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GLOSSARY ENTRIES A-L

A



AC-3

Category: Mecha

Continuity: "3D"

Description: The AC-3 is a powerful warplane utilized by the Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF), and used to both transport and control Mechagodzilla 3 during the cyborg monster's 2003 and 2004 battles with Godzilla in Tokyo. It's also designed to directly engage dai kaiju itself if necessary.
The full specs on this mecha are unknown, but it was generally piloted by two AMF soldiers, it was quite fast and maneuverable (top speed unknown), and it was equipped with powerful rapid fire laser cannons and an array of computer targeted missiles. Its onboard computer and targeting systems were highly sophisticated.

Significant appearances: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002); Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Adonoa Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 2

Description: Adonoa Island is a small atoll which exists in the Bering Sea, and since it was located near numerous atomic bomb tests in the past, and used as a nuclear waste dump in more recent years, the island appeared completely barren of any life. However, unbeknownst to the human race, two living dinosaur eggs, one a pterodactyl, the other a Godzillasaurus, were hidden in a cavern, and in a state of suspended animation, until revived by the radiation.
The pterodactyl egg hatched first, and the winged reptile mutated into a 70 meter tall flying monster known as Rodan II, and was in his adult stage when first encountered by a human scientific expedition to the island. The Godzillasaurus egg hatched after being brought back to civilization, and the mutated dinosaur within became Baby Godzilla/Little Godzilla/Godzilla Junior.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993); (mentioned only) Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Alpha

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1

[Coming Soon]

Amano Phoenix

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: Amano Shiratori

[Coming Soon]

Anguirus

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: His name is often both spelled and prounounced in American films and literature as "Angorus" and "Angilas"; Anzilla [he was given this moniker in various American press releases of the G-films he appeared in, but never referred to as such in the films themselves, though he was sometimes referred to by this name in the Godzilla fan literature prior to the 1990's, who likely used the aforementioned press references as their source material].

Length: 60 meters

Description: Anguirus is a dinosaur mutation, apparently derived from the Anklyosaurus family, who was apparently created in the same manner as Godzilla, i.e., being one of numerous surviving descendants of dinosaurs who were synthetically created many millenia ago by the advanced genetic engineering techniques of the ancient Muan/Lemurian civilization, and mutated into his current ultra-huge incarnation by atomic bomb tests in the Pacific Ocean. Quadrapedal in stance, Anguirus has a back covered with spikes, two small horns atop his head, sharp tusk-like fangs, and a powerful jaw.

Anguirus was first seen in 1955 on the remote Iwato Island in the Japan Sea, where he was battling a recently revived Godzilla I during the latter’s second appearance. The battle eventually made its way to the Japanese city of Osaka, where Anguirus was seemingly killed in battle by Godzilla. He wasn’t seen again until 1969, where he had inexplicably been brought to the newly founded Monster Island. Having increased in intelligence by this point in time, he became Godzilla’s staunch ally, helping the Kaiju King repulse an attack by King Ghidorah and Gigan in 1972.

In 1974, Anguirus attempted to take on Mechagodzilla I solo when the latter was disguised as the real Godzilla, but he was severely beaten, receiving a broken jaw for his trouble.
By the year 1999, he was confined to the Pacific atoll christianed 'Monster Island' alongside Godzilla and numerous other kaiju still extant on his world during that time via advanced technology, and had thus achieved a sort of fully harmonious relationship with humankind. Nevertheless, at some point during that year, he was forcefully placed under control of the alien Kilaaks during the latter’s attempted conquest of the Earth, and while under Kilaak control, he aided Godzilla in repelling an attack by the Earth military on the aliens' base.
After being freed from Kilaak control by the humans, he joined Godzilla and the rest of Monster Island’s kaiju legion in battle against King Ghidorah, and was of immense assistance in finally destroying the deadly space dragon.

Special powers and abilities: Anguirus is quite agile, able to leap great distances to attack a foe, and he’s an impressively savage fighter. He mainly utilizes his powerful jaws for attacking an opponent, which can exert a vise-like grip.
After his intelligence increased, he perfected a maneuver by which he would leap backwards at a foe and strike them with his spiked back.
Unlike Godzilla and other kaiju, he possesses no beam weapons of any kind.

Significant appearances: Godzilla Raids Again (1955); (presence established on Monster Island in the present) Godzilla’s Revenge (1969); Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972); (briefly) Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974); Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Anti-Godzilla Defense Bureau

Category: Organization

Continuity: "3B"

Alternate names: AGD (the official government acronym for the organization)

Description: The AGD is a military organization created by the Japanese government of timeline "3B" for the specific purpose of opposing any threat to the island nation of that reality stemming from Godzilla, following an attack by the latter kaiju on a plasma-generating plant in Osaka in 1996. The soldiers operating under the AGD are referred to as the 'G-graspers.'
Scientists working for the AGD succeeded in creating an advanced device known as the Dimension Tide in 2001, which was designed to create a miniature point singularity in the immediate vicinity of Godzilla, thereby dimensionally displacing the destructive kaiju from their native Earth. The first attempt at utilizing the device resulted in a misfire that unleashed the deadly giant extradimensional insects known as Meganulon II on Japan, who ultimately formed the ultra-gigantic flying queen insect known as Megaguirus, thus further complicating matters for Japan and the AGD.

After Godzilla destroyed Megaguirus in battle, the G-graspers successfully managed to use the Dimension Tide to warp Godzilla out of their reality. G-grasper commander Kiriko Tsujimori then uncovered the fact that the political head of the AGD was responsible for secretly operating illegal "neutron" energy generating plants in various locations in Japan that ultimately attracted Godzilla's attention in 2001, thus being responsible for the considerable amount of death and property destruction that resulted from the monster's subsequent rampage in search of that energy source. The politician in question ended up on the receiving end of Tsujimori's right hook for his trouble, and what became of the AGD after the public realization of that costly scandal is unknown.

Significant Appearances: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Anti-Megalosaurus Force

Category: Organization

Continuity: "3D"

Alternate names: AMF (the Japanese government's official acronym for this organization)

Description: The AMF is a military unit comprised of highly trained soldiers created by the Japanese government in 1966 for the exclusive purpose of repelling attacks on Japan by dai kaiju. They are trained to operate highly advanced technology that soldiers from more conventional JSDF units do not normally utilize, such as maser weaponry, and are under the direct command of the Prime Minister.
On their first mission, they successfully halted the rampage of the kaiju Gaila in 1966. However, they failed to stop an attack by the much more powerful kaiju Godzilla 5D in 1999. This resulted in the unit constructing the mighty cyborg kaiju Mechagodzilla, which they used to successfully prevent Godzilla from attacking Japan on two subsequent occasions, in 2003 and 2004.

Significant appearances: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002); Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Atragon I (Showa Version)

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1 & possibly "3D"

Alternate names: Atoragon (its Japanese name), Gotengo, Gohten.

[Coming Soon]

Atragon II (Millennium Version)

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1 & possibly "3D"

Alternate names: Atoragon (its Japanese name), Gotengo, Gohten.

[Coming Soon]

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Baby Godzilla I (Heisei Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: Baby, Little Godzilla, Godzilla Junior, Godzilla III.

Height: (as Baby Godzilla) 1.2 meters (as Little Godzilla) approx. 25 meters (as Godzilla Junior) 40 meters (as Godzilla III) 50 meters

Description: Baby Godzilla was discovered as an irradiated Godzillasaurus egg on Adonoa Island in the Bering Sea, and taken back to civilization.
After hatching, the baby Godzillasaurus became quite tame with his human caretakers, including psychic Miki Saegusa. However, his psychic emanations attracted both Godzilla and Rodan to his presence, both of whom were trying to “save” him from human civilization.

After being used in an ultimately unsuccessful plan by G-Force to kill Godzilla, Baby Godzilla ended up leaving with the latter to Birth Island.
There, due to the radiation that revived him in the first place, when he reached his toddler stage, he grew not into a small varient of a Godzillasaurus, but into a smaller, pudgy version of Godzilla, and was renamed Little Godzilla. He was in this stage of growth when Space Godzilla arrived on Birth Island a year later.

After his growth was accelerated to adolescence by absorbing excess radiation in a uranium explosion on Birth Island in 1995, he came to resemble Godzilla much more closely, and was thus renamed Godzilla Junior. In this form, he battled and defeated the aggregate incarnation of Destroyah. Later, however, he was nearly killed in a brutal attack by the far larger final stage of the monster.
After absorbing the radioactive mist left over from the adult Godzilla’s death, the Little G not only recovered from his nigh fatal injuries, but also grew to full adulthood at Godzilla’s original height in 1954.

Special powers and abilities: As Baby Godzilla, he possessed no special powers other than extreme psychic sensitivity.
As Little Godzilla, he could only fire harmless blue energy bubbles.
As Godzilla Junior, he possessed a degree of the adult Godzilla’s physical might, including his atomic breath.
As Godzilla III, he presumably possesses all of Godzilla II’s powers, though possibly still on a reduced scale.

Significant appearances: (as Baby Godzilla) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993); (as Little Godzilla) Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994); (as Godzilla Junior and Godzilla III) Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Baby Godzilla II (American Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: A

Height: 2 meters

Description: The Baby Godzilla’s in continuity A were the deadly infant progeny of Godzilla IV. Standing slightly larger than an adult human male, these creatures somewhat resemble a Velociraptor in both appearance and temperament.

Over 200 of these creatures emerged from eggs laid by Godzilla IV beneath a building in New York City, and within minutes their predatory instincts for food caused them to attack several human beings, including Dr. Nick Tatopolous, who were present in the abandoned building where the eggs were lain, and a few of the aforementioned people were killed in the ensuing melee.
Before the dangerous creatures could get loose in the streets, and thereby posing a threat to every human being in New York City, as well as eventually growing to full size and spawning themselves, the edifice was blown up by the U.S. military, thereby slaying every single one of the creatures, save for one.

Special Powers and Abilities: The infant Godzilla’s possessed far greater than human strength, speed and agility. Their teeth and talons made deadly weapons for killing or maiming prey, and they were presumably amphibious, just as their parent was.
When grown to full size, each of these creatures would have possessed the same abilities as Godzilla IV.

Significant appearances: Godzilla (1998)

Bagan

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2 (or a close alternate reality equivalent)

Height: 150 meters

Description: Bagan is a giant mythological bipedal dragon-like monster who was created by the life force of the Earth itself to defend the many diverse life forms on the planet from any threat to their existence.

Although never actually seen in a G-film, Bagan is included here as the “lost” Godzilla foe since he was supposed to have been brought to the big screen by Toho on more than one occasion. He was originally to have appeared as an enemy of Mothra in the aborted film Mothra vs. Bagan (which was to be released in 1990).
He merits inclusion in this Godzilla glossary since not only was an earlier version of Bagan intended to be pitted against the Big G in the early 80’s, but the newer version finally faced the King of the Monsters in Super Nintendo’s 16-bit video game Super Godzilla (as the most powerful foe that the Big G faced in the course of the game, and who he couldn't defeat without first metamorphosing into his 'Super Godzilla' incarnation).

Special powers and abilities: Other than his power of flight, extremely sharp teeth and talons, and tremendous physical strength, Bagan can utilize the energy culled from the life force of the Earth itself to produce a variety of enormously powerful offensive and defensive weapons. His most common offensive utilization of the biospheric energy of the Earth in battle is a powerful beam of pure elemental energy projected from his nose horn, which manifests as sheer destructive force. Additionally, he can also temporarily form a protective force field of corruscating elemental energy around himself to deflect all manner of weaponry aimed at him. Perhaps his most dangerous offensive weapon is his ability to focus the energy of the planet into a spray of extremely powerful, gigantic diamond-like projectiles composed of solidified energy that can cause a huge swath of destruction before him.

Significant appearances: Super Godzilla video game (1994) [no film appearances]

Baragon I (Showa Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Length: 20 meters

Description: Baragon is a dinosaur mutation that lives primarily underground. The monster is usually quadrapedal in stance, and he possesses a bulldog-like face with two large ear-like frills of skin on each side of his head, and a nose horn which provides illumination as he burrows underground.

Rising from the earth in a remote region of Japan in 1965, the kaiju wreaked much havoc in the surrounding forests until defeated in battle by the Frankenstein monster.
He wasn’t seen again until 1999, when he was a resident of Monster Island who fell under the temporary control of the alien Kilaaks.

Note: Baragon I battled Godzilla and Mothra in the Nintendo video game Godzilla, Monster of Monsters!, appeared in the Nintendo video game Godzilla: War of the Monsters and battled Godzilla again in the Nintendo Game Boy video game Godzilla's Adventure.

Special powers and abilities: Baragon is an excellent leaper, able to jump several hundred meters at a time to attack a foe, and he can use his glowing nose horn for goring. He can burrow underground with great ease, and he can project a ruby-colored heat beam from his mouth to aid him in digging, which he can also utilize as a weapon.

Significant appearances: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965); (briefly) Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Baragon II (Millennium Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: "3C"

Length: 30 meters

Description: The smallest and weakest (though no less implacable) of the guardian Yamato Monsters of this timeline, Baragon is usually quadrapedal in stance, and he possesses a bulldog-like face with two large ear-like frills of skin on each side of his head, his snout is adorned by a nose horn, and his skin is reddish in hue.

Special powers and abilities: Despite his small size for a kaiju, Baragon is a tough fighter, who is very agile and can take great leaps of several hundred meters through the air to attack an opponent, which he will lock onto with his strong jaws and teeth. Though nowhere near as strong as Godzilla, his size and weight still gives him power on a scale well above that of any normal animal on the Earth. He can burrow underground with ease and with great speed, and can use this ability not only to gain the element of surprise against an opponent, but also to create fissures beneath an adversary's feet.

Baragon was one of the three Yamato Monsters created by the benevolent Japanese ancestral spirits under the direction of the island nation's native deities two thousand years ago, where he was buried beneath a parcel of land near modern day Niigata until he was needed against any threat to the island nation. Hence, Baragon is a bio-etheric entity with a permanantly quasi-physical body, though the etheric energy comprising it will be dispersed if he is struck with a sufficiently powerful force.

Baragon finally emerged from underground in the year 2005 to face Godzilla, who was comprised of the combined etheric energies of the embittered spirits of the Japanese people who had died since World War II in this timeline who desired vengeance on their own people, and the Kaiju King was thus driven to destroy all of Japan. Baragon was the first of the Yamato Monsters to face Godzilla, and did so alone, as the other two guardian monsters, Mothra and King Ghidorah, were not to emerge until later. Though he fought valiantly, Baragon was no match for Godzilla, who summarily destroyed the reptilian kaiju with a blast from his "atomic" breath.

Though dispersed, the remainder of Baragon's consciousness later joined with the also dispersed etheric bodies of the other two Yamato Monsters to stun Godzilla long enough for Gen. Teizo Tachibana to destroy the Atomic Titan with a D-3 Missile fired from an undersea vessel.

Significant appearances: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Bat Apes

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Also sometimes referred to as "Bat People."

[Coming Soon]

Black Moth

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

see Kroiga

Black Shark

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1

[Coming Soon]

Barkley, Charles

Category: Character/Kaiju (can be categorized as either, depending upon one's individual perspective)

Continuity: Unknown (if any)

Alternate names: Big Mouth, many others not suitable for print ;)

Height: 45 meters

Description: During one of Godzilla’s routine rampages in Tokyo, the Kaiju King was surprised to be confronted by a nearly equally huge NBA star Charles Barkley, who challenges him to a one-on-one basketball game. Godzilla agreed, only to be defeated by Barkley’s slick moves.
The two then walked off together arm in arm, with Barkley asking the King of the Monsters if he would ever consider wearing shoes.

Special powers and abilities: Charles Barkley possesses awesome strength and speed, all of which he uses to perfection on the basketball court, and he has one hell of a slam dunk.

Significant appearances: "Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley" Nike Shoes commercial (1992)

Baron Garoga

Category: Villian

Continuity: 1

Description: "Baron Garoga" is the malevolent leader of the alien Garogain race who frequently clashed with the super-hero Zone Fighter and his family in 1973, and a few times with Godzilla I, as well. See Garogain.

Battra

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: “Black Mothra.”

Length: (larva) 90 meters (adult wingspan) 180 meters

Description: Battra is a living elemental force created by the life essence of the Earth itself, who, like his counterpart Mothra, appears in two life stages: a giant caterpillar who eventually metamorphoses into a giant moth.

However, Battra, in both stages, looks far more grotesque than the beautiful Mothra, with an almost gargoyle-like countenance added to his lepidopteran appearance.
He appears during times of environmental destruction of the Earth, and will attempt to wipe out the source. Having first appeared on Earth thousands of years ago when the ancient race known as the Cosmos created a weather controlling device that drained the life force of the Earth itself as a power source, Battra nearly wiped them out before being defeated by Mothra.

After reappearing in 1993 with the mission of destroying the environmentally unfriendly human race, he again came to blows with Mothra, and when they battled in their respective adult stages, this time he managed to defeat her. However, when he realized that Godzilla was a greater threat than Mothra (since he had previously battled Godzilla in his larva stage), he teamed up with his former foe to remove Godzilla from Japan. The twin giant moths were successful, but unfortunately, Battra was killed by Godzilla during the climax of the battle.

Special powers and abilities: In larva form, Battra can not only burrow underground and possesses tremendous strength and resilience due in part to his chitinous body armor, but he can also fire destructive purple beams of elemental energy (sometimes referred to as his “prism beams”) from his large nose horn, though he lacks fine control over the beams in this stage.
In his adult ("imago") stage, he can utilize his great wings for flight, and presumably for creating hurricane force winds by flapping them rapidly, as Mothra can. He can still use his prism beams, and he has much greater control over this energy weapon in his adult stage; when combined with Mothra’s poison powder, it creates a weapon capable of felling even Godzilla.
Unlike Mothra, Battra doesn’t seem to have to form a cocoon in order to transform into his adult stage, but appears to automatically metamorphose into that stage within moments of sensing that Mothra had done so.

Biologists have stated that gigantic insects and arachnids are a physiological impossibility, due to the fact that their heavy chitinous exoskeleton would make them unable to move if they were so large, and that the breathing tube common to all such creatures to extract oxygen from the atmosphere would be useless at such a giant size. Thus, it's a possibility that the laws of physics are different in the G-universes than in our own. However, it's also possible that Battra, like Mothra, is exempt from such physiological limitations since he is mystical in nature.

In both stages, Battra is highly telepathic with at least a rudimentary degree of sentience, and was able to communicate with Mothra via psychic communication.

Significant appearances: Godzilla And Mothra: Battle For The Earth (1992)

Biollante

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: Erica Shiragami (the spirit of the woman who was controlling the kaiju’s actions).

Height: (first stage) 85 meters (final stage) 120 meters

Description: Biollante, named after the legendary plant from Norse mythology, was a unique kaiju created through the science of genetic engineering by Dr. Genichiro Shiragami in 1990.
When Dr. Shiragami was given the task of creating a type of plant that can grow in normally inhospitable environments, the scientist genetically spliced one of Godzilla’s radioactive, ultra-regenerative G-cells with a rose plant, and in honor of the memory of his beloved daughter Erica, who was killed a few years earlier by an industrial saboteur’s bomb, he also combined some of her cells into the new life form.
The aforementioned life form escaped from the lab and took root in the water of Ashinoko, growing into an enormous rose-like plant with numerous tendrils, each possessing a maw with razor-sharp teeth, and also having a mouth with equally sharp teeth in her bud.

Apparently controlled in some manner by Erica’s spirit due to the presence of some of her genetic material in the creature, Biollante attempted to halt Godzilla’s entry into Japan, only to be easily defeated by the Kaiju King in her initial stage.
Later re-forming in the middle of Wakasa to challenge Godzilla again, this time Biollante appeared in a much larger form, with a huge head that resembled Godzilla’s own. She proved a more formidable adversary for Godzilla this time around, but it was ultimately the infusion of ANB bacteria in Godzilla’s bloodstream by the military which brought the Big G down during this particular incident.
With Godzilla defeated, Biollante transformed into a collage of spores once more and departed the Earth, leaving a psychic rose in the upper stratosphere.
One of Biollante’s G-cells in outer space later passed through a black hole to a distant area of space, and upon combining with an alien crystalline life form and mutating into an interstellar Godzilla-like form as a result of ingesting cosmic radiation as an energy source, the resulting interstellar spawn returned to menace the Earth several years later as Space Godzilla (see the latter kaiju's own entry).

Special powers and abilities: In her first stage, Biollante was sessile, and used her numerous vines, each equipped with either a fanged maw capable of biting or a spiny projection capable of impaling, to attack her foes. She could also fire acid sap from her vine maws, which had a corrosive effect on anything it was splattered upon.
In her final stage, Biollante was now capable of locomotion (though she moved quite slowly), and she had essentially the same powers as before, albeit to a much greater extent, and her Godzilla-like head was not only able to bite her foes with an extremely strong grip, but could also fire a debilitating spray of paralyzing pollen.

In either form, Biollante was very psychic, and could discorporate into a luminescent shower of pollen, which could form psychic projections (such as the giant rose in space), or carry her consciousness to other locations, including outer space. It's not exactly clear, however, to what degree, if any, Biollante may have possessed sentience, despite evidently being controlled by remnants of Erica Shiragami's consciousness. Nevertheless, the latter may simply have been remnants of her memory traits that resulted from her father imprinting some of her DNA into the plant creature. It's also possible, however, that Erica's discarnate spirit may somehow have resisted passing into an afterlife plane of reality as the result of experiencing a violent, untimely death, as such traumatic events sometimes cause a person's etheric body containing their consciousness to remain bound on the material plane, and these earthbound discarnate human "souls" are commonly referred to as ghosts. Erica's earthbound ghost may then have been able to take "possession" (at least partially, since Biollante was also clearly driven to a certain degree by animalistic instincts) of the growing plant creature by the process sometimes described as "metagenetics," the very hypothetical idea proposed by certain groups of the folkish Asatru religion that purports a hidden relationship between genetics and the various transmigrations of the human soul into incarnate organic bodies on the physical plane.
Biollante appeared to mutate continuously as she absorbed enormous amounts of Godzilla’s oral radiation beam.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

Birth Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 2

Description: Birth Island was originally a lush tropical island off the southern coast of Japan where Godzilla and Baby Godzilla (later Little Godzilla) made their home after both left Japan in 1994.
This island was the staging ground of Operation: T Project, an attempt to gain control of Godzilla through a combination of technology and Miki Saegusa’s telepathic powers, and was also the site of Space Godzilla’s initial landing on Earth, and where the alien kaiju first battled Godzilla and encased Little Godzilla in a crystal prison, a year later.

A year after that, Godzilla’s internal radiation reacted with uranium deposits on the island to trigger a massive explosion which was absorbed by Godzilla and Little Godzilla, making the former go critical and accelerating the latter’s growth into Godzilla Junior. As a result of the explosion, all other life on the island was destroyed, and the atoll was left completely barren.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

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Cosmos

Category: Supporting Characters/Hidden Race (can also be categorized as the former, since the two of them are the last surviving members of one of the latter)

Continuity: 2

Description: The Cosmos are the only survivors of an ancient race of humanoid beings who are native to Earth, and prospered thousands of years ago on the now sunken continent of Mu, or Lemuria, and who are now situated on Infant Island, which exists close to the original location of Mu in the Pacific Ocean.
The miniature, identical twin girls appear to be about 30 cm in height, they are in complete telepathic rapport as they speak in unison, and they are the priestesses of Mothra II, the benevolent kaiju creation and protector of the Earth itself.

