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MechaGodzilla ® 1
Species

Robot


Nicknames
Fake Godzilla, Showa MechaGodzilla, MechaGodzilla The First, Cyber Godzilla
Height
50 meters
Length
~70 meters
Weight
40,000 tons
Forms
Fake Godzilla
Allies
Titanosaurus,
Mecha-King Ghidorah
Enemies
Godzilla, King Caesar, Anguirus, KiryuGRoE, SpaceGodzillaGRoE
Relationships
Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens (Creators)
Controlled by
Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens, CryogsGRoE
Created by
Jun Fukuda,
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Portrayed by
Ise Mori

First Appearance
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
Latest Appearance
Terror of MechaGodzilla

Designs
ShodaiMekaGoji, GyakushuMekaGoji
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The Showa MechaGodzilla (メカゴジラ?, Mekagojira) is an alien mecha created by Toho Studios that first appeared in the 1974 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla.


Name

MechaGodzilla's name comes from the word "mecha," which is derived from "mechanical," meaning a robot that can be controlled from the inside, and from another monster, Godzilla (ゴジラ?, Gojira). The "1" in its name universally comes from the fact that it is the first MechaGodzilla, while the "2" in the Japanese name of its Terror of MechaGodzilla version comes from the fact that it is the second MechaGodzilla.

History

Showa Series

Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

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MechaGodzilla in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

MechaGodzilla was first revealed when it battled Godzilla as Fake Godzilla. After breaking Anguirus' jaw, its disguise was destroyed by Godzilla, but it continued to fight. MechaGodzilla and Godzilla both fired their beams, but the beams exploded as soon as they touched each other. MechaGodzilla was damaged, and Godzilla was severely injured. MechaGodzilla was fixed a while later, and he was sent to stop King Caesar from being awakened. He did not arrive on time, but he was still more powerful than Caesar. He almost killed King Caesar, but Godzilla arrived. The two fought MechaGodzilla, and Godzilla used his new magnetic powers to draw MechaGodzilla into himself, allowing him to remove its head. MechaGodzilla had been disabled, and the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens were defeated.


Terror of MechaGodzilla

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MechaGodzilla in Terror of MechaGodzilla

MechaGodzilla was rebuilt by the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens aliens in Terror of MechaGodzilla in another attempt to take over the Earth. It was recovered from the ocean and rebuilt, this time with seemingly enhanced powers. It was sent out to attack Tokyo with Titanosaurus, who was under the control of Dr. Mafune and the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens, but the two were confronted by Godzilla. Titanosaurus attacked Godzilla head-on, while MechaGodzilla fired at him with its weaponry. With the help of the Japanese military, Titanosaurus was held off, and Godzilla attacked MechaGodzilla. Godzilla ripped off MechaGodzilla's head again, but MechaGodzilla survived. It continued to fight, but it stopped working when Dr. Mafune's daughter, who had been turned into a cyborg that controlled both MechaGodzilla and Titanosaurus, committed suicide. MechaGodzilla was then destroyed by Godzilla's atomic breath after being thrown into a ditch by Godzilla.


Weapons

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MechaGodzilla firing Laser Beams in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla

The Showa MechaGodzilla has armor constructed out of a mysterious alloy known as "Space Titanium," which actually proved to not be particularly durable, as a brief fight with Godzilla caused enough damage for it to need to be called back for repairs. It is also equipped with a staggering amount of firepower.

MechaGodzilla is capable of firing a rainbow colored optical laser that seems to be equal in power to Godzilla's atomic breath- its head can rotate 360 degrees, allowing the robotic dinosaur to shoot down an opponent that might attempt to approach from behind. Spinning its head at high speed allows MechaGodzilla to raise a forcefield. When disguised as Godzilla, MechaGodzilla could fire a heat ray from its mouth. Curiously, after the disguise was destroyed, MechaGodzilla never used the heat ray again. When MechaGodzilla had its head removed in Terror of MechaGodzilla by Godzilla, it could fire a small concentrated beam from a small antenna.

Showa MechaGodzilla is also equipped with powerful missiles in its fingers, knees, mouth, and even its toes. These missiles can explode on contact with a target, or they may lodge in the flesh of an enemy like darts. Located under a hatch in MechaGodzilla's chest is a weapon that fires a jagged orange energy beam with enough slicing power to cut a mountain in half. Showa MechaGodzilla is no slouch in close combat either, as evidenced in its combat against King Caesar, though it couldn't beat Godzilla in this area. Finally, MechaGodzilla can fly via rockets in its feet able to reach a speed of Mach 5.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters

The Showa MechaGodzilla appears in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In which it is one of the strongest monsters fought by Godzilla and Mothra, possessing the most health baring King Ghidorah. It attacks with punches, kicks, and a laser from its eyes. It's attacks are strong so it could prove difficult for Godzilla, but Mothra can beat it easily by flying right under its chin, where none of its attacks can hit her.

Super Godzilla

MechaGodzilla appears as the second boss in the the North American version of Super Godzilla for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Though the Japanese version had MechaGodzilla 2, since the 1993 film had not appeared in America yet, the localization team of game designers for Super Godzilla changed the character to the more-familiar Shōwa MechaGodzilla for the American version. Despite the change in appearance, it overall the same fight as in the Japanese version, with some minor differences. First, as a reference to the movie, it first appears disguised as Godzilla, though the disguise disappears after one hit. Other then that, the only gameplay difference is that the MechaGodzilla 1 has its finger missiles in place of MechaGodzilla 2's Mega Buster, which do less damage.

