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Ancient and massive creatures who 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 bring 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 giant monsters fight is the series' central premise, no attention is drawn to this in-universe.
  • All Myths Are True: Some of the Titans are clearly 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 Hydra of Greek mythology being inspired by Ghidorah).
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Titans are indicated to function on a pack system, submitting to the most powerful of them as the Alpha. 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, Earth Titans also possess such bizarre biology that it almost justifies the above trope.
  • 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.
  • 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, and Ghidorah, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 because the Titans are fond of millennia-long naps.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Mothra is White, being the kindest, gentlest and most concerned with safeguarding life 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 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).
  • 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.
  • Our Titans Are Different: "Titan" is the official term for them in-universe.
  • 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, but their mere presence can cause massive environmental changes.
  • 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.
  • 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, all Titans cause this wherever they go, restoring entire ecosystems and even creating new ones in the process.
  • 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.

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    Mothra 
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"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

Species: Giant flying insect "Titanus Mosura"


  • 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 not to submit to Ghidorah, and later sacrificing her life to save Godzilla.
  • All Webbed Up: She has a silk attack for restraining opponents, though it works differently to older iterations as it's a quick short ranged blast that pins them to the ground rather than a long-range cocooning spray. Also unlike all previous versions of her, she keeps the ability to do it in her Imago form.
  • 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 Fire 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.
  • Audible Sharpness: Her forelegs make an unsheathing sound when she performs her attack posture.
  • 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bursts from the sky to give Godzilla aid just as he starts to lose against Ghidorah.
  • 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.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: She's a giant moth.
  • Biological Mash Up: Aside from her moth-like body, this version also comes with two pairs of mantis-like scythes and a wasp's stinger.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Makes one via cave painting in the post-credits scene of Skull Island.
  • 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: In terms of color scheme: her base color scheme seems to be like 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.
  • 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 often considered a goddess by those who worshipped her. Also, Rodan is an avian while Mothra is an insect Titan.
  • 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.
  • Genetic Memory: When asked about Mothra's reincarnation process, Mike Dougherty commented on Twitter that "her memories are passed on genetically."
  • 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.
  • 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, begining his transformation into Fire Godzilla, and stopping his meltdown.
  • 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. Afterwards, she's the only one of the Titans who is 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.
  • 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 Fire form. (Fortunately, the credits confirm that she is still alive, albeit having reverted back to an egg/reincarnated as per the older films).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lady of War: Everything about her, in contrast to the other kaiju, even Godzilla, is presented as beautiful and 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.
  • 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 'em Up: Her thorax produces beta-wave bioluminescence that can be weaponized through the markings on her wings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Power Glows: When using her God Rays, the normally red patterns on her wings turn blue and emit a powerful light.
  • Projectile Webbing: She possesses her silk attack like previous incarnations, although she's capable of doing this in her adult stage whereas others could only do this as larvae.
  • Rays from Heaven: Mothra weaponizes them as her God Beams.
  • Red Baron: The "Queen of the Monsters".
  • 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.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her forelimbs resemble those of a mantis, blade-like in shape and function, as Rodan finds out during their fight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: According to Mike Dougherty, Fire 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 Fire Godzilla without dying however.

    Rodan 
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"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"


