?" This indicates the ambivalent attitude humans have toward his Destructive Saviour status.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Godzilla: King of the Monsters his golden colored eyes were replaced with blood orange eyes instead, which honestly makes him a lot more fierce and pissed off. Especially whenever he sees King Ghidorah everytime.
  • Red Is Violent: The king shows no mercy in his Super Mode not after what happened to Mothra, instead of physically beating King Ghidorah to death he unleashes several Nuclear Pulses that destroyed, the alien hydra's wings, side heads, and brutally stomped on his chest and blew up the rest of his body (almost).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Mothra gives her life to protect Godzilla from Ghidorah's attack, he lets out a mournful cry over her death. Once he's back on his feet and becomes Burning Godzilla, he's noticeably pissed off and doesn't give Ghidorah a single second to recover.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: After reclaiming his position as the planet's Alpha from Ghidorah and cowing the other Titans into submission, Godzilla becomes much more proactive in the world. He's implied to act as a control over the Titans, not only encouraging them to behave as part of the ecosystem but also driving them away from human settlements.
  • Scars Are Forever: He is covered in Keloid scars, a reference to the Hiroshima victims (Godzilla was of course inspired by the US nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
  • Sensory Abuse: His roar was made to be very cacophonous and dissonant along with being loud.
  • Shown Their Work: According to this news article, Gareth Edwards and his crew prepared for the monster fights by studying footage of animals fighting, so Godzilla's fighting style is based off those of real-life animals such as bears and komodo dragons.
  • The Silent Bob: Excluding his famous roar, of course. Anyways, he's the most expressive Godzilla to date, displaying a lot of body language, and even makes facial expressions.
  • Sinister Silhouettes:
    • More likely his secondary ominous Dynamic Entry accompanied by an unsettling piano sting playing, with lightning flashing showing himself slowly emerging out of the fog, snarling quietly, and finally letting out his deafening roar preparing to annihilate both MUTOs once and for all.
    • Happens again in Godzilla: King of the Monsters when he shows up in Boston the same way, but instead of looking frightening, it's more built up as him looking more heroic on his way to confront Ghidorah for a rematch.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The 2014 film sees him survive to the end. King of the Monsters sees him (barely) survive the Oxygen Destroyer, the same weapon that killed the original Gojira, and Burning Godzilla ends up merely being a Super Mode that he survives, not a symptom of a Superpower Meltdown that kills him like the Heisei Godzilla.
  • Spared, but Not Forgiven: Kind of subverted... After spotting Mark on the submarine, he leans down and makes eye contact with him. Just like with Ford and Serizawa he showed no aggression toward them but for Mark just a little bit of annoyance,(unlike his first appearance in KOTM where he was sensing Ghidorah's vocals via ORCA) but given the stare between the two Godzilla seems to understand what he's going through. It shows that Godzilla doesn't hold eternal grudges to those who'll help him whenever it's needed even if he was struck by the Oxygen Destroyer, but it is something that he will remember for a while. Godzilla could've destroyed humanity if they incredibly provoke his wrath but once again, ignores whatever kind of assault the military will try to pull.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He manages to pulls this off, usually when underwater, though occasionally he uses smoke and debris clouds.
  • Stealthy Colossus: For a titanic prehistoric monster, he can easily sneak up on his enemies undetected without making a sound. Looks like he got his stealth lessons from Rexy.
  • Stock Monster Symbolism: The film gives him a Gaia's Vengeance characterization on top of being a radioactive mutation.
  • Stout Strength: He's more heavily built than other versions of the character, but it doesn't make him any less dangerous.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: The massive, radioactive, mutant King of the Monsters has golden eyes. It also provides some distinct Color Contrast against his charcoal grey hide.
  • Super Mode: He has two, of a sort. After absorbing the radiation from a nuclear explosion that detonated a few meters from his head, he is empowered enough to fight King Ghidorah on even footing (at least until Ghidorah himself powers up with a whole city's worth of electricity) with his dorsal spines now constantly glowing blue. It's something of a double edged sword however as he absorbed too much radiation and is building towards a nuclear explosion. After Mothra dies and is absorbed by him, he briefly transforms into Burning Godzilla, virtually invulnerable and capable of ejecting nuclear pulses powerful enough to vaporize most of Ghidorah's body. It also has the benefit of burning off the excess radiation. According to Mike Dougherty, this form is part of his and Mothra's symbiotic bond.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Justified. For the first time, Godzilla has gills on the sides of his neck, explaining how he can live underwater.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Godzilla tracks the M.U.T.O.s from one side of the Pacific to the other. He also repeats this with King Ghidorah, tailing him to no less than three separate locations across the planet, especially impressive given the dragon's flight speed.
  • Super Senses: According to the King of the Monsters novelization, he navigates using sound when underwater and has even memorized his entire lair using just his hearing.
  • Tail Slap: How Godzilla kills the male M.U.T.O., coupled with Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, since it was slammed into a skyscraper and got a support beam through its torso.
    • He also performs this against King Ghidorah, with surprising grace, almost pirouetting on his feet to whip the dragon.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Much like the Heisei and various Millennium series Godzillas, he makes sure his enemies stay dead. He does so by breathing down the female MUTO's mouth with his Atomic Breath, and completely vaporizes King Ghidorah to make sure he doesn't regenerate from any part of his body.
  • Time Abyss: Godzilla is suggested in the prequel comic to have survived the Permian Extinction and shifted between dormancy and active hunting across 250 million years, appearing at various points throughout human history.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He doesn't go out of his way to destroy everything in sight, and seems to actively avoid it most of the time. Even when humans fire at him or attack him with military-grade weapons in the 2014 movie, he just shrugs off their attacks and focuses on going for his natural enemy: the M.U.T.O.s. Though, he doesn't avoid it entirely, like at the Golden Gate bridge where he was clearly provoked. The tidal wave in Hawaii is the only time he hurt anyone without a good reason, and even then, it's not clear he realized that was going to happen. note 
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He prefers to use more brute strength and tenacity rather than skill. Due to his large size this is probably his most fitting style as he's not really fast such as the male M.U.T.O.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Not as much as older versions of the monster but when he starts fighting the M.U.T.O's he really starts to let loose by unleashing his primal rage and destructive power to kill his targets. Played Straight when he powers up and takes out Ghidorah.
  • Up to Eleven: The makers of the film promised that this would be the biggest incarnation of Godzilla yet. As this Yahoo! Movies article puts it:
    "Godzilla's always been rather large. But now he's, like, really rather large."
  • Vocal Dissonance: Starting with King of the Monsters, he was given additional roars with his own. He has the deep bellows of the original 1954 Godzilla, the high pitch roars of the Showa and Heisei Godzilla, and the pitch-scream of the 1998 Godzilla/Zilla roar.
  • Walking Wasteland: Not so much under normal conditions where he's as much a hazard as any other Titan, but when he goes full on Fire Godzilla the immense heat his body exudes is enough to cause any and all nearby buildings to instantly start melting.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His arms are relatively short compared to the rest of his body. The male M.U.T.O. took advantage of this a couple of times by jumping on his head and stabbing away at him with those long forelegs, with Godzilla having an extremely difficult time dislodging him since he could barely touch the top of his head. Not unlike a Tyrannosaurus rex, however, they are plenty strong — being connected to his massive pectoral muscles — and he uses them to fight the female M.U.T.O. quite effectively.
  • Worm Sign: He creates a massive swell in the water as he swims, with his dorsal spines protruding from the top. Taken Up to Eleven when the act of landfall is preceded by a tsunami.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Godzilla is associated with blue lightning, contrasting Ghidorah's unnatural yellow.

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