Godzilla: Unleashed

MechaGodzilla had a playable appearance in the Wii version of Godzilla: Unleashed making it the first Atari Pipeworks Godzilla game to feature the Showa MechaGodzilla. It's also the first and only Godzilla game to feature all the MechaGodzillas in one game. In this game, the alien creation can spew a flamethrower from its nose and create a force field that reflects all projectiles thrown at it. Both he and MechaGodzilla are the only characters in the game who can knock out a health cell with a beam.

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MechaGodzilla 1 in Godzilla: Unleashed

Height: 98 meters
Weight: 73,000 tons

"MechaGodzilla was the first attempt by the Vortaak to subjugate the human population of the Earth. Plated in space titanium, MechaGodzilla proved to be too well armored for any of Earth's monsters to defeat single-handedly. Unfortunately for the Vortaak, the Earth Defenders are more than willing to work as a team when necessary, and through their combined effort, MechaGodzilla was destroyed. In their latest invasion attempt, the Vortaak have rebuilt MechaGodzilla to fight alongside them once more. With allies of his own on hand, Earth's monsters will need to make full use of their speed advantage when battling this indomitable nemesis."

Comics

Kodansya's Godzilla Manga

A third rebuild of the Showa MechaGodzilla was created by the mad scientist Dr. Oniyama, who then also rebuilt Mechani-Kong. The two mechas then tag-teamed Godzilla in the Japanese countryside. MechaGodzilla III, as it was called, taunted Godzilla under Oniyama's command while Mechani-Kong II held the beast down. Oniyama's MechaGodzilla then brutally skewered Godzilla through the chest using its arms. Godzilla managed to break free, and then grabbed Mechani-Kong II by the arm, suplexing him on top of MechaGodzilla III, breaking his outer casing and causing both of them to short circuit after sinking into a nearby lake.

Godzilla: Legend

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MechaGodzilla in Godzilla: Legend

MechaGodzilla was being constructed by a group of Xiliens underneath an unassuming house in the Japanese countryside. It is launched later and fights Godzilla, but is soon defeated.


Godzilla: Legends

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Two under-construction MechaGodzillas in Godzilla: Legends #3

MechaGodzilla is teased at the end of Godzilla: Legends #3, where it is shown that the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens are constructing several MechaGodzillas in preparation for their invasion of Earth.


Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

In Rulers of Earth #13, the leader of the Cryogs secretly created an army of MechaGodzillas while pretending to be a Russian warmonger. To test his new creation, the Cryog leader sends a MechaGodzilla unit disguised as Godzilla to attack Anguirus. In Rulers of Earth #14, the MechaGodzilla badly injures and nearly kills Anguirus. When Godzilla appears in Boston, a senator enlists the help of the disguised Cryog leader and his army of MechaGodzillas to destroy Godzilla once and for all. In the following issue, Godzilla battles the MechaGodzilla army in downtown Boston. Despite being badly wounded in the ensuing battle, Godzilla manages to destroy most of the MechaGodzillas before being abruptly carried off by Mecha-King Ghidorah. A group of MechaGodzillas pick up Kiryu carrying Anguirus to a robotics facility in Russia and shoot Kiryu down. More MechaGodzillas assemble in the facility, which the Cryog leader has converted into a giant battle arena. Mecha-King Ghidorah arrives carrying Godzilla and drops him into the arena. Together, the mechas take the upper hand over Godzilla until Anguirus escapes Kiryu's grip and joins the battle. Godzilla and Anguirus manage to destroy the MechaGodzillas and force Mecha-King Ghidorah to retreat. With his plans foiled, the Cryog leader and his remaining underlings depart for outer space along with two remaining MechaGodzilla units. When the Cryogs' ship is attacked by SpaceGodzilla, the Cryog leader sends both MechaGodzillas to fight him off. The MechaGodzillas are frozen by the cold vacuum of space and are easily destroyed by SpaceGodzilla.

Gallery

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Sightings

  • In the Ugly Americans episode "The Kong of Queens", Kong breaks open the wall of his next door neighbor, MechaGodzilla, who is eating cereal.
  • MechaGodzilla is seen in one of the online game "Movie Star Planet"'s television commercials, as well as the game itself.

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In Other Languages

  • Russian: Мехагодзилла 1

Trivia

  • The original MechaGodzilla is the only one to be referred to by numbers within the movies themselves. When it is rebuilt in its second appearance, the "MG" emblazoned on its arm has a "2" added to it, thus giving it the name "MechaGodzilla 2". It is still always referred to as simply "MechaGodzilla"; none of the versions are actually given numbers by the characters in the movies. Although, the name "MechaGodzilla 2" is commonly given to the Heisei MechaGodzilla because the English title of the movie it appeared in was called "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2".
    • In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, where there are multiple Showa MechaGodzillas, each one seems to have a different number emblazoned under the "MG" on its arm.
  • A black version of the Showa MechaGodzilla, called "Black MechaGodzilla," appears in the television series Godzilla Island.
  • MechaGodzilla's suit is one of the oldest known suits to be in good condition, as it was put on display in the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, where it remains to this day.
  • The Showa MechaGodzilla is the only MechaGodzilla that was created or controlled by aliens. The Heisei MechaGodzilla and Kiryu were both human-made weapons.
  • MechaGodzilla was the second monster to make both Godzilla and Anguirus bleed, after Gigan in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
  • The MechaGodzilla from Godzilla: Unleashed has a smaller head and an almost non-existent tail than the counterpart from the movie.

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