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Toho Kaiju
Monster Icons - Godzilla
Godzilla
Godzilla®
Species
Nuclearly Enhanced DinosaurG54-TOMG, G2K-GXM, GXMG-GFW
Irradiated GodzillasaurusG84-GVD, Collective Spirits of WWII SoldiersGMK
Prehistoric Amphibious ReptileG14

Nicknames
Gojira, King of the Monsters, GigantisGRA, Monster Zero-OneIoAM, Monster of JusticeZF,
Big G, G Man, G, God of Destruction, Big Gray GeckoG:O, Kaiju AlphaG:L, Goji, Nautilus,
Alpha Predator,
Species 5146_AdamG14
Height
Showa
50 meters
Heisei
80 metersG84-GvB
100 metersGvKG-GvD
Dark Horse
100 meters
Millennium
55 metersG2K-GXM, GXMG-GMMG
60 metersGMK
100 metersGFW
Legendary Series

108.2 meters[1]

Length
Showa
100 meters
Heisei
190 metersG84-GvB
212.5 metersGvKG-GvD
Dark Horse
200 meters
Millennium
122.5 metersG2K-GXM, GXMG-GMMG
~120 metersGMK
100 metersGFW
Legendary Series

167.7 meters[1]

Weight
Showa
20,000 tons
Heisei
50,000 tonsG84-GvB
60,000 tonsGvKG-GvD
Dark Horse
59,000 tons
Millennium
25,000 tonsG2K-GXM, GXMG-GMMG
30,000 tonsGMK
55,000 tonsGFW
Legendary Series
90,000 tons[2]
Forms





GodzillasaurusGvKG
Super GodzillaSG
Burning GodzillaGvD
Power Up GodzillaTMT





Allies







Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, King Caesar, Jet Jaguar, Varan, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Zone Fighter, Baragon, Manda, MechaGodzilla 2GI, GiganGI, Moguera, Fire Rodan, Mothra Leo, Medical Jet Jaguar, Fire Fighter Jet Jaguar, KiryuGRoE







Enemies
King Ghidorah/Mecha-King Ghidorah, Monster X/Keizer Ghidorah, Gigan, SpaceGodzilla, Destoroyah, MechaGodzilla 1, MechaGodzilla 2, Kiryu, King Kong, Hedorah, Megalon, Megaguirus, Ebirah, Titanosaurus, Zilla, Orga, Gabara, Kamacuras, Giant Condor, Battra, Biollante, Kamoebas, Fake Godzilla, Proto-Moguera, Dororin, Neo Hedorah, Black MechaGodzilla, Super Special SpaceGodzilla High Grade Type Two, Gororin, Hyper Mecha-King Ghidorah, M.U.T.O., Spylar, Wargilar, Zandolla, Garoborg, Spider Uros
Relationships
Minilla, Godzilla Junior (Sons)
Biollante, SpaceGodzilla, Orga (Clones)
Megaguirus (Energetical clone)
Kiryu (Built around the original Godzilla's skeleton)
Controlled by



XiliensIoAM
KilaaksDAM



Created by



Tomoyuki Tanaka
Ishiro Honda
Eiji Tsuburaya
Akira Ifukube



Portrayed by
Showa
Haruo Nakajima, Katsumi Tezuka, Shinji Takagi, Seiji Ōnaka, Hiroshi Sekita, Isao Zushi, Toru Kawai
Heisei
Kenpachiro Satsuma
Millennium
Tsutomu Kitagawa, Mizuho Yoshida
First Appearance
Godzilla (1954)
Latest Appearance
Godzilla (2014)
Designs
Showa
ShodaiGoji, GyakushuGoji, KingGoji, MosuGoji, DaisensoGoji, MusukoGoji, SoshingekiGoji, MegaroGoji
Heisei
84Goji, BioGoji, BatoGoji, RadoGoji, MogeGoji
Millennium
MireGoji, SokogekiGoji, KiryuGoji, FinalGoji, AlwaysGoji
American Films
ShodaiJira, LegendaryGoji
Other
Hanna-Barbera Godzilla, Marvel Godzilla, Dark Horse Godzilla, IDW Godzilla
Roar
1954-1955
1962-1975
1984-1991
1992-1995
1999-2004
2014
More Roars
Listen kid, there's two things you don't know about the Earth: one is me, and the other is Godzilla. „ 

Captain Douglas Gordon to the Xilien Controller (Godzilla: Final Wars)

Godzilla (ゴジラ?, Gojira) is a daikaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1954 Godzilla film, Gojira.


Name

The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ?), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ?), meaning gorilla, and kujira (鯨? or クジラ?), meaning whale. At one planning stage, the concept of "Gojira" was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale". The two words "whale" and "gorilla" describe Godzilla's traditional characteristics. The word whale represents his aquatic lifestyle and his bulky size. The word gorilla represents his sheer strength and the strategic thinking he uses when fighting against other monsters. A popular story is that "Gojira" was actually the nickname of a hulking stagehand at Toho Studio.[3] The story has not been verified, however, because in the more than 60 years since the film's original release, no one claiming to be the employee has ever stepped forward, and no photographs of him have ever surfaced.

Since Godzilla is neither a gorilla nor a whale, the name had to be devised in a different way for the original film's story. Godzilla's name was originally spelled in kanji (呉爾羅?) by the Odo Island people. However, Toho chose these characters for sound only, as the combined characters mean "give you net". This has been referenced countless times in Japanese books on Godzilla.

Contrary to popular belief, the name "Godzilla" is not the idea of the American distributor. Before Toho sold the film to US distributors, Toho's international division had originally marketed an English-subtitled print under the title of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, which was shown briefly in Japanese-American theaters. Toho came up with "Godzilla" as an English transliteration of the name "Gojira". The Japanese-to-English translation method of the Americans in the 1950's also proved that Godzilla was the correct English translation of Gojira.

Appearance

Main article: Category:Godzilla Designs.

Godzilla's appearance has changed between films over the years, but many defining details have endured. In the Japanese films, Godzilla is depicted as a gigantic dinosaur with rough, bumpy, usually charcoal gray scales, a long powerful tail, and generally bone-white dorsal plates, generally shaped like maple leaves, though there are some designs whose traits may differ. His origins vary somewhat from film to film, but he is almost always described as a prehistoric creature, and his first attacks on Japan are linked to the beginning of the Atomic Age. In particular, mutation due to atomic radiation is presented as an explanation for his great size and strange powers. Godzilla's iconic design is composed of a mixture of various species of dinosaurs; specifically, he has the body and overall shape of an old model of a Tyrannosaurus rex, the long arms of an Iguanodon, and the dorsal plates of a Stegosaurus.

Personality

Godzilla, in the original film, the Heisei era, some of the Millennium era and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, is an animal with semi-sapience that stumbles upon human civilization without any malicious intent, only destroying man-made structures or obstacles like buildings when the humans provoke him, or, when dead-set on arriving at a certain location. In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla is a malicious entity created from the restless souls of the dead from World War II. As the Godzilla series continued into the 60's and 70's, the terrifying monster developed as a character, and has since become a savior of the Earth, saving the world from other monsters like King Ghidorah, the Showa MechaGodzilla, Biollante, and Monster X, alone or alongside other monsters like Rodan, Anguirus, and Mothra.

According to Mothra's Shobijin's translation of Mothra, Rodan and Godzilla's conversation in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla only "hates humans because they hate him."

In Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla's behavior seems to be that of a territorial animal. However, unlike previous incarnations, he doesn't blatantly attacks or plows through ships at sea simply because they were there. In fact, with larger ships like Aircraft Carriers, he dove down under them. He also didn't attack military vehicles unless he was attacked first, and even then goes out of his way to avoid fighting back. Godzilla also seemed to have some awareness for human life, such as he saved Ford from the female M.U.T.O.. He also didn't seem to mind large ships following alongside him. Additionally, Godzilla puts himself in the direct fire to shield humans several times over the course of the film from both the MUTOs and stray military fire. The reason why Godzilla didn't just dive again when the navy and army panicked and fired on him was to shield the humans on the bridge, though missiles hitting his gills caused him to involuntarily plow through the Golden Gate Bridge. After defeating both MUTOs, he leaves the humans alone without any more conflict.

Origins

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The Godzillasaurus in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Before being mutated by the nuclear fallout of atomic bomb tests performed on an island called Rongerik, which is close to Lagos Island, the island where Godzilla lived, Godzilla was a Godzillasaurus that had somehow survived the extinction of the dinosaurs in the late Cretaceous era. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the Futurians take the Godzillasaurus away from Lagos Island and place him frozen in the Bering Sea, where he's mutated into Godzilla once again by a nuclear submarine crash.

