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Ancient and massive creatures that existed hundreds of millions of years ago, feeding on the nuclear radiation the planet generated. Most of them were wiped out, making way for new life to take their place, but some remained in hiding or hibernation, surviving the deaths of their kin in the process. Humanity's advances in nuclear power, strip mining, and other developments have begun to awaken them, drawing them to the surface and bringing destruction in their wake.


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"This world never belonged to us: it belonged to them."

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Pretty much a standard for Godzilla and King Kong movies. The sheer size of all the kaiju falls firmly under Artistic License – Physics — there is no way any of these creatures would be able to move as fluidly as they do without getting crushed under their own weight considering the Earth's gravity. This is especially egregious in Kong: Skull Island, where Kong manages to literally jump what must be thousands of feet in distance — the impact of a creature his size would send anything smaller sized in the vicinity flying but the humans running just a few meters away from him or so don't even trip. Even worse are all the flying monsters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But since seeing the series is all about giant monsters fighting each other, it's forgivable.
  • Adaptational Abomination: In the MonsterVerse, the Kaiju are treated as considerably more Eldritch Abomination than in the Showa and Heisei eras with more of an air of Time Abyss and mystery to their origins and ties to the Earth.
  • Adaptive Ability: It's implied over the films, and straight-up confirmed by a Monarch operative in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization, that the Titans have this and it's why the Monarch outposts' kill-switches failed to kill any of them when they awoke.
  • All Myths Are True: Some of the Titans are based on creatures from the mythologies of various ancient cultures, with the implication being that these Titans were the In-Universe inspiration for said mythological creatures (such as the Lernaean Hydra and Rainbow Serpent being inspired by Ghidorah, angels being inspired by Mothra, and many other myths describing monsters and events which seem to correspond with other Titans and their collective history with humans).
  • Animalistic Abomination: As a whole, their forms are a chimeric blend of various creatures from both past and present, and despite not being mind-breakingly horrible to see besides the sheer magnitude of their presence, they possess abilities bordering on the supernatural, are unfathomably old, and extraordinarily strong.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Titans are indicated to function on a pack system, submitting to the most powerful of them as the Alpha. Other Alphas can exist and are capable of rebelling against the reigning Alpha (neither Mothra nor Kong answered Ghidorah's call to battle) but only one is considered the ruling Titan at a time. Ghidorah initially becomes the Alpha after his second battle with Godzilla, but Godzilla becomes the new Alpha after killing him in their third battle.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Discussed. While only Ghidorah truly qualifies for this, other Titans also possess such bizarre biology that it almost justifies the Acceptable Breaks from Reality.
  • Binomium ridiculus: An example that's played seriously, in this case. Titanus is used as the genus, whereas the species are named after their living representatives.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Downplayed. The Titans have varying moral alignments, but generally, the benevolent ones tend to be Destructive Saviours who, while they are committed to fighting off the evil ones and maintaining the balance of nature, still can't always concern themselves with individual human lives and certainly can't afford to busy themselves getting distracted fussing over every tiny human around them in the middle of a battle, since to them it's literally like a human warrior who's fighting for their life fussing over every ant that's trying to traverse the ground around them. (Mothra is a notable exception to this rule.) The malevolent Kaiju meanwhile tend to be Omnicidal Maniacs or bordering on that, who threaten to decimate human populations and destroy entire ecosystems if the benevolent Titans aren't allowed to keep them in check. Some of the Titans are also more wrathful than others when provoked by humans, such as Rodan.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: As of King of the Monsters:
    • Godzilla is associated with blue.
    • Kong is associated with orange.
    • Mothra is associated with green.
    • Rodan is associated with red.
    • Ghidorah is associated with yellow.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Except for the MUTOs (as multiple specimens of their species have emerged), Titan individuals who are implied to be endlings and their species are named synonymously by Monarch. The exceptions of this are Godzilla and Mothra, whose species names are Gojira and Mosura respectively, presumably because multiple Gojira skeletons have been found with this specific Gojira being noteworthy while the novelization implies there may be multiple members of Mothra's species or at least subspecies, still out there (presumably alluding to Battra).
  • Dragon Their Feet: Subverted with the Titans subservient to King Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). They arrive at Boston in the immediate aftermath of their master's death by Godzilla and though Rodan looks like he's initially challenging Godzilla, it takes little more than a Death Glare from Ghidorah's killer for the Titans to bow and acknowledge Godzilla as their new alpha.
  • Dug Too Deep: The majority of the Titans have existed in hibernation underground for thousands to millions of years, and it's explicitly noted in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) that human activities including strip mining and seismic surveys are triggering their gradual reawakening and return to the world in modern times. Adding more to this trope, it's heavily implied some of the creatures, such as the vicious Skullcrawlers on Skull Island, might've influenced humans' lore of The Underworld.
  • Enemy Mine: Kong and Godzilla don't really try to harm human beings, but they can and do on occasion butt heads. That being said, in the face of creatures like the MUTOs, the Skullcrawlers, Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla, they really don't have much choice but to stand together.
  • Fertile Feet: When they are acting benevolently the radiation they emit stimulates the rapid growth of plant life. Within five years of Godzilla and the MUTOs' battle, San Francisco and Las Vegas have become forests; and in The Stinger the various Titans terraform the Sahara desert into a rainforest, reverse the melting of the polar ice caps, and revitalize coral reefs.
  • Genetic Memory: Dr. Lind quotes this word-for-word in Godzilla vs. Kong: it's the name of an In-Universe theory that all Titans have an evolutionary impulse to return to where their species originally evolved. The implication is that this influences Kong in the film when he discovers his ancestors' temple in the Hollow Earth.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Even the smaller Titans, like the male MUTO or Rodan, are still massive enough that most conventional human-made weapons have no noticeable effect on them, amounting to the equivalent of a pinprick to creatures of their size.
  • Heavy Sleeper: By the time the movies take place Titans have been asleep all across the globe for so long many have been buried underground and civilizations have grown on top of them, while things like MUTO spores and Mothra's egg entered a form of suspended animation. How they don't all suffocate from being buried alive is never actually addressed. Skull Island (and Kong by extension) is the exception as it remains an active ecosystem, except for the Skullcrawlers, who aren't originally native to the island and mostly sleep underground.
  • Humans Are Insects: Most of the Titans are generally indifferent to humans (except for Kong and Mothra, and later Godzilla), but won't make active efforts against them unless provoked. However, when humans do provoke them or are faced with actively malicious ones like Ghidorah, they can easily wipe those humans out.
  • Humans Need Aliens: When malevolent Titans pose a threat, generally humans' military and technology stand no chance at actually killing them and can usually do no more than hurt them or piss them off, and it Takes One to Kill One. Fortunately for humans, not only are many of the Titans capable of coexisting with humans if they fall in line under a benevolent Alpha Titan; but Godzilla, Kong, and Mothra are all willing to tolerate humans' presence and defend them by proxy, by fighting off invasions of their territory by the more hostile Titans to maintain their dominance. Adding more to this trope, it's indicated in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) that if humans were to somehow succeed in killing all the Titans, then even without the threat of Ghidorah, humans would be causing their own demise via Gaia's Lament and Global Warming without the Titans to maintain Earth's ecological balance.
  • It Can Think: While they look like animals and humans explain their behavior with animal terminology, once someone gets up close and personal with any of the Titans it becomes very clear that they are much more than mindless beasts.
  • Last of His Kind: Most of the Titans qualify as this, subversions being the Skullcrawlers, which there are an unknown amount of, and the MUTOs, which were two, later revealed to now be played straight, as shown by the unusual looking female from the end of King of the Monsters.
  • Long-Lived: All the Titans appear to be this, although centuries of suspended animation when they were hibernating underground probably helped. Many if not all of them are implied to be millions of years old not just as species but as individuals, with Godzilla: Awakening implying that the individual Godzilla has been around since the Permian period.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Downplayed, but thematically relevant. The films constantly remind humanity of how utterly small it is and that its position as the dominant species of the Earth can be challenged by forces completely out of its control. However, humans time and again find a way to draw those same forces to mankind's protection rather than its destruction, sometimes out of complete coincidence. In the novelization, it's noted that the only reason human civilization was able to develop is that the Titans are fond of millennia-long naps. The redacted text in the end credits for King of the Monsters even notes that one of the historical names for the Titans was "Old Ones".
  • Milking the Monster: An indirect case, but the news articles' print in the King of the Monsters Creative Closing Credits makes mention of the roaming Titans' ecosphere-revitalizing effects also being economically productive, creating an ecotourism boom due to people coming to see both the pacified Titans such as Rodan and also to see replenished ecosystems and wildlife populations such as pandas, and it's a source of revenue that's very much needed due to the massive debt of cleaning up the destruction done to manmade settlements.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Mothra is White, being the kindest, gentlest, and most concerned with safeguarding the lives of the Titans, and Ghidorah is Black, being genuinely malicious and sadistic on a level beyond that of any other Titan. All the rest are differing shades of Grey, such as willing to kill humans who antagonize them but not being actively malevolent and even willing to safeguard humans who help them (Kong and Godzilla), acting out life cycles that are more than likely to get a lot of people killed (the MUTOs and Skullcrawlers) and extremely territorial to the point of knowing homicide (Rodan).
  • Multiple-Choice Past: As of King of the Monsters. In the 2014 film, Godzilla and the MUTOs are exposited as hailing from a Permian-period ecosystem during a time when the Earth's surface was ten times more radioactive and having retreated underground to feed on radiation from the planet's mantle as the surface's radiation levels subsided. The King of the Monsters novelization states this is only the leading theory (before the Hollow World theory is proven true). A less popular (at the time) theory is that all the Titans actually evolved specifically within the Hollow Earth, and this origin story gets further backed up in Godzilla vs. Kong. Mark at one point personally speculates in the King of the Monsters novel that the Titans might be descended from a chemically different form of life that evolved before bacteria in the Precambrian so as to not need water or an oxygenated atmosphere.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: The Titans will obey the command of their Alpha (i.e. "king"), regardless of what though commands may be, such as working to destroy their own world to serve Ghidorah's own interests. Only other Alpha Titans, such as Mothra and Kong, will deny them.
  • Natural Disaster Cascade: In King of the Monsters, upon usurping Godzilla as the new reigning alpha, Ghidorah forces the other Titans to begin inflicting this trope on a cataclysmic global scale in combination with Ghidorah's own storm-wreaking Weather Manipulation; causing ecosystems to rapidly perish faster than they can adapt, and threatening to cause the most devastating mass extinction in the Earth's entire known history. Stenz states they're triggering earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, "and disasters we don't even have names for yet" on every continent, while the novelization reveals Rodan is also causing volcanic eruptions to throw gigatons of volcanic ash and gases into the atmosphere.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Kong and Godzilla aren't really concerned with attacking humans and focus more on killing their Kaiju opponents. Likewise, once Mothra hatches she only turns violent after someone shot her. In Kong's case, however, he only attacks humans when they damage his home island or make efforts to bring him down. In general, something that's emphasized about the Titans is that, for the most part, they are not monsters, they're great big animals who act according to their instincts. Ghidorah is the odd one out in this regard. And there's a good reason for that, as he's an alien invasive species.
  • Nominal Hero: The more "heroic" monsters are heroic in the sense that they're not actively trying to kill the human protagonists. They focus mainly on going after those who are persistently trying to harm them, whether they be monsters or humans. Even the violent acts they do put out towards humans are completely natural because in those cases, said humans are invading their territory. Mothra comes the closest to being a full-on subversion.
  • Not the Intended Use: In Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), it's explained that they overall act as guardians and somewhat like antibodies for the Earth to maintain its natural balance. However, when the alien King Ghidorah takes over as the ruling alpha, he commands them to inflict mass destruction on a global scale much faster than the ecosystems can regenerate or adapt, with the likely end result being the rapid mass extinction of all other multicellular lifenote .
  • One Myth to Explain Them All: The various Titans are implied to have been the source of many mythological creatures (such as the Hydra, Scylla, Dragons, and the like) as well as being treated as Gods and Demons in many different cultures.
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious: On top of being the inspiration of mythological deities, the Monarch website indicates Titans are also behind cryptozoological sightings and encounters. Bunyip and Mokele-Mbembe are among the seventeen Kaiju in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) (and are located at sites that roughly correspond to the Real Life cryptids' locations), and the novelization links Behemoth to the South American cryptid Mapinguary.
  • Our Gods Are Different: The Kaiju are Physical Gods and are often described and considered In-Universe to be The Old Gods. Specifically, they consist of various ancient primeval "super-species" and/or the endlings of such species which evolved when the Earth was much more radioactive than it is in modern times (Ghidorah is the exception as an extraterrestrial invader). Traits, powers, and weaknesses vary, but they have some things in common. They're in the "Scarily powerful" spectrum, they have Near Immortality if not Advanced Immortality, they're Anthropomorphically Subhuman (being literal super-evolved animals), and their needs are in the "Sustenance and Sleep" category (specifically, they tend to cycle between being active and entering long periods of dormancy). Unlike most gods, being naturalistic, the Kaiju don't need prayers to function, although sources of radiation (which can be considered a sort of offering to them in later films) do feed and strengthen them. Morally, they're generally Exemplars; their temperaments vary from being Destructive Saviours to Destroyer Deities, with Mothra and Ghidorah being the most extreme Kaiju at either end of the scale respectively. Generally, the MonsterVerse follows Henotheism (modern humans generally favor worship of Godzilla as their main Destructive Saviour, but they also worshipped other Titans in forgotten ancient times, and Mothra is still revered) and Polytheism (the Kaiju as it turns out have an Alpha-led hierarchy currently headed by Godzilla, but a rival Alpha can potentially overthrow him). The Kaiju did not create the universe or even the Earth as far as we know, but except for Ghidorah, they're considered essential to the maintenance and defense of the Earth's biosphere.
  • Our Titans Are Different: "Titan" is the official term for them in-universe.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Titans are more than capable of laying waste to entire cities.
  • Physical God: Godzilla, Kong, and Mothra are worshipped as mostly-benevolent protector deities, while the Skullcrawlers, Rodan, and Ghidorah are feared as evil gods and devils. The sequel takes this even further; not only are they functionally invincible and extremely powerful (most human weapons can't do anything more than maybe annoy them), but their mere presence can cause massive environmental changes.
  • Put on a Bus: All the Titans that were awakened in King of the Monsters get this in Godzilla vs. Kong. The opening title sequence lists them as "Defeated"note , and the news report mentions that Godzilla's attack on Apex Cybernetics in Florida is the first substantiated Titan sighting to occur in over three years, leaving the other Titans' fates uncertain. Godzilla Dominion and the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization reveal that Godzilla commanded the other Titans to return to hibernation after the events of King of the Monsters to prevent them from butting heads.
  • Sealed Cast in a Multipack: There are more than seventeen Titans still alive all over the world, but by the time modern civilization rose they've all gone into dormancy underground, in the ocean, and in ancient civilizations' remote sites. But atom bombs and Dug Too Deep in modern times are more than enough to awaken them, and in King of the Monsters, Ghidorah seemingly awakens them all at once (until Godzilla sends them back to sleep).
  • Smart Animal, Inconvenient Instincts: Implied in King of the Monsters. Although most if not all of the Titans possess near-human or even human levels of intelligence, they will all submit to whichever Alpha Titan is currently holding dominance regardless of that alpha's intentions. This poses a serious problem when Ghidorah takes over and commands the Titans to begin inflicting rapid mass extinction on their own planet.
  • Stock Monster Symbolism: The MonsterVerse manages to keep a grounded and surprisingly realistic tone with each film put out because the monsters are portrayed less as giant animals playing the timeless plot of Kaiju vs. Kaiju and more as forces of nature pitted against each other while the humans stuck in the middle can only watch them in sheer awe or terror.
  • Super Hearing: The kaiju communicate with each other in a similar manner to whales: they can hear and tune in to each other's sonar across thousands of miles or even from either side of the planet.
  • Takes One to Kill One: Much to humanity's frustration, the Titans are so massive in size that the vast majority of human-made weapons have little to no effect on them, so attacks from each other are the only thing that can cause any substantial damage most of the time. So as much as the USA military and government hate to admit it, keeping the more benevolent Titans (like Godzilla, Kong, and Mothra) alive is humanity's best and only option for survival when the more hostile Titans (like the Skullcrawlers or Ghidorah) show up.
  • Terraform: Due to the radiation they bring and their other biological byproducts, all Titans cause this wherever they go, causing entire ecosystems to flourish and even creating new ones in the process. Examples include Godzilla and the MUTOs' presence at destroyed cities (even briefly) in 2014 causing vegetation to flourish afterward, Scylla reversing the melting of ice caps, endangered species around the world recovering, the Great Barrier Reef being replenished, and a rainforest blooming through the Sahara Desert. The exception is Ghidorah, an extraterrestrial Omnicidal Maniac with no ties to the planet's existing biosphere.
  • Time Abyss: Most of the Titans are prehistoric, having been worshipped as gods by a civilization predating recorded history that is now only remembered in fragments of myth. In the novelization, Mark speculates that they're possibly billions of years older than Monarch believes, the last remnants of a radiotrophic form of life that evolved during the Hadean period.
  • Top God: They operate according to a zoological version of the King of the Gods type, where the strongest Apex Predator Kaiju acts as the pack alpha via Asskicking Equals Authority and commands all the lesser Titans. Godzilla is the default and reigning alpha, but King Ghidorah temporarily usurps him in King of the Monsters before Godzilla reclaims his title.
  • Yowies and Bunyips and Drop Bears, Oh My: We never see it, but a Titan named Bunyip is mentioned in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, located at a containment outpost in the middle of the Outback.