  • Adaptational Badass: Unlike the somewhat clumsy kaiju of old who perished within the caldera of an active volcano, this incarnation of Rodan is not only larger and more powerful, but appears to be partially composed of magma. In the movie proper, while he loses some of his fantastic top speed, Rodan is far more agile and graceful in flight, easily destroying an entire squadron of jet fighters without 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, were 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 Villainy: This Rodan is clearly more villainous than versions of him from older continuities; whereas older 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 (barring his debut film). Rodan also despised King Ghidorah's evil in the Showa movies and actively helped to beat him numerous times. Here, Rodan actively enjoys attacking and eating humans and fights on Ghidorah's side against Godzilla and Mothra in the climatic battle.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Previous incarnations always depicted Rodan as some variation of a Pteranodon. Here, as a Permian Titan, he would have to predate not only the Pteranodon genus, but the entire pterosaur order.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He might be more of a badass than he used to be, but this version of Rodan isn't nearly as tough as his original incarnation, and he lacks the Determinator tendencies that used to define him.
  • 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.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: After decimating Monarch's Air Force squadron, they lure him towards Ghidorah, who quickly overwhelms him.
  • All Flyers Are Birds: Monarch has an ancient artistic impression of him that depicts him with feathers and a distinctly birdlike tail. Subverted in the film proper, though — while he still retains some birdlike features (for instance, a very eagle-like head and raptorial talons, neither of which are features of any known pterosaur) and has 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 by bird-like nicknames for simplicity's sake.
  • 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.
  • Biological Mashup: 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).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Rodan is forced to become Ghidorah's slave after Godzilla apparently dies and Ghidorah uses his powers to enslave the Kaiju of Earth.
  • Breath Weapon: Some of the cave paintings seem to depict him firing a beam from his mouth. In the film proper, he does not. However, in the scene where he's circling Ghidorah over Washington D.C., he can be seen spitting fireballs from his mouth.
  • The Cameo: Makes one via cave painting in the post-credits scene of Skull Island.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Say what you want about him always switching sides, he did not ally with Ghidorah until he was beaten in submission by the three-headed dragon.
  • The Dragon: After being defeated by Ghidorah, Rodan submits to him and fights on his side in the climax against Godzilla and Mothra. The scene where it's revealed that Ghidorah has become the king of almost all the titans, Rodan is bowing next to him.
  • Elemental Armor: Possesses a coat of volcanic rock that serves as armored plating for his wings.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mothra, who backs Godzilla up in the final battle.
  • Fearless Fool: Rather downplayed in this case, he showed visible shock upon seeing King Ghidorah but instead of retreating, he unhesitatingly challenged the all powerful dragon. He did hold him off for a while but unfortunately lost and became King Ghidorah's henchmen.
  • Feathered Fiend: Subverted. He originally had feathered wings in his concept art, but seeing that he's obviously a pterosaur, flying vertebrates that don't possess feathers of any sort, it's probably why they weren't added to his design and instead received fiery embers underneath them.
  • 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.
  • 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. At the end, when Godzilla overthrows the three-headed dragon, he bows and swears allegiance to Godzilla.
  • 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 Wings: His wings are constantly smouldering with fiery embers.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: It's made clear by the end of the film that Rodan's allegiance is with whoever holds the title of "King of the Monsters". All it takes is Ghidorah defeating Godzilla for Rodan to bow to him and take his side, betraying his former allies. When Godzilla defeats Ghidorah in turn, Rodan is quick to switch sides again.
  • 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.
  • It Can Think: Rodan's expressionism is amazing. Upon waking up, it's easy to see him confused with the new surroundings and the audience and easily see him anger to getting attacked by the military. He also shows a smug look before he does the barrel-roll and an Oh, Crap! face when Ghidorah arrives.
  • Jerkass: While not "evil" like Ghidorah, he is not pleasant to anyone or anything in the film and his fluid allegiances do not leave him with many sympathetic traits.
  • 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.
  • Loyal to the Position: Another way to interpret his Heel–Face Revolving Door.
  • Made a Slave: King Ghidorah defeats him and makes Rodan his servant, forcing him to fight both Mothra and the human armies for Ghidorah's own benefit so that Godzilla may not gain any assistance.
  • 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.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: He's essentially a pterosaur mixed in with an eagle, albeit without fuzz or feathers.
  • 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.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Not so in appearance per se but ancient denizens viewed him as one, with his Red Baron being the "Fire Demon." The Monarch Science profile even classified that his behavior is indeed highly destructive.
  • 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 volcanos 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 erroneaous 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 blood of magma 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. And, while not consciously evil like Ghidorah, he is a genuinely unpleasant creature with highly destructive tendencies, reinforcing his antagonistic nature.
  • Red Baron: Rodan is referred to in myths as the "Fire Demon" and the "One Born of Fire." His other title is "A Titan of Winged Fury."
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Monarch built a containment facility around the mouth of a dormant volcano on Isla de Mara in Mexico.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 preset 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.
  • To Serve Man: He tries to eat a fighter jet and devours the unfortunate pilot when they eject.
  • 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.
  • 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: Rodan's only on the side of whoever holds the title of "King of the Monsters". When Ghidorah usurps that title from Godzilla, Rodan allies himself with him, but changes his tune again when Godzilla takes the title back.
  • The Worf Effect: Is established as a living cataclysm early on, levelling cities just by flying and easily demolishing the air force bombers. Then Ghidorah shows up.
  • Wreathed in Flames: He appears to be constantly smoldering, leaving a trail of embers wherever he goes.