In ancient times, the entire race of the Cosmos developed great psychic abilities, particularly the members of the priesthood, and they constructed a highly advanced civilization free of war, poverty and crime, and they had even created a device to control the planet’s weather patterns.
Eventually, a few renegade Cosmosian scientists made the fatal flaw of constructing a device, which enabled them to absorb the life-giving energy of the Earth as a power source for controlling the weather more effectively, and this wreaked havoc on the planet’s environment. The life force of the Earth responded to this by creating the giant “dark” moth known as Battra to destroy the Cosmos race.
Mothra, who was also created by the Earth to protect all life, was convinced by the priesthood to defend the Cosmos race from her dark counterpart. Mothra succeeded in defeating Battra, but not before he destroyed the weather control device, causing a cataclysmic flood that enveloped Infant Island and virtually wiped out the Cosmos.
The two surviving Cosmos, who still dwell on Infant Island, telepathically guide Mothra whenever Mother Earth sees fit to re-create her in times of crisis for the planet, and in 1992, they successfully supervised the heroic giant moth in battling the revived Battra, and in teaming up with her former adversary to defeat Godzilla II when the latter attacked Japan.
Afterwards, they transformed themselves into pure etheric energy and merged with Mothra to guide her in an extended mission in space.

Two years later, the Cosmos sent a telepathic message from deep space to human telepath Miki Saegusa via a Fairy Mothra to warn her of the imminent approach of Space Godzilla.

Significant appearances: Godzilla And Mothra: Battle For The Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994)

Crisis Control Intelligence

Category: Organization

Continuity: "3A"

Alternate names: The official acronym for this organization is CCI.

Description: The Crisis Control Organization was formed at some point in the history of the Earth residing within "continuity 3A" for the purpose of dealing with the damage control required for any major threat facing Japan.

The chief of the CCI in the year 2000 of timeline "3A" was a man named Katagiri, who had an obsession with using the resources of that organization to destroy the Godzilla of that reality. His growing madness ultimately led to his own death, when he irrationally faced down Godzilla while standing eye to eye with the beast atop a skyscraper in Tokyo.

Significant appearances: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

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Dagora

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Dogora (its Japanese name)

[Coming Soon]

Daidako

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Daidako is Japanese for “giant octopus.”

Length: Approx. 20 meters

Description: The daidako is a species of apparently naturally occurring giant octopi which appears to live in the oceans of Godzilla I’s Earth, and are likely to be descendants of a species of enormous, genetically enhanced octopi who were artifically created many millenia ago by the advanced genetic engineering techniques of the ancient Muan civilization who inhabited a now sunken continent in the Pacific Ocean, and who once ruled most of the civilized world (see the Godzilla Event Timeline elsewhere on this site for more info on this); the daidako, who were likely to have been created as a form of bio-weapon, appears to have successfully survived in relatively large numbers and have maintained a viable breeding population on their own once the original Muan civilization's reign came to an end. Several of these creatures live off the shores of Farou Island, and they have the ability to slither on land for limited periods of time.
One appeared in a native village on the latter island in 1962, evidently in order to acquire some of the soma berry juice that was kept there by the natives. Although both the natives and the visiting representatives from Japan’s Pacific Pharmaceutical Company were unable to drive the huge cephalopod away, King Kong soon appeared and easily drove the octopus off.

Two more daidako have been seen in Toho films within Godzilla I’s continuity, one of which was responsible for the giant Frankenstein monster’s apparent demise in 1965, another of which attacked a ship a year later, only to be defeated by the gargantua known as Gaila.

Special powers and abilities: The daidako possesses the same abilities as a normal octopus does, though obviously to a superlative degree, and generally fights by grabbing an opponent or prey with its tentacles. As stated above, the species can come ashore and slither about the land for extended periods of time.

Presumably, they have other abilities that normal octopi possess, such as a beak for biting and paralyzing, suction cups on their tentacles to enable them to grip their prey or opponent more effectively, and the capacity to squirt a jet of concealing ink in the water.

Significant appearances: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962); Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965; Japanese version only); War of the Gargantuas (1966)

Daikondura

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Daikondura is Japanese for “giant condor.”

Wingspan: 35 meters

Description: The giant condor was seen on Letchi Island, and was apparently a mutation which was created as a result of nuclear waste being dumped there by the paramilitary organization known as the Red Bamboo.
The kaiju resembled a real condor of enormous size.
It attacked Godzilla I during his sojourn on the island, and after a brief battle, the Kaiju King brought the giant avian down with a single blast of his atomic breath. The severely scorched creature fell into the water, never to be seen again.

Special powers and abilities: The giant condor had the same abilities as a normal condor, but obviously to a very superlative degree. The bird could fly and would swoop down at an opponent, viciously pecking at its adversary’s face with its beak. Presumably, it could also use its talons as a weapon.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966); (stock footage only) Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

Destroyah

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: Destroyer (a frequent American mis-transliteration of the kaiju’s name).

Height: (1st stage) microscopic (2nd stage) sub-microscopic (3rd stage) 2 meters (aggregate and flying stage) 40 meters (final stage) 140 meters

Description: The kaiju known as Destroyah (or “Destroyer”) was evolved from a plethora of aquatic microscopic organisms that were trapped in the strata of various undersea regions during prehistoric times.
In 1954, the infamous weapon known as the Oxygen Destroyer was used to defeat Godzilla, and it released the mysterious form of destructive energy known as micro-oxygen into the water. Over the course of the next three decades, traces of the micro-oxygen remained in the water, and it both revived and mutated the aforementioned microorganisms. The latter organisms first began feeding upon stratum layers, causing a dangerous landfill collapse outside Tokyo in 1996.
Eventually mutating into a sub-microscopic form that resembled mini-crustaceans, the Destroyah organisms began feeding on living creatures, disintegrating fish in various public aquariums.
Finally, the organisms merged into numerous 2 meter long creatures which looked like fearsome crustaceans that moved about on many limbs (somewhat similar to a crab) and had a second, extendable set of jaws.
After battling a Tokyo SWAT team, and later being attacked by the J.S.D.F., the man-sized Destroyahs merged into a single, gigantic version of themselves, known as its aggregate form, and it also briefly metamorphosed into a flying form. Attacking Tokyo in the latter two forms, Destroyah was defeated in battle with Godzilla Junior.

Metamorphosing into its final stage after fully metabolizing the energy of Godzilla Junior’s atomic breath, Destroyah became a bipedal creature with lizard-like skin, a crustacean face, a very long tail, and large, bat-like wings. Brutally slaughtering Godzilla Junior, Destroyah then battled Godzilla II, who was at the time experiencing a critical internal nuclear meltdown. Unable to continue battling Godzilla due to the latter’s increasingly unstable condition, the injured Destroyah attempted to flee, only to be struck down and destroyed by the J.S.D.F.’s Super X-3 battle machine’s freezing masers.

Special powers and abilities: While in microscopic form, the Destroyah organisms utilize micro-oxygen to disintegrate various types of strata to feed upon organic materials trapped within.

Merging together to form its sub-microscopic form, the Destroyah organisms use their micro-oxygen to disintegrate living aquatic creatures directly, by removing all oxygen from the water in the animals' immediate area.

After merging into their 2-meter forms, the Destroyahs are strong enough to smash through layers of concrete, and they can either fire destructive beams of micro-oxygen directly from their mouths, or inject it into an organism’s bloodstream by piercing its flesh with its second set of jaws, which can be extended about two feet outwards from their maws.

After merging into their 40 meter aggregate form, Destroyah possesses the same abilities as the 2 meter creatures, but obviously to a vastly enhanced degree. There is some evidence to suggest that the multiple aggregate Destroyahs may be mentally linked in some manner, in the fashion of the "hive consciousness" shared by bees and ants, though unlike the latter two species of insect, this sort of biological collective consciousness does not appear to be centered around the general control of a "queen" organism.
The flying Destroyah also appears to possess the identical powers of the aggregate form in addition to its ability to fly.

In its final stage, Destroyah can fly (despite its enormous bulk, presumably by emitting anti-gravitons as a byproduct of its micro-oxygen, with the wings merely being used for steering while in flight). In addition to its vast strength, Destroyah can still fire deadly beams of micro-oxygen, and can also create slashing whips of energy around its tail known as its variable slicer.
In its final form, Destroyah can also disperse itself into several aggregate Destroyahs to attack a foe, then re-combine into its ultimate form. This provides still further evidence that the creature's unique biological nature may be predicated upon a sort of "hive" consciousness of the individual organisms, and the single giant aggregate and final stages of this creature, both the result of several creatures merging to form one, may actually be the embodiment of a single "central consciousness" controlling all of the creatures, much the same as the function of the queen in bee and ant colonies (and also like the queen of the vicious xenomorph extraterrestrials seen in the Alien series of films, to which the Destroyah creatures bear a curious resemblance in certain ways).
Destroyah is vulnerable to temperature extremes, either hot or cold.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Digital BS-Q

Category: Organization

Continuity: "3C"

Description: Digital "BS-Q" was a journalistic/sensationalistic paranormal investigation program that aired on Japanese television in the Toho "3C" timeline by the year 2005. During that year, telejournalist Yuri Tachibana, a member of that organization, distinguished herself by covering the story of Godzilla's return to the island nation for the purpose of exacting revenge on behalf of the embittered ancestral spirits of those who died since World War II in that timeline over 50 years after his initial destructive assault on Tokyo. She also closely documented and reported the attempts of the three Yamato Monsters and her father, Lt. Gen. Teizo Tachibana, to stop the Kaiju King's rampage. Further, Yuri assisted the Yamato Monsters in defeating Godzilla by discovering a piece of an ancient stone tablet where the consciousnesses of numerous benevolent ancestral spirits were entrapped within the stone's mineral substance, and later hurling that tablet into the ocean during Godzilla's underwater battle with King Ghidorah, thus allowing the tri-headed guardian monster to revive by absorbing the etheric energies of the ancestral spirits.
Yuri also conferred with the ghost of an old man who had died during Godzilla's 1954 attack on Japan, the latter of whom was acting as an agent of the Japanese ancestral spirits and deities on the material plane in their endeavors to revive the Yamato Monsters for the purpose of countering Godzilla's coming attack.

Significant appearances: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Dimension Tide

Category: Technology

Continuity: "3B"

Description: The Dimension Tide was a highly advanced technological device designed and created by scientists employed by the Anti Godzilla Defense Bureau (AGD) in 2001 to deal with the menace of Godzilla in continuity "3B" by removing him from their Earth permanently.

This device appeared to work by projecting a beam of immensely powerful energy of unknown composition, which exerted such an enormous amount of gravitational force on a relatively tiny area of concentration that a miniature point singularity (described as a miniature "black hole" by the scientists involved) was temporarily created. This would create a vastly powerful gravitational effect that would suck anything in its immediate vicinity into an artificially generated portal to another reality, thus effectively displacing said objects from their own dimension into another one.
Unbeknowest to the scientists at the time, however, the portal could also be used in an inverse manner, i.e., as a gateway for entities existing in the reality the Dimension Tide opened a portal into to gain access to Earth's reality.

After its initial test, the device ended up accidentally opening up a dimensional gateway for a hostile form of giant insect known as Meganulon II to enter their reality, ultimately resulting in the creation of an immense flying queen insect known as Megaguirus.

After Godzilla slew Megaguirus in combat, the G-graspers, the name given to the soldiers operating under the command of the AGD, managed to utilize the Dimension Tide to apparently successfully displace Godzilla to some other reality.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Drats

Category: Proto-Kaiju

Note: Also spelled/referred to as "dorats" in English G-fan literature. See King Ghidorah II.

Dr. Malik

Category: Character

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Surname sometimes spelled "Malic."

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Dr. Huu

Category: Character

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Sometimes spelled "Dr. Who," which is more or less how "Huu" is pronounced (he is not to be confused with the Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey!).

Description: Though Dr. Huu never appeared in a G-film, since he was part of the Showa Universe I believe he thus deserved honorable inclusion in this glossary.

Dr. Huu was a ruthless and highly dangerous criminal genius, of international renown and notoriety, who made an illicit fortune off of lending his services out to the highest bidder, and he seemed to be most active during the 1960's, though little of his background or past exploits are actually known, other than the fact that he had built up a sizable organization and reputation by the late '60's on Godzilla 1's Earth. He had a huge amount of scientific and technological resources available to him, and his knowledge of this technology was well ahead of that of most conventional scientific and technical institutions of the time. He had a large personal para-militia at his beck and call, and he seemed completely without conscience, as he could be quite sadistic and unhesitatingly homicidal in carrying out his machinations. It's possible that he is a member of the Wold Newton Family of that reality (Chuck Loridans of the MONSTAAH org has suggested that Dr. Huu may have been an alternate identity of the dreaded Dr. Pretorius).
In 1967, Dr. Huu absconded with tech designs from American U.N. representative Carl Majors to create the gigantic simian robot known as Mechani-Kong, modeled after King Kong. He used this robot to mine the rare Element X from the Arctic when his organization was employed by an unknown Asian government to acquire sizable amounts of that substance for them. When Mechani-Kong's systems were adversely affected by exposure to this radioactive substance, Huu had King Kong abducted from Mondo Island to serve this purpose in Mechani-Kong's stead.
Though Dr. Huu came close to succeeding in his mission, even after Kong broke free from his control and he was opposed by Carl Nelson and his crew, Huu was ultimately defeated when the representative of the Asian government he was then employed by, Ms. Pirana, turned on him due to his brutal ways, sacrificing her own life to disable his giant robot.
Dr. Huu was then evidently delivered a gory death when the vengeful King Kong attacked his ship, which was docked off the coast of Japan at the time.
Note: A Wold Newton Universe version of Dr. Huu appeared as an adversary of that reality's second King Kong, as seen in the King Kong animated TV series of the late '60's.

Significiant appearances: [Showa Toho Universe version] King Kong Escapes (1967)

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Earth Defense Force I

Category: Organization

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: This org's official acronym is "EDF."

Description: The Earth Defense Force (EDF) was a global consortium composed of almost every nation on the planet, all of whom pooled their technological, scientific, and military resources in 1957 to repel the invasion of the hostile humanoid alien race known as the Mysterians. This international org was forced by the invasion to develop technological resources beyond that of our own Earth even during the first decade of the 21st century, including crude spacecraft capable of travelling to the moon and back, since this was where the Mysterians' main base of operations was headquarted. Hence, on Godzilla 1's Earth, humanity reached the moon 12 years before they did in our own universe, the entire world was involved in this endeavor rather than America alone, and the purpose wasn't for a combination of exploration and international competition to reach this goal, but one of dire necessity due to the unexpected war with an advanced alien race.
The EDF was responsible for developing the rudiments of the Markelite, i.e., maser technology that was later modified for use against dai kaiju during the 1960's. They were also responsible for the eventual development of manned sub-light spacecraft enabling U.N. astronauts to make occasional travels up to the location of Jupiter by 1965, a space station in orbit by 1962, as well as other advanced mecha. As a result, travel to the moon and back was routinely practiced by 1999 on this Earth, and a U.N. moonbase was established there by the mid-1990's.
However, due to a treaty signed by most nations following the defeat of the Mysterians, this technology would only be used in conjunction with all participating U.N. nations, rather than by one nation alone. Japan appeared to be the sole utilizer of maser technology, since the island nation was so often plagued by kaiju incursions (other nations were only rarely threatened by dai kaiju until the Kilaak invasion of 1999), though the JSDF (Japanese Self Defense Force) agreed to use maser weaponry only against dai kaiju, and never for any other military purpose.
The EDF evidently disbanded following the defeat of the Mysterians, and the nations never formed a global government in the 20th century, but it appeared that the incident with the Mysterians and the temporary creation of the EDF resulted in greater global cooperation in general between the nations on Godzilla 1's Earth than their counterparts in our reality during the late 20th century, and likely beyond.
Though the original EDF never appeared in a G-film, a new, probably more permanent version of the org was created at some point in the 21st century, and featured in the Nintendo G-video game Godzilla, Monster of Monsters!. In this game's storyline, the EDF utilized Godzilla and Mothra 1 to repel a mid-21st century invasion of Earth's solar system by the Xians.

Significant appearances: The Mysterians (1957)

Earth Union

Category: Organization

Continuity: 2

Description: The EU is a benevolent global government which exists in the early 23rd century, and four individuals from this time period (three human beings and an android) traveled back to the year 1992 on a mission to alter the timeline for their own benefit, which also resulted in the deliberate creation of King Ghidorah II.

Little is actually known of the Earth Union and how its global government actually functions, though its likely a form of worldwide industrial democracy, and that era is known to have made remarkable technological achievements in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, cybernetics, holographic projection, teleportation, and even time travel.

see Futurians.

Significiant appearances: Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991)

Ebirah

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: None, other than simply "the sea monster” (Ebirah’s name wasn’t mentioned in the American version of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster).

Length: 50 meters

Description: Ebirah was a giant mutant lobster created around the near vicinity of the Pacific atoll known as Letchi Island, evidently being spawned as a result of nuclear waste being dumped there by the paramilitary organization known as the Red Bamboo. It's quite likely that the creature who mutated into Ebirah was one of numerous surviving descendants of crustaceans who were genetically spliced with other aquatic animals with endothermic skeletal structures via the genetic engineering skills of Muan/Lemurian scientists over 10,000 years ago, for use as bio-weapons (a real crustacean, due to their exoskeleton, would not be able to exist at such a huge size). Exposure to nuclear waste caused the already enhanced genetic structure of the large crustacean-like animal, who was genetically engineered to be naturally very aggressive, to enable it to evolve further in a very short period of time, and to achieve immense size.
Ebirah looked like a normal sized lobster other than the fact that his right appendage possessed a huge pincer, while the left one boasts a spear-like projection.

Ebirah would violently attack any ship or boat that traveled near Letchi Island, and devour any human being who happened to be aboard. The Red Bamboo discovered that the lobster could be repelled by juice made from a fruit found on the island; juice made just from the leaves of the plant proved ineffective. Ebirah was defeated in battle with Godzilla I, who ripped off both of the titanic lobster’s appendages, thus ending the sea monster’s reign of terror around the island.

Special powers and abilities: Ebirah possessed the same abilities as a normal lobster, but to a vastly superlative degree due to his immense size. His skin boasted a strong chitinous covering, though his interior most likely possessed an endodermic, cartilaginous skeletal structure, much like that of a shark.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966); (stock footage only) Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

Element X

Category: Substance

Continuity: 1

Description: Exceedingly rare radioactive mineral substance apparently located only in certain areas of the Arctic by the 20th century, which could be harnessed into creating weapons of mass destruction. It appeared as glowing rock, and close proximity to the energies emitted by this substance could short out electrical systems. The true origin and nature of this mysterious and rare mineral was never determined, and it's not certain that it actually deserved a place on the Periodic Table of Elements despite being referred to as an "element." It may, however, have represented the remnants of an artifical substance created ages ago by the long-fallen Muan or Atlantean civilizations, who may have utilized it as a power source of some sort for their technology.
The only time it appears in the chronicles is when criminal mastermind Dr. Huu attempted to have both Mechani-Kong and King Kong mine this substance for him in 1967 when he was hired by an unknown Asian government to acquire it for them, but this project failed when Huu's plans were thwarted by King Kong and a U.N. crew led by Carl Nelson.

Significant appearances: King Kong Escapes (1967)

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Fairy Mothra

Category: Quasi-Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Description: A 'Fairy Mothra' is a tiny, six inch long ethereal extension of Mothra II's consciousness, which the giant moth can mystically seperate from her own life force so as to allow her twin priestesses, the Cosmos, to communicate with individuals across vast distances, including even interstellar space. Each of these 'Fairy Mothra's' resemble a tiny etheric version of the giant moth herself. She is able to create countless numbers of these extensions of her life force at once, and she during a deep space mission to warn psychic Miki Saegusa about the imminant arrival of Space Godzilla.

see Mothra II.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994)

Farou Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1

Description: Farou Island (which resides close to the similar atoll known as Mondo Island) is a rather large atoll located in the South Pacific, very far from Japan. The island is the exclusive home of a type of fruit known as soma berries, which, when taken in the form of juice, acts as a non-addictive narcotic. Furthermore, Farou Island appears to be one of an undetermined number of uncharted islands in the Pacific Ocean where a number of surviving descendants of the dinosaurs and other odd ultra large animal species who were created many millennia ago by the advanced genetic engineering techniques of the civilization of Mu (or Lemuria), who once ruled most of the civilized world from their now sunken Pacific Island continent. These dinosaurs were often twice as large and hardy as their naturally evolved counterparts who died out at the end of the Mesozoic Era 65 million years ago, and by unknown means (a possible explanation is provided below) many such ultra-dinosaurs on certain locales achieved a size and level of durability that was easily ten times that of their equivalent species during the Age of Reptiles, often rivaling the size and strength of the dinosaur mutations who were created when many of the surviving genetically enhanced ultra-dinosaurs were mutated into extremely powerful and huge creatures due to being in close proximity to the radiation from the many atomic bomb tests conducted in the Pacific Ocean by the U.S. government during the 1940's (Godzilla himself is one of those dinosaur mutations; Gorosaurus is an example of an ultra-large Allosaurus who wasn't mutated by atomic radiation, but who nevertheless managed to achieve a height that rivaled that of Godzilla after the latter kaiju was mutated).
Farou Island is noted for having an extremely rare type of soma berry that grows in fairly large abundance on a certain species of tree on this atoll. Many of the animal species on the island are very fond of this fruit, and rumor has it that it causes certain of these species who are already genetically enhanced, such as various giant octopi, dinosaurs, and even a species of bipedal giant ape who were all synthetically created many millennia ago by Muan scientists, to grow to even larger sizes upon the consumption of the soma berry juice, which also acts as a strong but non-addictive narcotic to humans and primates. A primitive but relatively friendly race of natives dwell on the island, and peaceful contact was first made with them by the outside "civilized" world. As noted above, the unusual flora on this island includes dinosaurs, who are far larger here than their prehistoric counterparts, and are believed to be the descendants of genetically enhanced dinosaurs who were artificially created by Muan scientists many millenia in the past (see the Godzilla Event Timeline elsewhere on this site for more information on this), though Farou Island appears to have a far smaller population of ultra-dinosaurs than does the similar Pacific locale of Mondo Island, which is much closer to Japan.
The most famous resident of Farou Island was the giant ape known as King Kong, who was the dominant animal on the atoll, and who was both worshipped as a god and feared by the natives there (until he later migrated to Mondo Island).

The first recorded visit to this island was in 1962, when an expedition led by Mr. Tako, an executive of the Japanese drug company Pacific Pharmaceuticals, came in search of the soma berries. There they encountered both a daidako and King Kong himself, who was captured and brought back to Japan after narcotizing himself by drinking several jugs of soma berry juice. This led to Kong’s classic confrontation with Godzilla I.

A 1967 expedition to Mondo Island found not only King Kong, but they also encountered the mega-large carnosaur Gorosaurus, as well as a huge sea snake.