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Major Kaiju

"Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions over the earth. They were told not to harm the grass or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind."

Portrayed By: N/A

Appears In: Kong: Skull Island (cameo) | Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic - vision)

Species: Giant flying insect | "Titanus Mosura"

A giant, lepidopteran kaiju which Monarch found incubating as an egg inside an ancient temple within China's Yunnan Rainforest, referred to as the "Queen of the Monsters". She is considered an Alpha Titan in her own right who has a symbiotic relationship with Godzilla's species. After hatching, she proves to be the most benevolent of the Titans towards humans by far. She is woven throughout most secret mythologies and folklores as an angel of the clouds, a deified protector of humanity and the natural order. She possesses powerful bioluminescence which can shatter the skies and can be weaponized into "God Rays" if necessary, and a unique multi-stage evolution from an egg to a larva to her imago form.

  • Action Girl: One of fiction’s most powerful. She’s been given the honorary title of "Queen of the Monsters", and is said to be just as powerful as Godzilla. With her powers of flight, energy beam projection, and super strength (courtesy of her size), she’s Supergirl in the form of a Kaiju. A cave painting in viral marketing also implies she helped defeat Ghidorah the first time, which is directly referenced in the novelization.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the original movies, she and Godzilla vary from allies of convenience to full-blown enemies. In this version, Mothra and Godzilla are indicated to have an ancient, symbiotic relationship, with her being the only Titan (other than Kong due to him being another Alpha Titan) not to submit to Ghidorah, and later sacrificing her life to save Godzilla. Head staff even half-joked about their relationship being romantic.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: Downplayed. She is still very much a powerful kaiju, but some of her seemingly supernatural abilities here get a Doing In the Wizard explanation which changes her status as a supernatural goddess to a case of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane. Her magical energy rays are re-interpreted as bioluminescence (yet capable of clearing an entire sky full of Ghidorah's stormclouds), her connection with Godzilla is explained as a "symbiotic relationship", and the iconic Shobijin are instead the Chens, who are presented as humans with an uncanny family history of identical twin girls descended from priestesses of Mothra. However, when Godzilla becomes Burning Godzilla after her apparent demise, her wings and distinctive call can be seen and heard in the radiation waves he unleashes against Ghidorah, implying her spirit is with him. It was later confirmed by the head writer that Mothra's power was intended to be supernatural, but that they opted not to get too mystical with the films' setting.
  • Always with You: An unspoken but no less poignant variant. When Godzilla is downed in the final battle, a wounded Mothra crawls on top of him defensively, ignoring her own wounds and roaring defiantly at the dragon. She performs a Heroic Sacrifice to defend him from Ghidorah, which infuses Godzilla with her energy and turns him into Burning Godzilla. When he unleashes a powerful nuclear pulse to kill Ghidorah, her cry is heard and the shape of her wings is visible. Even in death, she was still helping her true king.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Mothra is called the "Queen of the Monsters" for several good reasons. Incapacitating Rodan with her stinger and aiding Godzilla in taking down Ghidorah (before and after her death) are just some of them.
  • Audible Sharpness: Her forelegs make an unsheathing sound when she performs her attack posture.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's explicitly the Queen to Godzilla's King and another Alpha Titan like Godzilla and Kong. She shows this by defeating Rodan in single combat.
  • Battle Couple: With Godzilla (since they are both the King and Queen of the Monsters) against Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
  • Benevolent Monsters: Like her past incarnations, this Mothra is one of the best examples of the trope.
  • Bequeathed Power: Upon being obliterated by Ghidorah, her radioactive remains fall on her crippled symbiotic partner Godzilla as he seems to mourn her death, and it's indicated this enabled Godzilla to unlock his Burning Godzilla form without causing too much uncontrolled destruction and/or without the process killing him.
  • Berserk Button: Seeing Monarch's containment field killing a bunch of flying insects in her temple is one perfect example to incur her wrath.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: A variant; she has a wasp-like retractile stinger concealed in her abdomen. She uses this to impale Rodan when he has her pinned.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like her previous incarnations, Mothra generally has an angelic and compassionate nature. However, if you intend to desecrate her planet or harm those that she cares about, she will show you why she is known as the "Queen of the Monsters".
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: She's a Titan with the physical traits of moths, butterflies, and several other insect species.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bursts from the sky to give Godzilla aid just as he starts to lose against Ghidorah.
  • Big Entrance: Two of them. The first is when she appears at Castle Bravo by using her God Rays to disperse the storm around it and the second is when she illuminates the clouds around Boston with vibrant colors before blindsiding Ghidorah with her web attack.
  • Big Good: As with the Toho versions of her, Mothra is consistently shown to be the most benevolent and friendliest towards humans of all the Titans.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: She has the ability to produce brilliant light in both larval and imago forms, and her dazzling displays help to convey that she's one of the more docile Titans.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Her imago form has scythe-like raptorial appendages on her first two sets of limbs.
  • Blinded by the Light: She can use the brilliant light of her God Rays to temporarily blind her enemies.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Mike Dougherty confirmed that upon reaching her imago stage, Mothra lays an egg to reincarnate if she is killed. The egg is discovered in The Stinger.
  • Bottomless Bladder: She is never observed feeding or even attempting to eat, in the time between her larva form's birth and her imago form's death. Her Monarch profile doesn't mention anything about her feeding habits nor whether she's a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Whilst her stinger and weaponized forelimbs are indicative of a predator, Word of God says these traits are purely defensive.
  • Breakout Character: Godzilla & King Ghidorah may be the star hero and villain of King of the Monsters, but Mothra instantly resonated with fans and cast alike. Many of the cast have gone on record admitting she became their favorite character by the end.
  • Breath Weapon: Her web attacks are fired from her mandibles.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The pacifistic, healing Gentle Girl to Godzilla's grumpy, belligerent Brooding Boy.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Mothra managed to lay an egg before Ghidorah killed her, allowing her to be reborn again.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: You can typically tell what Mothra's current mood is based on what color her bioluminescence is glowing. This is best exemplified during the opening scene after she hatches from her egg. After one of the guards stupidly shoots her, her bioluminescence glows a bright fiery red as she angrily webs up the human guards. After Emma activates the ORCA, Mothra calms down and her bioluminescence immediately switches to a much softer and more peaceful blue.
  • Composite Character:
    • Her base color scheme seems to greatly resemble that of the Showa Mothra. When her bioluminescence mixes in she seems to take on a look very similar to Rainbow Mothra or Armor Mothra. Her threat display against Ghidorah has her wings briefly change color to resemble Battra's colors, and her bladed limbs and upright stance in larval form seem to be references to him as well. Her light powers resemble the Heisei Mothra's dozen beam attacks, and the hidden stinger in her abdomen references the GMK Mothra. Her role in the Final Battle at Boston also resembles that of the Final Wars Mothra, since they both aid a Godzilla in fighting against a Ghidorah and his sidekick, defeat said sidekick, and use a fiery move as their final heroic acts in their respective battles. Just like the Anime Mothra, she can also manifest in visions to guide her allies (Madison in the novelization of King of the Monsters and Godzilla in the Dominion graphic novel).
    • Her role in the story of sacrificing herself to give a dying Godzilla a massive power boost brings to mind Fire Rodan in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
  • Doing In the Wizard: This incarnation somewhat gets the fantasy-to-scifi type, as she's portrayed as a prehistoric species, with her relationship to Godzilla being suggested to be an interspecies symbiosis and her magic light-rays being reinterpreted as bioluminescence. Her status as a supernatural goddess is still a case of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane though, with the Chen family's Psychic Link to her and uncanny history of producing identical twin girls adding credibility to the magic explanation.
  • The Dreaded: As with every discovered Titan, Monarch agents follow protocols to either contain or terminate Mothra after she has hatched from her egg. Emma Russell knows that any of those ideas is a bad idea.
  • Dynamic Entry: She makes one in the Final Battle at Boston, bursting from the stormy sky in a flash of colors and immediately catching Ghidorah off-guard from behind with her Projectile Webbing.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears in a cave painting in The Stinger of Kong: Skull Island, setting up her debut in King of the Monsters.
  • Fisher King: The temple where her egg has been residing for 10,000 years is notably teeming with plant and insect life, hinting at her status as the most benevolent and life-aligned Titan. Her cocoon's hatching and later her arrival at Castle Bravo are signified by her dispersing King Ghidorah's rainstorms to leave the skies clear again, signifying both her continued defiance of Ghidorah's rule and her aim of restoring the natural balance which Ghidorah is actively destroying.
  • Foil:
    • To Rodan. Rodan fights for the strongest side, and is associated with the color red, flames, and demons. Mothra is a benevolent, loyal being associated with the color blue and is often considered a goddess by those who worshipped her. Also, Rodan is an avian while Mothra is an insect Titan.
    • And to King Ghidorah. They're both intelligent, sentient, and powerful airborne Titans with high-pitched wailing vocalizations, they both influence the weather with their presence (Mothra clears up Ghidorah's stormy weather when her cocoon hatches, whereas Ghidorah creates catastrophic tempests), and both of them have certain natural ways of cheating certain death (Healing Factor for Ghidorah, plus his severed left head's decayed remains retain at least some of his consciousness, Born-Again Immortality for Mothra). Though that's about where their direct similarities end and give way to contrasts. Ghidorah is reptilian and Mothra insectoid. Mothra has a culture of human worshippers who've survived in some form to the present day, whereas Ghidorah is the Unperson. Mothra is very benevolent towards other life including humans, whereas Ghidorah is a Sadist Omnicidal Maniac. Life and hope are drawn to Mothra, whereas Ghidorah brings as much death and destruction as he can. Mothra produces mainly teal-colored lights and has multiple colors, whereas Ghidorah solely produces yellow-colored light and has yellow and gold colors. Mothra is initially reborn in a rainforest in the northern hemisphere whereas Ghidorah reawakens in Antarctica. One has a symbiotic relationship and possible genuine emotional connection to Godzilla, while the other is Godzilla's Arch-Enemy. One barely defeated Rodan while the other more or less Curb-Stomped him. Mothra possesses her allies (Godzilla) via symbiosis and common goals, whereas Ghidorah possesses his (Rodan and the awakened Titans) through domination. Even the elements they're meant to represent are opposites.
  • Fragile Speedster: Played With. In her imago form, she's an agile and graceful combatant who uses Hit-and-Run Tactics on Ghidorah.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Certainly Played With. She's no pushover but she is the most benevolent of the Titans, and she attracts all manner of life to her — vegetation, insects — which would normally flee from any other Titan. She also goes out of her way to avoid killing other life such as when she was provoked into attacking Monarch's containment team and subdued them without killing a single one.
  • Genetic Memory: When asked about Mothra's reincarnation process, Mike Dougherty commented on Twitter that "her memories are passed on genetically."
  • Gentle Giant: We see her gingerly moving close to Madison and allows her to touch her. She was also docile and curious after hatching until some genius decided to shoot the 30-foot tall caterpillar. Even then, she primarily only lashes out with her silk rather than more destructive means.
  • Giant Flyer: Goes with being a moth-like Titan.
  • Go Through Me: As Ghidorah bears down on an injured Godzilla, Mothra, battered and weakened from her fight with Rodan, puts herself between them. Even though she can barely muster the strength to take flight, she readily sacrifices herself to save Godzilla.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Mothra is arguably the most docile and benign of the Titans, but she will not hesitate in showing her enemies why she is called the "Queen of the Monsters".
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: She has smooth-edged, sail-like wings, emphasizing her benevolent personality; compared to the more beastly-looking leathery wings of Rodan and Ghidorah respectively.