In Godzilla: Awakening, the prequel to Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla was explained to be an ancient life form from the Permian period, having survived various extinction events by consuming radiation in a hibernation-like state until awakened in 1954 by a nuclear submarine.

History

Showa Series

Gojira

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Godzilla in Godzilla

The original Godzilla in Gojira was a prehistoric monster that weighed 20,000 metric tons, was 50 meters tall, and terrorized the ships of Japan. It was disturbed by an American Hydrogen bomb testing in the Pacific Ocean. After being awakened, Godzilla attacked Tokyo, destroyed much of the city, and killed tens of thousands. In hopes of stopping Godzilla, a scientist by the name of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa activated an experimental weapon he had developed, named the Oxygen Destroyer. Although Dr. Serizawa committed suicide in the process (out of shame and guilt), the weapon was successful, completely disintegrating Godzilla. It was stated at the end of the film that it was doubtful that there was only one creature, alluding not only to the many incarnations of Godzilla that would later appear, but also to all the other monsters that would be featured in movies produced by Toho.

Godzilla Raids Again

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Godzilla in Godzilla Raids Again

As alluded to at the end of the original movie, Godzilla again surfaced at first as a menace in Godzilla Raids Again. Raids Again was the first film where Godzilla fought another monster; Anguirus. Godzilla and Anguirus were first spotted fighting by two pilots and ended up falling down a cliff, their fight to be resumed later. Godzilla and Anguirus meet again in Osaka, and Godzilla ends up killing Anguirus. Setting the tone for future Showa series films, Godzilla's fate is uncertain at the end when he is buried under tons of ice.


King Kong vs. Godzilla

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Godzilla in King Kong vs. Godzilla

His next film was 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla. Godzilla emerges from an iceberg at sea and heads for a Japanese base in the Arctic. After an unsuccessful defense attempt, Godzilla is all over the news, and Mr. Tako, head of Pacific Pharmaceuticals, is angry at it, as he wants King Kong to bring attention to the company, and so he sends two men to get King Kong over there. They manage to capture King Kong, but he escapes and goes towards Godzilla. The two monsters meet in a valley and fight. Godzilla wins and King Kong retreats. The J.S.D.F. try to stop Godzilla and Kong multiple times, but fail. Eventually, they set up one million-volt power lines around a city and manage to fend off Godzilla, but King Kong seems to not be affected. After King Kong goes inside and is put asleep, he is airlifted with balloons to fight Godzilla once again.

The next morning, Kong meets up with Godzilla and the two begin to fight. Godzilla eventually knocks Kong unconscious but then a thunderstorm arrives and revives King Kong, giving him the power of an electric grasp. The two begin to fight, Kong shoving a tree in Godzilla's mouth, Godzilla lighting it on fire, burning Kong's hand. The two monsters fight some more, tearing down Atami Castle in the process, and eventually plunge into the sea. After an underwater battle, only King Kong resurfaces and begins to slowly swim back home to Faro Island. As Kong swims home onlookers aren't sure if Godzilla survived the underwater fight, but speculate that it was possible.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

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Godzilla in Mothra vs. Godzilla

Godzilla was an antagonist for the final time in Mothra vs. Godzilla. Godzilla rose up from a beach and quickly started terrorizing the surrounding civilization. Eventually, Mothra and Godzilla meet up and battle near Mothra's egg. Mothra dies, and Godzilla leaves. The military try to stop Godzilla but fail. The egg hatches two Mothra Larvae, who follow Godzilla to Iwa Island. The Larvae use their web attacks to trap Godzilla in a cocoon, and Godzilla plunges into the ocean, defeated.

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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Godzilla in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Starting with Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla took on the protagonist persona he would wear for the remainder of the series. Godzilla and Rodan wake up from hibernation and start attacking Japan, as well as each other. One of the two Mothra Larvae comes and convinces them to not fight and help fight King Ghidorah, with the Shobijin translating the conversation for the humans. Godzilla apparently uses terrible language, but ends up agreeing. He, Rodan, and Mothra go after King Ghidorah and eventually drive him off. Afterwards, Godzilla and Rodan stand by as they watch Mothra swim back to Infant Island.


Invasion of Astro-Monster

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Godzilla in Invasion of Astro-Monster

In Godzilla's next film, Invasion of Astro-Monster, astronauts find the Xiliens and their planet, Planet X, behind Jupiter. The Xiliens ask if they can borrow Godzilla and Rodan to combat Monster Zero, to which the people of Earth agree. Godzilla and Rodan, dubbed "Monster Zero-One" and "Monster Zero-Two", respectively, are brought up from the bottom of the sea while they were sleeping to Planet X. There, Godzilla and Rodan fight King Ghidorah and defeat him, to which Godzilla does an infamous victory dance in an act of celebration. The Xiliens assure the astronauts that King Ghidorah is gone, trades the monsters for the promise of a drug that cures all diseases, and the astronauts return to Earth.

Afterwards, the Xilien Controller reveals that they have control of the three monsters and that Earth must surrender, or else. Eventually, the Xiliens send the monsters down and they rampage, but the humans manage to break them free of their mind control. Godzilla and Rodan team up against King Ghidorah and force him to retreat.

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

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Godzilla in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Godzilla starts off in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep by getting revived by lightning after being found in a cavern. Godzilla finds and fights Ebirah, but Ebirah retreats. Godzilla then fights the Giant Condor and kills it after a skirmish. Godzilla destroys the Red Bamboo Organization's base and encounters Ebirah. He fights him once again and defeats it by ripping both of its pincers off. Godzilla then finds Mothra, who was summoned onto the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people who called her off the island. Godzilla dives into the sea and escapes the island just before it explodes.

Son of Godzilla

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Godzilla in Son of Godzilla

In Son of Godzilla, Godzilla gained a son, Minilla. Minilla hatched out of an egg, whose origins were unknown, prematurely, as the egg was broken by three Kamacuras. Godzilla arrives and beats up the Kamacuras, taking his son with him. At first, Minilla has difficulty producing anything more than smoke rings, but Godzilla discovers that stressful conditions, such as stomping on Minilla's tail, produce a true atomic blast. Some time soon, Godzilla comes to the aid of Minilla, whom had accidentally awoken Kumonga. Together, the two are able to defeat Kumonga, with Minilla finally learning to control his radioactive blast. The weather control machine on the island freezes over the island, and Godzilla protects his son from the harsh cold, and the two eventually fall unconscious. The scientists know that once the snow melts, Godzilla and his son will live peacefully on the island.

Destroy All Monsters

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Godzilla in Destroy All Monsters

Godzilla and all of Earth's monsters are living peacefully in Monsterland during the events of Destroy All Monsters. However, the Kilaaks come and take control of all the monsters and set them loose around the world. Godzilla attacks New York. After a series of events, the Earth monsters lose their mind control and the Kilaaks unleash King Ghidorah, their ultimate weapon. Godzilla, along with Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, and Varan], fight and utterly destroy King Ghidorah. With their ultimate weapon dead, the Kilaaks attempt an escape, but their flaming U.F.O. is destroyed. The monsters then live peacefully on Monsterland forever after.

Destroy All Monsters took place in the year 1999, twenty-four years after the events of Terror of MechaGodzilla. The series could also be said to truly end with Destroy All Monsters's ending, which depicted all of Earth's monsters living out the rest of their days in peace on Monsterland. This "jump" of dates also explains how King Ghidorah appeared in Godzilla vs. Gigan, as he was killed in Destroy All Monsters.

All Monsters Attack

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Godzilla in All Monsters Attack

In All Monsters Attack, Godzilla only appears through the daydreams of Ichiro, meaning the events of this film never happen in the Universe's reality. Godzilla's appearance mostly consists of stock footage from previous films, and he eventually has Minilla try and fight his own battles against Gabara. After Gabara is seemingly defeated, he and Minilla assume the dream monster is defeated. However, Gabara bites and shocks Godzilla, but Godzilla and Minilla beat up Gabara, forcing him to retreat.


Godzilla vs. Hedorah

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Hedorah

In Godzilla vs. Hedorah, classic music plays momentarily on a picture of a sunrise or sunset as Godzilla slowly comes on-screen and roars. Ken Yano has a short monologue about nuclear fallout and waste being put into the sea as Godzilla sets fire to sludge on the water. Hedorah then appears in land form, and begins to feed on pollution from a factory. Godzilla appears and attacks Hedorah, only to find out that the monster is immune to his atomic breath. Hedorah then retreats back to the ocean with Godzilla on his tail. Ken is at an amusement park and rides on the roller coaster when he spots Godzilla, looking like a silhouette in the background.