Significant appearances: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962); (Mondo Island) King Kong Escapes (1967)

Fire Rodan

Category: Kaiju Variation

Continuity: 2

Description: 'Fire Rodan' is an incarnation of Rodan II after he had absorbed additional amounts of radiation as a result of taking several direct hits from Godzilla II's atomic breath in battle. In this new incarnation, Rodan gained the power of atomic breath himself, which glowed a fiery red and was known as his Uranium Heat Beam, thus the appellation 'Fire Rodan' being applied to this incarnation of the flying kaiju by G-fans.
In his 'Fire Rodan' incarnation, Rodan's skin changed from a dull brown to a bright red.

see Rodan II

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993)

see Rodan II.

Frankenstein

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1 & quite possibly "3D"

Height: 20 meters

Description: This particular monster never appeared in a G-film, but since he was an established inhabitant of the Showa Universe, I believe he deserves honorable inclusion in this glossary.
It appears that a version of the Frankenstein Monster, as well as several Monster copycat creatures created by various descendants and near-relatives of Victor Frankenstein (including Dr. Henry Frankenstein I existed on Godzilla's Earth, much as they did in the Wold Newton Universe.
The giant version of the Frankenstein monster only vaguely resembled the near-human sized Monsters, and basically resembled a gigantic feral human being, with facial features that slightly tended towards the neanderthalic. He wore simple clothing he made for himself out of animal hide.
In this reality, the heart of one of the copycat Monsters ended up in the hands of Nazi scientists, and was subsequently delivered to their allies, the Imperial Japanese, in 1945, to be shipped to a scientific facility in Hiroshima, where the incredible regenerative powers of the Monsters created by the Frankenstein clan could be studied, and possibly duplicated so as to create an army of posthuman super-soldiers to serve the Axis forces.
However, soon after the Monster's still living heart arrived in a protective casing, the U.S. dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, destroying the scientific facility, and all the scientists within. Apparently this project was so top secret that no one in the Japanese government tried to recover the heart, which was spared destruction due to its protective casing (though this case was nevertheless broken when the building collapsed). The Monster's heart was also irradiated, and the radiation combined with the organ's already incredible regenerative properties to keep the organ beating and alive for a long period of time (but it was apparently unable to grow into a new creature entirely due to the casing that surrounded it).
Two decades later, a strange, mute homeless boy who was living off the land in the nearby woods happened upon the rubble of the facility, managed to open the broken casing, and ate the Monster's heart for sustenance. Somehow, the consumed matter of the irradiated heart managed to transfer the Monster's physical capabilities to the boy's DNA, only bolstered to a great degree by the changes wrought upon it by the radioactive influx, and the boy began rapidly growing in height, noticibly possessing the superhuman strength of the Monster by the time he reached the size of a normal adult, but he kept growing until the boy finally attained an incredible 20 meters in height, thus becoming, in effect, a gigantic version of the Frankenstein Monster. When his origin was discovered, the humans who later cared for him thus nicknamed the boy 'Frankenstein.'
The giant boy soon escaped captivity, however, and after trouncing the attempts of the authorities to retrieve him, the giant returned to the woods to continue his feral lifestyle. Frankenstein was generally harmless to humans, and only sought to be left alone, and he was actually far less violent towards humans than the normal-sized Monsters were.
Shortly after escaping back into the woods surrounding Mt. Fuji, Frankenstein found himself battling the kaiju Baragon, the dinosaur mutation who had recently appeared and had begun ravaging the Japanese countryside, devestation that the giant mutant boy was blamed for. After a lengthy battle, Frankenstein managed to defeat Baragon by breaking the creature's neck.
According to certain reliable Japanese sources, Frankenstein was apparently killed in a battle with a daidako (giant octopus) after driving the deadly creature back into the salt water lake from which it emerged (American and other Japanese news reports claimed Frankenstein was swallowed up by a sudden earthquake).
Though Frankenstein was evidently never seen again, a hand that was surgically severed from the creature (which quickly re-grew) and a chunk of flesh torn off of him during his ill-fated encounter with the daidako promptly grew into the giant humanoid kaiju Sanda and Gaila respectively, both of whom appeared in Japan a year later.

Special powers and abilities: Frankenstein basically possessed the physical attributes of a gigantic version of the Frankenstein Monster, including incredible physical strength that was commensurate to what such a man-made monster would possess at that height. Though he was fully sentient, because he was a feral child that was apparently never raised by humans past his infancy, he was unable to speak, and unable to reason as clearly as a normal human being. However, he clearly possessed human-level cunning, was able to set traps, and was even capable of using flaming trees as weapons.
He also possessed the regenerative powers of one of the (near) human-sized Monsters, and was able to quickly regrow a severed hand. His severed body parts were likewise able to regenerate into entirely new humanoid kaiju.

Significant appearances: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Futurians

Category: Group

Continuity: 2

Description: By the year 2204 in an alternate future of Godzilla II’s Earth, the entire planet is now united under a world government known as the Earth Union. The exact economic structure of the planet is unknown, but is almost certainly either an industrial democracy or industrial feudal system, more likely the former. Technology has progressed to the point that androids are now commonplace, genetic engineering is extremely advanced and even a viable means of time travel has been perfected, although the latter is obviously heavily regulated.
A very small number of the citizens of this future timeline became renegades and decided to attempt to use a stolen time machine to diverge another timeline in which Japan would never become an economic superpower in the 21st century, which had evidently lead to the creation of their native timeline. Thus, three members of this renegade group, Wilson, Grenchiko and Emi Kano, along with an advanced android designated Android M-11 and a contingent of less advanced android security drones, used the stolen time machine called K.I.D.S., within a much larger spaceship called M.O.T.H.E.R., to travel back in time to Japan in the year 1992.
Contacting the Japanese government of the present, the Futurians related a convoluted story in which they came back in time to prevent Godzilla’s existence in order to eliminate a future historical event in the 21st century in which the atomic-powered kaiju destroyed all of Japan (in actuality, the latter event never even took place on their native timeline). Since most people in the present have no idea how time travel actually works (traveling back to the past and preventing Godzilla’s origin wouldn’t remove the kaiju from their indigenous timeline, but merely create an alternate one that wouldn’t affect their own), the government agreed to assist the deceptive Futurians in their plans.

After traveling back to the year 1944 and removing the dinosaur that eventually would have been mutated into Godzilla by atomic radiation from Lagos Island, they released three small flying animals created by future genetic engineering called Drats, which were especially altered so as to be affected by atomic energy of the early 20th century in a specific manner, onto the island. Thus, radiation from nearby nuclear bomb tests in the area conducted by the United States that year resulted in the creation of the dai kaiju called King Ghidorah II, who appeared in 1992 via genetic “pre-programming” under the control of the Futurians, and was ordered to destroy Japan so a new nation ruled by them could be built in its place, thus creating the new timeline they desired, presumably so that they could continue dictatorial rule into the 23rd century (the statement that Japan was the dominant economic superpower by the year 2204 was probably untrue, since no separate nations actually existed in that time; however, it is very possible that Japan led the economic revolt that led to the establishment of a future economic democracy, which incited the Futurians to take it over specifically, rather than other economically powerful nations of the time, such as the United States and Germany).

Emi, however, was deceived by her fellow Futurians into believing that her native Japan wouldn’t be destroyed in the process of creating the new timeline, and she turned on them when she realized that they lied to her, re-programming Android M-11 to obey her in the process.
Godzilla II ultimately destroyed King Ghidorah in battle, and Emi, along with assistance from her present day ancestor Kenichiro Terasawa and Android M-11, defeated the evil Futurian renegades.
Emi then traveled back to the 23rd century to have the insensate form of King Ghidorah reconstructed via future bio-technology into the powerful cybernetic kaiju called Mecha-King Ghidorah, and returned to 1992 to save her native land from Godzilla’s attack. After successfully removing Godzilla from Japanese shores (at the expense of Mecha-King Ghidorah’s existence) Emi then returned to her native time period.

Nothing has been heard from the Futurians since, but their technology that was left behind was utilized by present day G-Force to construct Mechagodzilla II, Mogera II and possibly certain Markelite technology in the 1990's.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991)

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Gabara

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Sometimes spelled “Gabarah” or “Gabra”; was mistakenly referred to as “Baragon” in the monster data screens seen on TNT during its Godzilla movie marathons.

Height: 50 meters

Description: Gabara possibly never truly existed at all, but was merely a fantasy monster created by the daydreaming mind of a young boy named Ichiro, who used the dream kaiju as a proxy for a human bully of the same name, who terrorized him in real life (some sources have suggested that Gabara may have been a thought-form projected into Ichiro’s mind by outside telepathic influences, possibly picked up by a device built by Ichiro’s inventor grandfather, but nothing was seen in the film to back up this notion).
Gabara was bipedal in stance, and had warty blue skin resembling that of a toad. He had a toad-like face, cat-like ears, no tail, tufts of orange hair, a row of small horns and a stiff finny crest atop his head.

During Ichiro’s fantasy visits to Monster Island in his dreams, Gabara acted as an archetypal bully, who beat up on Godzilla’s son, Minya. Finally, Minya stood up to and outwitted Gabara in battle, and the mean-spirited kaiju was then beaten up by Godzilla himself. As Gabara retreated into the jungle after being humbled by his defeat, Ichiro learned that all bullies are really cowards at heart, and he used the inspiration he received in his daydream musings with Minya to stand up to and both outwit real life bank robbers who kidnapped him, and to fight and win against the real life bully named Gabara, who formerly made his life miserable.

Special powers and abilities: Gabara wasn’t particularly tough or strong as dai kaiju go, and preferred to pick on smaller and weaker opponents, like Minya, but was absolutely no match for monsters his own size, such as Godzilla.
Nevertheless, he had one special power, which was to generate bio-electricity from the crest on his head, and he could thus electrocute his opponents with a touch.
The true nature of Gabara was never revealed, and it's very possible that he never actually "existed" in the flesh even within the context of Toho's Showa Series universe, and he may have been a telepathic projection of some sort that was somehow 'beamed' into the mind of young Ichiro from an unknown source, or the dream kaiju may simply have been nothing more than a product of the youth's subconscious mind during a sleep state that was (possibly) induced via a small technological device invented by a neighbor.

Significant appearances: Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

Gaila I-II (Showa and Millennium X Versions)

Alternate names: Sometimes spelled and pronounced "Gaira." In the American press, he was simply referred to as the 'Green Gargantua,' and in the Japanese press he was sometimes referred to as one of the 'Frankenstein Brothers' along with Sanda.

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1 & "3D"

Height: 30 meters

Description: Gaila is a gigantic, green shaggy humanoid kaiju, who vaguely resembles a towering, grotesque neanderthal man. He is also aquatic, though probably not truly amphibious.
He is believed to have been spawned by the radioactively enhanced regenerative ability of a piece of the giant Frankenstein Monster's flesh that was torn off after the latter giant humanoid's apparently fatal encounter with a daidako in the water a year previous. This was believed to have influenced the aquatic nature of Gaila. He was also quite savage and brutal, and frequently fed upon human beings.

Gaila first appeared in Japan in 1966, his initial appearance being when he battled a daidako (giant octopus) over rights to a sea vessel full of human beings for food. Upon making destructive forays into Japan itself, the beast was seriously injured by the newly invented maser tank weapons.
In the Showa timeline, he was rescued from death by the arrival of a "brother" creature from the mountains, who had a similar genesis, a creature named Sanda. But when the inoffensive Sanda discovered that his "brother" Gaila was eating human beings, he turned on his fellow gargantua and battled him to spare the populace of Japan his erstwhile sibling's ghastly depredations. The two giant humanoids fought to a stand-still, ending up in the ocean where both were apparently consumed by an erupting volcano rising from the surface of the water.
In the Millennium X continuity, however, it's quite possible that Sanda didn't exist in that reality, and that Gaila was killed by the maser tank attack, initiated by the newly formed Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF). It's also possible that in this reality, Gaila's true nature was never discerned, as he was later described as being a gigantic bigfoot rather than a gigantic man-made monster.

Special powers and abilities: Gaila possessed an incredible degree of physical strength that was comparable to that of his "parent," Frankenstein. He could also run quite fast, and was highly aquatic, able to remain underwater for long periods of time, and he appeared to consider the ocean his natural environment. Gaila was also quite likely to be fully sentient, but since he was never reared in a human-like environment, his disposition was extremely savage and animalistic, though he certainly seemed to possess human-level cunning.
It's believed that he may have possessed the regenerative capability of his "parent."

Significant appearances: War of the Gargantuas (1966); [stock footage cameo only] Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

Ganime

Category: Kaiju

Alternate names: Have no doubt that Ganime's name is probably spelled and pronounced in a variety of different ways in various sources (including "Ganimes").

Continuity: 1 & quite possibly "3D"

Length: 30 meters

Description: Ganime never actually appeared in a G-film, but since he once faced the Big G in the video game Godzilla, King of the Monsters released by Nintendo Game Boy, I decided that he deserved honorable inclusion in this glossary.

'Ganime' was the name given in Japanese texts to describe a rare but predatory species of giant lobster (not to be confused with Ebirah) indigenous to Godzilla's Earth that are likely descended from gigantic pseudo-crustaceans created many millennia ago by Muan geneticists as aquatic bio-weapons against their Atlantean nemeses; a small number of these lobsters managed to maintain a breeding population in the South Pacific by the present era.
These creatures resembled normally evolved lobsters in their exterior form, albeit of an incredible size (unlike Ebirah, the Ganime actually have two pincers, like normal lobsters, rather than a pincer on one limb and a spike-like projection on the other, as is the case with Ebirah).

A Ganime was first encountered by Japanese citizens on Selga Island in 1970, where one of the creatures was possessed by a disembodied alien entity known as Yog. It was then compelled to attack humans on this island, though the people there managed to blow the creature to pieces with many tons of TNT. However, that didn't stop the Yog entity from quickly possessing another Ganime. This second giant lobster was directed to attack the humans on Selga Island in the company of a possessed giant aquatic turtle known as a Kamoebas. Utilizing the sounds of bats that interfered with the alien's control, the humans on the island managed to incite the two giant creatures into battling each other, until both fell into the maw of an erupting volcano and were consumed.

Special skills and abilities: Ganime possesses the incredible strength and resilience that a lobster its size would be expected to possess, and it generally uses its two powerful pincers to attack its prey or its foes, enabling them to exert a vice-like grip on anything they grab, and to hurl their opponent about. Though mostly aquatic, the creature can move on land for extended periods.
It also possesses the ability to spit a wide stream of salt water into the eyes of its opponents, thus temporarily obscuring their vision.

Significant appearances: Yog, Monster From Space (1970)

Garogain

Category: Alien Race

Continuity: 1

Description: The Garogain were a highly militaristic starfaring alien race with very advanced technology, who attacked and destroyed all planets with civilizations dedicated to the preservation of peace [apparently, their philosophy was that such planets were inherently weak-willed, thus making them easy pickings, and that they would also be a potential threat to their plans of conquest of the universe in the future]. After obliterating a planet simply called “Peaceland” due to its high regard for peace, the Garogain set their sites on Earth (why they considered Earth a planet of peace is a mystery to me).

The Garogain, led by the nefarious Baron Garoga (also known as Garoga-Gold), were humanoid in form, but always wore what appeared to be expressionless face masks. They used extremely exotic technology much too varied to be described in detail here in their evil acts, but perhaps for purely sadistic reasons, they were also fond of using crude (by their standards) Earth weapons such as fully automatic machine guns. Each Garogain was given the power, probably through technological means, to shape shift into any known form, from specific human beings to even giant monsters.
In addition to their technology, they also utilize giant monsters under their control, collectively referred to as 'Terro-Beasts,' either by acquiring them from other planets, creating them through genetic engineering or by constructing them mechanically, and occasionally through a combination of the three. Sometimes, the Garogain agents themselves would transform into these creatures, meaning that they possessed the ability to accrue huge amounts of extra mass from an unknown source during the course of their shapeshifting.

Upon reaching Earth in 1973, the Garogain were opposed by the Zone family, consisting of Hikaru Sakimori, his younger sister Kei, and kid brother Akira, who are the last three survivors of Peaceland, and who were determined to protect the Earth, which had become their adopted home. Hikaru had the power to become the giant super-hero known as Zone Fighter, and he battled the Garogain and their legions of Terro-Beasts for an entire year before finally defeating them and driving them from the Earth.
During this time, Godzilla I, who had become a staunch protector of the planet by the early 1970’s, also opposed the Garogain monsters on several occasions, specifically the kaiju called Wargilgar, Spilar, Zandolla, Gigan (who he battled on two other recorded occasions apart from the Garogain), Jellar and Kastam-Jellar, Spiderous and Galobug.
On one memorable occasion, Baron Garoga even sent Godzilla’s arch-nemesis, King Ghidorah I, to battle Zone Fighter, who the latter very narrowly defeated without Godzilla’s assistance.

Significant appearances: Zone Fighter, the Meteor Man TV series, Episodes 1-26 (1973)

Garuda

Category: Kaiju/Mecha (could be categorized as either, depending upon individual perspective)

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: Merged with Mechagodzilla II to become Super Mechagodzilla.

Length: Approx. 60 meters

Description: Garuda is a very large flying machine created by G-Force, and designed by aviation expert Kazuma Aoki. It was named after a mythological bird-god, and due to Aoki’s fascination with the prehistoric flying reptiles known as pterodactyls, the mecha was designed to vaguely resemble a bionic version of such a creature, hence its inclusion here as a kaiju as well as a mecha.
Garuda wasn’t designed to act on its own volition, but was instead controlled manually by a pilot the same as any other aircraft. Intended as a weapon against Godzilla II, early computer analysis by G-Force technicians determined that Garuda would be no match for Godzilla in battle, resulting in the machine being placed on the backburner in 1994 in favor of the Mechagodzilla project.

When Fire Rodan attacked Japan that year and threatened the safety of a scientist named Azusa, who Aoki was fond of, he took Garuda out of mothballs and engaged the mutated Pteranodon in battle. Fire Rodan defeated Garuda, however, knocking his bionic counterpart out of the sky with his atomic breath, but not killing Aoki or severely damaging the craft. Aoki soon made Garuda airborne again, and briefly engaged Godzilla II in battle to distract the kaiju from the arrival of Mechagodzilla II. Aoki then merged Garuda with Mechagodzilla, greatly increasing the latter’s mobility and firepower, thereby creating the robotic entity known as Super Mechagodzilla. Despite the temporary defeat of Godzilla, his resurrection as Super Godzilla resulted in the destruction of Super Mechagodzilla, permanently sending Garuda to the scrap heap in the process.

Special powers and abilities: Garuda could achieve flying speeds in excess of Mach 3. It was equipped with a large array of tracking computers, was highly aerodynamic and maneuverable, and was outfitted with twin maser cannons, which were more powerful than standard maser tanks and jets, but still not powerful enough to defeat Godzilla.
When merged with Mechagodzilla into Super Mechagodzilla, Garuda increased that robotic entity’s mobility and firepower at least tenfold, as well as lending it the additional power of Garuda’s maser cannons. It is unknown what type of steel Garuda’s outer hull was composed of, but it was highly impregnable.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993)

Gezora

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1 & quite possibly "3D"

Height: 30 meters, and a minority of specimens may attain a height up to 50 meters

Description: Gezora is a kaiju that did not actually appear in a G-film, but since he was from another Toho kaiju movie that took place within Godzilla I's continuity, and since he battled Godzilla (and Mothra) in both the Nintendo video game Godzilla, Monster of Monsters! and the Nintendo Game Boy video game Godzilla's Adventure, I thus decided to give him honorable mention in this glossary.

Gezora is a gigantic squid who was able to spend extended amounts of time on land. He was mistakenly referred in the film he appeared in as an "octopus." His origin was probably connected to the daidako (Japanese for "giant octopus"), descendants of ancient Muan genetic engineering, that appear to have established an actual breeding population on Godzilla I's Earth. This population of giant squid appeared to be even smaller than that of the daidako, and appeared to almost exclusively inhabit the seas close to Selga Island, where the natives believed these creatures were the manifestation of a feared sea deity that they named "Gezora."
Gezora basically resembled a giant version of a normal brachiopod, but was dark green in color, and walked upright on land on his eight smaller arms.

In the year 1970, an Earth space probe known as the Helios 7, which was designed to fly into the gaseous atmosphere of Jupiter in order to send information on the largest planet in the solar system back to Earth, was invaded by a disembodied, sentient, malevolent and extremely powerful being of pure energy (referred to as "Yog"), who re-directed the small extrasolar device back to Earth.
The probe landed in the South Pacific, where the disembodied alien left the device and invaded the body of a Gezora, using its power to take control of the giant brachiopod's actions. The giant squid may have been somehow granted the ability to produce extreme cold with its touch by the alien energy being that had possessed its body.

When a photographer named Kudo and a small entourage landed on Selga Island, they were likewise menaced by Gezora, who continued to terrorize the island, as the alien being which inhabited his body plotted eventual control of the entire planet. When it was discovered that the cold inducing creature was vulnerable to fire, Kudo and his allies used a leftover Japanese World War II munitions cabin discovered on the island, which included plenty of gasoline, to set the monster squid aflame.
Severely burned, the creature retreated to the water, where Yog abandoned the now useless organic husk, thus sparing the island further attacks by this alien-controlled Gezora.
However, it should be noted that Yog continued his attack by similarly invading and controlling the bodies of two other rare giant likely descendants of ancient Muan bio-engineering, a gigantic lobster (mistakenly referred to in the film as a "crab") and a gigantic predatory water turtle, and used them to terrify the island in Gezora's stead, until they were cajoled into battling each other by the humans on the island, who took advantage of the alien's vulnerability to the naturally occurring sonar used by the bats on the island, which ultimately caused the battling monsters to stumble into an erupting volcano; a human being on the island whose consciousness was likewise subverted by the bodiless alien being also exerted his willpower and leapt into the maw of the volcano under his own volition, thus ending the threat of Yog once and for all.

Special powers and abilities: Gezora possessed the proportionate tremendous strength of a squid his size. Although he spent the majority of his time in the sea, he could move about on land rather easily for extended periods of time. He would use his eight small arms to walk, and his two long tentacles to attack. His body naturally generated intense cold by unknown means, and he could cause frostbite to a living organism with his touch; it is unknown whether this ability was granted to the giant squid by the possessing alien, though this is a likely possibility.
Gezora, like all creatures controlled by the disembodied alien consciousness of Yog, was highly vulnerable to natural sonar that was used by animals such as bats and dolphins, which would cause Yog to lose control of the creatures. Gezora was also extremely vulnerable to fire, due to the cold inducing nature of his physiology.

Significant appearances: Yog, Monster From Space (1970)

G-Force

Category: Organization

Continuity: 2

Description: G-Force is an international military task force created and funded by the United Nations by the year 1994, and headquartered in Tsukuba, Japan for the express purpose of implementing military countermeasures against the threat of Godzilla II.