  • Healing Hands: More like Healing Wings, but when Godzilla is heavily injured, Mothra crawls on top of him and her wings glow seemingly healing him, beginning his transformation into Burning Godzilla, and stopping his meltdown.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Is seemingly killed making a last-ditch attack on Ghidorah to try and rescue the downed Godzilla. Her sacrifice allows Godzilla to absorb her energy and transform into his Burning form. (Fortunately, the credits confirm that she is still alive, albeit having reverted back to an egg/reincarnated as per the older films).
  • The Heroine: Alongside Godzilla himself, Mothra qualifies for this trope too. She only becomes aggressive because someone had the bright idea to shoot her right after she hatched, and even then, she only trapped some of them in silk without killing them. Afterward, she's the only one of the Titans who is in no way responsible for lost human lives. She also had Undying Loyalty towards Godzilla, to the point she works with humans to help him. Fulfilling the morality portion of this trope is when she refuses to kill Rodan, merely maiming him enough to take him out of the fight.
  • The High Queen: Mothra is Godzilla's counterpart, the Queen to his King. The two species have some sort of symbiotic relationship where she is able to sense him, she comes to his aid in battling Ghidorah, etc. She's also the only Titan we see who is not put under Ghidorah's sway (aside from Kong). It's hinted at early on as upon hearing the Alpha Frequency, she responds not with intimidation or submission but curiosity.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: In her imago form, she at first uses this approach when engaging Ghidorah in Boston, though it's implied she might've gotten more physical if Rodan hadn't intervened and forced her into a more direct one-on-one with him. She shows she's very much capable of brawling, however.
  • Hope Bringer: She's the one who proves that Godzilla is still alive, and humanity has a chance at killing Ghidorah with Godzilla's aid. Her arrival later turns the tide against Ghidorah, only for Rodan to be called in to oppose her.
  • It Can Think: Heavily implied when she heads to Castle Bravo. It seems like she came there so that the humans will tune into her and Godzilla's bio-acoustic communication and pick up Godzilla's vocalizations, thereby alerting the humans that Godzilla is still alive and they can help him — furthermore, it's implied in the film (and confirmed in the novelization) that she actually deliberately leads the Monarch submarine to the entrance to the Hollow Earth so they can reach Godzilla. This all implies that Mothra is actually smart enough to not only recognize Monarch as allies of Godzilla but that they can help him. This is the closest (At least before Kong) that any Titan has come to actively communicating with humanity. Which, given the Chen twins are the analog to Mothra's shobijin and seem to have a telepathic connection to her, she may actually be genuinely capable of.
  • Lady of War: Everything about her, in contrast to the other kaiju, even Godzilla, is presented as beautiful, calming, and elegant. When she first appears, her wings unfurl smoothly. When she flies, her wings move gracefully. Even her roar is beautiful, almost like singing rather than the rough roars of the other kaiju. And as mentioned above, she's a badass queen. She's notably an Alpha Titan, meaning she's in the same tier of power as Godzilla and Kong.
  • Leitmotif: A serene, exotic, and powerful score representing serenity, majesty, and the return of hope.
  • Light 'em Up: Her thorax produces beta-wave bioluminescence that can be weaponized through the markings on her wings.
  • Light Is Good: Like Godzilla but unlike Rodan and Ghidorah, her cave painting is pure white. The major difference being that she has numerous humans worshipping her, implying she is benevolent or at the very least non-aggressive. Her viral marketing profile also heavily associates her with light.
  • Light Liege, Dark Defender: Inverted—she and Godzilla are in the perfect position to be this, Mothra being the wise but delicate high queen who is literally associated with light and Godzilla being the Grumpy Old Man earth guardian, but she consistently seems to be the one trying to protect him, up to the point of self-sacrifice.
  • Living Mood Ring: You can typically tell what Mothra's current mood is based on what color her bioluminescence is glowing. This is best exemplified during the opening scene after she hatches from her egg. When she becomes agitated by Monarch attempting to use a containment field that kills several insects, her formerly bluish-white bioluminescence changes color to a bright fiery red. After Emma activates the ORCA, Mothra calms down and her bioluminescence immediately switches to a much softer and more peaceful blue.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: Played With. She's a front-line combatant like Godzilla but doesn't have a high level of Super Toughness when it comes to sustaining damage and is more of a Fragile Speedster.
  • Mama Bear: Played With in her first scene, where she doesn't react positively when Monarch's containment field fries a bunch of (normal-sized) flying insects in her temple.
  • Martial Pacifist: Mothra is by far the most gentle of the Titans and is described as pacifistic. However, it's clear she is no pushover in a fight. This is made most clear when she chooses to wound and immobilize Rodan instead of killing him as he was forced to attack her by Ghidorah. However, Mothra is entirely willing to help Godzilla kill Ghidorah, because he's an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Master of Your Domain: The novelization confirms the film's suggestion that it's no coincidence Mothra's cocoon hatches at the onset of King Ghidorah's takeover: her metamorphosis speeds up because she senses what Ghidorah has started doing to the world.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While the Titans are worshiped as deities, there's ambiguity as to whether Mothra is, like them, simply a huge and powerful ancient animal worshiped as a deity or a genuinely supernatural goddess. She has a strange, seemingly supernatural connection to a family line who has an abnormal number of identical twins and according to Mike Dougherty has the classic Mothra's Born-Again Immortality. While subtly implied in the movie, the novelization outright draws attention to how unlikely it is for her to hatch at the exact time she did, and implies that Mothra somehow foresaw what was about to happen and her hatching was anything but a coincidence.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: She metamorphoses from a gigantic grub, into an even-larger moth who's capable of producing God Rays and beating back Ghidorah's storms. It's slightly discussed by the Monarch brass early in the film via Pupating Peril.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Aside from her moth-like body, this version also comes with two pairs of mantis-like raptorial forelimbs and a wasp's stinger.
  • Moth Menace: Although she is one of the more benevolent Titans, Mothra is still a very dangerous adversary to those she perceives as her enemies.
  • Mother Nature: Implied. Godzilla Dominion and the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization reveal that she has a frankly preternatural awareness of the very planet's natural processes and balance and also how the world started as a ball of molten rock, in addition to her Fisher King points and highly benevolent personality.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: As an insect, it makes sense for Mothra to have six limbs, though her first and second pair are scythe-like raptorial limbs reminiscent of the MUTOs', while her hind legs have two toes.
  • Not Afraid to Die: She displays this attitude when she performs her Heroic Sacrifice, and Word of God confirms she has no fear of death because she's aware of her Born-Again Immortality.
  • Not Enough to Bury: In King of the Monsters, she gets vaporized by all three of Ghidorah's gravity beams, leaving nothing of her body but raining radioactive ashes.
  • Not Quite Dead: Implied in The Stinger. As is typical of her portrayals, the death of one Mothra seems to trigger the discovery/awakening of a Mothra egg. Mike Dougherty confirmed on Twitter that Mothra reincarnates following her death.
  • The Omniscient: In King of the Monsters, Mothra seems to sense inside her pupa when King Ghidorah has begun wreaking global destruction, even before Ghidorah's storms form above the rainforest (something which gets explicit attention drawn to it in the novelization), prompting her metamorphosis to speed up. Godzilla Dominion and the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization indicate that Mothra, true to past incarnations being a goddess of nature and the Earth, perceives and is aware of the Earth's entire history and the movements and harmonies (or disharmonies) of the planet's very elements, and that she passed this omniscient awareness onto Godzilla permanently when she empowered him with her Heroic Sacrifice:
    "They were not the same recollections as those he had experienced himself; there were no colors or remembered shapes or even places, but instead a deep certainty. As his senses stretched to encompass the wind that blew from the heart of the planet and encircled the world above to meet the winds from the sun, as he could feel the slow rivers of molten rock flowing, colliding, swallowing land, giving birth to it, the cycle of hot rise and cold fall in the waters, the pumping heart of the oceans, everything that was now, so too did he feel what was, when the surface of the earth was liquid rock, when waters came, when ice covered everything, when the green life came and clawed its way onto bare rock. When many of his kind lived, fighting always, and the New Ones came to try to claim dominance."
  • Our Angels Are Different: Monarch's website describes her as being like an angel and Word of God confirms that this is the effect they were going for. This helps her further contrast with Rodan, who is viewed in-universe as a demon.
  • Physical God: She is worshiped as a benevolent goddess by numerous civilizations, including Skull Island, China's Yunnan Province, and Birth Island in Indonesia. In the novelization, Madison almost dies after her house collapses onto her, but has a vision of Mothra that revives her.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Comparably speaking. She's the smallest of the kaiju in terms of overall mass (her wings making up most of it), but she's so powerful she can shatter the sky with her God Rays and is referred to as the "Queen of the Monsters". She demonstrates this in the film by actually defeating Rodan. She also shows enough physical strength to slam the much larger and heavier kaiju into the ground. She's classified as an Alpha Titan, meaning despite her size, she's one of the most powerful Titans on Earth.
  • Power Glows: When using her God Rays, the normally red patterns on her wings turn blue and emit powerful light.
  • Pretty Butterflies: She's a beautiful and graceful lepidopteran Titan.
  • Projectile Webbing: She has a silk attack for restraining opponents like previous incarnations, though it works differently to older iterations as it's a quick short-ranged blast that pins them to the ground (similar to Spider-Man's webbing) rather than a long-range cocooning spray (similar to a String Shot move in Pokemon). Also unlike all previous versions of her, she keeps the ability to do it in her Imago form.
  • Pupating Peril: Played With. Ilene Chen and Rick Stanton debate what'll happen after Mothra cocoons herself once she reaches her imago form, more specifically whether or not the imago Mothra will be meaner. Fortunately, it turns out she's tougher but she's not malevolent.
  • Rays from Heaven: Mothra weaponizes them as her God Beams.
  • Red Baron: The "Queen of the Monsters" and the "Giver of Life".
  • Red Is Violent:
    • When she lashes out at the Monarch team monitoring her after hatching, her bioluminescence is an angry red that turns blue when the ORCA calms her.
    • When using her threat display against Ghidorah, desperately trying to keep him from killing Godzilla.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As an Alpha Titan and the "Queen of the Monsters", Mothra is incredibly loyal to Godzilla and joins her king in protecting the Earth from Ghidorah.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Her egg was found in an ancient temple high in the mountains in Yunnan province, China, and it's been displaying an ever-increasing heartbeat.
  • Seers: Inverted. Godzilla Dominion and the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization reveal Mothra has an instinctive awareness of the Earth's history as far back as when it was a molten ball of rock; a time when Mothra likely hadn't come into existence as a physical creature yet.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Beautiful, delicate looking, and graceful, but can be one heck of a fighter in actual combat. Best shown when she straight up impales Rodan.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her forelimbs resemble those of a mantis, blade-like in shape and function, as Rodan finds out during their fight.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Interestingly, she is the only Titan onscreen who has never tried to kill a human. Even when humans attack her, she chooses to trap them in her webbing. This even saves the lives of some Monarch soldiers at the facility housing her when it is attacked by Alan Jonah, who kills the others. She's willing to help Godzilla kill Ghidorah, but this is portrayed as an acceptable exception to the rule considering Ghidorah's nature; by contrast, she merely wounds Rodan during their fight.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Godzilla. She does not betray him when he's bested by Ghidorah, and even gives her life to protect him.
  • Walking Techbane: Downplayed, but when she emerges from her cocoon, she causes floodlights to explode, and she might've also caused the Monarch makeshift camp's power fluctuations.
  • Weather Manipulation: She disperses Ghidorah's storm over the Yunnan Rainforest, leaving the sky clear again, right before emerging from her cocoon. And she does it again when she arrives at Castle Bravo.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: She beats back Ghidorah's storm at Castle Bravo with powerful gusts of wind, seemingly generated from her wings.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: According to Mike Dougherty, Burning Godzilla is part of her and Godzilla's symbiotic power and Godzilla needs her to achieve it. It's unclear if Mothra can power Godzilla up into Burning Godzilla without dying, however.