Eventually, Hedorah appears at Mount Fuji, and Godzilla flies over there and fights it. Godzilla is burned by Hedorah's sludge and his hand almost melts off, but he manages to disable one of Hedorah's eyes and then, while it is on the ground, removes two white objects from its body and he destroys them. The weakened Hedorah tries to fly away, but Godzilla flies after him. Hedorah returns to land form, and is dragged back to an electric weapon by Godzilla. Godzilla activates the weapon and kills Hedorah. Godzilla then heads back to the sea.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Gigan

Godzilla is living on Monster Island along with Anguirus and a few other monsters that appear through stock footage in Godzilla vs. Gigan. Godzilla and Anguirus speak in human voices, speaking in speech bubbles in the Japanese version, and Godzilla tells Anguirus to check on something funny that is going on elsewhere. After Anguirus gets driven off by the military and returns to Monster Island, both he and Godzilla go to the city to fight Gigan and King Ghidorah. Gigan makes Godzilla and Anguirus bleed red blood. The M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens rig the Godzilla Tower to shoot a beam at Godzilla, but the tower is destroyed by the humans. Godzilla and Anguirus eventually drive off Gigan and King Ghidorah, saving the world.

Godzilla vs. Megalon

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Megalon

In Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla teams up with Jet Jaguar to fight Megalon. Jet Jaguar is sent by Goro Ibuki to Monster Island to get Godzilla. Once they arrive to the small field, the Seatopians call the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens to bring them Gigan and help Megalon. Gigan arrives and Jet Jaguar and Godzilla fight against Megalon and Gigan in an extended fight scene. After Gigan is driven off, Godzilla performs a drop kick on Megalon two times, defeating Megalon. Godzilla returns to Monster Island afterwards.


Zone Fighter

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Godzilla in Zone Fighter

The Toho tokusatsu series Zone Fighter is notable in that it features Toho monsters from the films, such as Gigan, King Ghidorah and Godzilla. Produced in 1973, Toho has gone on record stating that the events depicted in the Zone Fighter television series are part of the Showa era, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla.


Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, it looks like "Godzilla" went back to his destructive way when he arose from a volcano, wreaking havoc and breaking Anguirus' jaw. However, it turns out that the rampaging Godzilla is a fake Godzilla when the real Godzilla appears and breaks off a piece of the impostor's 'skin', which revealed the space titanium underneath. MechaGodzilla sheds his costume and throws a barrage of attacks at Godzilla, forcing him to retreat. Godzilla goes back to Monster Island and gets struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. He comes back to rematch MechaGodzilla soon afterwards, this time with King Caesar as his ally. After a tense battle, Godzilla removes MechaGodzilla's head and destroys it, returning to the sea soon after.


Terror of MechaGodzilla

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Godzilla in Terror of MechaGodzilla

Godzilla appears late into Terror of MechaGodzilla, arriving to Tokyo to fight both Titanosaurus and the rebuilt MechaGodzilla on his own. Titanosaurus' tail gusts are hard for Godzilla to overcome, but Titanosaurus gets distracted by the Supersonic Wave Oscillator. Godzilla fights MechaGodzilla in much the same way as the previous film, except this time MechaGodzilla's head was not defeated so easily. When Godzilla ripped out MechaGodzilla's head, MechaGodzilla seemed to have another, smaller, main head under it and continued attacking Godzilla. MechaGodzilla was stopped by Doctor Mafune's daughter sacrificing herself. Godzilla destroys the lifeless MechaGodzilla and then battles with the confused Titanosaurus. Soon, Titanosaurus falls into the sea after Godzilla shoots his atomic breath at him, and he is never seen again, meaning the Earth is safe once again.

The final scene of Terror of MechaGodzilla depicted Godzilla wading off into the sea, not to be seen until his return in the Heisei series nine years later. Interestingly, this was not the final film of the Showa era in in-Universe chronology. Destroy All Monsters, which took place in 1999, was the last film chronologically in-Universe.

The Godzilla Power Hour

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Godzilla in The Godzilla Power Hour

Godzilla made his American series debut with Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla, where he traveled alongside the Calico crew and Godzooky fighting many different monsters from 1978 to 1980.


Heisei Series

The Heisei series is in the era where not only does Godzilla return after a decade's absence, but marks a transition between the reign of the Showa Emperor Hirohito to that of his son Akihito, now dubbed the Heisei Emperor.

The Return of Godzilla

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Godzilla in The Return of Godzilla

In The Return of Godzilla, the famous monster is re-invented to be taller and more powerful, at 80 meters tall and 50,000 metric tons. Return of Godzilla ignores all previous films in the series aside from the original. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah explains that this second Godzilla is the product of a botched time traveling mission by a group of terrorists from the 23rd century known as Futurians. Under the guise of wanting to save Japan from Godzilla's devastation, the Futurians travel back to 1944 and transport an injured Godzillasaurus residing on Lagos Island to the Bering Sea, thus preventing its exposure to the A-bombs. The Godzillasaurus lies dormant in the Bering Sea, where it is exposed to radiation after a nuclear submarine accidentally detonates in the dinosaurs vicinity turning it into a brand new Godzilla. Hungry for nuclear energy, the new Godzilla attacks a Soviet nuclear submarine before turning towards Japan as its predecessor in 1954 did, attacking the nation's nuclear power plants. After his battle with the Super X, Professor Hayashida lures Godzilla to Mount Mihara, where he is dropped into the lava below. There he enters a state of dormancy.

During his slumber, Japan develops an underfunded agency, designed to track any and all of Godzilla's future sightings in Japan. Japanese corporations develop Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria in order to protect the country from nuclear accidents or attacks.

Godzilla vs. Biollante

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Biollante

Reawakened by explosions detonated during a failed terrorist ransoming, Godzilla heads for Lake Ashino where he does battle with Biollante, the hybrid monster of Godzilla’s own DNA and the cells of a rose that bonded with the soul of a scientist's daughter. After their first battle, a new Super X2 confronts Godzilla and distracts the monster so soldiers can administer the ANEB through rocket-propelled grenades. Super X2 is badly damaged during the battle, unable to further engage Godzilla. In an attempt to activate the ANEB, Godzilla is lured to a site with experimental lightning generators intended to increase Godzilla's core temperature so the bacteria can function properly. At the site, a new form of Biollante arrives and besieges the weakening Godzilla. The ANEB takes effect and forces the battle to a draw. Biollante is mortally wounded and Godzilla falls into the ocean, where he is believed to die from the ANEB. However, the cold waters of the Pacific lower Godzilla’s body temperature, retarding the effects of the ANEB and allow Godzilla to live on. In his weakened state, Godzilla swims back to the area of his origin, the Bering Sea.

Ultimately, the original Godzilla disappears from history when the Futurians moved the Godzillasaurus from Lagos Island in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, and this Godzilla is never seen again, as a new Godzilla was created.

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, it is discovered that the time-travelers that had prevented Godzilla's creation had, during the Godzillasaurus' transportation, left in its place their own creation, three tiny Dorats, to allow them to undergo Godzilla's nuclear transformation instead, mutating and combining them into King Ghidorah. They are unaware that the Godzilla they had planned to erase was later mutated by a nuclear submarine crash.

The Futurians trick several scientists into aiding them on a false time-traveling mission under the pretense of preventing Godzilla's transformation on Lagos Island. In efforts to stop the Futurians' monster that is instead created, an extremely wealthy corporate developer, who previously fought on the island as a Japanese soldier, plans to send a nuclear submarine into the Bering Sea in an attempt to create the second Godzilla. Instead of finding the Godzillasaurus, the submarine would come face to face with Godzilla himself, mutated by the sub crash. The new Godzilla absorbs the power of the nuclear sub, increasing his size further, becoming powerful enough to defeat King Ghidorah. Godzilla proceeds to attack Japan itself, but is stopped when Emmy, one of the Futurians who had turned on her fellows, resurrects Ghidorah as a cyborg in the future and returns to the past to battle Godzilla with the new Mecha-King Ghidorah. The two battle in Tokyo, with both falling into the sea, but Godzilla is still alive and reawakens using his atomic ray underwater at the film's conclusion.

Godzilla vs. Mothra

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mothra

The next films of the Heisei series films show mankind's efforts to defeat Godzilla while also being challenged by other monsters such as Mothra, Battra and Rodan. This series features a specialized organization of monster-combating soldiers and engineers called G-Force.

Godzilla returns in Godzilla vs. Mothra when he rises from the sea while a Mothra egg is being transported. Mothra hatches and Godzilla and Mothra have a short battle, which finishes when Battra Larva arrives. Battra tosses Mothra aside and battles with Godzilla by himself. Their battle goes underwater after a while, and a volcano erupts on them, presumably killing them.

