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Anguirus
Species

Irradiated/Giant Ankylosaurus


Nicknames
Angilas, Angurus, Angorous, Anguillas, Boryuanguirus, Angilasaurus, Angillus, Angy
Height
Showa
60 meters
Millennium
90 meters
Length
Showa
100 meters
Millennium
160 meters
Weight
Showa
30,000 tons
Millennium
60,000 tons
Forms

None


Allies
Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Varan, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Baragon, Manda, King Caesar, MechaGodzilla 2, Moguera, Minilla
Enemies
GodzillaGRA, GFW, King Ghidorah, Gigan, Fake Godzilla, MechaGodzilla 1, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Gororin, DestoroyahG:L


Relationships
None

Controlled by
KilaaksDAM
XiliensGFW
Created by


Tomoyuki Tanaka
Motoyoshi Oda



Portrayed by
Showa
Katsumi TezukaGRA
Hiroshi SekitaDAM
Koetsu OmiyaGvG-GvMgl
Tadakki WatanabeGvMG
Millennium
Toshihiro Ogura
First Appearance
Godzilla Raids Again
Latest Appearance
Godzilla: Final Wars
Designs
Showa
ShodaiAngira, SoshingekiAngira
Millennium
FinalAngira
Roar
Showa
Millennium
More Roars
What do you want? „ 

— Anguirus to Godzilla (Godzilla vs. Gigan)

Anguirus (アンギラス?, Angirasu) is a mutated ankylosaurus kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1955 Godzilla film, Godzilla Raids Again.


Name

The original English name given to Anguirus by Toho was "Angilas", given the pronunciation of the name in Japan, which was changed to Anguirus in the 1959 American release of Godzilla Raids Again, with the film's title being changed to Gigantis, the Fire Monster. In the mid-1990s, Toho copyrighted the revised name "Anguirus," making it official.

Appearance

Anguirus is a four-legged dinosaur that looks similar to an ankylosaurus. He has several horns at the top of his head and a a single horn above his nose like a rhinoceros. His face is long and drawn out, like a crocodile, and has rows of jagged, serrated teeth. His carapace is studded with long, sharp spikes. Anguirus' tail is longer than his body and makes up most of his body length, and is covered with spikes. His hind limbs are longer than his forelimbs, enabling him to stand up on them to his full height, but he generally walks upon all fours.

History

Showa Series

Godzilla Raids Again

Anguirus Raids Again

Anguirus in Godzilla Raids Again

Anguirus was first awakened in Godzilla Raids Again, by Godzilla on a remote island, where they fought. Godzilla managed to defeat Anguirus, and he swam away to Japan. The two kaiju met each other again in Japan, where they fought. Godzilla killed Anguirus, and he returned to the sea.


Destroy All Monsters

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Anguirus in Destroy All Monsters

In Destroy All Monsters, Anguirus seemed to have recovered from his jaw being broken by Fake Godzilla in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla and was now living on Monsterland along with the other Earth monsters in the year 1999. The Earth was invaded by the Kilaaks, however, and he was sent to guard the aliens' earth base. The humans intervened, and freed the monsters from the alien mind control. Anguirus battled King Ghidorah once again, and managed to kill him with the other monsters.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

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Anguirus in Godzilla vs. Gigan

Almost 30 years after the events of Godzilla Raids Again, in Godzilla vs. Gigan, a new Anguirus arrived, this time to save Japan. Godzilla and Anguirus were now living on Monster Island, and Godzilla sent him to Japan to check on a strange noise they were hearing. Anguirus swam to the shores of Japan, where he was attacked by the military. The military managed to drive him off, but he returned to Monster Island to inform Godzilla. Godzilla returned with him to Japan, where they fought Gigan and King Ghidorah at the World Children's land. They defeated the enemy monsters, but were very badly injured in the process.

Godzilla vs. Megalon

Anguirus appeared briefly in Godzilla vs. Megalon, where he was seen on Monster Island with Godzilla and Rodan. The trio of monsters are resting on Monster Island when nuclear tests are carried out nearby, causing the island to split in half. Godzilla manages to escape, but Anguirus topples over onto Rodan, and they both fall into the growing fissure.

Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

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Anguirus in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

Three years later, in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Anguirus went to Japan to check on Godzilla. He noticed that something was not right, and Godzilla attacked him. Anguirus managed to scrape off some of Godzilla's skin, revealing a metallic shine underneath. Fake Godzilla then broke Anguirus' jaw, and he dug underground to heal.


Godzilla Island

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Anguirus in Godzilla Island


Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

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Anguirus in Godzilla: Final Wars

In the year 2004, Anguirus was under the control of the Xiliens and was sent to attack Shanghai. He was attacked by the Karyu, but he proved too fast for it. He continued to fight against the humans, but he was recalled by the Xiliens. After the trust was broken between humanity and the aliens, Anguirus was set lose on Shanghai once again. He battled the Karyu and destroyed it when he curled into a ball and slammed into it. Once Godzilla was awoken again, Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar were sent to stop him. Anguirus fought most of the battle while curled up, allowing him to be kicked into Godzilla by King Caesar. Godzilla defeated them all, leaving them unconscious.

Abilities

Anguirus does not have any "special" abilities in particular, so he uses his teeth, claws, horns, and spiked carapace as his weapons, contributing to his appeal among fans of more "natural"-seeming monsters. He has been known to hurl himself backwards at a foe, ramming them with his spiny carapace (Godzilla vs. Gigan). He is also capable of burrowing substantial distances (Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla). Recently, the Anguirus that appeared in Godzilla: Final Wars has shown the ability to curl himself into a ball and propel himself at tremendous speed.

Anguirus possess astounding stamina and determination, able to keep fighting after absorbing vicious assaults that would force other monsters into retreat. Despite repeatedly facing more powerful opponents than himself, most notably Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and MechaGodzilla, he has never retreated from a fight without first taking substantial punishment. The finest example of Anguirus' persistence was his attack on King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters, in which he pierced the dragon's right-most neck with his jaws and held firm on even as his foe took to the air, letting go only when King Ghidorah bit Anguirus' own neck. The same scene occurred as stock footage in Godzilla vs Gigan. Despite suffering the great fall, Anguirus resumed his attack once the space dragon was grounded, showing no discernible fatigue. A similar incident occurred in Godzilla vs. Megalon, in which Rodan and Anguirus fall into a fissure in the ground, with Anguirus managing to survive the fall and presumably remain hidden from human detection until he was shown encountering Fake Godzilla.

Despite his tenacity, Anguirus has never won a fight without the assistance of Godzilla. By the 1970s, his appearances were utilized to demonstrate how powerful the then new opponent was, highlighting the threat. This is especially pronounced in Godzilla vs. Gigan, in which Anguirus bravely but ineffectively attacked both Gigan and King Ghidorah during the "tag-team" final battle, requiring Godzilla's aid to finish off both foes. The primary reason for this occurrence is that Anguirus was chosen by the film's producers to act as a stand-in for other monsters whose suits were well beyond repair at the time, particularly Baragon. Anguirus would fill in for for his fellow quadruped again in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, where he showcased Baragon's burrowing abilities despite the lack of precedent in his earlier appearances.

In the video games Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save the Earth, Anguirus is finally given a "sonic roar", a roar which is loud enough to hurt monsters and destroy military weapons. It can also destroy, and even pass right through, buildings and rocks. In the former game, Anguirus' rage attack involves him charging his spikes with some undefined energy, then jumping far up into the air, shooting them off while performing multiple flips. In the latter, it is simply a variant of his "rolling" attack used in the first game as well as Godzilla: Final Wars.