    M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/male_and_female_mutos_9.jpg

Appear In: Godzilla | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Species: Prehistoric parasitoid arthropods

"MUTO: Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. It is, however, no longer terrestrial; it is airborne."
Admiral William Stenz

The MUTOs are a pair of creatures that remained dormant within the fossilized corpse of a Godzillasaur buried within the earth's crust until being accidentally awakened in 1999. There are two of them: a terrestrial female MUTO, and a smaller, winged male MUTO. They feed off of nuclear radiation and upon regaining strength intend to unite and build a nest to rebuild their species. The organization Monarch is responsible for their discovery and has been studying the two creatures.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for the MUTOs when the mother is mourning the death of her babies, especially when we see them meet and the father presents a nuke to the mother and they nuzzle a bit before making the nest. The mother's anguished vocalizations manage to convey the message perfectly.
  • All There in the Script: The script allegedly refers to the male as "Hokmuto" and the female as "Femuto." Hokmuto gets his name from Janjira being located in Hokkaido in an earlier draft, and Femuto gets hers from being a lady monster.
  • Alternate Animal Affection: They nuzzle each other and touch noses, making beeping noises as their eyes flash towards each other.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: The female MUTO cries at the destruction off her offspring... and then sees Ford close by.
  • Anti-Villain: Not really apparent until near the end of the film. Their goal is merely to reunite with one another, have offspring, and ensue the resurgence of their species. Even with the amount of destruction they cause, they are at least sympathetic in this regard. In addition, they usually only cause destruction solely because they're so large and through the movie they act like actual animals.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The female MUTO is too heavily armoured to kill through brute force. Godzilla gets around this by forcing her jaws open and firing a torrent of atomic breath down her throat, disintegrating the MUTO from inside out.
  • Artifact Title: As the giant monsters are referred to as "Titans" as of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), the term MUTO seems to no longer be a catch-all for all monsters in general, and now seems to be specific to this particular species.
  • Battle Couple: In a sense, as they are a mated pair and manage to put up a real fight against Godzilla. One-on-one, they are severely outmatched, although the male one had the advantage of being able to fly. According to the creator commentary, this was an integral part of their design process when making them.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: They are more or less this, though the female is arguably the bigger threat (and literally the bigger monster) as she carries with her thousands of baby monsters and is the most protective of them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: They resemble large insects.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: They are black with glowing red markings.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Though insect-like in morphology, many of the MUTO's features resemble those of reptiles and dinosaurs, making their overall look a strange mixture of vertebrate, arthropod, and even bio-mechanical traits. The most bizarre part has to be them being terrestrial organisms, as they resemble no other creature on earth.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Downplayed. The male has wings and much smaller manipulator arms but is relatively small in size compared to Godzilla, while the female is nearly Godzilla's size, has large manipulator arms and cannot fly. Otherwise, the two are pretty much identical in appearance. This exists in some real-life animals, like spiders.
  • The Cameo: The female's head is being held at Castle Bravo, Monarch's Godzilla monitoring station. A very much alive grey female with more exaggerated head crests (somewhere between the black female and the Prime Muto) is one of the Titans awoken by Ghidorah and later bows to Godzilla once he is recognised as the Alpha.
  • Canon Foreigner: Although Toho's Godzilla franchise features plenty of giant mutant insectoid monsters, the makers of this film decided to introduce the MUTOs as an original set of this sort of creature for Godzilla to fight.
  • Combat Pragmatist: They're not averse to double-teaming Godzilla or biting him and latching on.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The flying one gets impaled on a broken building, while the larger female dies when Godzilla forces her mouth open and fires his atomic breath down her throat before ripping her head off for good measure.
  • Cry Cute: The female MUTO lets out an anguished scream when her eggs are destroyed.
  • Dark Action Girl: The female MUTO is a fierce, villainous Mama Bear and puts up a good fight against Godzilla.
  • Death from Above: The male MUTO employs a hit and run strategy using its wings, and dive-bombs the boat carrying the nuclear bomb the military intended to use to kill him, the female, and Godzilla.
  • Determinator: Angry mama MUTO after realizing Ford destroyed her eggs.