However, Godzilla burrows his way out and heads for Yokohama, where both Mothra and Battra are headed as well. Godzilla arrives when the two are fighting, and Mothra and Battra team up against Godzilla. Eventually, Mothra and Battra carry Godzilla out to the sea. Godzilla shoots his atomic breath repeatedly at Battra until he dies midair, sending them both plummeting into the ocean.

Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2

Several of the ways G-Force plan to stop Godzilla include the construction of two mechas, MechaGodzilla, who would battle both Godzilla and Rodan, and M.O.G.U.E.R.A.. Like in the previous series, Godzilla eventually adopts a "son" that is discovered by scientists in Rodan's nest, called "Baby Godzilla", in this film, "Little Godzilla" in the next, and "Godzilla Junior" in the one after that. It is never stated that Godzilla birthed the monster, nor is it even made clear whether Godzilla has any knowledge of the monster's existence before it was born. Both Rodan and Godzilla have a natural drive to want to be close to the monster, much to the tactical benefit of G-Force. Godzilla and Rodan fight, and Rodan is forced to retreat. The G-Force study Baby Godzilla to pinpoint any weak points in Godzilla, and they find out Godzilla has a second brain in his torso. Super MechaGodzilla is sent in to kill Godzilla and successfully does. However, Fire Rodan sacrifices himself and gives up his life energy to revive Godzilla. Godzilla is given a powerful spiral ray attack, which he uses to destroy Super MechaGodzilla. Baby Godzilla is sent off with his father afterwards, and they go out to the sea peacefully.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

Godzilla and his son, now called Little Godzilla, return in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, and are living in Birth Island. Godzilla rises from the sea, and a few men working on Project T try destroying Godzilla by exploiting an apparent weak spot Godzilla has in his arm pits. They fail, and it is never found out of Godzilla's arm pits are indeed a weak spot. SpaceGodzilla soon comes down to Birth Island and kidnaps Little Godzilla. Godzilla follows SpaceGodzilla to Fukuoka and fights him in the crystal-covered city alongside M.O.G.U.E.R.A. M.O.G.U.E.R.A. is destroyed eventually, and Godzilla overloads SpaceGodzilla with his energy, making SpaceGodzilla explode. Godzilla leaves Fukuoka with his son and swim off to Birth Island.


Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

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Burning Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

Ultimately, this Godzilla, now called Burning Godzilla (バーニングゴジラ?, Bāningu Gojira) due to his fiery appearance, meets his end in the finale of the Heisei series, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Everything comes full circle when Godzilla is faced with a monster, Destoroyah, created by the Oxygen Destroyer, which was used to kill the first Godzilla in 1954. Godzilla's end comes when his internal radiation becomes too intense for his body to control, and he finally succumbs to a total nuclear meltdown. This is not the end of Godzilla's legacy, however; the previously wounded Godzilla Junior (who is killed by Destoroyah earlier) absorbs all of the radiation from Godzilla's meltdown and fully matures into an adult Godzilla.


Godzilla Island

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Godzilla in Godzilla Island

Although the series was supposed to be in a 10-year retirement, Godzilla makes an "early" return, though not in a new movie, but a television show titled Godzilla Island. Godzilla Island, in general, gave back the character his role from 1964's Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster to 1975's Terror of MechaGodzilla. However, unlike in the Showa era, Godzilla is already good from the very start, and serves as the main monster protagonist of the show.

In 2097, Godzilla, and 9 of Earth's monsters, found themselves confined to an island in the Pacific Ocean dubbed Godzilla Island. When the Xiliens come down to earth with their horde of evil monsters, Godzilla is always there to fight and protect G-Guard Base, sometimes with other monsters like Rodan, Mothra, MechaGodzilla and Moguera. He usually fights Destoroyah and Megalon.

1998 film

Main articles: Zilla, Zilla Junior, and The Zilla Name Change.

Godzilla didn't appear in the 1998 TriStar film GODZILLA. Instead, the character that appeared in that film was Zilla. Zilla was previously known as "Godzilla" and was the same character as the real Godzilla until Godzilla: Final Wars and a series of legal events called the "Zilla Name Change" took place between 2003 and 2005.

Godzilla: The Series

Main article: Zilla Junior.

Another series, based on the 1998 film, aired on Fox Kids. Godzilla: The Series featured a baby Zilla which had grown to full size. Zilla Junior traveled around the world with a team called H.E.A.T., including scientist Nick Tatopoulos, battling monsters. Zilla had the abilities and physical forms of his parent, but the creators of the show gave him more powers and an attitude more resembling the real Godzilla, including the roar.

Millennium Series

The Millennium series is unique because rather than creating a single continuity that all the films would follow, the series would instead comprise a number of distinct narratives and different timelines, each using only the original Godzilla film as a backdrop. In Japan, many call it the "X" series, due to the Japanese titles containing "X" instead of "Vs" or "Versus". The majority of the films in the series featured a revamped Godzilla design. This new "Millennium Godzilla" had a wilder appearance, with more massive, jagged dorsal plates and a fiercer, more dinosaur-like face than the Godzillas featured in the Heisei and Showa series.

Godzilla 2000: Millennium

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Godzilla in Godzilla 2000: Millennium

As a direct sequel of the original movie, the Godzilla depicted in Godzilla 2000: Millennium is not related to any other Godzilla films seen previously, or to those to come. This Godzilla had been attacking and feeding off Japan's energy plants for some time. During Godzilla's latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla, absorbs his DNA and copy the Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster, Orga. The two monsters battle and Godzilla prevails by destroying his foe as it attempts to swallow him whole.


Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

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Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Though Godzilla looks nearly the same in this film as he did in Godzilla 2000: Millennium, this movie takes place in an entirely separate continuity from the previous film and is not a sequel. The Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus attacked Tokyo in 1954, the Tokaimura Power Plant in 1966, and Osaka in 1996. In 2000, Godzilla would be the first to encounter the Meganula threat. However, shortly after this, Godzilla would be lured to Kiganjima Island where he would fall victim to a top secret weapon, the Dimension Tide. The attack would be interrupted by the Meganula allowing Godzilla to battle their queen, Megaguirus in battle. After Godzilla's victory he would fall victim once again to the Dimension Tide and be buried deep underneath the city. Shortly after the credits, however, the main character, a child, goes to the window and hears Godzilla's roar.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

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Godzilla in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Again disregarding the continuity of previous films of the Millennium series, the Godzilla in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is confirmed to be the original monster (the monster that attacked New York in 1998, Zilla, turned out not to be Godzilla). Godzilla is depicted as a demonic beast possessed by the souls of those who died in the Pacific in World War II. This film returns Godzilla to his roots of being a genuinely malevolent being who deliberately seeks to punish Japan for the sins of WWII. Godzilla would do battle with the three guardian monsters of Japan, Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, but would be nearly destroyed by the actions of General Tachibana, who piloted a submersible down Godzilla's throat and out through a wound in his neck. The next two times Godzilla attempted to use his atomic breath it shot out of his wound, and eventually tore him apart from the inside. At the bottom of Tokyo Bay, it is revealed that the heart of Godzilla is beating continuously.

Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla

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Godzilla in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla

In Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, a second Godzilla goes on a rampage in Japan. After that incident, the Minister of Science decides to make a bio-mechanical robot from the bones of the Godzilla of 1954. After a few years, Kiryu, the Millennium series' MechaGodzilla, is built. Kiryu is sent to fight off Godzilla. However Godzilla roars, causing the DNA of the original Godzilla within Kiryu to cause it to start attacking the city itself, until it runs out of power. Kiryu is shutdown and readjusted. Kiryu is sent again to fight Godzilla. At the end of the battle, Kiryu carries Godzilla and both crash in Tokyo Bay. Kiryu shoots its final shot, the Absolute Zero, and freezes the water. But Godzilla survives the shot with less damage and Kiryu loses his arm and damages the Absolute Zero weapon.

The same Godzilla that appeared in Against MechaGodzilla would reappear in the direct sequel, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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Godzilla in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., a direct sequel to the previous film, the two Shobijin fairies warn that using Godzilla's bones as a weapon is a big mistake. The Prime Minister refuses to stop Operation: Kiryu. Godzilla then arrives in Tokyo and Mothra comes and saves Tokyo from destruction. The Prime Minister launches Kiryu in order to save the dying Mothra. An egg in Infant Island eventually hatches and two larvae go to save their mother. Mothra is blown up by Godzilla's atomic ray and now what is left are the larvae and Kiryu. Kiryu eventually runs wild and brings Godzilla wrapped in silk to the ocean. They both sink together and Kiryu permanently shuts down and Godzilla is able to sleep in the depths. At the end, there is a storage room with the DNA of the original Godzilla still there, so another monster will rise (possibly Godzilla again, he should break free from Kiryu's grip).