The organization is publicly known, and its agents boast areas of expertise in many different fields, but is particularly composed of scientists, engineers and military officials and soldiers. G-Force also has an esper division comprised of individuals with psychic powers whose main purpose is to psionically keep track of Godzilla’s presence, as well as participating directly in different means of psionically influencing the kaiju or enhancing certain technologies designed to control the creature.
The most prominent and active member of the esper division is telepath Miki Saegusa, who has studied and sought to peacefully guard her country against Godzilla since she was a teenager in 1990.

G-Force has also battled other dai kaiju that threatened the world, such as Rodan II, Space Godzilla and Destroyah, and the organization has access to the most advanced technology in the world, including a small amount of futuristic technology from the early 23rd century left behind in 1992 by time travelers from that era.

The most well known contributions undertaken by G-Force have included the design and creation of the flying war machine Garuda, the giant robot Mechagodzilla II, the G-Crusher Project (designed to kill Godzilla by utilizing Mechagodzilla to destroy his abdominal nerve ganglia), improvements on the Maser Tanks and Jets, the giant robot Mogera II, the T-Project (an undertaking intended to control Godzilla by a combination of technological and psionic means) and the Super X-3, another flying war machine, which was partially intended to prevent a wide-scale China Syndrome effect during Godzilla’s impending nuclear meltdown. Although the latter mission was successful, G-Force ultimately had nothing to do with Godzilla’s eventual demise, although they were partially responsible for the destruction of Rodan and Space Godzilla, and mostly responsible for the final defeat of Destroyah.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993); Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

G-Graspers

Category: Organization

Continuity: "3B"

Description: 'G-Grasper' is the appellation given to the soldiers of the Anti-Godzilla Defense Bureau (AGD) set up in the reality of continuity "3B" to deal with Godzilla's incursions into Japan after his destructive attack on a plasma-generating plant in Osaka in 1996. The soldiers are commanded in the field by Kiriko Tsujimori.

Significant Appearances: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Giant Sea Snake

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Length: 85 meters

Description: The giant sea snake is likely yet another remnant of ancient genetic experimentation conducted by Muan (a.k.a., Lemurian) scientists to create gigantic, genetically robust, territorial, aggressive, and predatory creatures, both on land and in the sea, for use as bio-weapons against their only rivals for world dominance in prehistory, the Atlanteans. The giant sea snake is an example of an aquatic bio-weapon. Though most of these Muan-created creatures are long dead, including most land species (save a few ultra-dinosaurs, ultra-apes, pseudo-insects, and various ultra-mammals scattered about the South Pacific isles and occasionally found elsewhere) a few of the aquatic creations managed to sustain a small breeding population, albeit mostly in the Pacific Ocean, and often near various South Sea atolls (other such genetically engineered, predatory aquatic creatures who managed to survive in small breeding populations are giant octopi ['daidako' in Japanese, who appear to be the most populous of these rare Muan survivors], giant squid [the Gezora], giant lobsters [the Ganime], giant aquatic turtles [the Kamoebas], and sea serpents [to which Manda appears to be one of the few survivors]).
The giant sea snakes seem to prefer the waters near the remote South Pacific atoll called Mondo Island, and probably nearby islands, as well. They are whitish-azure in color, have comparatively small yellow lidless eyes, and rows of razor sharp teeth (non-protruding). Some of these giant aquatic snakes have almost certainly been confused with sea serpents in the past, though they are distinct from the latter upon close inspection.
They are quite vicious and voracious as well as territorial, in accordance with their artifical genetic encoding, and will attack not only large aquatic animals that intrude into their vicinity, but will even attack human ocean-going vessels.
The only recorded instance of a giant sea snake encountering humans from the developed nations in the 20th century was in 1967, when an international submarine called the Explorer, under the auspices of U.N. representative Carl Nelson, had their vessel attacked by such a giant snake while attempting to flee Mondo Island. They were rescued when the gigantic, powerful bipedal ape known as King Kong, who had since taken refuge on that island, intervened on the humans' behalf (the huge ape had taken a fancy to the vessel's nurse, Susan Watson). After a fearsome battle, Kong managed to defeat the giant snake and rescue the human crew of the Explorer.

No other instance of humans encountering these rare giant sea snakes have been recorded at this writing.

Special powers and abilities: Though not truly amphibious, these gigantic reptiles can spend significant amounts of time underwater (as can normal sea snakes), and are excellent swimmers. They are quite fast in the water, and will attack an opponent by constriction, much as a boa or an anaconda would, and their level of strength is incredible to a level commensurate with their size and weight.
Unlike normal sea snakes, the giant sea snakes do not appear to use venom. It's possible that they are able to come onto land for short periods, but they seldom do so, since they are unaccustomed to moving in a non-aquatic environment, where they are fastest and most able to battle or sieze prey.

Significant appearances: King Kong Escapes (1967)

Gigan

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Borodan (a name he was mistakenly referred to in certain American press materials during the U.S. release of Godzilla vs. Megalon in 1976, as well as in the comic book issued by Cinema Shares that same year as an advertisement for the aforementioned film, which they released on a large scale to American cinema).

Height: 65 meters

Description: Gigan is a powerful alien cybernetic kaiju who originated in a planet within the Hunter M Nebula. The monster was transformed into a cyborg by the technologically advanced aliens also living in the solar system (known as the Nebulans), replacing much of the beast’s natural parts with artificial ones, which has effectively transformed him into a lethal living weapon, and granting the kaiju access to atomic powered energy.
Gigan is bipedal in stance, his claws have been replaced with curved, scythe-like weapons, he has scaly skin, a single red digitized eye with infra-red capacity, a curved horn-like antenna atop his head that is connected to circuitry implanted within his brain, and which receives control signals from his alien masters, a large beak accompanied by insect-like mandibles, a large vertical buzzsaw projection protruding from his stomach to his upper chest, three very large vertical fin-like wing projections on his back, impact absorbing pads on his knees, and a medium length tail.

The kaiju first appeared on Earth in 1972 along with King Ghidorah I under the control of the Nebulans during their invasion attempt of Earth. Gigan and his ally were defeated and driven from Earth by Godzilla I and Anguirus.

A year later, Gigan appeared on Earth again, sent by the Nebulans to assist Megalon against the heroic robot Jet Jaguar at the behest of the hidden terran race known as the Seatopians. Godzilla soon arrived to assist Jet Jaguar, and in the course of the four way battle, Gigan once again fled the Earth after the robotic hero broke one of his arms.
However, it would soon be learned that the severe injury took its toll on the cyborg monster as he attempted to flee back home to the Hunter M Nebula, as his energy stores were severely depleted, leaving him laying insensate in the void of space for months, until he was found and captured by the hostile shape-shifting alien race known as the Garogain.

Months later, Gigan appeared on Earth for the final time under the control of the Garogain aliens, this time for use against the aliens' arch-foe, the gigantic super-hero known as Zone Fighter. The Garogain were unable to restore most of Gigan's energy supplies, however, doing nothing more than making returning him to a state of basic functional capacity. As a result, the once amazingly powerful cyborg monster found himself unable to use his laser beam, buzzsaw, or even his power of flight (the Garogain actually had to lower Gigan to the ground with huge parachutes in this instance). In an attempt to compensate Gigan for the loss of all of his special powers, the Garogain installed explosive devices on the tips of his hand schythes that would detonate upon impact with an adversary. Nevertheless, this hardly made up for the far more formidable powers that he lost, and soon after his arrival on Earth to face Zone Fighter, he found himself under attack from his old foe Godzilla, who was now easily able to defeat the cyborg monster. However, as soon as Godzilla left the area after seemingly beating his adversary into submission, Gigan rose again to seek out his true objective, Zone Fighter. The colossal super-hero soon appeared, and even with the explosive devices placed on his hand scythes by the Garogain, the cyborg monster proved no match whatsoever for Zone Fighter while bereft of his other powers. Within moments, Zone Fighter apparently destroyed Gigan utterly with a savvo of high-powered missiles from his wrist gauntlets, thus ending the menace of the deadly cybernetic kaiju once and for all.

Special powers and abilities: Gigan’s internal atomic generator ordinarily grants him a nearly inexhaustible supply of energy. However, this energy can be depleted if Gigan is forced to expend large amounts of energy, such as flying through warp space, after being seriously injured.
Gigan's natural claws were amputated and replaced by scythe-like appendages, and they, along with the razor sharp buzzsaw on his stomach, which can be activated to rotate at high speed, are both composed of an unknown diamond hard substance, and are able to slash or slice through almost anything, including Godzilla’s nearly impenetrable hide, with ease.
His internal power source enables him to fly at supersonic speeds in the manner of a living aircraft, and his motionless finny wings are present merely to enable him to achieve balance while in flight.
Although he can survive indefinitely in the hard vacuum of space, since he doesn’t rely on oxygen for survival but only on his own internal power source, and his cybernetic systems protect his body from explosive decrompression, he can surround himself in a crystalline covering in which he resembles a gigantic sapphire, through which he can travel through warp space and negotiate interstellar distances. Once he reaches his intended planetary target in space, he explosively “sheds” his blue crystal shell.
Gigan is rumored to be capable of firing a high-powered laser beam from a turret located just above his single huge digitized eye, although he has never been depicted using it in any of his onscreen appearances. His eye has the capacity for perceiving patterns of energy in the infra-red spectrum, thus enabling him to see clearly in the dark.

During the time Gigan was controlled by the Garogain and deprived of his powers, he had explosive devices planted on the tips of his hand scythes that exploded upon striking an object.

Gigan is controlled by his various masters via electromagnetic signals at a specific frequency that are directed through his antenna horn to his cybernetic brain, and he is thus completely incapable of disobeying the directives of his controllers. However, if freed from the control beams, he can act on his own volition, and will continue fighting his adversaries with all due vigor.
When at full power, Gigan's array of cyborg weaponry made him a match for Godzilla in battle, and he was one of the Big G’s most powerful foes prior to his subsequent power loss.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972); Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973); Zone Fighter, the Meteor Man TV series, Episode 11 (1973)

Gimantises

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

see Kamakiras.

Godzilla I (Showa Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Gojira (his Japanese name, pronounced GOD-zeel-ah), King of the Monsters, Kaiju King, Gigantus, Big G, Godzi (a nickname both my grandmother and J.D. Lees independently came up with for him).

Height: 50 meters

Description: The events featured in the first G-film happened within the continuity of both Godzilla I and II, as well as the continuity of each film featured in the third Alternate Reality series; only afterwards do their histories unfold differently (with the probable exception of the end of the film, as explained below).

Godzilla was a creation of the atomic bomb tests undertaken in the Pacific Ocean by the United States from the early 1940’s to the early 1950’s. It has been theorized that Godzilla was originally one of the relatively small number of surviving dinosaurs who were created via advanced genetic engineering techniques many millennia ago by the "super-civilization" that once inhabited the now sunken continent of Mu (often called Lemuria in the West), and who once ruled much of the civilized world prior to the beginning of the official historical records; it's believed that the genetically enhanced dinosaurs (along with other large and unusual synthetically created animal species) were bred partially for the purpose of use as bio-weapons against the Muans' only real rivals for control of the world, the Atlanteans (whose home continent was situated in the Atlantic Ocean, and was also eventually destroyed), and partially as the result of experiments geared towards learning to control evolution by creating new species. After the fall of Mu/Lemuria and Atlantis prior to the beginning of the historical epochs, due to their extreme physical and genetic hardiness, many of these genetically engineered dinosaurs (many of them twice as large as their naturally evolved Mesozoic counterparts) survived into the present era on various isolated areas of the world, but most of them seemed to be situated, for many obvious reasons, on many of the numerous uncharted and mostly uninhabited islands dotting the Pacific Ocean, and lie closest to the Asian continent, particularly the island nation of Japan.
Due to the nature of these dinosaurs' genetic enhancements, many of them didn't die or even sicken upon exposure to large amounts of atomic radiation, but instead mutated into far larger, extremely powerful, and near-invulnerable creatures who thrived on nuclear energy, and became an extreme hazard for modern civilization after the beginning of the Atomic Age of human history.

Although Godzilla's outward appearance has changed in a subtle manner from year to year, possibly as a consequence of his continually mutating physiology, his basic form remains constant. His stance is bipedal, following the basic form of a carnosaur, his skin is charcoal gray (not green, as sometimes reported) and of a ridgy texture, he has three rows of dorsal fins on his back, with the middle row much larger than the outer two on each side, a very long muscular tail and large, plodding feet. He possesses two hands capable of grasping objects like a human being, and he has four fingers (including an opposable thumb) on each hand and three toes on each foot. He initially had very sharp teeth, though they became much less pronounced by the 1960’s (but remained very pronounced in continuity 2 and 3).

The atomic-powered mutation first appeared in 1954, menacing the peaceful natives off of Odo Island, located near the Bikini Atoll. He soon made his way to Tokyo in Japan, where he mindlessly attacked and devastated the entire city, easily defeating the Japanese Self Defense Force in the process. The deadly kaiju was only defeated when the Oxygen Destroyer, a terrible weapon secretly invented by Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, was unleashed on the monster.
Apparently, however, in continuity 1, the monster was only injured, not destroyed, and presumably in the timeline recorded in the Showa series of films, he managed to escape into an undersea cavern which spared him the full effects of the weapon, and Dr. Serizawa’s vision of the kaiju being disintegrated was just a post mortem hallucination due to the effects of the weapon on the drowning scientist, since he choose to end his own life at this time to prevent the weapon from ever being re-created and falling into the wrong hands.

One year later, Godzilla appeared completely recovered from the injurious effects of the Oxygen Destroyer (this was probably not an entirely different kaiju, as some texts have suggested, since it would have been exceedingly unlikely for another sleeping dinosaur to be mutated in exactly the same manner) on Iwato Island in the Japan Sea, battling another dinosaur mutation, Anguirus. Later taking their battle to Osaka, Godzilla devastated that city as well, and defeated Anguirus. He was hunted down in the Arctic by a squadron of fighter jets who buried him under an avalanche of snow, thus ending his reign of destruction once more.

He wasn’t seen again until 1962, when he was inadvertently freed from his icy prison when the iceberg he was hibernating in collided with the SeaHawk, a nuclear powered submarine. Making his way to Japan again, Godzilla escaped an elaborate trap set by the Japanese military only to be defeated and driven from the island nation after a battle with the giant ape King Kong.

In 1964, Godzilla appeared in Japan after being washed ashore in a typhoon, and this time he menaced Nagoya and withstood a Frontier Missile attack from the U.S. Navy. Later, he was nearly killed by an elaborate plan of the Japanese military called Operation: Artificial Lightening, and was finally defeated and driven from Japan once more from the kaiju protector of the Earth, the giant moth known as Mothra I.

Several months later, Godzilla returned to Japan while attracted to mysterious magnetic waves emanating from a fallen meteor, and he clashed with the flying monster Rodan I. By this time, perhaps due to a gradual effect of the partial exposure to the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954, Godzilla (and Rodan) had mutated to the point where he had developed a rudimentary form of sentience (perhaps on the level of a great ape, like a chimpanzee) and could be communicated with telepathically by the larval Mothra. The guardian of the Earth telepathically convinced Godzilla and Rodan to reject terrorizing the human race and to team up with her to defeat the evil space kaiju King Ghidorah I, who was gestating within the aforementioned meteor and had now emerged. Eventually, the two formerly antagonistic kaiju agreed, and the three Earth monsters together drove King Ghidorah from the planet, thus placing Godzilla and Rodan on better terms with the human race they once destroyed mindlessly.
For the rest of the 60’s decade, Godzilla had an ambiguous relationship with the human race as his sentience level continued to increase somewhat.

In 1965, Godzilla and Rodan again became menaces to humanity when they were under the control of an alien race known as the Xians via mind-altering magnetic waves, and were forced to attack Japan along with King Ghidorah. After the Xians were defeated by the A-Cycle Light Ray, the three monsters were freed from their control, and Godzilla and Rodan once again teamed up and drove King Ghidorah from the Earth.
For the rest of the 60’s decade, Godzilla seemingly confined himself to islands in the South Seas and appeared to avoid direct contact with human civilization; he was encountered by various Japanese travelers over the next few years, such as on Letchi Island in 1966 when he battled the sea monster Ebirah, a giant condor, an evil paramilitary organization called the Red Bamboo, and had another brief tussle with the adult Mothra; and on Solgell Island in 1967, where he took an infant member of his species, Minya, under his wing and battled the giant praying mantises called Kamikaras and the giant spider called Spiega.

By 1969, Godzilla had officially been rounded up by unknown means along with all the other then existing dai kaiju on the atoll known as Monster Island, and it was shortly after that time that a young boy named Ichiro "daydreamed" a conflict between Godzilla, his surrogate son Minya, and an ogre-like beast known as Gabara on Monster Island.

By 1971, Godzilla’s intelligence had reached the point where he now deliberately acted as the protector of the Earth, and he could also now use his powers in a creative manner, his fighting skills became more pronounced and less animalistic, and he clearly began reasoning effectively in his actions.
That year, he blatantly acted in the defense of the planet when he battled and defeated the destructive toxic sludge monster called Hedorah.

In 1972, he teamed with his former foe Anguirus to repel King Ghidorah and Gigan from Earth.

His most active year was probably 1973, where he teamed with the giant robotic super-hero Jet Jaguar to defeat Megalon and Gigan, and a few months later joined forces with the giant alien hero Zone Fighter on five recorded occasions to repel several giant monsters sent to ravage the planet by the evil alien race known as the Garogain.

A year later, Godzilla battled and defeated his robotic alien counterpart Mechagodzilla I in Okinawa alongside the island’s supernatural protector, the heroic kaiju called King Seesar, and the next year he once again battled and thwarted Mechagodzilla, as well as the dinosaur mutation called Titanosaurus.

After 1975, this version of Godzilla’s adventures weren’t recorded again until an incident in the year 1999, when he and the other kaiju of Monster Island were taken control of by the alien race known as the Kilaaks, and forced to attack numerous cities across the planet; Godzilla himself devastated New York City and Tokyo (the former alongside Manda). After being freed from control by the human race, Godzilla led nine of his fellow monsters on a successful attack against the Kilaak’s ultimate kaiju weapon, King Ghidorah, and then personally destroyed the Kilaak base himself, thereby ending the invasion threat for good.
He was last seen peacefully existing on Monster Island in the year 1999.

Special powers and abilities: Godzilla’s great height and weight gave him tremendous strength, arguably greater than that of any other Earth born dai kaiju (with the possible exception of King Kong). His tail could also be used as a powerful striking weapon.
Due to his radioactive nature, Godzilla could regenerate from virtually any injury with astounding speed, but he could do so quicker by absorbing energy from other sources, preferably nuclear/radioactive, though he could also absorb natural or artificial electricity in a pinch, though ordinarily electricity was painful to him. Due to his internal atomic energy source, Godzilla has virtually inexhaustible stamina, and rarely ever appears to tire. In fact, some sources have claimed that due to Godzilla’s internal nuclear energy and extraordinary regenerative capacity, he may be nearly immortal. His skin is so resistant to injury that he has easily withstood repeated attacks by military forces, including tanks, missiles, and assault jets. He has even resisted repeated attacks by the artificial lightening generated by Markalite (i.e., maser) tanks and cannons.

Godzilla is also completely amphibious, and can survive indefinitely on land or underwater, but he often seems to prefer the latter environment. Since he does not possess gills, it is presumed that he possesses lamellae, which are oxygen-diffusing membranes, in his lungs.

As a result of the radiation he consumes, Godzilla’s digestive system produces uranium material, which is collected in two organs called Uran Pockets near his lungs. This is the source of his greatest power, his atomic breath. By exhaling forcefully, Godzilla pushes radioactive material from his atomic furnace in his intestines into the Uran Pockets, which create a form of nuclear fission that expels an extremely powerful blast of nuclear charged radiation that glows white hot in a spectacularly visible effect (contrary to many claims, Godzilla does not exhale fire, but rather concentrated radiation that produces a heating effect which is greater than that of ordinary flame). The whole process takes about 1.26 seconds, and an electrical discharge is always visible around his dorsal fins when he utilizes his atomic breath.
On one extremely bizarre occasion, Godzilla used his atomic breath as thrust to enable him to fly through the air backwards, and on another occasion he utilized his atomic energy to somehow turn his body into a living magnet, capable of reversing its polarity at will so as to both repel and attract metallic objects.

Significant appearances: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954); Godzilla Raids Again (1955); King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962); Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964); Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster (1964); Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965); Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966); Son of Godzilla (1967); (in a dream sequence only) Godzilla’s Revenge (1969); Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971); Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972); Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973); Zone Fighter, the Meteor Man TV series, Episodes 4, 11, 15, 21, 25 (1973); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974); Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975); Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Godzilla II (Heisei Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: Godzillasaurus (before being mutated by atomic radiation), Gojira (his Japanese name, pronounced GOD-zeel-ah), King of the Monsters, Kaiju King, Big G, Godzi (a nickname both my grandmother and J.D. Lees independently came up with for him).

Height: (as Godzillasaurus) 12 meters; (as Godzilla): (1955) 50 meters; (1985-90) 80 meters; (1990-95) 100 meters; (1996, after his radiation level went “critical”) 120 meters

Description:

Godzilla was a creation of the atomic bomb tests undertaken in the Pacific Ocean by the United States from the early 1940’s to the early 1950’s. It has been theorized that Godzilla was originally one of the relatively small number of surviving dinosaurs who were created via advanced genetic engineering techniques many millennia ago by the "super-civilization" that once inhabited the now sunken continent of Mu (often called Lemuria in the West), and who once ruled much of the civilized world prior to the beginning of the official historical records; it's believed that the genetically enhanced dinosaurs (along with other large and unusual synthetically created animal species) were bred partially for the purpose of use as bio-weapons against the Muans' only real rivals for control of the world, the Atlanteans (whose home continent was situated in the Atlantic Ocean, and was also eventually destroyed), and partially as the result of experiments geared towards learning to control evolution by creating new species. After the fall of Mu/Lemuria and Atlantis prior to the beginning of the historical epochs, due to their extreme physical and genetic hardiness, many of these genetically engineered dinosaurs (many of them twice as large as their naturally evolved Mesozoic counterparts) survived into the present era on various isolated areas of the world, but most of them seemed to be situated, for many obvious reasons, on many of the numerous uncharted and mostly uninhabited islands dotting the Pacific Ocean, and lie closest to the Asian continent, particularly the island nation of Japan.
Due to the nature of these dinosaurs' genetic enhancements, many of them didn't die or even sicken upon exposure to large amounts of atomic radiation, but instead mutated into far larger, extremely powerful, and near-invulnerable creatures who thrived on nuclear energy, and became an extreme hazard for modern civilization after the beginning of the Atomic Age of human history.

Godzilla, prior to his mutation after exposure to atomic radiation, was one of the aforementioned ultra-dinosaur survivors, and he was apparently the only such dinosaur who was dwelling on Lagos Island in the early 20th century. He lived there peacefully until he was encountered by warring Japanese and American military regiments in 1944. The dinosaur was disturbed by the U.S. Navy’s bombardment of the island near his lair, and the irate creature immediately pursued the American naval men, slaughtering every one of them on the beach, and inadvertently saving the lives of the outnumbered Japanese soldiers. The dinosaur was then severely injured by a retaliatory strike by the offshore Navy battleship. The leader of the Japanese regiment, Morimura, recited an honorable eulogy of gratitude over the insensate form of the injured dinosaur.
Immediately afterwards, the dinosaur was teleported off of the island to a location at the bottom of the Bering Sea by a group of time travelers culled from both the early 23rd and late 20th centuries, utilizing technology from the former period (see the Futurians entry for the reason why these individuals committed this action).