  • The Dreaded: Anytime they showed up, you can bet it was a scary moment. Even when they were just shown on the news, such as the female one running through Vegas, was pretty creepy. Little wonder that the military attempted to use nukes on them, albeit in a rather unconventional way.
  • Dug Too Deep: They were awakened by a mining operation digging into the cavern where they were laying dormant.
  • Edible Ammunition: They feed on radiation and radioactive materials, so to them a nuke is more of a tasty snack than a legitimate threat.
  • Elemental Punch: One of the MUTOs has an ability where it is seen storing glowing energy in its segmented forearm and slamming it into the ground to produce a burst of energy.
  • EMP: They have the ability to emit natural electromagnetic pulses. Indeed, the lights suddenly going out in the area serves as an indirect sign that they are nearby. It also makes it difficult to use many modern weapons against them, as evidenced by the scene where a bunch of fighter jets sent to take one out suddenly shut down and crash into San Francisco Bay.note  Of note, at first it seems the use this accidentally (as it seems more them trying to use the shockwave that accompanies them setting it off), but by the time of the San Francisco, the male MUTO has seemed to learn to use it offensively. According to the novelisation, the actual purpose of the EMP is to disrupt Godzilla's ability to use his atomic breath, which makes sense given that the two species are natural enemies.
  • Energy Absorption: Of the nuclear kind, with the MUTOs seeing nukes as more of a pastry than a weapon of mass destruction. This becomes a problem later when the MUTOs snag a live and ticking nuke under everyone's noses to feed their young.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Both the Male and Female MUTOs genuinely love each other. The mother who mourns her babies at the end is a good example.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When the Monarch team discovers that the two MUTOs have been communicating with each other, Serizawa explains that the female MUTO's egg is currently located at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository — which is not only filled with radioactive waste (which the MUTOs feed on), but also happens be located right outside Las Vegas.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Crossed with Eat Dirt, Cheap, as they consume radioactive material. Even a nuclear bomb is little more than a metallic pastry to them.
  • Eyelights Out: When the male MUTO dies, we get a close up on his eyes to emphasize with this trope that he is dead.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Aside from them literally eating nuclear bombs, Godzilla kills the female MUTO by blasting his Atomic Breath straight down her throat. The military's plan for killing the MUTOs is a variation on this: they know the MUTOs will be attracted to (and can feed on) the radiation of a nuke, but the pure concussive force of the explosion will (hopefully) kill them, rendering their ability to eat radiation irrelevant.
  • Fragile Speedster: The male MUTO, thanks to flight and its relatively small size, is able to employ hit-and-run tactics with Godzilla but goes down instantly when Godzilla manages to get a direct hit in. This complements the MUTOs' separate fighting styles, allowing the two to work together well enough to gain the advantage against Godzilla: While the male distracts Godzilla, it allows the much bigger and stronger female to attack Godzilla from behind. When Godzilla reacts to this and begins to overpower the female, the male flies around and attacks Godzilla again from behind, distracting him and repeating the cycle.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms. Once it's discovered there's more than one, it's turned into a name for their species.
  • Gas Leak Cover-Up: The Janjira incident was caused by the male MUTO burrowing into the plant's core and feeding off the radiation until it grew to maturity. The surrounding area wasn't evacuated due to radiation but to hide the existence of the MUTO's cocoon.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: They shrug off all bullets, tank rounds, and sea-to-ground missiles, though massed rifle fire successfully distracts them more than once.
  • Giant Flyer: The male MUTO has a pair of enormous wings in place of one set of legs.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: They have red glowing slits for eyes, which lack any kind of pupils. They may be heat sensors or compound eyes.
  • Going Critical: The male MUTO played a major role in the Janjira disaster. A possible subversion in this case, because the story of the Janjira reactor going critical was all part of the coverup to hide their existence.
  • Headbutt of Love: Between the male and female MUTOs when they meet up. It's surprisingly adorable.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Have a listen. In context, that's what the female sounds like while building her nest in San Francisco.
  • Humans Are Insects: They are mostly indifferent to humans, although they will brush them away if they start stinging them with gunfire or roast a nest full of MUTO eggs.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The male MUTO's fate. Godzilla hits the male MUTO with a Tail Slap, smashing it into a building and impaling it on the structure.
  • Incest Is Relative: The Male MUTO and Female MUTO are siblings spawned from Jinshin-Mushi, and mate with each other to produce a horde of offspring.