"For the Beast that comes up out of the Abyss will make war with them, and overcome them... and kill them."

Portrayed By: Jason Liles (Motion Capture)

Appears In: Kong: Skull Island (cameo) | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Species: Giant flying reptile | "Titanus Rodan"

A massive, aerial kaiju resembling a mix of a bird and a Pteranodon, found by Monarch hibernating inside the vent of the volcano El Nido del Demonio (translates to "The Demon's Nest") in the Mexican island of Isla de Mara. Local legends refer to him as a demon of fire, and his common name is recorded in the temples of volcanically active regions. He possesses a magma-based internal combustion system coupled with geothermal armor that enables him to survive the super-high temperatures of his magma-filled resting place, whilst his vast wingspan is enough to create sonic thunderclaps that could level entire cities if he ever takes flight.

  • Adaptational Badass: Unlike the clumsy Rodan of old who perished within the caldera of an active volcano, this incarnation of Rodan is not only larger and more powerful but is partially composed of magma. While he's lost some of his fantastic top speed, Rodan is far more agile and graceful in flight, easily destroying an entire squadron of jet fighters without suffering a scratch. This Rodan destroys a city by flying over it, turning buildings to rubble and flinging vehicles and people high into the air — previous versions, while capable of this same tactic, was never shown to have caused nearly so much devastation without aid from allied kaiju or another of his own species. He also fares better in combat than the Heisei and Millennium Rodans by a large margin.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Zig-Zagged between this and Adaptational Villainy. While Rodan was the villain of his debut film, he was subject to a bit of Characterization Marches On thereafter; some versions of the character were displayed as either Godzilla's next best friend after Anguirus or an adoptive brother, and thusly relatively harmless towards humans. Rodan also despised King Ghidorah's evil in the Showa movies and actively helped to beat him numerous times. Here, Rodan is shown to be far more aggressive and territorial, actively trying to kill several humans seemingly in retaliation for shooting at him (even though they didn't actually do any harm to him). At the same time, he tries to fight against Ghidorah but ends up being defeated, and when Ghidorah takes control of the Titans, Rodan is seen bowing to him. Later, he serves as Ghidorah's figurative and literal wingman against Godzilla and Mothra in Washington D.C. and Boston, even after the ORCA signal disrupts Ghidorah's control of the other Titans; it's left ambiguous if this is just malice or he's still under mind control. Also, the epilogue mentions him nesting in a volcano on an island to the north of Fiji and even becomes a tourist attraction, seemingly at the behest of Godzilla. He's also more pragmatic than he was in previous outings, and not the Determinator he used to be.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Previous incarnations always depicted Rodan as some variation of a Pteranodon. Here, he is hinted to predate not only the Pteranodon genus but the entire pterosaur order.
  • Age Lift: Judging by The Stinger of Kong: Skull Island, Rodan is a lot older than his Toho counterparts.
  • Alien Blood: When Mothra stabs him with her stinger, magma can be seen oozing out of his sternum. Special features on the King of the Monsters Blu-Ray confirm that Rodan has literal magma for blood as one of the physical adaptations that allow him to survive while sleeping inside an active volcano.
  • All Flyers Are Birds: Subverted. Monarch has an ancient artistic impression of him that depicts him with feathers and a distinctly birdlike tail; however, despite having some birdlike features (for instance, a very eagle-like head and raptorial talons, neither of which are features of any known pterosaur) and a distinctly bird-like call, he evidently lacks any plumage and has some clearly reptilian qualities, including leathery hide and teeth. The characters call him bird-like nicknames for simplicity's sake.
  • All Myths Are True: Possibly. Besides his namesake influence on the local lore, Master Sergeant Nez thinks when she sees a video feed of Rodan that he's the Rock Monster Eagle, Tsé nináhálééh of Navajo lore.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: After decimating Monarch's Air Force squadron, he gets quickly overwhelmed by Ghidorah.
  • Appease the Volcano God: Implied on the Monarch website; when traces of human blood are found in a cave painting of Rodan, Dr. Chen posits this as a possible reason for it.
  • Badass Normal: Relatively speaking. Rodan is able to at least put up a bit of a fight with King Ghidorah and nearly beat Mothra, but he's the only one of the four main kaiju in the movie to not be an Alpha Titan.
  • Berserk Button: Firing a bunch of missiles at Rodan is more than enough to get him riled up.
  • Big Entrance: Twice. The first one is on Isla de Mara when he climbs out of his volcano with a fiery explosion and the second one is when he uses Ghidorah's storm to ambush Mothra in Boston.
  • Breath Weapon: Some of the cave paintings seem to depict him firing a beam from his mouth. In the film proper, he does not — although he appears to be spitting fireballs from his mouth in one camera shot in the Washington D.C. scene, Word of God confirmed that it's just an optical illusion from seeing him and the flame plumes from afar.
  • Brutal Bird of Prey: His design is mostly based on birds, and he's shown to be one of the most aggressive and destructive kaiju.
  • Composite Character:
    • He's scaled like the Heisei Rodan in overall size (though far, far heavier), along with the fire powers of Fire Rodan. Rodan also lives in a volcano just like the original Showa Rodans, and his face is modeled closer to the Final Wars Rodan, as are his clawed wing fingers.
    • His role in the story as Ghidorah's dragon who battles Mothra brings to mind Gigan, Ghidorah's old sidekick.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: He has a shrill, grating, scream-like roar.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He ends up on both sides of one during his introductory scene as he has little trouble taking out the entire squadron of Monarch's fighter jet escort only to then be taken out just as easily himself by Ghidorah.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While he loses fairly easy to King Ghidorah, he still manages to last several minutes in a one on one fight with him and gets some good hits in.
  • Death Glare: He narrows his eyes in a clearly malicious It Can Think when one of the Gold Squadron jets flies away from beside his head. Cue the Spectacular Spinning.
  • Dirty Coward: Averted. Unlike Ghidorah's usual sidekick Gigan, Rodan is no chicken. He only served Ghidorah after the dragon beat him in a fair fight. He even challenges Godzilla at the end, although he backs down after Godzilla gives him a stern glare.
  • The Dragon: After being defeated by Ghidorah, Rodan submits to him and becomes his vanguard, accompanying him to Washington DC and then to the Final Battle at Boston, and fighting on Ghidorah's behalf against Monarch's aerial forces and Mothra respectively.
  • The Dreaded: Rodan is not called the "Fire Demon" for being a gentle giant. He sends every human on Isla de Mara packing shortly after bursting forth from his volcano.
  • Drunken Boxing: Andrew Honacker, the Third Floor supervisor compares Rodan's combat style to a "drunk brawler". His aggressive behavior in the movie in general, seems to be rather similar to a drunken fool who's wanting to start a fight in a bar. Michael Dougherty has even stated in the audio commentary that he will fight anyone big or small.
  • Dynamic Entry: He makes his entry at the Boston battle when Mothra is dive-bombing towards Ghidorah, flying under the cover of Ghidorah's storm beside her and blindsiding her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears in a cave painting in The Stinger of Kong: Skull Island, setting up his debut in King of the Monsters.
  • Elemental Armor: Possesses a coat of volcanic rock that serves as armored plating for his wings and well as his entire body. In fact, his armor is so durable he's even survived being submerged in water.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mothra, who backs Godzilla up in the final battle.
  • Fearless Fool: Rather downplayed in this case. He shows visible shock upon seeing Ghidorah but instead of retreating, he unhesitatingly challenges the all-powerful dragon. He does hold him off for a while but unfortunately loses, and becomes Ghidorah's vanguard once the latter usurps Godzilla as the new reigning alpha.
  • Feathered Fiend: Subverted. He is modeled visually after birds but is much moreseo a version of a pterosaur, flying vertebrates that don't possess feathers of any sort; his design doesn't even have feathers, instead showing fiery embers underneath them.
  • Fisher King: The island he inhabits has a reddish-orange sky, and his forced awakening triggers a volcanic eruption from his mere emergence, hinting at his Hot-Blooded temperament when he's provoked to fighting and the overall indications that he's one of the more destructive and less benevolent Titans.
  • Fragile Speedster: Implied. He's quite fast and ferocious, but he notably relies on a limited hit-and-run when fighting Ghidorah, and when he fights Mothra, he's taken out of the fight when Mothra lands a single impalement with her stinger.
  • Furry Reminder: Rodan, who looks partially like a bird, seems to be trying to eat Mothra, who is a giant insect, at the tail end of their fight.
  • Giant Flyer: He's a humongous pterosaur-like creature.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: He has pterosaur-like Hot Wings that look shredded at the edges due to his Volcanic Veins: a malevolent and non-comforting image compared to Mothra's wings, but still not as outright evil as Ghidorah's bat-like wings, fitting with Rodan's moral alignment.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: When Rodan first meets Ghidorah, he attacks. After Ghidorah defeats him and (with an unwitting assist from the US Navy) Godzilla, becoming king of the monsters, Rodan starts following him. In the end, when Godzilla overthrows the three-headed dragon, he bows and swears allegiance to Godzilla.
  • Hell Is That Noise: His cries are a terrifying and very grating sound on the ears, sounding like a shrill scream.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Actually has an "Oh, Crap!" moment upon flying into Ghidorah's storm, implying that even he's afraid of the three-headed dragon. Though this doesn't stop him from challenging him.
  • Hot-Blooded: Figuratively and literally — he's an aggressively territorial and combatively merciless entity, whose blood is comparable to liquid magma.
  • Hot Wings: His wings are constantly smoldering with fiery embers. Also, literally, as surrounding a foe with his wings and immolating them is one of his strongest attacks.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the climax, Mothra stabs him straight through the shoulder and out his back with her stinger, severely injuring him and taking him out of the battle, though he survives.
  • Inertial Impalement: He suffers a non-fatal version when, mid-lunge while he's trying to kill Mothra, her stinger impales him through the shoulder — the wound instantly brings their fight to an end.