Godzilla: Final Wars

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Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars

The Godzilla from Godzilla: Final Wars takes on a familiar yet new appearance. The difference can be seen while comparing his head to the suits from all the other films. Godzilla in the Heisei series was smaller in appearance while Godzilla from the Millennium series has a noticeably longer build. Many people think this Godzilla is also possibly Godzilla Junior due to the fact of his image of him being trapped was shown simultaneously with Godzilla Junior's resurrection, although this is never explained and is probably not the case, as the Heisei and Millennium eras share no continuity.

Decades before the main story starts, an older past Godzilla is buried in ice at the South Pole by the Earth Defense Force’s aerial battle ship Gotengo. When the Xiliens, an alien race, use many of Earth's own monsters in an attempt to conquer it, the EDF is forced to free Godzilla from the ice to fight for mankind. This Godzilla is lured towards the Xiliens' Mothership in Tokyo while he fights the Xiliens' monsters along the way, defeating or destroying each one in his path, including Gigan, Zilla, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Rodan, King Caesar, Anguirus , Ebirah and Hedorah.

He at last arrives in Tokyo just in time for an asteroid to enter Earth's atmosphere. Godzilla attempts to stop it by blasting his atomic breath toward it, causing it to explode and release the real threat: Monster X. Mothra comes to aid Godzilla while the Xiliens summon the revived and rebuilt Gigan. Mothra is quickly dispatched by Gigan, who then joins Monster X to double team Godzilla. Mothra recovers and attacks both Monster X and Gigan, turning the tide of battle. Gigan resumes his battle with Mothra, using it's laser vision beam, turning Mothra to what some people call "Fire Mothra," and both monsters are destroyed in a Kamikaze attack by her. Monster X transforms into a new form, Keizer Ghidorah. At first, Keizer Ghidorah easily overpowers Godzilla. However, the Kaiser named Ozaki transfers his powers to Godzilla through the Gotengo, boosting his strength. Godzilla then fights Keizer Ghidorah, eventually destroying him with his Spiral Ray. Turning his attention back on his old enemies, Godzilla shoots down the Gotengo and prepares to finish its crew off when Godzilla's infant son, Minilla, intervenes, pleading Godzilla to stop. Both moved by Minilla's courage to stand up to him and tired from his past battles, Godzilla returns to the ocean with his son, but not without Minilla finally using his atomic ray on his own. Godzilla lets out one final roar and returns to the sea.

Legendary Series

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Godzilla in Godzilla

In the 2014 film, Godzilla is a prehistoric amphibious monster who fed off of Earth's natural radiation. Over the years, however, as the radiation emitted from the planet gradually declined, Godzilla retreated to the ocean depths, where it could absorb radiation from the Earth's core. For an incredibly long, albeit unknown amount of time, Godzilla remained dormant in the ocean, until 1954, when he was awakened by a nuclear submarine. After being discovered, the U.N. tried to keep him secret and destroy him with atom bombs under guise of nuclear testing, all of which failed to do so. An organization called "MONARCH" was then tasked with keeping him secret and studying him. However in 2014, one of his ancient enemies, known by humans as M.U.T.O., hatches after 15 years of absorbing nuclear radiation from a power plant in Japan. Godzilla begins listening as the M.U.T.O. lets out a mating cry to his recently hatched female counterpart, and attacks the creature as he is laying waste to a Hawaiian airport, though the M.U.T.O. escapes by flying away.

After this, Godzilla retreats into the ocean once again, hunting the M.U.T.O.s while they're lured to San Francisco with a nuclear warhead by the American military. Godzilla surfaces just before hitting the Golden Gate Bridge, and the military opens fire with tanks and gunfire. This has little to no effect, however, and Godzilla descends into the ocean once again, but not before clearing his path by destroying the bridge.

Godzilla surfaces once again in San Francisco to confront the recently arrived male M.U.T.O., and the two battle all the way into the night, while a bomb disposal squad led by Ford Brody is sent in via HALO jump to defuse the bomb that was placed to lure the M.U.T.O.s to San Francisco. Shortly after their arrival, the female M.U.T.O. arrives, and both creatures take on Godzilla, who is quickly overwhelmed by the two of them. Before either of them can kill Godzilla, they're distracted by Brody, who destroyed the female's recently-laid egg sacs. While the female is distracted by Brody, Godzilla rises up again and pummels her with his atomic breath. Before he can finish her off, the male M.U.T.O attacks Godzilla once more, but Godzilla fights back and manages to kill it by slamming it into a skyscraper with his tail. The impact, however, brings the entire building down on Godzilla, and he collapses to his hands and knees, extremely weak. He briefly looks Brody in the eyes, before being consumed by smoke and debris.

Brody then escapes to the pier, where the rest of his unit is trying to send the bomb out into the ocean where it can detonate without risk of fallout hitting the city. The female M.U.T.O., still alive from her encounter with Godzilla, follows the radiation and kills the rest of the squad, leaving Brody alone to send the boat out to sea with the bomb. As the M.U.T.O. closes in on the bomb and Brody, Godzilla emerges from behind, grabbing her and blasting her in the mouth with his atomic breath, making her neck explode, before tearing her head off and letting it fall into the water. With both M.U.T.O.s killed, Godzilla then collapses from exhaustion in the city, seemingly dead.

When morning comes, however, Godzilla rises up from the ashes around him and lets out a triumphant roar as the humans below cheer and applaud for their savior, proclaiming him "King of the Monsters." With both of his enemies dead and with balance in nature restored, Godzilla descends back into the ocean once again.

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Godzilla is going to meet Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.

Abilities

Over the years Godzilla has possessed many powers and abilities to use against his foes. Godzilla is generally considered to be the most powerful kaiju, as is expressed by his title, "the King of the Monsters."

Atomic Breath

Atomic Breath

Godzilla fires his Atomic Breath in Godzilla: Final Wars

Godzilla's signature weapon is his distinctive atomic breath. Godzilla's dorsal plates glow ominously, and then he lets loose with a concentrated blast of radiation from his mouth. This power is commonly mistaken for breathing literal fire, which Godzilla only does in the Marvel comics and The Godzilla Power Hour.

Godzilla has been shown apparently being able to adjust the intensity of his ray, varying from a stream of superheated vapor, such as in the 1950s and 1960s, to a beam with explosive and kinetic properties, in the 1970s and onward. The ray is usually portrayed as being neon blue, though in Godzilla 2000: Millennium and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, it is a reddish orange to signify an increased level of power.

In Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla's atomic breath was shown as having incendiary properties and was strong enough to destroy a miniature black hole, while in Godzilla: Final Wars, it possessed incredible range, amazing power and pin-point accuracy, able to hit a target in outer space and kill most kaiju with a single shot. Also in Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla also demonstrated his ability to actually change the intensity of his atomic breath when fighting Keizer Ghidorah. With a quick turn, Godzilla's breath went from the iconic blue beam to the intensity of reddish orange which literally caused the monster Keizer Ghidorah to explode in the upper atmosphere.

A variation of the standard atomic ray in the Heisei series was the red "spiral ray" which he acquired as a result of absorbing the Rodan's life energy. This ray was so powerful that only a few blasts of it were sufficient to completely destroy MechaGodzilla and SpaceGodzilla, though Destoroyah was able to withstand several hits. In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, a variant of his spiral ray was seen when King Ghidorah used his golden gravity beams on Godzilla. Godzilla was somehow able to draw strength from the gravity beams and used the absorbed energy to fire a blast of blue energy wrapped in a golden spiral that completely destroyed King Ghidorah. The spiral ray returned in Godzilla: Final Wars, where it was strong enough to push Keizer Ghidorah to the edge of space, destroying him in an explosion visible from the surface of the Earth.

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Godzilla fires his Atomic Breath in Godzilla

In Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla's atomic breath was more of a focused, fiery shaped energy beam that Godzilla spews out. Godzilla only used it against the M.U.T.O.s after he had taken a severe beating and was already growing weaker, showing that Godzilla only uses it as a last resort against opponents he can't physically overpower on his own. Though it doesn't appear to have the same destructive properties as the versions prior, the blasts were strong enough to severely weaken, and eventually kill, the female M.U.T.O. While it may not have the destructive force of its predecessors, this version of Godzilla's atomic breath is still incredibly deadly in its own right. It is, however, entirely possible that Godzilla never used his atomic breath at its full power, seeing as how Godzilla was already extremely weak when he began using it, so whether or not it's capable of more is unknown at this point. The neon-blue glow on Godzilla's dorsal plates begins at the tail and goes all the way to the top of his neck in this film.