  • Irony: The Male MUTO does all the things Godzilla does in Blue Öyster Cult's song "Godzilla": he pulls some spitting high-tension wires down as he escapes from Janjira, helpless people on a subway train scream as he looks in on them, and he picks up a bus and throws it back down as he obtains a nuke from the military to present to his mate.
  • It Can Think:
    • They hint at it, such as when the female figures out that Brody is what killed her eggs.
    • The female MUTO seems to actively wait for the train carrying the nuclear weapons and ambush them, making use of her natural camouflage.
    • By the point of the San Francisco fight, the MUTOs have learned to weaponize their EMP abilities (before primarily using the shockwave accompanying it to throw soldiers).
  • Kaiju: Two of them.
  • Last of Its Kind: Like Godzilla, they are described as the last of a species that lived when the Earth's surface was still being heavily bombarded by radiation. That said, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters we see another MUTO which resembles the female MUTO, but with a spiker carapace, so it might be a different species.
  • Mama Bear: When the female MUTO realizes her nest has been blown up she immediately ditches the fight with Godzilla, and when she sees Ford nearby she puts two and two together and relentlessly chases him.
  • Meet Cute: Played with to make a Kaiju version. He-MUTO and She-MUTO meet up in San Francisco for the first time, and the male presents the female with a nuclear warhead as a courtship present. They trade it from mouth to mouth like a kiss and nuzzle each other before the female takes the bomb to fuel the nest.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: The female MUTO is stated in Godzilla: Aftershock to be capable of metamorphosing into a MUTO Prime provided she lives long enough and consumes enough radiation.
  • Mighty Glacier: The female, who is terrestrial, is quite slow but is almost as strong as Godzilla himself. This complements the MUTO separate fighting styles, allowing the two to work together well enough to gain the advantage against Godzilla: While the male was distracting Godzilla, it allowed the much bigger and stronger female to attack Godzilla from behind. When Godzilla reacts to this and begins to overpower the female, the male flies around and attacks Godzilla again from behind, distracting him and repeating the cycle.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Critics have most commonly characterized them as a mix between a praying mantis and a pterosaur.
  • Man Bites Man: They both use their jaws occasionally in their fight with Godzilla. The female in particular managed to severely wound him once and toss him to the ground by biting him.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The female MUTO has hundreds of glowing orange eggs in her belly, and lays them when she meets up with the male. Their destruction distracts from their double-teaming of Godzilla.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Averted for the most part, as the two are portrayed as equally dangerous, in different ways. While the female is larger and more powerful, the male can fly, and is far more agile, and it takes the two of them working together to challenge Godzilla.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Both MUTOs possess eight limbs total: the female has four forelegs, two hind legs, and a set of smaller arms, while the male MUTO has two forelegs, two hind legs, a pair of enormous wings, and a set of smaller arms.
  • No Name Given: The MUTOs aren't given specific names, but are just referred to as "the male" and "the female" of their species. The designation of "MUTO" was initially one for all kaiju in this universe, not just this species specifically. In merchandise, the female MUTO was called "Femuto".
  • Non-Indicative Name: The source of a brief joke. M.U.T.O. stands for "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism," but as Stenz points out "it is no longer terrestrial, it is airborne."note 
  • Non-Malicious Monster: They aren't really evil, most of the destruction they cause is just due to them being so large, and through the movie they act like real animals. There are even sympathetic moments with them, such as the loving moment the couple have sharing a nuke, and the mother crying at the destruction of her nest.
  • No-Sell: They are only mildly annoyed by even the heaviest ordnance the military can bring to bear.
  • Not Quite Dead: Twice. The female MUTO was discovered dormant and thought to be dead after being dissected by the military, and the male MUTO was electrocuted after Dr. Serizawa deemed its EMP-pulses making it be too dangerous to be kept alive. However, neither of them are dead either time.
  • Nuclear Nasty: The MUTO are ancient creatures from a time when the world was intensely radioactive, and feed off radioactive material. This presents a problem when they steal a live nuclear warhead and use it in their nest at the heart of San Francisco...
  • Off with His Head!: The female MUTO's fate, after Godzilla fries her neck from the inside with his radioactive breath and rips her head off.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the male MUTO sees Godzilla for the first time in Honolulu, he looks scared and promptly starts to flee.
  • Papa Wolf: The male MUTO is far smaller than Godzilla, yet is willing to dive-bomb the great lizard when he approaches the nest.