As a result of the atomic bomb tests conducted by the United States in the Pacific Ocean during the early 1940’s-early 1950’s, the dinosaur was mutated by exposure to the massive amounts of radiation into a 50 meter tall amphibious creature with charcoal gray skin (not green, as often stated), three rows of dorsal fins on his back (with the middle row being much larger than the other two), longer arms with hands possessing four fingers on each (including an opposable thumb), a very long and muscular tail, large, plodding feet with three toes on each and formidable atomic-based powers.

By 1954, the creature finally made his presence known to the world by destroying Japanese fishing ships with his atomic breath and menacing the natives of Odo Island,' where he was officially given the name 'Godzilla, since the natives believed the kaiju to be a legendary monster from the indigenous island folklore with that name. Godzilla soon attacked Tokyo in Japan, completely destroying the city and easily defeating the Japanese Self Defense Force. The monster was only routed through the use of a terrible weapon called the Oxygen Destroyer, invented by the eccentric scientist Dr. Daisuke Serizawa. Utilizing the deadly weapon, Dr. Serizawa committed suicide as he watched Godzilla disintegrated by the device’s oxygen destroying properties underwater (in continuity 2, it would appear that Godzilla was indeed “destroyed” by the weapon).

Godzilla wasn’t seen again for 30 years, after which the radioactive flotsam which made up his body after being disintegrated by the Oxygen Destroyer came into contact with many different nuclear waste spills in the ocean over the following three decades. Ultimately, due to his repeated exposure to huge amounts of nuclear waste, coupled with the kaiju’s extraordinary regenerative properties, Godzilla managed to reintegrate his physical form exactly as before by 1985. After destroying a Soviet nuclear submarine and absorbing its radiation, Godzilla’s size increased to 80 meters, as well as having his atomic powers greatly enhanced.
After attacking a nuclear power station at Ihama for sustenance, Godzilla trampled through Tokyo once more and defeated the J.S.D.F.’s flying war machine called the Super X in battle. He was finally defeated again after being lured into the volcano called Mt. Mihara by way of high-pitched sound waves that he was discovered to be sensitive to.
He remained alive inside the volcano for five years in a state of hibernation until he was awakened and freed from his imprisonment by a terrorist’s bomb. He then defeated the new war machine called the Super X-2, which attempted to stop him from reaching Japan, as well as resisting a psionic attack by young telepath Miki Saegusa.
Upon rampaging through Osaka, Godzilla was opposed by both the J.S.D.F. and the heroic dai kaiju called Biollante, who was created via genetic engineering by crossing Godzilla’s cells with a rose plant, and controlled by the spirit of a deceased woman named Erica Shiragami. Ultimately, Godzilla was defeated on this occasion by the Japanese military, who injected microorganisms called anti-nuclear bacteria (ANB) into his bloodstream, which would consume the radiation in his cellular structure when his body temperature wasn’t lowered by immersion in water, forcing him to flee to the ocean and remain there for two years.

In 1992, Japan was invaded by renegade time travelers from the 23rd century, who pretended to arrive in the present to eliminate Godzilla’s history from the timeline, but in actuality was out to conquer the then present time period by creating the dai kaiju called King Ghidorah II. After Godzilla destroyed a nuclear powered submarine called the Musashi II, which was searching for him, the large new influx of radiation both increased his height further to 100 meters and greatly augmented his atomic powers once more, as well as neutralizing the effect of the ANB bacteria.
Coming ashore to Hokkaido, Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah in battle and destroyed the renegade Futurians, only to then turn his fury on Japan itself and attack the city of Sapporo. Godzilla was only removed from Japan when the sole benevolent member of the Futurians, a woman named Emi Kano, traveled back to her native time period and re-created the massively injured King Ghidorah into the cybernetic Mecha-King Ghidorah. Returning to the present, Emi successfully utilized the Mecha-King Ghidorah cyborg to remove Godzilla from Japan, but the partially mechanized kaiju was destroyed in the process.

A year later, Godzilla surfaced again, and this time he was driven from Japan by the combined might of Earth’s elemental protectors, the giant moths known as Mothra II and Battra, although the latter was killed during the battle.

By 1994, the United Nations formed G-Force to deal with the ever-present menace of Godzilla, and they created the giant robotic version of the Kaiju King called Mechagodzilla II to kill him. Godzilla appeared again that year while tracking the psychic emanations from the newborn member of his species called Baby Godzilla, which brought him into conflict with the giant mutant pterodactyl called Rodan II. Defeating the flying monster, Godzilla was later nearly killed by Project G-Crusher, an attempt to kill the King of the Monsters utilizing Mechagodzilla’s shock anchor weapon to destroy Godzilla’s lower abdominal “brain.” Recovering only after absorbing the radiation from the dying body of Rodan (mortally injured in battle with Mechagodzilla), Godzilla re-emerged in his enhanced incarnation of “Super Godzilla,” and managed to destroy Mechagodzilla, who was itself merged with the bionic flying mecha known as Garuda to form the entity known as “Super Mechagodzilla.”
Godzilla then took the young Baby Godzilla under his wing, and the two departed for their new home on uninhabited Birth Island.

In 1995, Godzilla became the victim of G-Force’s T-Project, an attempt to control the kaiju through a combination of technology and Miki Saegusa’s telepathic powers. The project failed, and Godzilla ended up inadvertently saving the human race by destroying his extraterrestrial counterpart Space Godzilla alongside G-Force’s newest super-robot, Mogera II.

Finally, in 1996, Godzilla’s radiation caused Birth Island’s uranium deposits to explode, devastating the atoll and causing Godzilla to absorb more radiation than his body could handle, increasing his size to its maximum height of 120 meters, and causing his body to go critical like a living nuclear reactor. After first attacking Hong Kong with extreme frenzy due to the trauma of his internal meltdown, Godzilla later arrived in Tokyo and battled the kaiju called Destroyah, who was created by the micro-oxygen left behind by the Oxygen Destroyer itself 40 years previous, to a standstill before the latter was finished off by G-Force’s newest flying war machine, the Super X-3.
Beginning his meltdown, Godzilla was buffeted by the Super X-3’s freezing masers to prevent a massive China Syndrome effect, and the King of the Monsters finally melted into radioactive mist, meeting his demise through the same forces which first created him.
Absorbing the radioactive mist that was all that was left of Godzilla, Godzilla Junior (Baby Godzilla’s adolescent form) was accelerated to full adulthood and became the new Godzilla.

Special powers and abilities: Unlike Godzilla I, the Godzilla of the Heisei Era G-series never became semi-sentient, but remained a mindless engine of destruction to the human race, though he had an undeniable cunning that made him even more formidable in battle.

As a Godzillasaurus, before being mutated by atomic radiation, he possessed the formidable physical attributes typical of a carnosaur, though he was twice as large as an average specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex, and thus quite a bit stronger and more robust than the latter species of carnosaur.

After absorbing the radiation of the atomic bomb tests, Godzilla’s height and weight were amplified to a huge extent, and granted him tremendous physical strength, his teeth and claws could easily rip through materials ranging from flesh to metals, and his tail could be utilized as a powerful striking weapon.

Godzilla’s internal nuclear power source, which had to be periodically replenished by ingesting radiation from outside sources, gave the kaiju extraordinary regenerative properties, and he could recover from virtually any type of injury with amazing speed, depending upon the severity of the injury itself, and he could recover far quicker, often within seconds, after absorbing radiation from a particularly potent source.
Godzilla was even able to recover from being disintegrated by the Oxygen Destroyer, although the recovery process took 30 years and extensive contact of Godzilla’s remaining radioactive cellular material with large nuclear waste spills in the ocean. Godzilla’s fast regenerative G-cells may have made him virtually immortal.

Godzilla was fully amphibious, able to survive indefinitely in or out of the water, though he seemed to prefer the latter environment. Since he didn’t possess gills, it is presumed that his lungs possessed lamellae, which are oxygen-diffusing membranes, to extract oxygen from the water.

In addition to his physical attributes, Godzilla also possessed exceedingly powerful nuclear-based powers, including his atomic breath. Godzilla’s stomach and intestines had become organic nuclear reactors, creating uranium material within. This gave him an internal atomic furnace, and he possessed two fission processing organs called Uran Pockets near his lungs. By forcefully exhaling, Godzilla could push this fissionable material from his atomic furnace and into the Uran Pockets, thereby building up nuclear fission. This would result in a stream of white-hot radiation (not fire, as sometimes reported) to spew forth from his maw, and would hit any object in its path with temperatures in excess of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The entire process takes about 1.26 seconds, and is accompanied by a visible discharge of electrical energy along the monster’s dorsal fins.
Godzilla II has also displayed an additional atomic power never utilized by Godzilla I, his nuclear pulse (a phrase coined by J.D. Lees). This ultimate weapon has only been utilized by the kaiju during times of extreme physical danger or stress, so it is quite possibly a reflex action that is not consciously invoked, though Godzilla V was clearly shown using this ability consciously when he defeated Orga.
By generating a vast amount of nuclear energy in his atomic furnace, but not projecting it through his maw, Godzilla can project a devastatingly powerful, omnidirectional burst of energy from his entire body, effectively transforming himself into a living atomic bomb. This process takes several seconds of charging his atomic furnace before being initiated, which is why this power is only useful in some circumstances.

By absorbing particularly large amounts of radiation, Godzilla can permanently increase both his size and power (although there did prove to be an upper limit to how much he could safely absorb). By absorbing certain amounts of radiation under certain circumstances (such as from an organic source, like Fire Rodan), Godzilla could temporarily increase his already extraordinary cellular regenerative capacity and the power of his atomic breath into what Ed Godziszewski has christened his Uranium Power Breath. Unlike his normal atomic breath, which glows a whitish-blue, Godzilla’s Uranium Power Breath glows a fiery red and is far more intense, actually burning the atmosphere itself around it, and its effect is far more devastating than his atomic breath. This particular incarnation of the kaiju is often referred to as 'Super Godzilla,' although unlike the version of this incarnation seen in the Super Godzilla video game from Super Nintendo, the movie version doesn’t change his physical appearance. On one occasion, Godzilla was able to achieve his Super Godzilla incarnation by absorbing excess amounts of cosmic radiation.

For unknown reasons, Godzilla is very sensitive to psychic phenomena. He was attracted to the psionic emanations of other kaiju with high genetic similarities, such as Baby Godzilla, Biollante and Space Godzilla, as well as human telepaths like Miki Saegusa.

Godzilla was responsible for two other kaiju who were created from his genetic structure, Biollante and Space Godzilla, the former by having a human scientist splice his genes with a rose plant, the latter by having some of his cellular material in space combine with an alien crystalline life form and being mutated by exposure to cosmic radiation.

Significant appearances: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954); Godzilla 1985 (1984); Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989); Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991); Godzilla And Mothra: Battle For The Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993); Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

Godzilla III

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

see Baby Godzilla.

Godzilla IV (American Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: A, "3C," "3E"

Alternate names: "'Zilla," "Deanzilla," "GINO."

Height: 50 meters.

Description: The fourth version of Godzilla is outside the continuity of any of the three Japanese film series, and has appeared only in the American Godzilla film [however, one line of dialogue in the Millennium Series film, GMK, implied that this story may indeed have taken place in one, or more than one, of the series of alternate realities seen in the third Japanese G-series]. His origin is considerably different from the Godzilla’s depicted in the three Japanese film series (all of whom shared the same origin) and he doesn’t share any part of their history.

This Godzilla also doesn't resemble the Japanese versions of Godzilla very much. Although primarily bipedal (though he walked on all fours while underground) he greatly resembled a gigantic iguana with spiky plates on his back. His skin was dark gray and scaly, much like a huge lizard. Unlike the Japanese versions of Godzilla, which were “tail draggers,” Godzilla IV’s tail was elevated off the ground as the monster walked, much like that of the dinosaurs. His mouth was armed with sharp, vicious teeth and his hands and feet sported very sharp talons.

Godzilla IV is the accidental creation of negligent nuclear experiments performed by the French government from the 1980’s to the late 1990’s. As a result of the considerable amount of leftover radioactive material in the environment, a powerful, 50 meter tall genetic mutation of an undisclosed reptilian species emerged, and lived by feeding on the fish populations in the ocean (this version of the monster was apparently not a mutated dinosaur, but a mutation of another form of reptile that was not a prehistoric survivor).
Called “Godzilla” by a member of a Japanese ship that was wrecked by the creature after a legendary sea monster in Japanese mythology, the monster eventually arrives in New York City in the year 1998, both in search of food, and for the purpose of spawning others of his species (this version of Godzilla is sexually androgynous). Godzilla innocently causes much destruction in the city, and evades all attempts by the U.S. military to destroy him.

After Godzilla’s progeny are destroyed, the kaiju angrily attacks a taxi cab containing a small group of people who he saw at the location of the slaughter; this included the noted young biologist Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, who was tracking and studying Godzilla. Becoming trapped in the support wires of a bridge during his ill-fated chase of the aforementioned taxi cab, Godzilla was finally struck down by the military, and slain.

Special Powers and Abilities: Although rivaling most versions of the Japanese Godzilla in height, the American Godzilla was nowhere near as impregnable to injury. He was killed rather easily when he was struck by several large American missiles, something any of the Japanese versions of Godzilla would have simply shrugged off. He also appears to have lacked the extraordinary regenerative powers of the various Japanese incarnations of Godzilla; thus, he was unable to heal himself at an accelerated rate so as to be virtually immortal.

Godzilla IV was completely amphibious, able to survive indefinitely in or out of the water, though he appeared to prefer the latter environment. This was presumably due to oxygen diffusing membranes called lamellae, which developed around his lungs. Unlike his Japanese counterparts, Godzilla IV was able to run at high speed, easily surpassing 100 mph. at his peak, and he could make great leaps through the air. His great size obviously afforded him an incredible degree of strength, though not as great as that of any of the Japanese versions of Godzilla.
However, despite being inferior to his Japanese counterparts in strength and resilience, he was quite superior in terms of speed and agility. He wasn’t killed outright by the military during his initial battle with them due to his ability to outrun and evade the largest weaponry in their possession. He seemed more or less unaffected by laser beams, however.

This Godzilla was a hermaphrodite, possessing both male and female reproductive organs, enabling him to lay in excess of 200 eggs, all of which were self-fertilized.

He could also burrow underground with ease, and he appeared to spend much of his time in the subterranean depths, forming tunnels through which he traveled and hid.
His sense of smell was extremely keen, enabling him to easily catch the scent of fish or other prey, even when he was a great distance away or underground.

Also unlike his Japanese counterparts of various alternate realities, Godzilla IV didn’t possess the power of atomic breath. Hence, he probably possessed no internal fusion reactor as described in the entries for Godzilla I, II, and V. However, in two brief instances, he was seen to possess a form of “incendiary breath.” Apparently, Godzilla IV’s digestive processes create a huge degree of waste in the form of methane gas in his stomach. By exhaling forcefully, Godzilla was able to expel large amounts of this excess methane, which somehow ignites upon contact with already existing flames in the air, thereby causing flammable objects to undergo fast oxidation, creating clouds of flame in a small area. This ability was used very infrequently, however, and was far inferior in power to the atomic breath possessed by the Japanese versions of Godzilla.

Significant appearances: Godzilla (1998); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) [referenced only in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)]

Godzilla V (Millennium Versions)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: "3"

Alternate Names: Gojira (his Japanese name, pronounced GOD-zeel-ah), King of the Monsters, Kaiju King, Big G, Godzi (a nickname both my grandmother and J.D. Lees independently came up with for him).

Height: Approx. 55 meters.

Description: Godzilla V is not actually extant in a single, consistent continuity, as are the other versions of Godzilla appearing in this Glossary, but this "continuity" actually consists of several otherdimensional counterparts of the Kaiju King, whose exploits were documented in a different timeline appearing in each film covered under "continuity 3," and though his appearance varied slightly from timeline to timeline, it would appear that his physiology is basically the same in each. However, in one of the alternate realities seen within "continuity 3" thus far, Godzilla's origin appeared to be mystical, rather than the result of readily understandable scientific aspects of nuclear energy, and this version of Godzilla thus merits a seperate "special powers and abilities" section down below.

It would appear that the story depicted in the first G-film, however, is an historical event common to all of the timelines seen in "continuity 3," albeit with minor variations on the incident (mostly in regards to whether or not he was actually disintegrated by the Oxygen Destroyer at the end of the incident, or not).

Godzilla V (in most continuities depicted in the Alternate Reality series of G-films) was a creation of the atomic bomb tests undertaken in the Pacific Ocean by the United States from the early 1940’s to the early 1950’s. It has been theorized that Godzilla was originally one of the relatively small number of surviving dinosaurs who were created via advanced genetic engineering techniques many millennia ago by the "super-civilization" that once inhabited the now sunken continent of Mu (often called Lemuria in the West), and who once ruled much of the civilized world prior to the beginning of the official historical records; it's believed that the genetically enhanced dinosaurs (along with other large and unusual synthetically created animal species) were bred partially for the purpose of use as bio-weapons against the Muans' only real rivals for control of the world, the Atlanteans (whose home continent was situated in the Atlantic Ocean, and was also eventually destroyed), and partially as the result of experiments geared towards learning to control evolution by creating new species. After the fall of Mu/Lemuria and Atlantis prior to the beginning of the historical epochs, due to their extreme physical and genetic hardiness, many of these genetically engineered dinosaurs (many of them twice as large as their naturally evolved Mesozoic counterparts) survived into the present era on various isolated areas of the world, but most of them seemed to be situated, for many obvious reasons, on many of the numerous uncharted and mostly uninhabited islands dotting the Pacific Ocean, and lie closest to the Asian continent, particularly the island nation of Japan.
Due to the nature of these dinosaurs' genetic enhancements, many of them didn't die or even sicken upon exposure to large amounts of atomic radiation, but instead mutated into far larger, extremely powerful, and near-invulnerable creatures who thrived on nuclear energy, and became an extreme hazard for modern civilization after the beginning of the Atomic Age of human history.

Although the monster’s outward appearance has changed in a subtle manner from year to year, possibly as a consequence of his continually mutating physiology, Godzilla’s basic form remains constant. His stance is bipedal, following the basic form of a carnosaur, his skin is definitively green (not gray, as was the case with his counterpart seen in the Showa Series of G-films), and of a ridgy texture, he has three rows of dorsal fins on his back, with the middle row much larger than the outer two on each side, a very long muscular tail, and large, plodding feet. He possesses two hands capable of grasping objects like a human being, and he has four taloned fingers (including an opposable thumb) on each hand, and three toes on each foot. Some of the dimensional counterparts of Godzilla seen in the Alternate Reality series appear to have much larger, sharper, and far more pronounced dorsal plates, with a more lizardlike head possessing very sharp, lethal-looking teeth.

In all of the various alternate realities seen in "continuity 3," Godzilla first appeared to the modern world in 1954, and launched a devestating attack on the Japanese city of Tokyo, utterly destroying the city in the process, and easily fending off the attempts of the Japanese military to destroy him. He then departed, only to menace the island nation of Japan repeatedly since then, usually spurred on by his voracious appetite for the nuclear energy to be found in the many Japanese nuclear power plants (the number of times, places, and incidents varying in each reality), often engaging in battles with other dai kaiju who periodically appeared, and forcing Japanese scientists and military personnel to develop various countermeasures against him (also varying greatly, depending on different historical events in different realities). Three different alternate realities have been depicted in "continuity 3" thus far (again, all of which have only Godzilla's 1954 attack on Tokyo in common):

Continuity 3A: In the year 2000, Godzilla engages in one of his periodic attacks on Japan, but this time he not only meets resistance at the hands of the SDA (Japanese Self Defense Force, who unsuccessfully attempt to halt his progress with a new form of full-metal missles), but also an extraterrestrial spacecraft which initially laid dormant on that Earth for thousands of years, but which taps into all of the computer technology in Japan, thus gaining access to files containing Godzilla's DNA, and ultimately creating a genetic doppelganger of Godzilla known as Orga, whom Godzilla then battles and defeats before returning to his destructive trek in Japan.

Continuity 3B: After his initial 1954 attack on Japan (which prompted the Japanese government of this reality to move its capitol from Tokyo to Osaka), Godzilla engaged in another destructive assault on the land of the rising sun of this particular Earth in 1966, this time in Tokai Village, where Japan had its first nuclear power plant, the energy of which Godzilla would "feed" upon. This caused the Japanese government to outlaw nuclear energy, and to attempt to replace the latter with various types of environmentally "clean" sources of energy that would not attract Godzilla's attention. Over the next three decades, Japan tried various types of "clean" energy, such as wind, solar, and hydro, in an attempt to produce the amount of electricity that the citizens of Japan needed and demanded. Though this indeed prevented Godzilla from being attracted to Japan, these "clean" energy methods could not produce electricity with the sufficiency that nuclear power did in the eyes of the Japanese government, and the Japanese Bureau of Science and Technology thus put much effort into researching a new means of generating such energy that would be different from nuclear energy, but which could equal it in power output. By 1996, the Bureau had discovered that plasma energy, utilizing fast hydrogen to create it, could rival nuclear energy in efficiently producing electricity, and thus the Japanese government had the island nation's first plasma-generating plant constructed in Osaka that year. Unfortunately, plasma energy turned out to be every bit as attractive to Godzilla as an energy "food" source as was nuclear energy. Godzilla surfaced in Japan once more, trashed Osaka, destroyed the plant for its stores of plasma, and defeated the best attempts by the SDF to stop him. After this, plasma generating technology was also outlawed in Japan, and the government put funding into the creation of the Anti-Godzilla Defense (AGD) organization, full of specially trained and equipped soldiers known as the G-Graspers, designed to counter any possible attack by Godzilla which may materialize in the future; the team was led by a former SDF member named Kiriko Tsujimori, a soldier who participated in the SDF's 1996 battle with Godzilla, and swore vengeance on the Kaiju King when her commanding officer was killed saving her life during the battle. By the year 2001, the AGD developed a new weapon known as the Dimension Tide, which would attempt to remove the threat of Godzilla once and for all by opening a temporary miniature black hole in the beast's near-vicinity, thus displacing him from that Earth's dimension forever. However, plasma-generating "neutron" energy continued to be secretly utilized by the corrupt head of the AGD in Aqua City, Osaka, and Tokyo, which caused Godzilla to once again return to Japan in 2001 to partake of those "tasty" sources of energy. After defeating the initial attacks of the AGD, including their formidable Gryphon aircraft, the Dimension Tide is used, though the first mini-black hole fails to open close enough to displace Godzilla. Nevertheless, it does release a form of huge and deadly, energy-feeding extradimensional insect known as Meganulon II, which quickly forms an enormous swarm who transforms into a flying form known as Meganula, which attack Godzilla in large numbers for his vast internal stores of atomic energy. The Kaiju King manages to fend off the swarm before they "bleed him dry" of energy, though the swarm later help create a single large queen insect, known as Megaguirus, whose size rivals that of Godzilla, and who likewise attacks the latter for his energy. After a vicious battle, Godzilla manages to destroy Megaguirus, and after his continued trek through Japan in search of the various hidden neutron energy facilities strewn througout the island nation (before Tsujimori uncovers the scandal), this version of Godzilla is finally successfully dimensionally displaced from his reality by a second usage of the Dimension Tide.