  • It Can Think: Rodan's expressionism is amazing. Upon waking up, he clearly looks confused with the new surroundings, before getting angry due to being attacked by the military. He also shows a smug look before he does the barrel-roll and an Oh, Crap! face when Ghidorah arrives.
  • Jagged Mouth: The "teeth" within his beak seem to look more like spiked protrusions jutting out of his jaws, while the previous incarnations were toothy birds.
  • Jerkass: While not evil like Ghidorah, he is not very pleasant to anyone or anything in the film and is positioned directly opposite Mothra as Ghidorah's Dragon.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Initially tries to threaten Godzilla, but after a very pointed glare, backs down and becomes the first to bow to the reinstated king.
  • Leitmotif: Rodan's theme. A bombastic and heart-pounding song with tribal drums and discordant trumpets highlighting the chaotic and destructive nature of the Titan.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's been described as an a-bomb with wings as his flight speed is practically around supersonic speeds, and has the power to eradicate towns from the force of his wings that'll stir up a tidal wave of wind behind him. He's also made a sport out of the fighter jets that were "trying" to hold him off. At one point, Rodan decimated a group of jets by sweeping his wings above them so fast, that he created a visible sonic boom as well. He's no stranger to physical battles as he even gave King Ghidorah a bit of trouble and had Mothra on the ropes to the point of nearly killing her.
  • Magma Man: In this incarnation, Rodan is a pterosaur-like beast whose skin is augmented by an outer layer of volcanic sediment. He's found sleeping in an active volcano, submerged in the magma. He is also able to generate heat and fire from his body as a weapon.
  • Milking the Monster: The King of the Monsters Creative Closing Credits state that tourists are flocking to Mount Fuji to see him after he's calmed down under Godzilla's command and taken up residence there.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Just as Mothra is primarily based on a moth but also incorporates some traits from other insects, Rodan is primarily based on a Pteranodon but also incorporates some traits from modern-day birds of prey (such as the shorter, sharper beak and talon feet of a modern-day eagle or hawk).
  • Mugging the Monster: Monarch provokes him into chasing them with missile fire to draw him away from Isla de Mara after realizing Ghidorah plans to fight him. While it works, Rodan makes them pay dearly for it, fighting off and killing the entire squadron of fighter pilots accompanying the Argo.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ancient local legends in Mexico call him the "Fire Demon", and he's quite an aggressive and territorial Magma Man Titan who destroys an entire town without even trying. The "Demon" part becomes all the more appropriate once he becomes the vanguard to Ghidorah (the Devil).
  • Near-Villain Victory: During his fight with Mothra, Rodan appeared to be winning, evident by Mothra's more apparent injuries. What he didn't account for was Mothra's stinger.
  • Not Quite Dead: He falls to the ground after getting impaled by Mothra's stinger. After Godzilla disposes of his sworn enemy he got up like nothing happened although he still has the stab wound in his sternum. In the novel, the characters outright believed she'd killed him.
  • Oh, Crap!: He visibly freaks when he looks up from pursuing the Argo and senses Ghidorah is straight ahead through the storm, pulling back. It still doesn't stop him from trying to fight Ghidorah off by himself.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Ancient denizens viewed him as one, with his Red Baron being the "Fire Demon". His dark and fiery appearance, destructive behavior, and leathery wings don't help his case, nor does his place opposite the angelic Mothra.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Played With. He gets Curb-Stomped by Ghidorah shortly after he made his introduction; by comparison, he does better when fighting Mothra at the Final Battle, but still gets taken out of the fight via a somewhat comical Inertial Impalement. He could likely be a credible badass antagonist who could cause mass destruction to humans on his own and make them work to do much more than keep him distracted (he gives Lauren Griffin quite an aerial challenge at Washington D.C. in the King of the Monsters novelization), but he's very much overshadowed throughout the film by Godzilla and Ghidorah. It's implied he's an exceptionally powerful Titan, he just has the misfortune of going up against multiple Alpha Titans.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Word of God describes him as an 'A-bomb with wings' and viral marketing describes him as being able to level a city with sonic thunderclaps. This is shown when he levels a city just by flying over it. In the novelization, this is expanded upon even further, as he is able to somehow cause volcanoes to erupt just by flying over them.
  • Physical God: Promotional material indicates that he's worshipped as a god of destruction and fire, showing a mural of him using blood as pigment, with Dr. Graham speculating that it was meant as an offering to ensure his benevolence.
  • Ptero Soarer: Gargantuan size aside, Rodan more closely resembles a plucked eagle than an actual pterosaur, from the bipedality to the erroneous membranes. However, it's probable that he isn't an actual pterosaur.
  • Reconstruction: Whereas his previous incarnations have suffered from Badass Decay throughout the years, this Rodan takes the concept of his original 1956 incarnation and makes various design changes to make him more believable. He has much larger wings that can carry his weight in the air, a bio-volcanic physiology with magma blood and darkened, charred skin, eagle-like talons that he can use for attacking in mid-flight, and high spatial awareness that would be expected of a vicious flying monster. Also, he's clearly A Lighter Shade of Black to Ghidorah, being unpleasant and extremely territorial but not an Omnicidal Maniac, fitting his place as a secondary antagonist in the film.
  • Red Baron: Rodan is referred to in myths as the "Fire Demon" and the "One Born of Fire." His other titles include "the King of the Skies" and "A Titan of Winged Fury."
  • Red Is Violent: He's depicted as red-tinted (there are certain shots that suggest his body actually is red, but the lighting can make him appear darker in complexion), and he's Hot-Blooded and inflicts destruction ferociously when he's provoked.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The sky is ominously reddish-orange during his first appearance, reflecting his extreme power as a force of nature and his wrathful personality.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Although he's not at all an Alpha Titan, Rodan is called the King of the Skies as one of his Red Barons, and he doesn't mind getting his beak and talons dirty in defence of his territory or in service to his Alpha.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Monarch built a containment facility around the mouth of a dormant volcano on Isla de Mara in Mexico.
  • Spin Attack: At the end of his aerial battle with Monarch's Gold Squadron, Rodan finishes all the remaining jets off by performing an aileron roll, swatting them out of the sky with his wings and body.
  • Spin-Offspring: More in spirit than anything, but Word of God has it that Rodan's depiction here was inspired by seeing the two original Rodans from the character's 1956 debut film perish in a volcano together, suggesting the possibility that maybe the original Rodan and his mate laid an egg in a volcano somewhere before they died.
    Dougherty: The idea was, what if those two Rodans actually did successfully lay an egg in some volcano and over thousands of years, the creature hatched and somehow adapted to living in a volcano.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Some of his lower-pitched vocalizations are notably the same as the MUTOs'.
  • To Serve Man: He tries to eat a fighter jet, and devours the unfortunate pilot when they eject.
  • Token Evil Teammate: By far the least concerned with human life. While Godzilla does his best to avoid unnecessary loss and Mothra is a Gentle Giant, Rodan destroys a city just by soaring over it, crushes fighter jets in his claws, and rips through a few more by swiping its wings. He was also considered a god of destruction and even a demon by ancient humans.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He starts out as one of the most destructive Titans and has no explicit loyalties, eats a pilot trying to escape him, and has to receive a Death Glare from Godzilla before bowing to him. That said, it's later revealed he's now nesting in a volcano near of Fiji and that many spectators are traveling to see him, implying that he's calmed down since his awakening and is no longer a threat to humans.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Godzilla frees him from Ghidorah's dictatorship, Rodan tries picking another fight but this time with Godzilla. But then seeing he would also have no chance against Godzilla in battle along with an angry snarl, Rodan rescinds and instead bows to him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Rodan can basically reduce an entire town to rubble with no effort, can easily dispatch jets as mere fragile toys, and when it comes to him against other Titans he's fierce and is always on the offense, he even managed to actually outmaneuver and dive-bomb King Ghidorah in mid-flight in a brief scuffle. During his battle with Mothra, he was (almost) winning the duel thanks to his pyrokinetic abilities. If he wasn't so destructively careless and malicious in killing her he wouldn't have been stung by her stinger.
  • Volcanic Veins: Played With. His Hot Wings look like they have glowing orange veins running through them near the edges which leak out magma when he takes flight, and they probably actually do consider his part-magma biology.
  • Volumetric Mouth: If you look closely during his clash with Ghidorah, you can see that Rodan's mouth can stretch open to almost 90 degrees.
  • Walking Wasteland: He levels cities by flying over them at supersonic speeds, and the novelization reveals that he can cause volcanoes to erupt.
  • Wild Card: He switches allegiances at least twice in the movie (fighting against Ghidorah, then serving under him after being beaten, before eventually submitting to Godzilla after the latter defeats Ghidorah). Interpretation varies whether his fluid loyalties is due to him being a cowardly starscream bootlicking on whoever is the "Alpha" Titan, a minion who's Loyal to the Position, or an ally of Godzilla's who was brainwashed/enslaved by Ghidorah when the latter usurps the position from Godzilla.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: A big case, like his previous incarnations. When he takes flight after awakening, he causes supersonic winds beneath his wings which level an entire town and instantly hurl people and buses into the air like autumn leaves, more or less just by flying overhead.
  • The Worf Effect: Inverted. He's established as a living cataclysm in his Big Entrance, leveling cities just by flying and easily demolishing the air force bombers. Then Ghidorah who made his own Big Entrance in an earlier scene shows up.
  • Wreathed in Flames: He appears to be constantly smoldering, leaving a trail of embers wherever he goes.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow eyes, which is a huge contrast to his charred volcanic skin and they highlight his mischievously vile expressions that bring out more of his Hot-Blooded attitude.