  • Personal Space Invader: The male MUTO's tactic against Godzilla was to grab onto him, allowing the female to get an easier hit.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite their viciousness the MUTOs have a surprisingly touching scene when they reunite in San Francisco, where the male MUTO courts the female - using a live atomic bomb as a nuptial gift - and the two prepare to build a nest.
  • Pregnant Badass: The female MUTO was pregnant after meeting with the male, and she's a badass taking on Godzilla before and after laying her eggs.
  • Proportionately Ponderous Parasites: Their life cycle apparently involves multiple larvae infesting a Godzillasaur and pupating inside its body, similar to a Tarantula Hawk and related kinds of wasp. This gives them and Godzilla a pretty good justification for fighting beyond the fact that beating each other senseless while knocking over skyscrapers is just what kaijus do.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: When the female MUTO attacks the USM train carrying nukes, it is set on fire and nearly crushes Ford.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: They are immune to radiation (and feed on it!) but they are actually natural creatures, originally from a time when radiation levels on earth were much higher. I.e. They're not "mutants".
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: They are black with glowing red markings. Possibly subverted with the "Evil" part; see Non-Malicious Monster above.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They have red glowing slits for eyes, which lack any kind of pupils. They may be heat sensors or compound eyes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon witnessing her babies erupt into flames and deducing that a nearby Ford Brody did it, the female MUTO gets pissed off, to say the least. She even starts directly attacking soldiers instead of doing so accidently, and once she sees the killer of her babies again, she is clearly filled with rage.
  • Sculpted Physique: They have a carapace resembling black metal. Gareth Edwards has said that their appearance was in part a Shout-Out to the xenomorphs.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: They were dormant spores attached to Adam's fossil before a mining company stumbled upon them.
  • Shock and Awe: To an extent. The MUTOs are able to emit EMPs thanks to their absorption of radiation. It doesn't directly harm organic creatures, but the force of their footsteps still creates a powerful shockwave of its own that can send humans flying.
  • Shout-Out: The male MUTO looks like Mothra or Battra and fights like Megaguirus.
  • Sinister Scythe: The MUTOs have curved scythe-like legs. However, interestingly, they never use the spiked end, instead resting the leg over the ungulation when stepping or clubbing down.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: With a nuke! This is their spaghetti.
  • Sphere of Destruction: The female MUTO's EMP is spherical according to the news broadcast, with a broad sphere of influence.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Particularly egregious in at least two instances, once when eating the submarine and once when it left a hole in the side of a mountain and was marching on Vegas in broad daylight and no one noticed until looking from the inside of the mountain.
  • Super Strength: The male MUTO was able to drag Godzilla a few hundred feet.
  • Swallowed Whole: The female MUTO does this to a group of soldiers on a pier, and would have done so to Ford as well had Godzilla not force-fed her his Atomic Breath.
  • Time Abyss: The MUTOs eggs laid dormant in a massive skeleton for millions of years.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Relatively speaking. The male MUTO is perhaps 25% the size of the female it mates with. A case of Shown Their Work, given that many arthopods, arachnids and insects display sexual dimorphism in favor of the female (read: the female of the species is normally larger than the male.)
  • Token Heroic Orc: While the last 2 MUTOs (as well as MUTO Prime) opposed Godzilla because of their predatory rivalry with his kind, the new (female) MUTO showed no aggression towards him and bowed, along with the other Titans as an act of acceptance to her new dominant ruler.
  • To Serve Man: While their primary food source is radioactive material, the female MUTO devours a squadron of soldiers positioned on a pier and would have eaten Ford had Godzilla not killed her.
  • Unholy Matrimony: They're not quite evil, but they're still the story's deadly main antagonists and they're a mated pair.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When the female M.U.T.O. finds out that Ford had destroyed her eggs, she goes berserk, rampaging through the city hunting him down, determined to kill him in revenge. To emphasize it a little more, the M.U.T.O.s where simply attacking the humans to get the things they needed for their nest and left them alone otherwise. But when the female M.U.T.O got pissed, she actively attacked and/or slaughtered every living human she saw while hunting Ford down. One hell of a Mama Bear she is.
  • Worm Sign: They make their presence known with an EMP field they emit, causing all electronic devices to fail within their radius.
  • "You!" Exclamation: An unspoken one by the female MUTO after she finds the nest destroyed and Ford crawling nearby.
  • You Killed My Father: The male MUTO is responsible for the deaths of Ford's parents, Sandra and Joe Brody.
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    MUTO Prime/Jinshin-Mushi 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mutoprime001.jpg