In the video game Godzilla: Save the Earth, Godzilla can also use a variation of his Atomic Breath called the Final Beam, a beam of energy that resembles his regular Atomic Breath except for the fact it is far more powerful and is purple in color. In Save the Earth he can also launch huge fireballs from his mouth as well.

Nuclear Pulse and Magnetic Powers

In addition to his very deadly atomic breath, Godzilla can also emit atomic energy in all directions from every inch of his body in a short-range pulse. The pulse was first seen in his fight against Biollante. Godzilla only used the nuclear pulse in the Heisei series, although many consider the climactic scene in Godzilla 2000 to be a use of Godzilla's nuclear pulse; and also, Godzilla uses something similar to a nuclear pulse to prevent Keizer Ghidorah from draining any more of his energy from him after being surged with Ozaki's energy.

In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Godzilla found a way to generate powerful magnetic fields from his body after being struck several times by lightning, which proved devastating against his metallic foe. This is the only time Godzilla ever used this power.

In the 1993 Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2, Godzilla demonstrated another ability that may have been a variant of his nuclear pulse. After being struck with MechaGodzilla's Shock Anchor harpoons, Godzilla discharged a form of energy up the cables, severely damaging the robot's internal mechanisms. However, this was not the only time Godzilla ever used this ability. In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, the King of the Monsters discharged energy through his physical blows in his offensive against the sinister space mutant SpaceGodzilla.

Durability

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Regenerator G-1, the secret to Godzilla's durability, as seen in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Godzilla has displayed an uncanny ability to sustain damage throughout his films.

Starting in the first Godzilla film, Godzilla displayed an immunity to conventional weaponry, virtually impervious to everything the JSDF threw at him. He has demonstrated the ability to survive complete submersion in magma for an extended period of time, sometimes while under extreme pressure from tectonic plates (as seen in Godzilla vs. Mothra). He has even survived being in ground zero of asteroid impacts. The only times his flesh has been visibly pierced were in battle with the Super X, Showa Gigan, Biollante, King Ghidorah, Destoroyah, and from MechaGodzilla's weapons in the Showa, Heisei and Millennium series.

In addition to being extremely resistant to damage, Godzilla possesses an extremely advanced and highly efficient regenerative ability. This power was a crucial plot point of Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla 2000: Millennium. In Godzilla 2000, it is explained that Godzilla's regenerative abilities may have something to do with his radioactive properties, and Regenerator G-1 ("Organizer G-1" in the Japanese version) is the name given to a substance in his cells that is responsible for Godzilla's swift healing. In Godzilla vs. Biollante, Japanese scientists use samples of the Godzilla cells (called G-cells throughout the Heisei series of Godzilla films) to help create the ANEB. This healing factor would be inherited by all creatures spawned from Godzilla's DNA, those being Biollante, SpaceGodzilla and Orga. While the M.U.T.O.s are shown to face Godzilla to the point of exhaustion, he manages to get back to his feet and return to the ocean in a matter of hours which could either be a testament to his incredible durability and he was simply exhausted, or he healed off the damage by sunrise.

In Godzilla, Godzilla was stated to have survived unharmed in the Bikini Atoll  tests in the South Pacific, even appearing to have survived the detonation of Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, during the opening scroll. A testament to his durability is his survival of the various prehistoric extinction events that happened before his encounters with humanity. Additionally, like his previous incarnations and military might, Godzilla showed no outwards signs of damage from any weaponry used by the United States Armed Forces including heavy gunfire, missiles, tank shells, and various other weapons, although he was momentarily pinned by a fallen skyscraper which appeared to do no actual damage to him as he recovers short moments later and continues his attack on his enemy.

Physical Abilities

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Godzilla displays his formidable physical strength by throwing King Ghidorah over his head in Godzilla vs. Gigan

As attributed to his size, weight and mass, Godzilla has displayed varied levels of physical strength sufficient to lift weights exceeding 2,000 tons and smash skyscrapers. He has been depicted lifting and throwing monsters in excess of his own weight, such as King Ghidorah, Hedorah, MechaGodzilla and others, and in Godzilla: Final Wars was even able to throw Kumonga clear over the horizon. He is shown using various martial arts techniques in a comical fashion during the Showa Series, or moving very quickly in spite of his size, such as in Zone Fighter. In the Millennium series he has also been able to leap high into the air.

Godzilla's long tail is also a formidable weapon. It has been shown to be very flexible and powerful, able to lash out quickly and topple over buildings and enemy monsters. In Godzilla vs. Megalon, he was able to slide on his tail a great distance to deliver a devastating kick, and in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus it was revealed to be prehensile as well. In all his incarnations he has been shown to have powerful jaws and sharp teeth and claws, although these are more prominent in some incarnations than in others. Rarely, Godzilla also showed the ability to use his dorsal plates as a weapon, such as in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, when he uses their jagged tips to slice off Megaguirus' claw, and Godzilla vs. Hedorah, where he used them to cut into Hedorah during the flying scene. Also in Godzilla 2000: Millennium and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, the dorsal plates create a tremendous amount of heat when the atomic ray is being prepared.

However, many of the films show Godzilla preferring to battle his opponents from a distance, particularly in the Heisei series, either by using his atomic breath, or by throwing objects like boulders at them.

Like his previous incarnations, the Legendary Godzilla possesses immense physical strength and can use his immense mass as a weapon. He is able to toss both the male and female M.U.T.O.s around with ease by biting into their bodies. Unlike previous incarnations, however, he didn't use his arms much to toss them around. This is due to his fighting style being modeled after bears which, despite having powerful front legs, use their jaws as their primary weapon. Overall the Legendary Godzilla's fighting style seems to be a reversal of typical Godzilla fighting, preferring to be in close and in direct combat with his targets rather than relying on his atomic breath or throwing objects. Godzilla is also able to cause tsunamis by just going to shore.

Amphibiousness

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Godzilla in a CGI shot in Godzilla 2000: Millennium

Though not an amphibian, Godzilla has an amphibious lifestyle. He spends half of his life in water and the other on land. He is as adept a fighter underwater as he is on land. Capable of marching on the sea floor or swimming by undulating his tail like a crocodile, Godzilla is displayed as being able to breathe underwater, occasionally hibernating in the ocean depths between movies, and being submerged apparently does not impede his atomic ray, as seen in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. He engages opponents in the sea on multiple occasions, fighting King Ghidorah, Ebirah, Battra, Biollante and Mothra either beneath or on the surface of the waves.

In Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla now possesses gills so he can stay underwater indefinitely, but he closes them when he's on land and uses his lungs.

Flight

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Godzilla flies in Godzilla vs. Hedorah

In a memorable, and somewhat infamous scene in Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla used his atomic breath to fly by aiming it at the ground and lifting off like a rocket.

Laser Beams

In The Godzilla Power Hour, Godzilla could shoot red laser beams out of his eyes in addition to breathing fire.

Intelligence

The extent of Godzilla's intelligence varies throughout the character's history, but Godzilla is generally depicted as a thinking creature. The Showa incarnation in particular is depicted as being close in intelligence to a human, capable of abstract thought, and able to communicate with other monsters. Other versions of Godzilla display a simple animal cunning.

Though the American-shot inserts from King Kong vs. Godzilla have little consistency with the timeline and rules of the Godzilla character in the Toho films, it may be worth mentioning that one of the American characters says that Godzilla has a brain about the size of a marble: "He's sheer brute force." In comparison, the character states that King Kong "Is a thinking animal." Again, this is largely inconsistent with Godzilla's character, although this is possibly done just to show Kong, being a primate would be be much more intelligent than Godzilla, who is reptile-like.

In the Heisei series Godzilla reacts on animal cunning and instinct more consecutively than in his Showa counterpart, as demonstrated by his conditioned response in The Return of Godzilla. He was still capable of independent thought, however and according to Miki Saegusa of human-like sentiments as well. This was corroborated by his mourning the death of Godzilla Junior in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2 he seems to destroy MechaGodzilla out of rage at Rodan's death. It was insinuated in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah that he also remembers the distant past. The Heisei Godzilla was psychic on some level, possibly the most powerful in existence. His evasion of the JSDF in Godzilla vs. Biollante seemed to carry implications of precognition. Additionally, he had some manner of psychic link with Godzilla Junior and has several times demonstrated the ability to locate potential opponents from great distances.

Another example of Godzilla's intelligence was displayed in Godzilla 2000 when he was facing Orga. When Orga kept regenerating himself in a fast pace, Godzilla decided to go after Orga's core and exploited that weakness thus defeating Orga.

While fighting the M.U.T.O.s in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla figures out their strengths and weaknesses through repeated clashes with them. He lets the male M.U.T.O. fly to attack him, and he then used his tail to slam him into a building, killing him. With the female M.U.T.O., he fired his Atomic Breath right into her mouth after forcing it open, making her neck explode.

