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Toho Kaiju
Monster Icons - Gaira
Gaira
Gaira
Species
Mutant

Nicknames
Green Gargantua, Giant Ogre, Gailah
Height
25 meters
Length
None
Weight
10,000 tons
Forms
None
Allies
Jilarji, Kappalge, Tsunojiras, Green Mask, SandaGRoE

Enemies
Giant Octopus,
Sanda, Varan,
Godman, Greenman,
Godzilla
Relationships
Sanda ('Brother')
Controlled by
None
Created by
Ishiro Honda
Eiji Tsuburaya
Portrayed by
Haruo Nakajima

First Appearance
War of the Gargantuas
Latest Appearance
Go! Godman (2008 film)
Designs
Showa
ShodaiGaira,
Millennium
ShinsakuGaira
Roar
More Roars

Gaira (ガイラ?, Gaira) is a Frankenstein-spawn kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1966 Toho film, War of the Gargantuas.



History

Showa Series

War of the Gargantuas

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Gaira in War of the Gargantuas

Gaira was created from the flesh of Frankenstein, along with Sanda. He was first seen at sea, attacking ships and eating humans. He attacked the shoreline at night, but he disliked the sun and he always returned to the ocean during the day. He was led into a trap, and he was nearly defeated by the J.S.D.F.. Sanda arrived to save him, and he took him to the mountains. Gaira started to eat humans, and Sanda forced him to Tokyo. The two fought and were led out to sea. They were both engulfed in a volcano and died.

He of the Sun

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Gaira in He of the Sun

Gaira returned in Toho's first tokusatsu series, He of the Sun, as one of the enemy monsters that appear. The same suit from his first appearance in War of the Gargantuas was used. In one episode, he battles the alien insect Kiyla, from the Ultraman series.


Go! Godman

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Gaira in Go! Godman

Gaira also appeared in the series Godman, but is called a giant ogre. He was the nineteenth monster to battle Godman.


Go! Greenman

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Gaira in Go! Greenman

Gaira also made an appearance in the television series Go! Greenman. He was the fourth monster to battle Greenman. The design is more dark colored and spiky than the original. The suit also appears to be heavily rotting, with a visible tear in the legs. In the show, Gaira has a modified Godzilla roar, with some of his original vocalizations mixed in.


Go! Godman (2008 film)

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Gaira in the Godman film

To celebrate the anniversary of both Go! Greenman and Go! Godman, Toho brought back Gaira in 2008 to fight Godman and Greenman in the crossover film. He was first seen attacking two bystanders and later battled Godman. Then, Gaira teamed up with Jilarji and battled Greenman. Gaira's final appearance in the special was during the big battle royale. The suit looks exactly like the original, except slightly bulkier. Gaira's normal roars were also reused for the first time since he appeared in War of the Gargantuas.


Abilities

  • Gaira has regenerative abilities.
  • Gaira's severed cell tissue can take on a life of its own.

Filmography

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

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Gaira in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Gaira made his comic debut in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5. Gaira appeared for the first time and rampaged years ago, but he was captured. He later was freed by Lucy Casprell so that he could fight Varan. At first, Gaira overpowers Varan. However, when Varan retreats to the ocean, Gaira grabs his tail and does not let go until he disappears into the sea along with Varan. Before disappearing, he saw his 'brother', Sanda, reaching out to him. Sanda then follows his 'brothers' trail as he and Varan crashed into the ocean. The two interrupted Godzilla's search for Manda, Gezora and Titanosaurus as well as scared away Godzilla's meal. Godzilla chased the twins through the ocean. Gaira, in a surprising turn, protected his brother from Godzilla's nuclear breath, running into the city for cover. It wasn't until Gaira's attempt to save Sanda from tank fire did the two resumed their constant battle. The battle was interrupted when the King of Monsters blasted the ground between them, and forcing the two to work together again. Later the two are seen on the new Monster Islands. 


Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Gaira.

Roar

  • In Go! Godman, Gaira reused roars from the ultra kaiju, Tyrant.

Trivia

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