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    "Adam" aka Dagon or Raijin

Appears In: Godzilla (fossil) | Godzilla: Aftershock (tie-in comic)

Species: Giant prehistoric amphibious reptile | "Titanus Gojira"

"No. This one's much older."
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

A dead, fossilized member of Godzilla's species found in 1999 after a mining company stumbles upon it, Adam was presumably killed by MUTO in ancient times as his remains are where the spores of the MUTO pair we see in the movie were found. Aftershock reveals he was killed by the MUTO Prime.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Even in death his fossil is massive - not surprisingly, given he's a member of Godzilla's species.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Godzilla: Aftershock indicates he experienced this when he died from the MUTO eggs inside him.
  • The Cameo: We see him at the start in the cavern and later as a skeletal diagram when Ford is having Godzilla and the MUTOs explained to him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The ancient Phoenician texts imply the MUTO Prime downed it pretty quickly.
  • Disney Death: Subverted. As described in the Phoenician tablets, the ancient humans who witnessed his fateful battle with the MUTO Prime believed him to be dead when he was left inert after losing the battle, until he awoke and returned to the sea, not unlike Godzilla's Disney Death at the end of Godzilla (2014). Except Dagon had been implanted with MUTO eggs by the Prime, which eventually killed their host afterwards.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Subverted. While presumably as tough as the one we see alive, Adam was killed by the MUTO Prime thousands of years ago.
  • Kaiju: Adam/Dagon is a member of the same species of giant reptile as Godzilla.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Likely named Adam as a nod to him being the oldest known member of Godzilla's species.
    • The ancient Phoenicians called him "Dagon", an ancient sea god. The ancient Japanese called him "Raijin", a god of lightning.
  • Posthumous Character: He is one of several members of Godzilla's species slain by the MUTO Prime and has been dead for thousands of years before the movie began, but his remains contain the MUTO spores that kickstart the plot.
  • Red Baron: In Godzilla: Aftershock, the ancient Phoenicians also refer to Dagon/Raijin as the Stirrer of the Abyss and Lord of Lightning.
  • Ribcage Ridge: His gigantic rib-cage forms this in the Distant Prologue, and serves as the audience's first glimpse into the MonsterVerse's world of primeval, long-forgotten Kaiju who are now emerging into humanity's world.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Adam/Dagon is as dead as dead gets, but uncovering his remains is what exposes the MUTO spores to air and causes the male to dig its way to the Janjira power plant in Japan.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: While blood relation is highly debatable, it's hard to differentiate him and Godzilla.


Appears In: Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic)

Species: "Titanus Amhuluk"

One of the off-screen Titans awakened by King Ghidorah, Amhuluk is a swamp creature that was sleeping under the Manpupuner Rock Formations in Russia. After Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah, Amhuluk attempted to take over Behemoth's territory in the Amazon before being driven off by Godzilla.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He seems to lack any ranged attack, instead using brute force to defeat his opponents.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: One of numerous Titans mentioned by name in King of the Monsters, but his physical appearance wasn't revealed until the comic Godzilla Dominion.
  • Extra Eyes: He has two prominent eyes, with eight smaller eyes surrounding them.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Despite completely dominating Behemoth in battle, Amhuluk quickly yields when Godzilla decides to intervene.
  • Mind over Matter: It is revealed by Drew Johnson that Amhuluk is just a head and spine that constructed a body out of old vegetation and plant matter.
  • Overly Long Tongue: He has a long tongue tipped with a barbed spike that almost constantly protudes from his opened mouth.
  • Plant Person: Most of his body is composed of dead vegetation, logs, branches, and moss.
  • Power Glows: His eyes glow bright orange and there is a glowing blue light in the back of his mouth.
  • Red Baron: In Godzilla Dominion he is referred to as the Inundator ("inundate" meaning to flood or overflow).
  • Rubber Man: He can stretch his forelimbs to great length.
  • The Usurper: His attempt to take the Amazon Rainforest away from Behemoth by force is foiled by Godzilla.

A Titan with close ties to Godzilla. The skeletal remains of one were seen in Godzilla's home.
  • The Cameo: Director Mike Dougherty confirmed via Twitter, that the remains of an Anguirus were inside the temple that housed Godzilla, teasing a future appearance.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Since Legendary didn't actually have the rights to use Anguirus, having a Freeze-Frame Bonus of a skeleton which "might or might not be Anguirus" was the best they could do.
  • Mythology Gag: The remains of an Anguirus in Godzilla's home show that the two species lived together, a reference to how the two usually have a close friendship in the Showa-era Toho films.


Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic)

Species: "Titanus Behemoth"

Behemoth is a lumbering, furry, mammalian creature with enormous curved tusks, looking something like a hybrid between a quadrupedal tusked ground sloth and a woolly mammoth with a short trunk. He is contained in Brazil but breaks free when Ghidorah instigates a mass awakening. The novelization also refers to him as "Mapinguary", after a Brazilian cryptid.

  • Bottomless Bladder: Like Mothra, he's never observed feeding nor are his feeding habits mentioned in his Monarch profile.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's described as "bio-seismic" and can create seismic impacts using his tusks.
  • Fertile Feet: Is said to have restored the growth of plant life in its wake, due to its radioactive emissions stimulating their growth.
  • Gentle Giant: When not controlled by Ghidorah, Behemoth is benign and classified as a 'Protector' by Monarch. He's also gigantic as his name would suggest.
  • Honorable Elephant: Played with: he is portrayed as destructive under Ghidorah's command, but later proves to be a docile and beneficial creature once Godzilla takes charge. His actual profile reveals his normal behavior is benevolent.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Combines features of a mammoth, a sloth, an ape, and a tapir.
  • Planimal: Subverted. He's not particularly made of floral matter himself but his large tusks are covered in algae and dangling vines. On the other hand, his radiation is able to create an overgrowth of plants within his presence.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: His core body with a fist-walking gait and large claws is based on a giant ground sloth.
  • The Worf Effect: Poor Behemoth had one of his powerful tusks broken off in a skirmish with Amhuluk in Godzilla Dominion. Fortunately, Godzilla arrived to aid the weakened Behemoth and quickly forced the aggressive Amhuluk to retreat.
  • Wolverine Claws: Aside from knuckle-walking he possesses large claws that can be useful for combat.