It appears that, according to a 1955 Japanese manga adaptation of Godzilla Raids Again, which was contemporary with the film, Anguirus may have been originally conceived as a fire-breather as he his depicted several times breathing some sort of flame. Also, the way Anguirus' shell flops around in Godzilla Raids Again, partially split in two and loose from his back, is depicted in the artwork as well, leading to the belief that this may have been intentional, rather than a costume design flaw. When the second Anguirus appeared in Destroy All Monsters, these traits were not present nor alluded to.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Godzilla: Unleashed

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Anguirus in Godzilla: Unleashed

Height:80 meters
Weight:54,000 tons

"Anguirus is a loyal Earth Defender. Although he is neither the largest, strongest, or fastest of Earth's vanguard, he possesses a tenacity of spirit that makes him a fearsome opponent for any monster. Anguirus can stun nearby opponents with his fearsome Sonic Roar, or use his powerful jaws to leave an impression. Anguirus' most unique attribute is his ultra-hard spiked carapace, which can parry any physical attack and inflict heavy edged damage in response. Anguirus can tuck his head and limbs beneath his shell and roll forward-this offers him excellent resistance to attack and allows him to plow through terrain and opponents alike. When the earth is threatened, Godzilla will come to its defense-and Anguirus will be right beside him, until the end."

Comics

Godzilla: The Half-Century War

Godzilla: Legends

Anguirus appears in Godzilla: Legends issue #1. As a city is attacked by Destoroyah, a scientist named Dr. Anders uses an experimental device to try and call Godzilla to the city to fight. While the device works, it calls Anguirus instead. Anguirus attacks Destoroyah, even though Destoroyah is much larger and stronger. Even with Anguirus' perseverance, and Dr. Anders' second attempt at using the G-signaler, Destoroyah is too powerful for them to do any lasting damage. He almost kills Anguirus until Col. Matsumiya uses a helicopter to send a huge tank of freon to smash into Destoroyah. Anguirus then rolls into a ball and slams into the partially frozen Destoroyah, defeating it and scoring his first victory over another kaiju. Afterwards, Godzilla arrives and it seems that Anguirus and he will face off, but Godzilla displays respect towards Anguirus, at least knowing there's a bigger threat to go after.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

In this ongoing series, Anguirus is considered a "Land Monster", that was frozen in an ice cap until it was re-awakened along with all the other Earth monsters.

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Anguirus.

In Other Languages

Latin alphabet languages tend to use the same spelling.

  • Basque: Erraldoien
  • Serbian: Ангуирус
  • Yiddish: אַנגוירוס
  • Russian: Ангирус
  • Chinese: 安吉拉斯

Roar

Trivia

  • Despite being referred to as an ankylosaur, Anguirus actually resembles a mix of a crocodile, nodosaur, and a styracosaurus.
  • Anguirus was the second kaiju in the Godzilla series.
  • Anguirus was the first kaiju to be killed by Godzilla.
  • Anguirus is the very first monster Godzilla ever fights, and years later a new Anguirus would come and befriend Godzilla.
  • Before his appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars, Toho planned to use Anguirus twice in the Millennium series. First, he was one of the Guardian Monsters, the God of the Sea, in Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the original version of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. He was cut when Toho decided they could make a larger profit if they replaced him for a more popular kaiju: Mothra. Again, in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., he was originally the monster found washed up dead on the beach with a large neck wound received from Godzilla. However, Toho replaced him with Kamoebas out of concerns that fans would take offense to such an appearance.
  • A scene in Godzilla: Final Wars of Godzilla destroying Rodan, Anguirus, and King Caesar was not filmed, making Anguirus one of the only five surviving monsters at the end of Final Wars. The film originally had Godzilla destroy the three monsters. Because they were spared, fans hypothesize that Godzilla spares them because they were his allies in the past.
  • Anguirus roar was used in many video game series such as Street Fighter and Metroid.
  • Along with Rodan, Anguirus is considered to be Godzilla's closest ally.
  • In Dairanger, Daimugen has a same roar of Anguirus.
  • During early production of the Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla in 1995, Anguirus was originally planned to appear, but due to fact that Godzilla fought against creatures that simply resembled him, the project was dropped and Anguirus didn't appear in another Godzilla film until 2004. Even though Anguirus didn't appear in the Heisei era, there is concept art commissioning on how he would have looked like.
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