Continuity 3C: This particular dimension appeared to be much more distant from the others in terms of history, as the origin and nature of Godzilla appears to be completely different from all previous versions seen to date. Thus, this appears to be the first of possibly several parallel realities which do not diverge from Godzilla's initial 1954 attack on Japan, but rather begins much further in the past than that (an article by G-fan Aaron Conway proposing an hypothesis on how the various universes where a version of Godzilla exists diverge from each other, and what the common denominators of each may be [suggesting that King Ghidorah, or a whole ancient species of such creatures, may be the cause], appears in G-Fan #46). Thus, not every reality containing a version of Godzilla will necessarily diverge from each other from a similar timeline (particularly since there is even a version of Godzilla extant in the Marvel Universe, though for obvious legal reasons, that version of the Big G has not been depicted anywhere in the comics chronicling the events of that universe for over two decades, despite a possible "teaser" appearance in an early 1980's issue of IRON MAN, implying that he had been mutated into a nearly unrecognizable, far smaller form by Dr. Demonicus, his old human nemesis from the Big G's own Marvel comic); this is also evident when you consider the disparate version of Godzilla seen in continuity A, which there is some reason to believe may have occurred in the same reality described here as "continuity 3C" (according to an offhand remark made in the film depicting the latter continuity).
In the reality depicted in "continuity 3C," Godzilla was evidently mystical in nature, and was strongly connected to the Japanese islands in some manner by its ancient ancestral spirits (a strong part of Japan's native Shinto religion), and may have been a vastly powerful bio-ethereal embodiment of various angered and embittered spirits of deceased Japanese people who were able to somehow utilize the ancient mystical energies surrounding Japan to form the destructive, intelligent, but viciously animalistic kaiju known as Godzilla. This version of Godzilla menaced ancient Japan, but the deities and ancestral spirits devoted to protecting the island from harm had created various "guardian monsters" of Japan known as Baragon II, Mothra IV, and King Ghidorah IV, the latter being the most powerful of these guardians (who was evidently linked in some manner with this reality's version of Orochi, the great eight-headed dragon of Japanese legend) to oppose Godzilla when the beast manifested itself under certain circumstances. This reality's version of the Kaiju King was apparently defeated by the combined might of these three guardian monsters, along with various other mystical beings and human warriors acting in concert. The angry and bereaved spirits of innocent Japanese people killed as a result of Japan's entry into World War II eventually utilized the still powerful mystical/spiritual energies surrounding the island nation to coalesce into another manifestation of Godzilla in 1954, who attacked and destroyed Tokyo in that year, only to be defeated by the SDF without the awakening or intervention of the guardian monsters. However, complicated reasons involving an apparent spiritual crisis in the Japanese civilization of today, which has seemingly angered many of the ancestral spirits, caused Godzilla to re-manifest in the year 2002, and to threaten Japan anew, evidently more powerful than ever before. This time the SDF, let by the intrepid Lt. General Tachibana, fails to defeat the brutal kaiju, and once again the legendary guardian monsters appear to stop Godzilla. Baragon is defeated in an ill-advised solo assault on the Kaiju King, and afterwards, the combined might of Mothra and King Ghidorah proves unable to stop Godzilla this time around. However, General Tachibana manages to utilize a new military vehicle he was piloting to seriously injure Godzilla from within, thus causing the bio-mystical energies powering his form to run amok and consume him, once again ending the threat of Godzilla to that reality's Japan.

Continuity D (a.k.a., Millennium X Version): In this reality, following Godzilla's 1954 attack on Japan, he had re-formed himself by 1999, and rose from Tokyo Bay, where a contingent of the Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF) failed to stop him.
He appeared again in 2003, but this time he was countered and driven from Japan by the cybernetic kaiju Mechagodzilla 3, whose interior organic aspect was composed of Godzilla's original skeleton, left at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean following his temporary 1954 discorporation by the Oxygen Destroyer.
A year later, Godzilla returned to Japan anew, evidently attracted to the psychic emissions from the organic skeleton within Mechagodzilla, and this time Mothra 5 attacked Godzilla in defense of Japan. Godzilla roundly defeated the adult stage Mothra, but he was then forced to face both Mechagodzilla and the newly hatched Mothra twin larvae. The combined might of these other three kaiju managed to fell Godzilla after a harrowing battle, and Mecha G carried the Atomic Titan into the Japan Trench, where Mechagodzilla, now acting of his own volition, could finally lay the bones of the "first" Godzilla for good.

Special powers and abilities: This will vary for the various versions of Godzilla seen throughout the Millennium Series, but since the majority of Godzilla counterparts appear to be derived from a scientific, nuclear origin, his features and powers can be described thusly:

Godzilla’s great height and weight gave him tremendous strength, arguably greater than that of any other dai kaiju on Earth. His tail could also be used as a powerful striking weapon, and in at least some versions of Godzilla seen in the various alternate realities of "continuity 3," his tail is prehensile, and can be used to grasp an opponent or object. His large, spiky dorsal plates are most likely utilized for steering while traveling underwater, but they are extremely sharp at the tips, and can be used to cut or even sever the limb of any opponent who is unfortunate enough to come into contact with them during a battle.
Due to his radioactive nature, Godzilla could regenerate from virtually any injury with astounding speed, but he could do so quicker by absorbing energy from other sources, preferably nuclear/radioactive, though he could also absorb other types of powerful energy, such as plasma or "neutron" energy. It is not known if the various versions of Godzilla V could absorb large amounts of electricity in a pinch or not, as Godzilla I could. Due to his internal atomic energy source, Godzilla has virtually inexhaustible stamina, and rarely ever appears to tire. In fact, some sources have claimed that due to Godzilla’s internal nuclear energy and extraordinary regenerative capacity, he may be nearly immortal. His skin is so resistant to injury that he has easily withstood repeated attacks by military forces, including tanks, missiles, and assault jets, and he has resisted assault by weapons much more powerful than the latter weaponry on more than one occasion in each respective reality. Further, his fast regenerative ability will allow him to seemingly heal incredibly quickly from any type of injury short of complete incineration, and even then at least some dimensional counterparts of Godzilla were able to reintegrate themselves from relatively small particles of their radioactive skin being left over in the ocean after being disintegrated by the Oxygen Destroyer, as soon as they came into contact with sufficient amounts of nuclear waste spilled in the ocean over the years (though this would take decades).

Godzilla is also completely amphibious, and can survive indefinitely on land or underwater, but he often seems to prefer the latter environment. Since he does not possess gills, it is presumed that he possesses lamellae, which are oxygen-diffusing membranes, in his lungs.

As a result of the radiation he consumes, Godzilla’s digestive system produces uranium material, which is collected in two organs called Uran Pockets near his lungs. This is the source of his greatest power, his atomic breath. By exhaling forcefully, Godzilla pushes radioactive material from his atomic furnace in his intestines into the Uran Pockets, which create a form of nuclear fission that expels an extremely powerful blast of nuclear charged radiation that glows fiery red in a spectacularly visible effect (contrary to many claims, Godzilla does not exhale fire, but rather concentrated radiation that produces a heating effect which is greater than that of ordinary flame). It takes Godzilla a few seconds to build up a large enough charge to expel a burst of atomic radiation, which can be seen in a visible display building in his maw, and an accompanying energy discharge is always visible around his dorsal fins when he utilizes his atomic breath, as this evidently causes them to glow red hot.

Godzilla can also apparently build up atomic energy in his Uran Pockets without expelling it, thus causing his entire body to progressively and dramatically increase in temperature, which first becomes evident in his dorsal plates. Any opponent or object in direct contact with Godzilla when his Uran Pockets rapidly increase his body's internal, and eventually external, temperature, will begin to burn or melt (whatever the case may be), and will eventually combust or "explode." It hasn't yet been established if the "continuity 3" versions of Godzilla are truly capable of the omni-directional "nuclear pulse" power of Godzilla II, though the "heating up" power of the various versions of Godzilla V may be the equivalent of that. It should also be noted that the atomic breath of the various versions of Godzilla V glows a fiery red rather than the whitish-blue of Godzilla I and II.

Godzilla of "continuity 3C" appears to have a completely different power source than many of those who exist in the other "continuity 3" realities, which is likely to be bio-mystical in nature, rather than nuclear, though the devestating effect is much the same. This version of Godzilla appeared to draw and build mystical energy, possibly from the collective chakra fields of the thousands of human ancestral spirits who combined to form his bio-mystical body, or by building such power by absorbing it from the mystical ley lines of the planet Earth that exist in Japan. In order for this version of Godzilla to use his "atomic breath," it takes him several seconds to build up the charge, and when he expels this built up bio-mystical energy, it creates an extraordinarily devestating effect, with an impact similar to that of a small nuclear weapon detonation. This energy was known to build in the center of his chest, where one of the main power centers for building "chi" energy in human beings exists, and thus this version of Godzilla may be using a similar method. Hence, he may indeed be utilizing his bio-mystical body's chakra centers to build up chi energy, much as the most skilled human martial artists in the world often do, but on a vastly greater scale, and actually expelling it in a forceful manner.

Significant appearances: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954); (Godzilla of "continuity 3A") Godzilla 2000 (1999); (Godzilla of "continuity 3B") Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000); (Godzilla of "continuity 3C") Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001); (Godzilla of "continuity 3D") Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 3 (2002); Godzilla, Mothra and Mechagodzilla: S.O.S. Tokyo (2003)

Godzilla Junior

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

see Baby Godzilla.

Godzillasaurus

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: see Godzilla II.

Height: 12 meters

Description: The Godzillasaurus was a species of extremely large carnosaur who was artifically created over 10,000 years ago by the advanced genetic engineering technology of the ancient civilization who once dwelled on the new sunken continent of Mu (called Lemuria in the West) in the Pacific Ocean, and who once ruled most of the civilized world prior to the beginning of recorded history. These dinosaurs, who were often twice as large and strong as their naturally evolved cousins during the Mesozoic Era, were often used as bio-weapons by the Muan civilization against the Atlanteans, their only real rivals for world dominance in the past, and many descendants of the ultra-large dinosaurs they created via genetic engineering still thrive in small numbers on various isolated jungle locales across the world, but the majority of them dwell on the numerous small uncharted islands strewn across the Pacific Ocean, including the Godzillasaurus who was encountered on Lagos Island in 1944, though the mystery carnosaur (who later went on to bigger and better things after his genetically enhanced physiology was exposed to atomic radiation) was not actually named and identified until 1992.
The beast resembled a Tyrannosaurus rex in most ways, but like many of the ultra-dinosaurs created by the Muans via advanced genetic engineering techniques, the Godzillasaurus was twice as large as the largest known naturally evolved T. rex. Since they survived only in small numbers by the historical period, these ultra-dinosaurs remained largely hidden from the civilized world until their existence became obvious once several of their number were mutated into even larger and vastly powerful creatures after they were exposed to atomic radiation due to the reckless atomic bomb tests conducted by the U.S. government during the 1940's, and they subsequently became an extreme hazard to modern human civilizations.
Contrary to what was suggested in certain texts, it's almost certain that the artifically created Godzillasaurus species was not a leaf eater, as it was clearly carnosaurian in its anatomical features.

The adult Godzillasaurus encountered on Lagos Island in 1944 attacked and slaughtered a regiment of the U.S. Navy during a WWII conflict with Japanese soldiers there, before being severely injured itself from a retaliatory attack by an American battleship.
The dinosaur was later mutated into Godzilla II by exposure to atomic bomb tests in the Pacific Ocean conducted by the United States in the early 1950's.

For a description of the beast’s history after becoming Godzilla, see the entry on Godzilla II.

Special powers and abilities: The Godzillasaurus possessed formidable physical attributes typical of a prehistoric carnosaur. The dinosaur was resistant to gunfire, though not to the more powerful firepower found in the arsenal of a U.S. battleship.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991)

Godzilla Prediction Network

Category: Organization

Continuity: "3A"

Alternate names: The official acronym for this organization is GPN.

Description: The Godzilla Prediction Network (GPN) was created in 2000 on the Earth residing in "continuity 3A" by an eccentric computer specialist named Shinoda and his brilliant 12 year old daughter I-O with the goal of using modern computer technology to track Godzilla V's movements around Japan, with the hope of determining when and where the kaiju will strike. The ultimate goal of that organization, which was operated by the father and daughter team alone (and not taken very seriously by the Japanese military), was to hopefully mitigate the destruction caused by Godzilla's periodic rampages in Japan.

At the time of the Millennium, Shinoda became involved with the apperance of the mysterious techno-organic starship laying dormant beneath the Pacific Ocean for 6,000 years, and its eventual clash with Godzilla, along with its creation of a new kaiju known as Orga from the former's DNA. The GPN ultimately played an important role in the entire incident, and Shinoda nearly lost his life several times during the ensuing adventure.

Significant appearances: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Gorath I (Showa Version)

Category: Celestial Object

Continuity: 1

Description: Gorath was the name given to what appeared to be a rogue neutron star fragment (euphemistically referred to as a "mystery planet" in the Japanese press) that traveled into Earth's solar system by the 20th century. Upon doing so, it's believed to have wreaked havoc on many advanced intrasolar Muan colonies, including that of the Xians and the Simeons, thus forcing them to turn their attention towards their origin planet of Earth (as per the speculations of writer Den Valdron, which this author agrees with).

By the year 1977, Gorath had passed Saturn, breaking up much of its gaseous ring structure in the process, and was on a collision course with Earth. In fact, the moon was reported as being destroyed, but this was likely an exaggeration, as it was later shown intact in other sources.
In order to avoid the destruction of the human homeworld, the United Nations of Godzilla I's Earth hastily but cleverly conceived a wild plan to place incredibly powerful thruster rockets at various strategic locations on the planet's surface, which would serve the purpose of moving the Earth out of the errant neutron star fragment's way, and then subsequently move the Earth back into its proper orbit once it was safe to do so (writer Gordon Long has speculated that certain technology which the U.N. had previously confiscated from the Mysterian, Xian, Nebulan, Garogain, and Simeon intrasolor Muan colonies enabled them to develop limited warp capacity so as to move the Earth to a safe distance and back in that manner, i.e., the creation of a brief hyper-tunnel in space, and given the different physics of the Showa Toho Universe in comparison with our own reality, it's hard to say how the U.N. scientists and engineers actually accomplished such a remarkable feat, and if what we saw in the recorded source should be taken at relative face value or not).
Following the successful moving and restoration of the Earth to its proper orbit, Gorath rapidly moved out of the Sol system, to trouble its inhabitants no longer.

Significant appearances: Gorath (1963)

Gorath II (Millennium Version)

Category: Celestial Object

Continuity: "3E"

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Gorosaurus

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1 Alternate names: Mistakenly referred to as “Baragon” during his attack on Paris in all the film versions of Destroy All Monsters.

Height: 50 meters

Description: Gorosaurus is one of the small number of prehistoric animals that survived into the 20th century on the South Seas atoll called Farou Island, and is likely to be descended from a group dinosaurs who were created artificially via the advanced genetic engineering techniques of the civilization that once lived on the now sunken continent of Mu (called Lemuria in the West), and who ruled the world many millenia ago. A carnosaur who appeared to be a mega-huge Gorgosaurus or Allosaurus, Gorosaurus is far larger than a normal dinosaur of this species, and it's been suggested that the consumption of growth-inducing soma berries found on the island (though it's unknown as to why so many non-herbivorous species of dinosaur and octopi near the island found the berries so appealing in a culinary sense) may have caused a few of these descendants of the dinosaurs created by the Muan scientists many thousands of years ago, the former of whom were twice as large as their naturally occurring counterparts in the Mesozoic Era, to attain a size that is easily ten times that of the equivalent species who dwelled upon the Earth during the Age of Reptiles (see the Godzilla Event Timeline elsewhere on this site for more info on this). Thus, despite his immense size, Gorosaurus was just an over-sized dinosaur, and not a dinosaur mutation as was the case with several of his fellow kaiju, which explains his lack of offensive radiation-oriented beam weaponry.

First encountered by an expedition to the island in 1967, Gorosaurus was defeated in a fierce battle with the island’s simian god-king, King Kong.
By 1969, Gorosaurus had been removed from his native home and placed upon Monster Island.

In the year 1999, Gorosaurus, as well as all the other kaiju confined to Monster Island (such as Godzilla I, Rodan I and Mothra I), fell under the nefarious control of the invading alien race known as the Kilaaks. The monsters were ordered to attack various cities across the world, and Gorosaurus himself attacked Paris, destroying the Eiffel Tower in the process. After being freed from alien control, Gorosaurus played a major part alongside his fellow kaiju in the defeat of the extraterrestrial monster known as King Ghidorah I, who was the ultimate weapon of the Kilaaks.

Special powers and abilities: Gorosaurus possesses the proportionate physical might of a 50 meter tall carnosaur. He’s a truly fearsome fighter, as he utilizes his great strength and powerful jaws to good effect.
He also possesses a formidable patented fighting move sometimes referred to as his "kangaroo kick" by G-fans: balancing himself on his tail, Gorosaurus can deliver a devastating kick to an opponent with both of his legs at once. He also appears to be unusually intelligent for a dinosaur.
Since he apparently doesn’t owe his great size to radiation, Gorosaurus lacks any type of offensive beam weapons.

Significant appearances: King Kong Escapes (1967); (presence on Monster Island in the present established) Godzilla’s Revenge (1969); Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Gohten

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1

See: Atragon

Gotengo

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1

See: Atragon

Gryphon

Category: Mecha

Continuity: "3B"

Alternate names: Sometimes spelled "Griffon."

Description: The Gryphon is the name given to a formidable aircraft designed by engineers working for the Anti-Godzilla Defense Bureau (AGD) in timeline "3B" as a potential countermeasure against Godzilla V, and officially used against that reality's version of the Kaiju King in 2001. It was destroyed after a deliberate collision with Godzilla.

The Gryphon, named after the flying monster that appeared in Greco-Roman and Persian mythology, and was depicted in art as being a hybrid between a lion and an eagle, could fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3, and though possessing a sophisticated computer system, including radar and targeting, it was piloted by a human crew. The aircraft was also equipped with a large amount of powerful weaponry, including extremely destructive Dragon-arrow missiles that were designed to directly home in on Godzilla's internal nuclear energy, and photon guns, that projected powerful bolts of energy.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

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Hachioji Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: "3D"

Alternate names: Sometimes called Hamada Island.

Description: This South Pacific atoll is situated very close to Japan, and is officially owned by the Japanese government. An Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF) base was on that island by 2003, and in 2004 Mothra created an egg there so that the newly hatched larvae would be able to swim to Japan much more quickly than if they had hatched from the more distant Infant Island.

Significant appearances: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002); Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Hedorah I (Showa Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: The Smog Monster. His name is sometimes spelled “Hedora.”

Height: Variable; at its original size, the numerous component creatures ranged from microscopic to the size of a trout. Its original aquatic giant stage was about 4 meters long. Its amphibious and flying stages were both about 30 meters long. Its final stage was over 70 meters tall.

Description: Hedorah has been theorized to be of extraterrestrial origin, having come to Earth ages ago as a large group of multi microorganisms attached to a meteor. They remained dormant until the year 1971, when the huge amounts of toxic pollutants within Japan’s Suruga Bay acted as a food source for the alien creatures. It was named by a scientist who was severely injured as a result of investigating the creature.
In their initial microscopic stage, the organisms resembled dark black tadpoles, and would merge together to form larger such creatures of a macrocellular size. Finally, one of the organisms resembled a coal-colored giant tadpole with huge red eyes. After all of these creatures merged into a single such creature of enormous size, they soon mutated into an amphibious form which resembled a quadrapedal lizard composed entirely of sludge, and with a front portion that appeared to be a barely formed head with large red eyes.
Its flying form resembled a gigantic pancake with large red eyes.
In its ultimate stage, Hedorah appeared as a towering, bipedal mass of sludge with two large red eyes, one of which was partially closed and non-functional for unknown reasons. After feeding upon toxic waste and pollution producing fuels across Japan’s industrial infrastructure and terrorizing the nation with its poisonous byproducts, Hedorah was challenged by Godzilla 1. The toxic kaiju was finally defeated by a combination of Godzilla's might and electricity-producing generators provided by the Japanese Self Defense Force.

Special powers and abilities: All of Hedorah’s pollution-based powers were by-products of the smog monster’s consumption of toxic wastes and industrial pollutants.

In Hedorah’s initial fully aquatic form, the creature would damage ships in the harbor and attack human beings by virtue of its large mass.

In its amphibious form, Hedorah’s body was composed of semi-solid sludge, making it invulnerable to many types of physical attacks, and the monster could take enormous leaps into the air. The creature could also spit chunks of corrosive slime capable of severely burning even Godzilla’s tough hide, and it could also defecate large pools of liquid slime that could engulf and even drown an opponent.

In its flying form, Hedorah appeared to be much more solid in order to be capable of flight, and it could achieve great but undetermined speeds, and was highly maneuverable. In this form, the creature could release large clouds of poisonous smog, as well as corrosive pollutants that would disintegrate human beings to primordial ooze upon contact.

In its final, ultimate form, Hedorah was once again semi-solid, and it could spit its corrosive slime as well as project a laser like beam of toxic energy from its functional eye. Once again, the creature's semi-solid form enabled it to hold a definate shape, but rendered it nearly invulnerable to many forms of physical attack. In this form, Hedorah could also metamorphose back and forth to its flying stage at will.
The semi-amorphous creature’s power resided in twin solid nuclei, which resembled huge glowing spheres, and were composed of a substance called Hedrian. The creature’s one fatal weakness, other than having its Hedrian nuclei ripped out and crushed, was excessive exposure to electricity, which would dry the creature’s sludge-like substance into powder.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)

Hedorah II (Millennium Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: "3E"

[Coming Soon]

Hell Commander

Category: Character/Alien

Continuity: 1

[Coming Soon]

Hell Fighter

Category: Mecha

Continuity: 1

[Coming Soon]

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Infant Island I (Showa Version)

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1

Description: Infant Island is an atoll sitting in the southern Pacific Ocean fairly close to Indonesia. Once lush with vegetation and animal life, the island was devastated by the wanton testing of nuclear weapons in the Pacific during the 1940’s and '50’s. For unknown reasons, this island was particularly sacred to the life force of the Earth itself, and the primitive but peaceful natives of the island were spared dying from the radiation by a mystical field of energy.
Nevertheless, the epicurean flora and fauna only remained alive in the very center of the island, and the native populace were forced to confine themselves to it. Perhaps due to nuclear mutation, a species of man-eating, carnivorous plant existed there. The natives were guided by two 30 cm tall telepathic twin girls known as the Shobijan (Japanese for “little beautiful people”) who not only protected them from the carnivorous plants, but also acted as their communicator with Mothra I, the protector of the Earth who was created by the planet’s life force on Infant Island, who called that atoll home.