Weaknesses

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Godzilla's bones in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla

Despite his incredible power, Godzilla has displayed a few weaknesses over the years. In King Kong vs. Godzilla and Mothra vs. Godzilla he is shown to be vulnerable to strong voltages of electricity. As the series progressed, lightning (i.e., electricity found in nature) has been shown to have the opposite effect, at times serving to revitalize him. In The Return of Godzilla Godzilla was shown to be vulnerable to cadmium, though Godzilla's immune system was able to overcome it. Later on, Godzilla is revealed to have a second brain in his spine with Super MechaGodzilla being able to kill him by destroying it. Nevertheless, he was revived by Fire Rodan and further films seem to ignore this gigantic weak spot. It was also suggested in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla that Godzilla has a soft spot under each armpit. However, the validity of this claim was highly dubious and this alleged weak point was never successfully exploited. Godzilla's sheer bulk has also been depicted as a disadvantage, making it difficult for him to keep up with the more agile Megaguirus, who was able to outmaneuver him as well as forcing Godzilla to have to rely heavily on his endurance. Also, while he has an endurance level beyond measure, his enemies usually counter by trying to crush and batter him.

To date, the only weapons ever shown to be close to effective against Godzilla were Dr. Serizawa's Oxygen Destroyer and to a lesser degree, Dr. Shiragami's ANEB (Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria). The ANEB was a chemical compound developed from Godzilla's cells and designed to consume radioactivity. The bacteria managed to lower the radioactivity within Godzilla's body to the point of causing him to hibernate in the sea for three years. Godzilla was then resurrected in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah when travelers from the future tampered with the timeline, creating a larger, more powerful Godzilla. There were apparently no further attempts to use the ANEB against Godzilla. In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla went through Meltdown, a process which killed him.

A weakness that the M.U.T.O.s exploited in Legendary Pictures Godzilla were the gills Godzilla possessed on his neck. Puncturing them caused him great pain and weakened him from repeated blows. This is also seen when he tried to make his way to San Francisco, a stray shot from an M1 Abrams tank managed to hit his gills and he smashed through the Golden Gate Bridge.

Anti-Godzilla Weapons

Due to Godzilla's size, super-strength and regenerative abilities, he is invulnerable to most forms of conventional attack. However, over the years, there have been some weapons that were able to hurt and damage Godzilla.

This list is for man-made weapons. Other monsters and forces of nature don't count.
  • Oxygen Destroyer - The Oxygen Destroyer was a weapon that contained a chemical compound designed to remove all oxygen from water, causing living creatures to die of asphyxiation as their remains are liquefied. The Oxygen Destroyer was the first, and in many ways only, weapon to defeat Godzilla. However, in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla survived and retreated from the Oxygen Destroyer, only to return in 1966. In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla was killed, but his body remained to be possessed by the restless dead of the Pacific War.
  • Super X - The Super X was a hovercraft designed with cadmium missiles, radiation shields and high-intensity lasers to fight Godzilla in The Return of Godzilla. Its missiles were able to knock out Godzilla by slowing down the nuclear reactions in his body, but Godzilla was revitalized by a radiation cloud caused by a Russian missile. The Super X was ultimately destroyed when Godzilla dropped a building on it. Upgrades of the Super X, the Super X2 and the Super X3, appeared in the later films Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, respectively.
  • Mecha-King Ghidorah - This mecha was built over the corpse of King Ghidorah and was piloted by Futurian, Emmy Kano. Despite taking heavy damage, Mecha-King Ghidorah was able to grapple with Godzilla for a time, until Godzilla unleashed his atomic breath, slaying Mecha-King Ghidorah and sending them both plummeting into the ocean.
  • MechaGodzilla - The first MechaGodzilla was created as a weapon of destruction by the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens. MechaGodzilla's body was constructed of a nearly indestructible alloy known as "space titanium," was equipped with a staggering amount of firepower and had rockets for flight. Godzilla defeated it by pulling its head off. An updated version of the same mecha returned in Terror of MechaGodzilla, and this time it survived its head being ripped off. A second version of MechaGodzilla appeared in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2. This one was built by the JSDF, as a defensive weapon against Godzilla and other monsters like Rodan. It was designed from Futurian technology from the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah. It still had a large assortment of weapons and was able to fly. It was even able to join with a shuttle-craft called Garuda to form Super MechaGodzilla. It was successfully able to repel Godzilla and may have even been able to beat him if Rodan had not sacrificed his life to save Godzilla. MechaGodzilla was then destroyed by Godzilla. A third version of MechaGodzilla, Kiryu, appeared in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla. This time, the mecha was built around the skeleton of the original Godzilla from 1954. However, DNA in the bones caused Kiryu to remember that it was once Godzilla and it went on a rampage. Once the JSDF was able to get Kiryu under control, it forced Godzilla to retreat. Godzilla and Kiryu would meet again in Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, but this time, Mothra would intervene. Mothra demanded that Godzilla's bones (inside Kiryu) be returned to their grave. The JSDF agreed, but only after Godzilla was defeated. Ultimately, Kiryu made the final decision and returned to the sea on its own will.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters

One of two monsters the player can control. Unlike Mothra, Godzilla excels at combat versus other kaiju. Godzilla's fault lies in his mobility: in the Japanese version Godzilla's movement is affected by terrain and he could move either 1 or 2 spaces, while his movement is simply 2 spaces in the US version. Godzilla also presents a bigger target, making stage navigation harder, and has less overall power and life compared to Mothra. To compensate for this, Godzilla deals much more damage than Mothra and has double the number of offensive moves.

Godzilla: Unleashed

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Godzilla 2000 in Godzilla: Unleashed

Height: 100 meters
Weight: 55,000 tons

"Godzilla is the most powerful of Earth's Defenders. Godzilla lives beneath the ocean's waves, slumbering until he is called upon to face some fearsome threat. Although he has often defended the Earth from aliens, mutants, and other external threats, Godzilla has never included "humans" in the list of things he deliberately protects. To the contrary, it is often human folly that arouses Godzilla's ire. Because of this fact, the Global Defense Force considers Godzilla to be an extremely dangerous potential adversary. Godzilla uses his atomic fire to destroy most threats from a distance, but has proved to be a fearsome hand-to-hand combatant, especially when he can bring his powerful tail into play. Godzilla's most mysterious ability may be his uncanny sixth sense, which always gives him time to travel to exactly where he needs to be."

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Godzilla 1990's in Godzilla: Unleashed

"Born of a failed attempt by aliens from the future to destroy Godzilla in the past, Godzilla 90's is a larger, stronger version of his original form. This "reborn" version of the original mutated Godzillasaurus ravaged an unprepared human populace with a renewed thirst for destruction. Godzilla 90's' reemergence as a monster superpower reminded all those standing in his way that the "King of the monsters" had returned."
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Godzilla 1954 in Godzilla: Unleashed

"The original king of the monsters, this towering behemoth was the first post-war radioactive monster unleashed upon the world. Godzilla '54's atomic-powered body was so powerful that each footprint he left was a crater seeping with lethal radiation. The infamous day that Godzilla rose from the sea to conquer Tokyo will be remembered as the beginning of the humanity's epic struggle against the reign of giant monsters."

In Godzilla: Unleashed, all three Godzillas are playable each with a few differences but all are mainly alike. Of course Godzilla is easy to control and with many fierce attacks he is able to easily floor multiple monsters. Although his combat ability he still retains the deadly atomic breath ray which is easy to use and effective so the king of monsters will not lose his crown so easily.

PlayStation 3 Godzilla

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The Hollywood Godzilla in the PlayStation 3 Godzilla

Godzilla, using his likeness from Godzilla vs. Biollante and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, will appear in Bandai Namco's PlayStation 3 Godzilla game.


Comics

Marvel

The Marvel Godzilla, King of the Monsters series told original stories and attempted to both fit into the official Toho continuity and avoid referencing it too directly. It also integrated Godzilla into the Marvel Universe, making use of many of its main regular characters such as the Avengers.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

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Godzilla in Marvel's Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Marvel's Godzilla was first awakened in 1956 after an H-Bomb experiment and later destroyed the Japanese countryside. It protected Japan for years from other monsters before it disappeared in the 1970s. It reappeared in Alaska, and soon made its way down to the mainland of America. S.H.I.E.L.D tried to stop it, but failed. He fought other monsters and superheros on his way down, and was used to stop an alien invasion. He was shrunken and sent back the Cretaceous Period through a time machine, but soon appeared in New York again at his full size. He fought the Fantastic Four and the Avengers along with S.H.I.E.L.D, but was eventually turned away by a young bystander named Rob Takaguchi. He swam out into the Atlantic Ocean.