Appears In: Godzilla: Aftershock (tie-in comics)

Species: Prehistoric parasitic arthropod "Titanus Jinshin-Mushi"

The monster that serves as the antagonist of the Godzilla: Aftershock graphic novel prequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Known in myth as the "Earthquake Beetle" or "Dragon Beetle", it is the "queen" of all MUTOs, attacking Titans and laying eggs in their bodies, which emerge as a smaller subspecies that in turn will reproduce on their own.


  • Alien Blood: Has teal colored blood come out of its mouth.
  • Ancient Evil: It's ambiguous whether it's the same beast throughout history (see Multiple-Choice Past), but Emma theorises it's brought about multiple MUTO apocalypses in the past, and is now trying to do the same again with Godzilla.
  • Anti-Villain: Just like the MUTOs in the film, the creature may be destructive and antagonistic to Godzilla, but it's simply following its genetic programming in propagating its species the way it does.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Godzilla's species as a whole, as Aftershock shows it had previously killed two Godzilla-type kaiju via implanting its young inside them. It's implied events like this are why Godzilla is the Last of His Kind.
  • Big Bad: Of the Godzilla: Aftershock tie-in comic.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Creates earthquakes through its digging strength.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Injects eggs into unfortunate Titans with ovipositor stingers.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Is the parent of the two MUTOs seen in the film.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: Possesses rigid and hulking forelimbs reminiscent of Orga.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Dagon and at least one other member of Godzilla's species in the past.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: It can emit shrieks that are powerful enough to shatter Godzilla's dorsal plates.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Emma Russell is not sure where exactly Jinshin-Mushi fits into the MUTO life cycle. She theorises that this is either the form the Female MUTO matures into after the birth of its offspring, or that the last survivor of the prior generation of MUTOs morphs into this to ensure the next generation.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Where Hokmuto and Femuto have spiked tips at the top of their legs, MUTO Prime has several spiked crests behind her back to have her stand out from the rest of her kin.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Godzilla eventually kills it by brutally stomping its head in.