The island was first encountered by the outside world in 1961, when the Shobijan were kidnapped by unscrupulous American businessmen in Japan, causing Mothra to attack that nation to rescue them. Mothra’s various incarnations dwelled on that island until about 1968 or ‘69, when she was somehow moved to Monster Island under circumstances that were never recorded.

Significant appearances: Mothra (1961); Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964); Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964); Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

Infant Island II (Heisei Version)

Category: Locale

Continuity: 2

Description: Located in the south Pacific off the coast of Indonesia, Infant Island was the home 12,000 years ago of a surviving colony of the Muan civilization who developed various technologies of their own, and eventually became the advanced race known as the Cosmos. The Muan colony who eventually became the Cosmos migrated to Infant Island after the war between Mu (called Lemuria in the West) and Atlantis eventually resulted in the complete destruction of both continents, and the near-total destruction of both civilizations, with virtually all of their many wondrous advances in science, technology, and architecture being lost to the human civilizations who would rise in the world beginning with the recorded historical period.
Since the Cosmos retained much of the technology developed by the Muans, they took over as the dominant society of the world for a relatively brief period of time before the misuse of their technology caused their civilization to fall as well, and after this, their many technological innovations were likewise lost to the following historical world cultures that emerged, beginning with ancient Sumeria about 8,000 years ago.

Infant Island is also the ancestral home of Mothra II, the defender of the Earth created by the lifeforce of the planet itself. The island was later rendered bereft of all its native civilization by a flood caused by the destruction of the Cosmos’ weather control system during the ancient battle between Mothra and Battra. Only two members of the Cosmos remained on the island by the late 20th century, and they were 30 cm in height, identical twins and telepathically linked (it is unknown if the original race of Cosmos was this diminutive height, though they were all known to have psychic abilities).

In 1993, Infant Island was severely deforested by the infamous Murumoto Corporation, which, along with other disasters in the Earth’s environment, caused Mothra’s egg to be re-created by the planet.
The island is currently uninhabited, as the Cosmos and Mothra have left the planet on an extended mission in deep space to save the Earth from an oncoming Apollo asteroid.

Significant appearances: Godzilla And Mothra: Battle For The Earth (1992)

Infant Island III (Millennium X Version)

Category: Locale

Continuity: "3D"

Description: Infant Island is an atoll sitting in the southern Pacific Ocean fairly close to Indonesia. Once lush with vegetation and animal life, the island was devastated by the wanton testing of nuclear weapons in the Pacific during the 1940’s and '50’s. For unknown reasons, this island was particularly sacred to the life force of the Earth itself, and the primitive but peaceful natives of the island were spared dying from the radiation by a mystical field of energy.
Nevertheless, the epicurean flora and fauna only remained alive in the very center of the island, and the native populace were forced to confine themselves to it. Perhaps due to nuclear mutation, a species of man-eating, carnivorous plant existed there. The natives were guided by two 30 cm tall telepathic twin girls known as the Shobijin (Japanese for “little beautiful people”) who not only protected them from the carnivorous plants, but also acted as their communicator with Mothra 3, the protector of the Earth who was created by the planet’s life force on Infant Island, who called that atoll home.

Significant appearances: [in photo] Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Iwato Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1

Description: A small, uninhabited island in the Japan Sea, Iwato Island was the location where Godzilla I mysteriously appeared in 1956 after being seemingly disintegrated a year earlier. He was seen in battle with the dai kaiju Anguirus by one lone pilot who had made an emergency landing on the atoll.

Significant appearances: Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Iwo Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1

Description: Iwo Island is a tiny island that is a popular spot for elementary school teachers to take their classes on hikes, and it's located just off the coast of Japan. It’s famous only for the battle between Godzilla I and the twin Mothra I larvae which took place there in early 1964.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)

Japan

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1, 2, "3"

Alternate names: Commonly referred to as the Land of the Rising Sun.

Description: Japan is the island nation in the South Pacific that is most frequently beset by Godzilla and many other dai kaiju across many disparate timelines. In all timelines within each of the various G-universes, Godzilla's initial 20th century attack on Japan occurred in 1954, where the kaiju decimated the Japanese capital of Tokyo, and the attacks on various locales in Japan then recurred subsequently over the ensuing decades, the number of times depending upon the respective timeline. Thus, it may be presumed that for some reason the aforementioned 1954 attack on Tokyo was a dimensional nexus point of some sort, in which all timelines seen subsequently in the various G-films diverged from (though it has been revealed that in at least one reality seen thus far, "continuity 3C," Godzilla had an ancient history with Japan that preceeded his 1954 attack). It's unknown why, amongst the myraid number of nation-states existing in the world during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Japan seems to attract the largest number of kaiju attacks. It may be hypothesized that the location where the various versions of Japan across the multiverse reside may very well serve as a major dimensional nexus of some sort, which somehow affects the quantum probability fields surrounding each world so as to make each dimensional version of Japan particularly "prone" to kaiju attacks as a matter of course. Exactly why the probability factor regarding kaiju attacks across many different realities, including those which do not even have a counterpart of Godzilla [such as the series of universes inhabited by Ultraman and other sentai, or the series of universes inhabited by counterparts of Gamera], seem to "favor" Japan is unknown, and since the Japanese scientists, particularly the quantum physicists, of each respective reality are mostly unaware multiple realities exist, systematic scientific research into the reason for the various dimensional counterparts of Japan having a probability ratio towards making the many versions of that nation-state "prone" to attacks by dai kaiju across the breadth of the multiverse has evidently not yet been conducted.

In some timelines, Japan suffered only one or a few attacks by Godzilla following his initial 1954 attack on that nation, whereas Japan in other continuities (particularly continuity 1) have suffered numerous attacks by various versions of the Kaiju King throughout the decades, and also by other kaiju and even alien invasions without Godzilla's involvement or presence. In continuity 1, the Godzilla indigenous to that reality even eventually evolved into a sentient protector of Japan, guarding it against various malevolent kaiju and alien races which threatened the safety of the island nation. In most such timelines, however, Godzilla remained a destructive menace to Japan, and he was even sometimes opposed by other kaiju whose goal (for various reasons) was to protect Japan from the Big G's fury.

On most timelines Japan was protected by the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF), the name for the modern Japanese government's official armed forces, and in many timelines the JSDF developed highly advanced and specialized technology and military units designed exclusively to deal with the menace of Godzilla and other kaiju (or aliens) who repeatedly threatened the welfare of the island nation's citizens and infrastructure. These weapons, across various timelines, have included maser projecting weaponry, a species of radiation eating bacteria created via genetic engineering, technology designed to control the Kaiju King via the psionic power of telepathy, various powerful mecha designed to battle Godzilla (everything from highly advanced aircraft such as the Super X models or even gigantic robots like Mechagodzilla II and III, and Mogera II), and even a weapon designed to dimensionally displace Godzilla from the Earth dimension by creating a miniature quantum point singularity in his near-vicinity.

In terms of its topography and general characteristics, Japan is a moderately sized country situated on a small chain of islands, though it has an extremely large population (particularly in comparison to the population size of the United States), and a rich culture based upon an ideological and spiritual foundation steeped in the ancient pantheistic religion of Shinto, though a large Buddhist spiritual base also exists there. Japan is the second wealthiest nation in the world, and is on the cutting edge across the globe in most dimensional realities in regards to developing the most advanced technology in the world within all fields of technological endeavor. In an alternate future timeline seen within continuity 2, Japan had become the leading economic "superpower" in the world by some point in the 21st century, and was the leading geographic region in terms of productive capacity within the world government known as the Earth Union by the early 23rd century in that timeline. Though Japan presently has a ruthlessly competitive capitalistic economy and society based upon rigid class divisions and unequal distribution of its great wealth (just like all the other wealthy "First World" countries that presently dot the landscape of the various planet Earths across the multiverse), with a strong nationalistic pride which rivals that seen amongst the populace in the United States and Great Britain, its culture supports an ideology that values personal honor, an emphasis on the good of the entire society coming before the needs of the lone individual, and a deep and abiding spiritual affinity with the natural world that contradicts the rapacious materialism and commercialism that comes with a strong capitalist economic foundation, leaving much in the way of hope for the future in regards to this fabled nation.

It remains a mystery how the various versions of Japan seen in the timelines containing dai kaiju have been financially capable of rebuilding themselves after many of its major cities have been destroyed so many times due to incessant kaiju attacks.

Significant appearances: All G-films to date

Jet Jaguar

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: He was called “Robotman” in the American comic book adaptation of Godzilla vs. Megalon issued in 1976 by Cinema Shares.

Height: (normal) 1.8 meters; (giant-size) 50 meters

Description: Jet Jaguar was a human-sized, semi-humanoid robot built by the Japanese master roboticist Prof. Goro Ibuki. He looks vaguely like an armored human warrior (somewhat like Marvel Comics' Iron Man) and is chrome, blue and red in color.

The robot was stolen from Prof. Ibuki by agents of the advanced underground civilization of Seatopia for use as a mobile control unit for their monster, Megalon, during the hidden race’s attempt to conquer the surface world in 1973.

Eventually wresting control of himself away from the Seatopians thanks to a pre-programming initiative by Prof. Ibuki, Jet Jaguar flew to Monster Island to seek assistance from Godzilla I, who was by then a defender of the human race, and then flew back to confront Megalon himself. Somehow programming himself to increase his own size to equal that of Megalon, Jet Jaguar battled and came close to defeating the insectoid kaiju until the Seatopians summoned the alien cyborg monster Gigan to enter the fray. Jet Jaguar was totally overwhelmed by the combined might of both monsters until Godzilla finally arrived. Teaming with the Kaiju King, the two heroic giants defeated both Megalon and Gigan, thereby thwarting Seatopia’s attempt at conquest.

At the conclusion of the battle, Jet Jaguar then reverted to his normal size, and back to the control of Prof. Ibuki, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Special powers and abilities: Jet Jaguar is a sophisticated robot who is programmed with a limited capacity for self-motivation, which he will only call upon in emergency situations. He apparently also has at least the potential for rudimentary sentience, and he has been programmed by Prof. Ibuki to only serve the cause of “justice”; any attempt by outside parties to subvert this programming will ultimately lose control of the robot.

Jet Jaguar has boot jets on the soles of his feet which have an unknown level of fuel capacity, but enough to enable him to fly at high speeds for several hours at a time. Before taking off on long flights, two radar devices will extend themselves on each side of his head, presumably for the purpose of steering his flight, and for more easily picking up radio signals across long distances. While under the control of Prof. Ibuki, the robot answers to signals produced by a hand-held device.

Through unknown means, Jet Jaguar was able to somehow program himself to accrue mass from an unidentified, possibly extradimensional source to rapidly increase his height until it equaled that of Godzilla I. He then utilized his great bionic strength in battle, in concert with many martial arts techniques evidently programmed into his internal computerized AI by Prof. Ibuki. The robot also has optical lights, which can be automatically turned on and utilized in the same manner as search lights.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

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Kamoebas

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1 & "3D"

Alternate names: Sometimes spelled and pronounced 'Kamaba' or 'Kameba', and probably other ways in various sources.

Length: 30 meters

Description: 'Kamoebas' was the name given in Japanese texts to describe a rare but predatory species of aquatic turtle indigenous to Godzilla's Earth that are likely descended from gigantic reptiles created many millennia ago by Muan geneticists as aquatic bio-weapons against their Atlantean nemeses; a small number of these giant turtles managed to maintain a breeding population in the South Pacific by the present era.
These creatures resembled various normal turtle species, though of an incredible size. They had sharp teeth in a large mouth that almost seemed to wear a perpetual sinister sneer, a somewhat conical shaped head that had ridges on the top, and a distinctively ridged shell, though they are evidently unable to retract their head and neck into their shell as normally evolved species of turtle can. They were mostly an olive green in coloration.

A Kamoebas was first encountered by Japanese citizens on Selga Island in 1970, where one of the creatures was possessed by a disembodied alien entity known as Yog. It was then compelled to attack humans on this island alongside a member of a giant lobster species known as Ganime. Utilizing the sounds of bats that interfered with the alien's control, the humans on the island managed to incite the two giant creatures into battling each other, until both fell into the maw of an erupting volcano and were consumed.

In the Millennium X continuity, a Kamoebas was reported to have been spotted by humans again in 1987. In 2004, one of these giant turtles was attacked and mortally wounded by Godzilla 5D, and the immense reptile managed to make its way to the Japanese coast before quickly expiring. When its impressive carcass was discovered the following day by an Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF) unit, this provided the Japanese government with compelling evidence that Godzilla had indeed returned.

Special powers and abilities: The Kamoebas spends a large amount of its time in the ocean, though it does not have flipper-like feet as do normal species of sea turtle, though they are nevertheless very good swimmers, and they can spend long periods of time out of the water. These giant turtles have the incredible strength and resilience commensurate for a huge reptile of their size, and their tough shells offer a large degree of protection to their back. Their powerful jaws and very sharp teeth, coupled with their savage disposition, make the Kamoebas an able fighter. This giant turtle also has an extendible neck, enabling it to strike at an opponent from a respectable distance away.

Significant appearances: Yog, Monster From Space (1970); [as a corpse only] Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Kamakiras

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Gimantises, and sometimes spelled "Kamacaras" (Note: 'Kamakiras' is pronounced GAM-ack-a-ra).

Length: (originally) approx. 2 meters; (after absorbing further radiation) 40 meters

Description: Kamakiras is a species of creature resembling giant praying mantises who were encountered on Solgell Island by a group of scientists conducting weather control experiments there in 1967. Most likely they were descendents of genetically modified insects created over 10,000 years ago by the advanced genetic engineering techniques of Muan/Lemurian scientists, whose now destroyed continent once stood in the Pacific Ocean. As such, the Kamakiras may not be real insects at all, but simply creatures with endothermic skeletal structures and reptilian internal organ structures whose ancestors were artifically modified by Muan scientists to resemble a particular naturally occurring insect species in their exterior phenotype for the purpose of serving as bio-weapons (actual insects, due to their exoskeletal structure and characteristic breathing tube, would be unable to function beyond a small size). Due to the location of various descendants of these giant gentetically modified insect-like creatures on various South Seas atolls during the early 1940's, they were exposed to the radioactive after effects of atomic bomb tests conducted by the U.S. near the island during and shortly after World War II, thereby causing their biologically evolved genetic structure to enable many of them to grow considerably larger than they ever were before.
The Kamakiras look like normal mantids, except that their color is a pale red, instead of green. Originally only 2.5 meters in length, the three giant mantid-like creatures grew to enormous size after being exposed to radiation resulting from the aforementioned weather experiments going awry. It may be surmised that the weather-controlling experiments may have used wave-like emissions of energy that resembled radioactive particles in terms of its penetrative effects on living tissue in some respects.

The three giant carnivorous quasi-insects then converged upon the egg of Minya, an infant member of Godzilla I’s species, with the intent of devouring the newly born creature. Godzilla I soon appeared, however, and engaged the three Kamakiras in battle, easily killing two of them and driving the third off.
Godzilla drove the giant insect away again days later when the creature threatened Minya once more.

The final insect was apparently killed soon afterwards in an encounter with the giant spider Spiega.

However, two years later, it was made obvious that at least one more of these giant insects was left alive, and had been transported to Monster Island.
The insect was no longer there by the time of the Kilaak invasion of 1999, and presumably died during the interim.

Special powers and abilities: Kamakiras had the same proportionate powers as a normal praying mantis. They used their front limbs for striking, grabbing and stabbing, and their wings enabled them to fly for short distances, albeit only at very low altitudes. Unlike normal praying mantises, they would leap through the air to attack an opponent.

It remains a mystery how the Kamakiras were able to move their heavy chitinous exo-skeletons at such an enormous size, or how the very limited insectoid breathing tube could also possibly function at the same enormous size, all of which are considered physiological impossibilities by biologists. Possibly, the laws of physics were different in the G-universes, or the radiation allowed the insects to mutate in such a way that enabled them to overcome these natural physiological limitations in an unknown manner.

More likely, in addition to the differences in physical laws of the G-universes, I believe it's possible that the initial 8 foot long insect-like creatures weren't actually true insects at all, but rather they were the last surviving members of a race of insect-like sentry animals created ages ago by Muan geneticists by transferring external mantid characteristics to large reptilian animals, so these animals possessed a relatively light exoskeletal coating, along with multiple insect-like limbs, but their interior possessed a reptilian endoskeleton and lung-like organs that enabled them to move and breathe not only at that size, but also at a 40 meter length.
Their genetic structure was extremely hardy and specifically designed to absorb and metabolize radiation rather than becoming ill from exposure to it, as would normal animals. In a manner similar to that of Godzilla and other kaiju descended from dinosaurs artificially created by Muan genetic engineers, when they absorbed this radiation, unlike normal life forms, they were able to use it to alter their genetic structure and mutate into far larger and more powerful creatures. Unlike the Muan dinosaurs, whose form changed appreciably as a result of this transformation, the Kamikiras and other pseudo-insectoid creatures created by Muan genetic engineering (such as the pseudo-arachnid Spiega) simply grew to kaiju-size rather than having their form changed appreciably.
These Muan pseudo-mantids were further distinguished from normal, naturally occurring mantids by their light reddish chiton-like skin, rather than the characteristic bright green true exoskeleton of normal mantids.

Significant appearances: Son of Godzilla (1967); (mostly stock footage only) Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

Kiganjima

Category: Locale

Continuity: "3B"

Description: Kiganjima is the name of a small uninhabited island within the large Ogasawara Island Chain located off the Japan Trench. It was the area where one version of Godzilla V battled a swarm of gigantic Meganula insects, and where the Anti-Godzilla Force made their first attempt to eliminate the beast from his native reality by the Dimension Tide weapon.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Kilaaks

Category: Alien Race

Continuity: 1

Description: The Kilaaks are an alien race that invaded Godzilla I’s Earth in the year 1999. Despite possessing technology considerably more advanced than Earth’s, including interstellar capability, the Kilaaks’ true form is that of small, rocky slug-like beings, possibly with a silicon-based physiology, and they appear to reproduce via a form of parthenogenesis. They are dependant upon extremely high temperatures in order to thrive, otherwise they quickly go into a state of hibernation. This would explain why they took a base on the planet Mercury facing the sun (in contrast to some sources, they did not come from a "mysterious" undiscovered planet that existed in Earth's solar system closer to the sun than Mercury).
How they developed their advanced technology is quite unknown. Nevertheless, the Kilaaks had an entire slew of highly advanced technology at their disposal, well in advance of Earth, including space ships with warp drive capacity and advanced weaponry, including means of controlling the neurology of carbon-based organic beings by means of surgicially implanted devices [Kilaak technology at the end of the 20th century appeared to be a few decades behind that which was possessed by humanity in the mid-22nd century in the Star Trek Universe, as seen in the TV series Enterprise].

The Kilaaks were able to obtain assumed human guises, and in this state, they appeared able to exist in considerably lower temperatures for limited periods of time, though if the temperature in their immediate environs was reduced too low, they would quickly lose their human guises, revert to their small silicate state, and promptly go into hibernation. Every single Kilaak, in human guise, appeared as females wearing silvery colored full-body uniforms (it's unknown, to what extent, those bodies mimicked the functions of a human body in more than a very basic sense; since they are believed to reproduce asexually, it's probable that the concept of gender distinction is unknown amongst them, which is why they all appeared in the form of one gender in their human guises, and their cultural sensibilities may have caused them to perceive the female gender as superior to the male in carbon-based organisms they encountered who still possessed two genders).
Why the Kilaaks were so imperialistic, and why a race of beings so far biologically and (presumably) psychologically removed from humanoid races would possibly have tyrannical desires and a preference for conducting autocratic rule over other races was never expounded upon in the recorded events. In fact, it's quite unknown if the Kilaaks, in their natural state, even had a form of social and economic hierarchy, and if so, exactly how it manifested among them in their natural context outside of their dealings with other, "lesser" races.

The beginning of their invasion agenda of Earth in 1999 included rendering both the human science crew and each of the kaiju on Monster Island unconscious with sleep-inducing gas, and then to place the humans and monsters alike under Kilaak control by way of spherical control devices surgically implanted in their craniums, which emitted mind-altering waves of energy. It was stated that the Kilaaks had individuals in key political and military positions on the planet under their control, but most of the devices generating the control waves to the cranial spheres were too well hidden to be found and deactivated.
They then sent the ten kaiju under their control to attack several major Earth cities across the planet, such as Mothra I in Peking, Rodan I in Moscow, Gorosaurus in Paris, and Godzilla I and Manda in New York City, and they later sent Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and Manda to attack Tokyo.
A later attack by the Earth military on their planetside base on Monster Island was fended off by a Kilaak-controlled Godzilla and Anguirus.
However, primarily through the efforts of the crew of the Earth spaceship known as the Moonlight SY-3, an attack against the main Kilaak base on the moon revealed to the humans that their alien foes reverted to their silicon-based slug-like forms and went into hibernation when exposed to extremely cold temperatures, and the monsters’ control was shifted to the Earth governments. After the ten monsters, led by Godzilla, were sent into the area of the secondary Kilaak base located within Mt. Fuji, the Kilaaks released the ultimate dai kaiju in their arsenal, King Ghidorah I, after the Earth monsters. King Ghidorah was summarily thrashed by the combined might of all the monsters, and Godzilla himself destroyed the Kilaak base.
The Kilaaks then sent their final weapon, a spaceship disguised as a fiery monster, after the Earth base. Although the fire ship successfully fought off Rodan, it was destroyed in battle with the Moonlight SY-3, thereby ending the Kilaak invasion for Earth.

Significant appearances: Destroy All Monsters (1968)

King Ghidorah I (Showa Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: 'Monster Zero'; often called simply 'Ghidorah,' or having his name spelled “Ghidora” or “Ghidrah.”

Height: 100 meters

Description: King Ghidorah I is an extraterrestrial dai kaiju much feared throughout the cosmos of his universe. He is immensely huge, and has three horned heads with tufts of hair on top, which are mounted on long, serpent-like necks. His skin is gold and scaly, like a lizard’s, he has large bat-like wings, two legs and two very long tails. He actually resembles a three-headed Oriental dragon of Earth legend. Though his origin is largely unknown, it's possible that he may have evolved as a type of primoridal life form somewhere deep within the galaxy many eons ago, and it's unknown if there is more than one such creature extant in the galaxy (it's been postulated in certain texts that there may be an entire "species" of such creatures who make their home in the void of deep space rather than any one single planet, save for their periodic temporary excursions on various worlds in search of energy for sustenance, and they may represent a form of primeval galactic life form who traces its roots to the earliest days of the universe). It's also probable that King Ghidorah began his existence as a form of living stellar energy, and only later discovered a means of taking corporeal form, thus necessitating the need to seek out sources of energy for sustenance, which drives him to attack various planets in order to sustain his temporary embodiments into physical organic form (though it's unknown why he prefers physical form to existing as pure energy). As such, King Ghidorah may be a form of stellar planetary predator for his universe that is similar in some ways to that of Galactus in the Marvel Universe. King Ghidorah's resemblance to dragons of Earth legend may not be coincidental, as this may be a universal phenotype of some sort for beings of such a tremendous level of power who exist as these creatures do, just as the humanoid form appears to be another universal phenotype for less powerful sentient beings who live as humans do.