Appears In: Kingdom Kong (tie-in comic)

Species: "Titanus Camazotz"

A bat-like Titan. He never appears in any of the films, but he is mentioned in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong novelizations and fought Kong in the Kingdom Kong tie-in comic.

  • Arc Villain: He is the main antagonist of Kingdom Kong.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Camazotz is a giant demonic-looking bat-like Titan from the depths of the Earth, and invokes every bit of his namesake for this trope of the "Mayan Death Bat God".
  • Bat Scare: Camazotz is a giant bat-like Titan, and he invokes it by commanding an army of smaller versions of his species!
  • Big Entrance: His awakening on Skull Island is signaled by a sonic scream from deep in the Vile Vortex that is heard all over Skull Island, followed by earthquake-level tremors and Skull Island's storm system closing in over the sky before Camazotz explodes out of the earth dramatically.
  • Casting a Shadow: Word of God states that if "Rodan is fire, King Ghidorah is lightning, Mothra is light, & Godzilla is atomic power, then Camazotz is darkness itself".
  • Dragon Ascendant: When he first emerged in 2019, he was doing King Ghidorah's bidding alongside the other Titans. When he reemerges two years later, he's looking to usurp Kong's kingdom for himself.
  • The Dreaded: Audrey Burns has PTSD from her first encounter with Camazotz and is still terrified of him, and Dr. Brooks has a grave Oh, Crap! when he realizes he's unwittingly reawakened the Dark Titan. The Iwi were apparently also terrified of him long ago, and left hieroglyphs referring to him as a warning for others.
  • Dug Too Deep: Played With in his case. He emerges from Skull Island's Vile Vortex when Monarch detonates charges to open the vortex, but it's ambiguous whether they sped up Camazotz's emergence or his emergence was imminent anyway with Ghidorah's remnant storm almost upon the island.
  • Ear Notch: The horn variation — his left horn is broken.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Although this trope can apply to every Titan, Camazotz gets bonus points for apparently wilfully and resourcefully taking advantage of an extraterrestrial Titan's leftover superstorm to suits his own ends before he'd even fully awoken, and also for the Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane points below.
  • Energy Ring Attack: His sonic screech is drawn this way.
  • Giant Flyer: He is a massive bat-like Titan.
  • Good Lips, Evil Jaws: In stark contrast to Kong, he has lipless jaws baring monstrous, giant fangs.
  • Homefield Advantage: During his fight with Kong, he takes full advantage of being a Giant Flyer fighting a versatile but ultimately land-bound Titan who doesn't really have anything his size to swing off of, and it's when Kong has Camazotz on the ground that the latter is in trouble.
  • Hostile Terraforming: Dr. Brooks theorizes that Camazotz engulfs Skull Island in a Perpetual Storm — an alteration to the climate which eventually wipes out the Iwi, and dooms the island's entire existing ecosystem to rot and perish in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization — because he can't stand sunlight and needs The Night That Never Ends before emerging to claim his new kingdom.
  • Large and in Charge: He commands massive swarms of smaller versions of himself.
  • Logical Weakness: Since he's developed super-sensitive hearing to navigate in darkness and make up for lost eyesight, Camazotz can be disoriented by something like, say, the sonic scream of a Raptor jet flying right by his head.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Camazotz's sonic screech is powerful enough to shatter buildings and disorient the senses of other Titans.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is Captain Burns just suffering from PTSD, or does Camazotz have Psychic Powers like Mothra which Burns has become sensitive to following her traumatic first encounter with him; when she has night terrors, and when she has hallucinations of her comatose friend and Camazotz's jaws. Even when Burns is on the brink of despair while watching Camazotz fight Kong, one has to wonder if Camazotz's powers are trying to weaken his human foe's resolve to fight him. Most of all, it seems quite curious that Tam, who was rendered comatose after barely surviving Camazotz in 2019, came out of her coma right after Kong defeated Camazotz for good two years later.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Combines features of a vampire bat and some kind of devil.
  • Named After Someone Famous: Camazotz is named after and inspired by the Mayan "Death Bat God".
  • The Night That Never Ends: He seeks to inflict this on Skull Island as a necessity, by drawing Ghidorah's leftover Perpetual Storm into the island's storm barrier and permanently darkening the island's skies with a Perpetual Storm. And he succeeds in making it permanent.
  • Prehensile Tail: He uses his tail to grab Kong's wrist during their fight.
  • Prophet Eyes: He appears to be missing one eye, but the other one is milky white and blind.
  • Red Baron: The Iwi called him the King of the Deep and Eternal Enemy of the Sun, he's called the Eternal Bat in an Ancient Guarani prophecy, and his Monarch profile briefly refers to him as the Dark Titan.
  • Satanic Archetype: He has horns and bat-wings, he's associated with darkness, he emerges from the Hollow Earth (i.e. the underworld) commanding a legion of smaller minions (demons) who are similar to him in image, and he does battle with the reigning benevolent god seeking to usurp said god's kingdom for his own and reshape the kingdom in his own image.
  • Shout-Out: To Bagorah from the Dark Horse Godzilla comics and the Giant Bat from Godzilla: The Series.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In the MonsterVerse at large, anyway. It turns out due to Brooks digging too deep into Skull Island that it was all due to Camazotz that Skull Island was overrun with the storm and almost all the Iwi killed.
  • Villainous Legacy: Although Kong defeats him and throws him back into the Hollow Earth, the Perpetual Storm remains permanently anchored over Skull Island after Camazotz merged Ghidorah's superstorm with the island's storm barrier. This makes Camazotz responsible for the destruction of Skull Island's entire ecosystem in Godzilla vs. Kong, which leads to Monarch needing to move Kong off Skull Island and find a new home for him in that story.
  • Weakened by the Light: He can't stand sunlight, so he needs to create The Night That Never Ends before he can emerge on Skull Island. Even during Ghidorah's global Titan-rampage, he was only observed out at night.
  • Weather Manipulation: He draws the perpetual superstorm left by Ghidorah away from its original position anchored above the Pacific Ocean and into Skull Island's storm barrier, creating a Fujiwara effect. What's more, he started doing this before he was even awake.
  • Zerg Rush: His swarm's primary strategy in overwhelming his enemies.

    Genitor (Name Pending)

Appears In: Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic)

A Sub-Titan briefly encountered in Godzilla Dominion It took up residence in the wreck of Godzilla's old home near the Hollow Earth.

  • Hive Mind: All the tiny versions are an extension of its body.
  • Large and in Charge: It commands a huge school of smaller versions of itself.
  • Mook Maker: Not only creates but has a hive mind of its smaller versions.
  • Sea Monster: A Dunkleosteus kaiju.
  • Zerg Rush: Its school's primary strategy during their encounter with Godzilla.

    Godzilla's Rival

Appears In: Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic)

Species: Giant prehistoric ape | "Titanus Kong"

A member of Kong's species who once fought and drove Godzilla out from one of his old lairs. He was eventually killed by Tiamat.

  • Dead to Begin With: He was nothing but bones by the time Godzilla makes Tiamat submit to him.
  • Killer Gorilla: He was aggressive and powerful enough to defeat and drive Godzilla out from his old lair.


Species: "Titanus Leviathan"

One of the off-screen Titans awakened by King Ghidorah, Leviathan was contained in Loch Ness, Scotland.


Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Species: "Titanus Methuselah"

Methuselah is a gigantic quadrupedal creature with a dinosaur-like head, bull-like horns, and a mountain on its back. He is slumbering in Munich, Germany, but awakens when Ghidorah instigates a mass awakening. In the novelization, it's stated that he destroyed a village on the site in the Middle Ages before falling asleep.

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: The novelization mentions an old legend which, if true, indicates he flattened an entire village when he entered hibernation centuries ago.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In his profile, Methuselah is called "Archie" by some of the Monarch workers, which is likely because of how he once isolated himself as an island in a Canadian archipelago.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His profile notes that while he lacks elemental abilities, he makes up for it with sheer bulk and physical strength.
  • Gentle Giant: His profile classifies him as a Protector and actually seems to be protective towards humans in a manner similar to Mothra and Kong when not under Ghidorah's control.
  • A Load of Bull: Methuselah vaguely resembles a giant bull with a mountain on its back.
  • Monster-Shaped Mountain: Methuselah fits the bill rather perfectly, bonus points on how his back looks like one when he's underground.
  • Mythology Gag: Methuselah, by comparison, is an obvious homage to Anguirus, a quadrupedal spiky armored dinosaur kaiju who was often considered Godzilla's best friend in Toho's films.
  • Planimal: He's a living mountainous monster that has vegetation that grew out of his back when he was dormant.
  • Prophet Eyes: While emerging out the ground, his blank beady eyes can be seen, and seem to be glowing ominously.
  • Rock Monster: He is made almost entirely out of rock.
  • That's No Moon!: Methuselah appears to the naked eye to simply be a forested mountain when dormant. Then he starts moving.


Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (novelization)

Species: "Titanus Mokele-Mbembe"

A minor Titan who appears in the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, resembling an earless reptilian elephant with a long tail, crocodilian fangs, and a single horn. He is contained under Jebel Barkal in Sudan but breaks free when Ghidorah instigates a mass awakening.

  • Cruel Elephant: He is a Titan described as resembling a reptilian elephant with no ears, downward-curved tusks, and a long horn. When Ghidorah became the Alpha, Mokele-Mbembe is anything but a gentle giant.
  • In-Series Nickname: The Monarch workers assigned to him sometimes call him M&M.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He is described as having a crocodilian mouth with thousands of fanged teeth.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: He is described as having many reptile-like features, but with an elephant-like face and trunk.
  • Mythical Motifs: While named after a sauropod-like cryptid, his design seems to invoke the Grootslang, a half-elephant, half-serpent creature from African legend.
  • Power Glows: The horn protruding from his head pulses a very faint green light.
  • Tail Slap: Mokele-Mbembe's tail takes up two-thirds of his body length and is a devastating weapon — slicing clean through a pyramid.
  • To Serve Man: He eats Keller before Nez and the other Jebel Barkal observation team members can react.

    Na Kika/Kraken

Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (novelization) | Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic) | Godzilla vs. Kong (novelization)

Species: Giant cephalopod "Titanus Na Kika"

A minor Titan who first appears in the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Na Kika (also nicknamed Kraken) resembles a massive cephalopod. She is contained in the Indian Ocean but breaks free when Ghidorah instigates a mass awakening. In Godzilla Dominion and the prologue of the novelization of Godzilla vs. Kong, she is captured by Titan traffickers and rescued by Godzilla.