Later Marvel Comics

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The Godzilla Mutation in Marvel comics afterwards

Years later, Godzilla was captured and mutated by Doctor Demonicus, turning him into a more water-based reptile. He could not use his nuclear breath and was controlled by the doctor. He later attacked the Avengers, but the pilot escaped. He was stopped from attacking a village, and was taken out to the sea by Iron Man. Iron Man took off his armor, and Godzilla took it back to Demonicus. He later escaped to the ocean and found the set of "Devil Dinosaur: The Movie," and was attacked by a robotic Devil Dinosaur. He fought it and destroyed it, and returned to the sea. After an unknown amount of time, Godzilla returned to his original form and attacked New York under the control of Mole Man.


Godzilla (Earth-616)

"Leviathan" in Uncanny X-Men

In 2009, in Kunashir Island, Japan, Godzilla, now called "Leviathan," was summoned by Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi as a 'self-destruct mechanism' should an enemy attack his secret lab, which Beast, Archangel, Dr. Nemesis, and Madison Jeffries along with Takiguchi were in. Archangel is compelled to transform into his secret Death/Archangel persona openly to kill Godzilla, and does so.


Dark Horse

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Godzilla (Dark Horse)

Godzilla in Dark Horse's Godzilla, King of the Monsters

The Dark Horse Godzilla, King of the Monsters had Godzilla fighting many new, original monsters.


Random House

Between 1996 and 1998 Random House published four books by Marc Cerasini featuring Godzilla and other monsters of the Toho movies: Godzilla Returns, Godzilla 2000, Godzilla at World's End, and Godzilla vs. The Robot Monsters. The release of a fifth book, Godzilla and the Lost Continent was planned but was canceled when Random House's license for Godzilla expired.

IDW

IDW has put out several Godzilla series. The main series feature the same Godzilla in a continuing story, while the mini-series are self-contained.

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

Godzilla awakens one day on a beach near Japan. The government tries to kill him with a nuclear bomb, but inadvertently give the monster the ability to breathe a concentrated stream of superheated atomic energy, or his atomic heat ray.

Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths

Godzilla appears in Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths.

Godzilla: Legends

The Godzilla: Legends series focuses less on Godzilla and more on 5 different monsters on its 5 issues.

Godzilla: Ongoing

The same Godzilla from Kingdom of Monsters returns in the sequel series, Godzilla: Ongoing.

Godzilla: The Half-Century War

Godzilla appears in Godzilla: The Half-Century War.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

The Godzilla from Kingdom of Monsters and Ongoing returns once again in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.

Godzilla: Cataclysm

Godzilla is set to appear in this mini-series.

Godzilla: Awakening

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Godzilla in Godzilla: Awakening

An ancient creature, Godzilla slept in the sea 250,000,000 years ago and was disturbed by a Shinomura that landed near him. Godzilla stood up and blasted the Shinomura with his atomic breath just as a meteor exploded nearby, triggering the Permian-Triassic extinction event and diminishing atmospheric radiation, which Godzilla depended on, forever, forcing Godzilla to look for radiation closer to the Earth's core in the bottom of the ocean.

Millions of years pass and Godzilla hibernates until he is awakened by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. He surfaces near Hiroshima and chases after the awakened Shinomura. Throughout the rest of the 1940's, Godzilla chases off Shinomura from all sites it attacks around the Pacific Ocean and is mass-reported by eye-witnesses, but no one working for the U.S. government believes he exists except for doctor Serizawa, Ishiro Serizawa's father.

In March of 1954, Godzilla surfaces near Moansta Island to fight the two Shinomura, who had just fused into one. After a heated battle, Godzilla manages to separate both Shinomura and kills one of them with his atomic breath. As the other Shinomura gets away, Godzilla follows it to Bikini Atoll and is seen by Monarch, proving "Gojira" exists. The next day, an atomic "test" is performed on Bikini Atoll, killing the Shinomura and presumably Godzilla. Serizawa, however, believed Godzilla couldn't have died.

In 1981, Monarch member Shaw approached Ishiro Serizawa at his father's funeral, who joins Monarch in order to study Godzilla, who's still alive.

Misconceptions

Main article: Godzilla Misconceptions.

Cultural Impact

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Godzilla's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Main article: Godzilla in popular culture.

Godzilla is one of the defining aspects and most recognizable features of Japanese pop culture for many people worldwide, embodying the kaiju subset of the tokusatsu genre. Though his popularity has waned slightly over the years, he is still one of the most renowned monster characters in the world. To this day, Godzilla remains an important facet of Japanese films, embodying the kaiju subset of the tokusatsu genre. Godzilla has been called a filmographic metaphor for the United States, starting out as a terrifying enemy and later a strong ally and defender in times of need. The earliest Godzilla films, especially the original Gojira, attempted to portray Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster. Godzilla represented the fears of many Japanese of a repeat of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.[4] As the series progressed, so did Godzilla himself, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became increasingly geared towards children. Today, the character has fallen somewhere in the middle, sometimes portrayed as a protector of the Earth (notably Tokyo) from external threats and other times as a bringer of destruction.

He has been considered a filmographic metaphor for the United States, as well as an allegory of nuclear weapons in general. The earlier Godzilla films, especially the original, portrayed Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster. Godzilla represented the fears that many Japanese held about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the possibility of recurrence.

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Godzilla Wins the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award

As the series progressed, so did Godzilla, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became geared towards children. Since then, the character has fallen somewhere in the middle, sometimes portrayed as a protector of the world from external threats and other times as a bringer of destruction. Godzilla remains one of the greatest fictional heroes in the history of film, and is also the second of only three fictional characters to have won the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded in 1996.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has named its newly acquired, fast interceptor vessel Gojira in deference to the Godzilla character and as an ironic comment on the Japanese whalers' activities. Its purpose is to target and harass Japanese whalers in defense of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. However, its name was later changed due to copyright issues with Toho.

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Godzilla.

Sightings

Main article: Godzilla in popular culture.

Roar

Godzilla's roar is a famous sound effect. Over the years, it has changed considerably, sounding different almost every time and having many variations for the different emotions.

The sound effects team originally tried to create Godzilla's roar by using animal roars that had been edited. They sampled all kinds of birds and mammals, but nothing seemed to be the right match for the reptile-like noises a monster like Godzilla would make. Akira Ifukube, who was the film's composer, proposed stepping away from using animal samples. He took a string off of his contrabass and rubbed it with gloves soaked in pine tar. The sound that came from it was used as Godzilla's roar.

The effect has been used elsewhere, including the Le-matya in Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Godzilla's roar can be written in readable characters and has been done so in comics, and not only by a simple "roar." In the Marvel Comics, Godzilla's roar was spelled "Mrawww." In the Dark Horse Comics and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Godzilla's roar was spelled "Skreeongk." In most of the IDW Comics, Godzilla's roar is spelled "Skreeonk." Legendary Pictures' Godzilla has a roar that can be heard for 3 miles.

In Other Languages

Godzilla's name remains the same across many Latin alphabet-using languages. Due to his popularity, he has more name translations than most other kaiju.

  • Arabic: غدزيلا
  • Belarusian: Гадзіла
  • Bulgarian: Годзила
  • Chinese: 哥斯拉 (Gēsīlā)
  • Greek: Γοδζιλλα
  • Hebrew: גודזילה
  • Kannada: ಗಾಡ್ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ
  • Korean: 무지막지한
  • Persian: گودزیلا
  • Russian, Ukrainian and Serbian: Годзилла
  • Tamil: காட்ஜில்லா
  • Telugu: గాడ్జిల్లా
  • Thai: ตซิลล่า
  • Yiddish: גאָדזיללאַ

Trivia

  • Starring in 29 films, Godzilla has appeared in more films than any other kaiju to date.
  • Although Godzilla's first film appearance was in Gojira, released in November third of 1954, he made his first official debut four months earlier, in July, when an earlier version of the film's script was read on a radio as an 11-part radio drama.
  • According to Shogo Tomiyama, Godzilla's most dangerous adversary is Pikachu and that hopefully, "Godzilla's new film will finally win the hearts of children back from his most dangerous adversary ever: Pokémon."[5]
  • The look of Godzilla has changed many times over the years. Some changes were subtle little differences such as changes in the size of his dorsal plates and others which were much more dramatic including Godzilla's overall size.
  • In 2004, for his 50th Anniversary, Godzilla was given a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Legendary - Godzilla Facts
  2. Godzilla Ultimate Trivia. TheMovieBit.com.
  3. [1] Gojira Media.
  4. [2] The Monster That Morphed Into a Metaphor, By TERRENCE RAFFERTY, May 2, 2004, NYTimes
  5. Ryuhei Kitamura & Shogo Tomiyama

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