Apparently in search of raw energy for sustenance, the space beast locates planets while traveling through the interstellar void in the form of pure energy, and then ravages them, destroying any civilizations which may exist there in the process. However, curiously, during all of the space kaiju’s attacks on Earth (except arguably the first) he was controlled by an advanced alien race, who have apparently utilized the star creature as a mere lackey as a part of their arsenal, exploiting the fact that the beast's brains are very vulnerable to mind-altering wave frequencies.

King Ghidorah is said to have visited Earth’s solar system many centuries ago, where he attacked the planet Mars and destroyed an advanced Muan colony that once lived there after migrating from the Earth long before that, thereby forcing the relatively few survivors to flee back to Earth and form the small nation of Saladia, where they eventually forgot their genetic origins, advanced technical knowledge, and their great psychic abilities.

King Ghidorah’s first known appearance on Earth was in late 1964, where he seemed to be acting on his own volition, though there is some evidence that he was being covertly controlled by the alien race known as the Xians.
During the latter visit, King Ghidorah’s destructive attacks on the human race’s cities was only halted when the Mothra I larva, the mystical protector of the Earth, convinced Godzilla I and Rodan I to join her in driving the space demon from the planet.

One year later, King Ghidorah was overtly used by the Xians (who sometimes referred to him as “Monster Zero”), along with Godzilla and Rodan, in an invasion attempt of the Earth. When the Xians were defeated and the three monsters released from outside control, Godzilla and Rodan turned on King Ghidorah and again drove him from the Earth.

In 1972, King Ghidorah was used by the insectoid alien race known as the Nebulans, along with the alien cyborg kaiju Gigan, to attack Tokyo in preparation for an invasion attempt of the Earth, only to be repelled by Godzilla and Anguirus.

A year later, King Ghidorah fell under the control of the nefarious shape-shifting alien race called the Garogain, who used the space kaiju to attack a prominent scientist who had the means to foil the aliens’ deadly Dark Prism Operation, and for this mission, the Garogain enhanced the tri-headed kaiju's gravity-based powers. This time King Ghidorah was opposed and eventually defeated after an arduous battle by the giant super-hero Zone Fighter.

King Ghidorah’s last recorded appearance was in the year 1999, when he was the last line of defense for yet another invading alien race, the Kilaaks. King Ghidorah was sent into battle against ten Earth kaiju, including his old foes Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and Anguirus, and though Ghidora gave a hard battle even to this formidable assemblage, he was ultimately defeated and apparently even killed by the superior numbers of his foes.

Special powers and abilities: To navigate interstellar space, King Ghidorah would transform his body into pure energy, which would encase itself in a ferrous shell, making it resemble a metallic meteor. This object could navigate warp space until it detected an energy rich planet nearby. The object would then land on the planet, where it would slowly increase in size and give off strong magnetic waves periodically as the energy slowly gestated within the object. Finally, the object’s shell explodes and the kaiju's energy form is thrust into the sky where it quickly materializes into the solid form of King Ghidorah, ready to raid and ravage.

In his physical form, King Ghidorah can still survive in space indefinitely, as he doesn’t rely on oxygen, nor is he harmed by the hard vacuum of the interstellar void, but he can only navigate warp space in his energy form.
King Ghidorah is extremely powerful, his strength and resilience surpassing even that of Godzilla. He can fly by means of his natural ability to manipulate gravity, including the generation of anti-gravitons, particles that negate the force of gravity on his body, and his enormous bat-like wings were used to enable him to negotiate air currents and provide him thrust while levitating himself. His wings could also generate highly destructive hurricane-force winds simply by standing still and flapping them rapidly. As a by-product of his energy feeding, King Ghidorah can spit excess amounts of this energy as destructive sparks of electricity from each of his heads, which is sometimes referred to as his “gravity beams” (in lieu of the beast's primary ability to manipulate gravity). While he was under the control of the Garogain, King Ghidorah's ability to manipulate gravity was technologically enhanced, enabling him to extend his anti-gravity field around objects other than his own body. During this time he would utilize his ability to generate waves of anti-gravimetric force away from his own body to suspend numerous cars and small houses in the air.

Significant appearances: Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964); Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965); Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972); Zone Fighter, the Meteor Man TV series, Episodes 5-6 (1973); Destroy All Monsters (1968)

King Ghidorah II (Heisei Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

Alternate names: His name is sometimes spelled “Ghidora” or “Ghidrah.”

Height: 150 meters

Description: King Ghidorah II was created by a combination of 23rd century genetic engineering and early 20th century atomic bomb testing. The kaiju is the largest monster ever recorded, and has three horned heads mounted on serpent-like necks, two large bat-like wings, gold skin with scales like a reptile, two legs and two long tails, making him resemble a three-headed Oriental dragon.

When a trio of individuals traveled back in time from the year 2204 to 1992 Japan, they gave false information to the government of the time implying that they intended to travel back to the year 1944 to prevent Godzilla II’s existence from ever coming into being.
After arriving on Lagos Island in the designated year, three small docile flying animals called Drats (sometimes spelled “Dorats”), created by 23rd century science, were released on the island just before the Futurians returned to 1992. As a result of nearby atomic bomb tests shortly afterwards, combined with carefully pre-programmed future genetic engineering, the Drats slowly merged together and grew in size after exposure to the radiation, probably in a state of suspended animation, and remained insensate until “activated” by the Futurian technology in 1992. Upon returning to that year, the Futurians named their new monster King Ghidorah and utilized their control of the kaiju to attack Japan, for the intended purpose of destroying the island nation and creating a new nation-state of their own, thereby diverging a timeline in which Japan never became the dominant economic superpower in the future.

However, Godzilla, his power and size newly augmented by absorbing the radiation from a nuclear powered submarine, arrived in Japan, and the Futurians maneuvered King Ghidorah into attacking him. After a great battle, Godzilla mortally wounded King Ghidorah by using his atomic breath to sever the kaiju’s middle head, as well as destroying one of his wings.
The (formerly) tri-headed beast fell into the waters of the Sea of Ohkutsk, where he remained barely alive in a state of suspended animation until 2204, when the benevolent Futurian named Emi Kano recovered the body and used 23rd century bio-technology to turn the near-corpse into the cybernetic kaiju called Mecha-King Ghidorah.

Special powers and abilities: King Ghidorah’s immensely huge size gives him tremendous strength; he can utilize his serpent-like necks to strangle or ensnare an opponent. He can use his wings to fly, or to create hurricane-force winds simply by flapping them rapidly. He can spit destructive lightening-like beams of energy from each of his heads, apparently as a by-product of his internal radioactive atomic furnace.
Originally, the Futurians’ technology created a plasma membrane around the kaiju, which rendered him invulnerable to Godzilla’s atomic breath or other energy based weapons, but he lost this protection after the Futurian ship was sabotaged.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991)

King Ghidorah III

Category: Kaiju

Note: [King Ghidorah III appeared in Rebirth of Mothra III (1998), which was not a G-film, and this version of the tri-headed kaiju never clashed with any version of Godzilla; thus, an official entry for him will not be included here at this time, but stay tuned.]

King Ghidorah IV (Millennium Version)

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: "3C"

Alternate names: Sometimes spelled "Ghidora" or "Ghidrah."

Height: 55 meters

Description: Ghidorah exists in two seperate stages, an immature stage, and a mature, more powerful stage, where he is known as King Ghidorah. Ghidorah is a golden-skinned, bio-etheric dragon with two legs, three-heads on very long necks that resemble the classical serpentine Oriental dragon phenotype, and possessing three long tails. In his King Ghidorah form, he has two enormous bat-like wings. His body is composed of bio-etheric matter and is permanently quasi-physical, though it can be dispersed upon being hit by a sufficiently powerful force.
Ghidora is said to be related in some way to the family of dragons that also spawned Orochi, the legendary eight-headed serpent who battled the equally legendary warrior-hero Yamato Takeru in ancient Japan (and from whom the name of the "Yamato Monsters" was derived, as "Yamato" has since become synonymous with "guardian" in Japanese).

Special powers and abilities: In his immature Ghidora stage he is still the strongest of the three Yamato Monsters, and he can use his three heads and their powerful jaws and teeth to good effect in battle. Moreover, he can shock an adversary with etheric energy in the form of electricity upon grasping his opponent in the jaws of all three of his heads. Upon transforming into his mature King Ghidorah incarnation, he possesses wings that enable him to defy gravity and fly, and he can create hurricane-force gales by flapping those wings rapidly. His bio-etheric nature allows such a huge creature to defy gravity in the first place. In this form, he can project his electro-blasts from a great distance at an opponent, and his physical strength increases so that he is nearly a match for Godzilla. He can also tap into Japan's bio-etheric energy stores to temporarily create a highly impenetrable force field about himself that can resist even Godzilla's vastly powerful oral energy beam for extended periods of time (though the Kaiju King will eventually penetrate the shield after repeated attacks).

King Ghidorah's quasi-physical bio-etheric body can call upon the full range of power possessed by the benevolent ancestral spirits native to the Japan of his timeline to aid him in battle, and he can also absorb the etheric energy making up the dispersed forms of one of the other two Yamato Monsters so as to increase his power and rapidly recover from any injury inflicted upon him.

In this timeline, King Ghidorah is the leader and most powerful of the three Yamato Monsters, the ancient kaiju guardians of Japan who were created by the mystical etheric energies of the ancestral spirits who guard the land. Ghidora was placed in suspended animation two thousand years ago by the mystic overseers of one of the early Japanese dynasties in anticipation of one day defending the island nation from any major threat, where he was estimated to take up to ten thousand years before he naturally matured into his adult King Ghidorah form, where he would then allegedly become the most powerful monster on his Earth. He was prematurely awakened in his underground hiding place beneath Mt. Fuji in the year 2005 by a ghost acting as an agent of Japan's benevolent ancestral spirits who worked in concert with the native deities of that land, when the dark, vengeful ancestral spirits of the Japanese dead who were killed since World War II coalesced to form the malevolent Godzilla.
Upon emerging, Ghidora joined fellow guardian monster Mothra in defending the modern city of Yokohama from Godzilla's attack. Nevertheless, even with Mothra at his side, Ghidora was no match for the vastly powerful Godzilla in his immature stage, and the dragon was knocked unconscious during the course of the battle. Soon afterwards, Mothra sacrificed her existence so that her etheric energies could merge with the defeated body of Ghidora, thus reviving him and accelerating his maturity into his fully adult stage of King Ghidorah. Now much more powerful than before, King Ghidorah battled Godzilla for a lengthy period, finally being completely obliterated when the Kaiju King empowered himself by absorbing the Tri-Headed Guardian's electro-bolts and using them to disperse the golden dragon's body with an exceptionally powerful beam of his "atomic" breath.

Despite his total defeat, the discorporated consciousness of King Ghidorah merged with that of the other two defeated Yamato Monsters, Mothra and Baragon, and stunned Godzilla sufficiently so that the King of the Monsters was able to be defeated by a D-3 Missile fired via underwater vessel by the brave soldier Gen. Teiko Tachibana.

Significant appearances: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

King Kong

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Often called simply “Kong.”

Height: 45 meters

Description: King Kong is a gigantic ape who lives on Farou Island (which resides close to the similar Mondo Island), and is worshipped by the primitive natives living there as a god. Kong basically resembles a giant gorilla, except that he’s fully bipedal in stance, walking and running like a human being despite his long and ponderous arms, unlike normal apes, who usually use their arms to assist them in their locomotion.
Although Kong’s origin is unknown, it is believed that he may be descended from a line of giant apes who were created via advanced genetic engineering techniques by the ancient civilization of Mu (usually called Lemuria in the West), who ruled most of the civilized world prior to the beginning of recorded history. These giant apes, much like the giant synthetically created dinosaurs, snakes, sea serpents, octopi, other giant mammales, etc., were likely created by the Muans for the purpose of using them as powerful bio-weapons against their only real rival for control of that ancient world, the Atlanteans, as well as experimentation for the purpose of learning to manipulate the biological evolution of the world. The original genetically enhanced ultra-apes were over twice as large as the largest known species of naturally evolved ape that ever existed on Earth, the Gigantopithicus, just as many of the ultra-dinosaurs created by Muan genetic experimentation were twice as large as their naturally evolved counterparts in the Mesozoic Era. After the ancient Muan civilization fell prior to the beginning of recorded history, many of this artificially created species of genetically enhanced giant ape managed to survive in isolated parts of the world, but most often found on various lush uncharted islands strewn about the Pacific Ocean, as the ancient continent of Mu/Lemuria was in the Pacific prior to its destruction. Many of the genetically enhanced dinosaurs also survive, and the carnosaurs among them proved to be major territorial rivals to the giant apes (there currently seem to be very few surviving ultra-apes, though a moderate amount of surviving ultra-dinosaurs).
For unknown reasons, however, just as some of the descendants of the synthetically created ultra-dinosaurs managed to attain mega heights as large as 50 meters (rivaling those of the dinosaur mutations who emerged in the wake of the atomic bomb tests of the 20th century), at least one of the ultra-apes, King Kong, similarly managed to attain such an extraordinary mega height. It has been suggested that Kong (like many of the ultra-dinosaurs) achieved his extraordinary size by frequently ingesting soma berries that grow on the island, which are said to have incredible growth stimulating capabilities in various life forms who were previously genetically enhanced, just as exposure to very high and concentrated levels of radiation can also have extreme altering effects on beings who were previously genetically enhanced (it is rather certain that Kong’s immense size and other special abilities has nothing to do with exposure to atomic radiation; see the Godzilla Event Timeline elsewhere on this site).
How the soma berries found on a few islands in the Pacific (such as Farou Island) can stimulate further growth spurts in the descendants of genetically enhanced animals created many millennia ago by Muan scientists has not yet been determined, and bear much further study.

Although legends of Kong had been accumulated for years in the South Seas, the ape-god wasn’t actually encountered by civilized man until 1962 when representatives from the Japanese drug company Pacific Pharmaceuticals traveled to the island in search of soma berries, which can be used to create a non-addictive narcotic. When the native village was attacked by a daidako ("giant octopus" in Japanese), which was seeking the soma berry juice being stored there, Kong appeared and easily drove off the octopus. After the big ape narcotized himself by imbibing several barrels of the berry juice, the leader of the Japanese expedition, Mr. Tako, had the unconscious ape-god brought back to Japan as part of an intended media coup for his company.
Kong soon escaped, however, and ran rampant through the island nation. He encountered Godzilla I in the forests of Nikko, and after a brief scuffle, the Kaiju King drove the Ape King away with his atomic breath. Kong then wreaked havoc in Tokyo, until he was narcotized again with soma berry powder. He was then brought to Mt. Fuji where Godzilla was located, and the two engaged in a fierce battle. Although Godzilla proved to be Kong’s toughest opponent ever, the ape-god finally managed to prevail and drive the mutated dinosaur away from Japan, thereby becoming the only dai kaiju other than Mothra to defeat the King of the Monsters in battle.
Kong then peacefully swam back to Farou Island. However, since the latter atoll was so far from Japan, Kong ended up settling on the closer Mondo Island instead, which was very similar in terms of flora and fauna to Farou Island.

Kong was seen again in 1967 by another expedition, this one exploratory, which journeyed to Mondo Island in search of the ape-god. Kong soon appeared and battled the giant carnosaur called Gorosaurus, as well as a giant sea snake, in defense of the expedition members (Kong was also smitten by a female member of the expedition named Susan). He was later captured by the nefarious international criminal genius called Dr. Huu, who hypnotized the ape-god into serving him. Kong escaped his thralldom with the aid of his new human allies, and he battled Mechani-Kong, a robotic duplicate of the giant ape created by Dr. Huu.
Kong once again triumphed with the assistance of his human friends, and peacefully left Japan after seemingly delivering a gory death to the evil Dr. Huu (who may actually have survived, despite the extreme injuries he suffered due to Kong's attack).

King Kong hasn’t been seen since, and for unknown reasons, he wasn’t among the monster assemblage who were involuntarily transported to Monster Island by 1969. Possibly, Kong was simply left alone on his Mondo Island, though it should be noted that Gorosaurus, also originally indigenous to Mondo Island, was brought to Monster Island, as was the benevolent kaiju Mothra I from her peaceful home on Infant Island [however, it's quite possible that Gorosaurus was removed from Mondo Island by Dr. Huu's forces in a further plot against Kong that wasn't shown onscreen, thus resulting in the giant saurian's eventual placement on Monster Island; I will provide a possible explanation for this seeming conundrum on the Godzilla Event Timeline elsewhere on this site].

The ultimate fate of this universe's version of King Kong remains a mystery.

Note: King Kong Escapes contained several scripting errors which have often left fans and chroniclers confused. For example, the difference between Farou Island and Mondo Island was never explicated in Kong's two Toho film appearances. Further, Kong’s height was said to be only 30 meters tall in his second Toho film appearance in King Kong Escapes (the American version reported his height as being a mere 60 feet, which wouldn't make him much larger than the RKO and Dino De Laurentis versions of the simian kaiju), while his height was given as 45 meters years earlier in King Kong vs. Godzilla; the 45 meter figure is most certainly the correct one. Also, during Kong's second Toho film appearance, comments were made by the human cast which sometimes implied that the Ape King had never been seen by civilized human eyes before, but this was a story error, and no mention was made of the Toho version of Kong’s previously seen power to absorb electricity (see below).
These inconsistencies have led some G-fans to speculate that the Kong that appeared in King Kong Escapes was a different entity than the one seen in King Kong vs. Godzilla, but other evidence in the film clearly rules this out. These problems were probably due to sloppy plotting on the part of the screenwriter, something not uncommon in Toho films of the time, and the aforementioned bad scripting was probably made worse by the Americanization process conducted by Universal, who then owned the rights to Kong.

It should also be noted that the King Kong in the Toho films is a completely different character than both the Kong seen in the 1933 RKO film, and the other alternate version seen in the two Dino De Laurentis produced movies released in 1976 and 1986, respectively (though the version of King Kong seen in the short-lived American animated TV series King Kong in the late 1960’s by Rankin-Bass Productions appeared to be loosely based on the Toho version, and even included a version of Dr. Huu as the big ape's main nemesis in the show; as per an agreement with Rankin-Bass, who then had control of Kong's copyright, Toho set out to have King Kong Escapes tie in with the former's animated series). Thus, it can be said that the version of Kong seen in the American animated series was an alternate reality counterpart of Toho's version of Kong.

Special powers and abilities: King Kong possesses the proportionate strength of a great ape of his height, making his physical might the equal of Godzilla I. He is a smart and cunning fighter, whose simian brain gives him a great advantage.
Kong also possesses one special power (possessed by no other version of Kong, including the animated version): he can absorb electricity, either naturally or artificially generated, into his metabolism to enhance both his physical strength and recuperative powers temporarily. His body is a natural magnet to naturally occurring lightening, making him truly formidable during a thunderstorm. During the intervals when he is so “charged,” Kong can electrocute an opponent with his touch.

Significant appearances (of Toho version): King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962); King Kong Escapes (1967)

King Seesar

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

Alternate names: Sometimes mistranslated as “King Seasaw,” and spelled "King Ceasar," "King Seasar," and probably other variations, as well.

Height: 50 meters

Description: King Seesar is a heroic kaiju of supernatural origins, and serves as the legendary protector of the island of Okinawa. Although bipedal in stance, King Seesar resembles a lion from the waist up, but is scaly, hairless, and lizard-like from the waist down. He has a long tail which resembles that of a real lion, and a third, red eye in the center of his forehead whose true purpose is unknown.
King Seesar always sleeps in a state of perpetual suspended animation behind a mountain in Okinawa until he is needed, in which case he can only be awakened by a special statue of himself in the possession of the Azumi tribe native to the island. When the statue is placed in a certain location on the Azumi ancestral palace in the sunlight, a solar beam is reflected from the statue’s third eye at the area of the mountain where the monster hero sleeps, which will cause that side of the cliff to fall away and reveal the sleeping kaiju. King Seesar can apparently then be awakened only by a ritual song sung by a priestess of Azumi ancestry; he will return to suspended animation when whatever crisis he has been awakened to avert was overcome.

The mystical kaiju’s only known foray in the modern era was in the year 1974, when the advanced fascistic extraterrestrial race known as the Simeons invaced the Earth, and set their robotic kaiju Mechagodzilla I to attack the people of Okinawa. Despite attempts by various Simeon agents to abscond with the statue so as to deprive Okinawa the assistance of their legendary defender, King Seesar was successfully awakened, and he engaged Mechagodzilla in battle.
However, King Seesar was sorely outmatched by his robotic adversary, and only with the arrival of Godzilla I did the tide of battle begin to turn, and the robotic alien menace was ultimate destroyed by the combined might of the two kaiju defenders. After the successful defeat of Mechagodzilla, King Seesar returned to his suspended animation, and the statue was placed in its proper place in the Azumi palace should the kaiju champion’s might ever be needed again.

Special powers and abilities: King Seesar is an extremely savage fighter, and he will attack an opponent with a ferocity reminiscent of an enraged lion, using his sharp teeth and claws for goring.
His one known special power is in the energy reflective capacity of his eyes: King Seesar was able to harmlessly absorb Mechagodzilla’s energy beam into his right eye, and project it back at the robot through his left eye. The purpose of the third eye in the middle of his forehead was never revealed, however.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Kiryu

Cateogry: Kaiju

Continuity: "3D"

see Mechagodzilla 3 (Millennium X Version)

Kroiga

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

[Coming Soon]

Kumasogami

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

[Coming Soon]

Kumonga

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 1

see Spiega.

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Lagos Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 2

Description: This South Seas island was the home of the Godzillasaurus that was later mutated into Godzilla II by atomic bomb tests between the late 1940’s and early 50’s. The slaughter of an entire battalion of American Navy soldiers by the Godzillasaurus occurred here in 1944 when the military unit’s battle with Japanese soldiers disturbed the errant dinosaur.
This island was also visited by the Futurians from the year 2204 during the latter incident, in a bogus attempt to erase Godzilla’s history from the timeline, as well as the site where three Drats were released. The nearby atomic tests whose radiation fused the Drats into King Ghidorah II thereby made this atoll the birth place of the latter monster in continuity 2, as well.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991)

Latitude Zero

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1

[Coming Soon]

Letchi Island

Category: Locale

Continuity: 1

Description: This uncharted atoll in the South Seas served as the covert headquarters for the Red Bamboo in 1966, which was a Chinese paramilitary organization in the process of developing nuclear weapons for the purpose of future world conquest. Several natives of the nearby Infant Island I were kidnapped and used as slave labor by the ruthless organization, and the nuclear waste produced by the base spawned the giantmlobster Ebirah and a giant condor ('daikondura') on the island.
Godzilla I was also on the island, unbeknownst to the Red Bamboo, and the Kaiju King used a cavern there to hibernate. After being awakened by a small Japanese group who opposed the Red Bamboo, Godzilla’s battles with Ebirah, the Red Bamboo’s military might and the daikondura all took place on the island, or in its shallow waters near its shore. Godzilla’s last antagonistic encounter with Mothra I also occurred here when the latter arrived to rescue the Infant Islanders.
The island was ultimately destroyed by a nuclear bomb set off by the Red Bamboo.

Significant appearances: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

Little Godzilla

Category: Kaiju

Continuity: 2

see Baby Godzilla.

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