  • Badass in Distress: A gigantic, city-destroying monster that's injured and captured by black market poachers in Godzilla Dominion, until she's rescued by Godzilla.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: She has dozens of hearts and brains, can shapeshift to the extent she can fake her death, and can rapidly regenerate from injuries. These are all based on the actual abilities of cephalopods but obviously played up in this monster.
  • In-Series Nickname: Officially designated "Titanus Na Kika", the Monarch personnel that kept watch over her called her "Kraken" instead.
  • It Can Think: Na Kika tricks the Monarch outpost monitoring her into thinking she's dead, then cuts off the scientists' means of escape before drowning and devouring them.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: A massive cephalopod monster. Whether she's the actual Kraken is not clear though.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: She was discovered sleeping on a seamount using a long-lost submarine as a pillow.
  • Playing Possum: After being awakened by Ghidorah, she fakes her death to catch the Monarch scientists off-guard and effortlessly break free of its containment unit.
  • Sex Shifter: It's mentioned in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization that she can change sex at will (likely alluding to the fact the mythical Na Kika is male).
  • Tentacled Terror: She's initially named after and likely inspired the Kraken of Norse mythology, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem being included after the section she debuts in.
  • To Serve Man: She drowns and eats the scientists monitoring her.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like regular cephalopods, she can change the texture and color of her body and even her shell.


Appears In: Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic)

Species: "Titanus Scylla"

Scylla is a gigantic cephalopod-like creature with squid-like tentacles, six crab-like legs, and a spiral shell; located in Sedona, Arizona.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Scylla resembles an ammonite with six crab legs, giving her a spider-like appearance.
  • The Dreaded: Scylla's profile explains that she is feared by the ancient cultures that crossed paths with her. Ancient Greeks would do their best to steer clear from her waters, while the Rapa Nui erected the famous Moai statues around the shores of Easter Island as megalithic scarecrows with the hopes that they would deter her.
  • An Ice Person: Implied. A news article shown during the credits says that she is slowing the melting of the ice caps.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Scylla resembles a massive cross between a spider and an ammonite, with six crab-like legs.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: Her profile states Scylla is a scavenger by nature, and consumes Titan carcasses by processing nutrients from them and creates a disgusting bacteria that is capable of poisoning many oceans. Therefore, MONARCH's pathology teams have been ordered to dispose of any newfound corpses of the beasts before she has the opportunity to do so.
  • Mythical Motifs: She was named for the sea monster of Greek mythology, and in the stinger is confirmed to actually be said sea monster.
  • Mythology Gag: Scylla loosely resembles Kumonga, a Giant Spider kaiju from Toho's films, even emerging from the same place Kumonga attacked in Godzilla: Final Wars (Arizona).
  • Poisonous Person: Her physiology produces toxic bacteria as a byproduct of her digestive process, which poisons nearby water sources.
  • Removable Shell: She's able to separate herself from her shell while finding lost pieces of ship wreckage as a new form of protection until she grows a new one.
  • Tentacled Terror: Scylla resembles a gigantic ammonite with crustacean legs, and has tentacles protruding from her head.


Appears In: Godzilla: Awakening (tie-in comic)

Species: Prehistoric supercolonial parasite

The monster that serves as the main antagonist in Godzilla: Awakening.

  • Beware My Stinger Tail: In its dragon-like form, Shinomura's tail ends in a sharp, blade-like protrusion.
  • Canon Foreigner: Much like the MUTOs, it is a reboot monster.
  • Combat Tentacles: Due to its composition, Shinomura is able to grow two tentacles, which it uses on Godzilla on Moansta Island.
  • Energy Absorption: Much like Godzilla, Hokmuto, Femuto, and all the other creatures of its timeline, Shinomura is able to absorb radiation like a sponge.
  • Expy: The monster's design and abilities use elements of Deathla (an unused Kaiju), Hedorah, and Destoroyah and a little bit of Ygramul the Many.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: It has this with Godzilla, lampshaded during the exposition about their backstories: Godzilla retreated to the ocean while Shinomura retreated to a volcanic vent to feed on geothermal radiation following the Permian-Triassic extinction event.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Looks like a giant manta ray.
  • From a Single Cell: Its body is composed of thousands of individual cells that will grow into a new Shinomura if left alone.
  • Giant Flyer: Its main form looks like an enormous arthropod-esque ray that can fly through the air.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It kills one of the crew of the Japanese tanker this way.
  • It Can Think: When a piece of it escapes its tank in Monarch's HQ, it forms a tendril and pulls the same lever on the other side of the glass which the Monarch staff had previously thrown to feed it radiation, enabling it to regrow its massive form.
  • Kill It with Fire: The only way to kill it is to destroy each and every cell, the most effective way? Burn it. The nuke that was used on Godzilla in 1954 was also used to kill what was left of it.
  • Meaningful Name: Is named after Shi No' Mure which literally translates into "swarm of death". This makes sense due to the fact Shinomura is really a conglomerate monster made up of smaller creatures.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Its name literally means 'swarm of death'.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Originally, Shinomura and Godzilla (and for that matter every radiovore) fled deep beneath the earth as the radiation levels receded. It was only after the bombing of Hiroshima that lured Shinomura from its hiding place.
  • Throat Light: Shinomura has a blue glow in its mouth.
  • The Worm That Walks: It consists of a mass of much smaller, single-celled organisms.


Appears In: Godzilla Dominion (tie-in comic)

Species: "Titanus Tiamat"

One of the off-screen Titans awakened by King Ghidorah, Tiamat is a female draconic sea serpent that was sleeping under Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia. After Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah, Tiamat settled in a sea cavern below an atoll once occupied by a member of Kong's species. When Godzilla was looking for a new home, he came to the atoll and defeated her to claim it as his new resting place.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: A variation. Her body is covered in razor-like scales that can inflict deep gashes into Godzilla's thick hide.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: One of numerous Titans mentioned by name in King of the Monsters, but her physical appearance wasn't revealed until the comic Godzilla Dominion.
  • Expy: Essentially a stand-in for Toho's Manda, with some traits of Titanosaurus.
  • Making a Splash: Drew Johnson revealed that she can make large water spouts in the ocean.
  • Mega Maelstrom: Drew Johnson revealed that she can create maelstroms to pull her opponents underwater.
  • Poisonous Person: She can spray toxic vapor from her mouth that can temporarily blind Godzilla.
  • Sea Serpents: Resembles a giant eel-like fish with huge fins. Ironically, she was dormant beneath a mountain hundreds of miles from the ocean.
  • Shout-Out: Tiamat's appearance and abilities greatly resemble that of Nessie from Godzilla: The Series.

Hollow Earth creatures


Appear In: Godzilla vs. Kong

Species: Predatory winged serpents

A species of cobra-like serpentine Sub-Titans with fin-like wings, which inhabit the Hollow Earth.
  • Alien Blood: They have bright-green blood.
  • Bizarre Alien Locomotion: They're giant cobra-like snakes that can fly by using their oversized hoods as wings.
  • Flight: The Warbats are capable of flight using their hood-like wings, which resemble webbed insectoid legs.
  • Fragile Speedster: They can zoom around the HEAV vehicles with no problem. As soon as Kong approached them, they weren't exactly sturdy enough to withstand his overwhelming strength.
  • Good Lips, Evil Jaws: Their jaws are lipless and lined with needle-like fangs, compared to Kong and Godzilla's lipped mouths.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: Kong swings the fresh corpse of one Warbat by its tail to attack the incoming other one.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The first Warbat Kong grabs ahold of gets hurled headfirst onto a sharpened rock, that just so happened to be conviniently placed on the ground.
  • Informed Ability: They can produce and gush out venom within the glands of their hooded wings. Neither of the 2 featured Warbats that fought Kong had the chance to use the venom at all.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: They resemble giant snakes with fin-like wings resembling those of the classic Toho versions of King Ghidorah, as well as Shinomura. They also resemble King Cobra from Godzilla: The Series.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The species may be referred to as Warbat, but by actual appearance, the only bat-like features these guys seem to have are the spiked tipped membranes within their hoods.
  • Off with His Head!: Kong does this to one of the Warbats posthumously and drinks the blood out of their skull.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Giant, fearless predators living inside the Hollow World separate of the Earth's surface, who resemble giant cobras with the spiny hoods acting as wings which enable them to glide. With some human aid, Kong doesn't have much trouble killing two of them when attacked.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: The Warbats are huge winged serpents, described by the official merchandise as being easily capable of ripping through armored vehicles with their fangs, and they're not friendly.
  • Sudden Name Change: They were initially called "Nozuki" before the toyline merchandise changed their name to "Warbat".


Appear In: Godzilla vs. Kong

Species: Predatory bat-like creatures

A species of large bat-like creatures with hooked beaks, which inhabit the Hollow Earth.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Hellhawks mostly resemble bats and even hang from the ceiling, but have the jaws and talons of birds of prey.
  • Brutal Bird of Prey: Leathery wings and lack of feathers aside, Hellhawks mostly resemble birds of prey, and are shown menacing Kong as he traverses the Hollow Earth in the trailers.
  • Giant Flyer: While tiny compared to the likes of Rodan or Mothra, they're still huge by human standards, equal to the size of the largest real-life pterosaurs.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: They have leathery bat-like wings and scaly skin, but beaks and talons resembling those of a bird of prey.
  • Shout-Out: Their name and appearance bring to mind the Fellbeasts from The Lord of the Rings (the ones in the books are explicitly stated to be beaked, featherless beasts, likely meant as an Evil Counterpart to the eagles).
  • Zerg Rush: How they attack Kong and his human companions.

    Rock Critters

Appear In: Godzilla vs. Kong

Species: Giant arthropod-like vertebrates

Large arthropod-like vertebrates that roam the Hollow Earth's rocky lands, camouflaging to avoid predators.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Much larger than any bug, also they might look insect like but are according to the VFX crew they are actually vertebrates and in concept art you can see bones, despite this they're still smaller than most of the other animals in the Hollow Earth.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Their shells have rock-like textures that allow them to blend in their environments to hide from predators.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They have characteristics of spiders, crabs and scorpions, but have bones and are actually vertebrates.
  • No Name Given: Neither the film nor promotional material gives the species a name only referring to them as Rock Critters.

    Scaly Quadrupeds
A Scaly Quadruped feeding on one of the Rock Critters

Appear In: Godzilla vs. Kong

Species: Predatory lizard-like creatures

A large species of lizard-like animals who live in the Hollow Earth's rocky ecosystem, feeding on smaller animals that cross their path.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Implied. The individual seen ambushes one of the scattered Rock Critters and its skin resembles the rocky environment it hunts in.
  • Mighty Glacier: Notably obese lizards who don't seem to move much beyond ambushes.
  • No Name Given: Neither the film nor promotional material gives the species or individual a name, though the fans have nicknamed him "Titanus Doug".
  • Single Specimen Species: Averted. Only one specimen is seen feeding on a Rock Critter, but two more are shown in an overhead shot watching Kong run through Hollow Earth. The novelization also shows several others of the species feeding on Rock Critters.


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