Others

    "Adam" aka Dagon or Raijin 
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"No. This one's much older."
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

Appears In: Godzilla (fossil) | Godzilla Aftershock (cave paintings)

A fossil of a dead member of the Godzilla 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. Aftershocks 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.
  • 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 Phoenican texts imply the MUTO Prime downed it pretty quickly.
  • Dead to Begin With: When asked if it's the Godzilla that was bombed in 1954, Serizawa says it's not the same one as the bones are "much older."
  • 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: Godzilla: Awakening refers to Dagon/Raijin as the Stirrer of the Abyss and Lord of Lightning.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Adam/Dagon's 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.

    Anguirus 
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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.

    Behemoth 
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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 "Mapinguari", after a Brazilian cryptid.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Has a mammoth-like appearance but his trunk is almost nonexistent. Either his species evolved that way or he's in a genus of his own.
  • Fertile Feet: Is said to have restored the growth of plant-life in its wake, due to its radioactive emissions stimulating their growth.
  • 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.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Combines features of a mammoth, a sloth, an ape, and a tapir.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: His core body with a fist-walking gait and large claws is based on a giant ground sloth.
  • Wolverine Claws: Aside from knuckle walking he possesses large claws that can be useful for combat.
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    Kraken 
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A minor Titan who appears in the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Kraken resembles a massive cephalopod. It is contained in the Indian Ocean, but breaks free when Ghidorah instigates a mass-awakening.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: It has dozens of hearts and brains, can shapeshift to the extent it can fake its death, and can rapidly regenerate from injuries. These are all based on actual abilities of cephalopods but obviously played up in this monster.
  • It Can Think: Kraken tricks the Monarch outpost monitoring it into thinking it's died, then cuts off the scientists' means of escape before drowning and devouring them.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: It was discovered sleeping on a seamount using a long-lost submarine as a pillow.
  • Playing Possum: After being awakened by Ghidorah, it pretends to have died to catch the Monarch scientists off-guard and effortlessly break free of its containment unit.
  • Tentacled Terror: It's named after and likely inspired the Kraken of Norse mythology, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem being included after the section it debuts in.
  • To Serve Man: It drowns and eats the scientists monitoring it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like regular cephalopods, it can change the texture and color of its body and even its shell.

    Leviathan 
A Titan residing in Loch Ness.
  • Mythology Gag: Though no Concept Art is known, Leviathan was described as looking similar to "Nessie" from the "Godzilla 1998 Animated Series"; given this Titan is found in Loch Ness, this is clearly a Shout-Out.
  • The Unseen: Unlike other minor Titans, Leviathan is only mentioned in passing and no concept art exists for it.

    Methuselah 
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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.
  • A Load of Bull: Methuselah vaguely resembles a gigantic bull with a mountain on its back.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: While emerging out the ground, his blank beady eyes can be seen and seem to be glowing ominously.
  • 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 his back when he was dormant.
  • Rock Monster: Made entirely out of rock.
  • That's No Moon!: Methuselah resembles a mountain when dormant.

    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 in 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.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He is described as having a crocodilian mouth with thousands of fanged teeth.
  • 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.

    Scylla 
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Scylla is a gigantic arthropod-like creature with squid-like tentacles on its mouth, located in Sedona, Arizona.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Scylla vaguely resembles a spider, though with cephalopod-like mouthparts and only six legs.
  • 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.
  • 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, an obscure Giant Spider kaiju from Toho's films.

    Shinomura 
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Appears In: Godzilla: Awakening (tie-in comics)

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 uses elements of Deathla (an unused Kaiju), Hedorah, and Destoroyah and a little bit of Ygramul the Many.
  • 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.
  • 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 make 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.

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