|Toho Alien Race|
|Species||Cybernetic humanoids (Invasion of Astro-Monster}|
Reptilian humanoids (Godzilla: Final Wars)
|Form(s)||Keizer (only in Godzilla: Final Wars)|
|First Appearance||Invasion of Astro-Monster|
Godzilla (only in IoAM)
Godzilla (only in GFW)
Rodan (only in IoAM)
The Xiliens were a race of extraterrestrials featured as the main villains of two Godzilla films: Invasion of Astro-Monster and Godzilla: Final Wars. They are fundamentally different in each of the two films; in the first, they travel in saucers and came from Planet X. In Final Wars, they hailed from no particular planet and traveled in a gigantic, spherical ship that somewhat resembled the Death Star from the Star Wars films. Also present in Final Wars was a reference to The Matrix series of films; the aliens wore black coats and sunglasses.
Hailing from the mysterious Planet X (located behind Jupiter), the Xiliens (X星人?, Ekkusu Seijin, lit. X Planet People) (in Invasion of Astro-Monster, 1965) pleaded for assistance from the people of Earth, as it seemed King Ghidorah, having been driven off Earth the previous year by Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, was now assaulting their planet. Mankind allowed the aliens to "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan, and the two monsters were transported to Planet X and were successful in driving Ghidorah away.Shortly after this, however, the aliens revealed that they had complete control over Godzilla, Rodan, and Ghidorah. They gave humanity twenty-four hours to choose between surrendering themselves to Planet X or being destroyed by the monsters. They finally tired of waiting for an answer and unleashed all three kaiju upon Japan.
Water, very scarce on Planet X, is highly coveted by the Xiliens, and this was the main reason behind their invasion of Earth. The aliens were vulnerable to loud, high-pitched sounds, and humanity used this to defeat them.
The Xiliens were a completely emotionless race, letting their lives be run by computers. Their leader is known as the Controller. Everything on Planet X is numbered, according to the Controller, and King Ghidorah was known as Monster Zero. When the aliens gained control of Godzilla and Rodan, they were known as Monster Zero-One, and Monster Zero-Two.
The Xiliens' spacecraft were capable of traveling one-tenth the speed of light, and could fire explosive laser beams from the domes on their underside. Their ships could also encase targets as big as kaiju inside giant force-bubbles, then use tractor beams to haul them great distances, even from Earth to Planet X. They also possessed laser pistols that were capable of disintegrating a human being. Their greatest power, however, had to be their ability to take control of any creature's mind; they did this to Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.
These aliens were often called "Xians" by American fans, though this is not an actual name.
Tension among the Xiliens' ranks soon rose, however. While the leader of the Xiliens wanted to take over the planet through as peaceful means as possible, the second-in-command believed in their superior firepower and technology, and wanted to return the monsters to Earth. It was soon discovered that the Xiliens were replacing high political leaders with Xilien clones, and that Gorath didn't actually exist. The Xiliens were exposed on national television, and with their plan revealed, the second-in-command (henceforth known as the Controller) shot and killed the leader, taking command of the invasion from that point on. He explained that the reason for their invasion was to use mankind as a food source - the Xiliens needed mankind's mitochondria to survive. Upon returning to the Mothership, he returned the monsters to Earth, and this time they were assisted by swarms of Xilien fighters. He also activated the Xiliens' ancient weapon - a cyborg kaiju named Gigan.
When Godzilla was awoken to battle the Xilien army of monsters, the Controller was unfamiliar with the beast, and sent the monsters to defeat him. One by one, Gigan, Zilla, Kumonga, and Kamacuras all fell, and even a team attack by Rodan, Anguirus, and King Caesar failed to stop Godzilla. Upon landing in Tokyo, Godzilla simultaneously obliterated Ebirah and Hedorah (Hedorah's location prior to this scene is a mystery, as he is not seen at any other time in the film, leading to the belief he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, Hedorah could merely have been making a cameo appearance). Enraged, the Controller sent a secret, last monster, Monster X into battle via an enormous Asteroid in which he was contained. The monster was much more powerful than the previous monsters and overpowered Godzilla numerous times. When Mothra (whom the Controller was also unfamiliar with) arrived in Tokyo, a repaired and upgraded Gigan was sent to destroy her. Monster X and Gigan briefly double-teamed Godzilla before Gigan was destroyed by a kamikaze attack from Mothra. As the two monsters fought, the Controller revealed to the heroes that mutants were the product of interbreeding between humans and Xiliens in the past. He also revealed that he was a Kaiser (spelled as "Keizer" for unknown reasons)- an extremely rare type of mutant who is granted super powers due to the fusion of M-base and human DNA. Kaisers are able to control any other life-form by telepathic means if that organism has M-base. Ozaki, one of the mutant soldiers, was also a Kaiser, and defeated the Controller in battle. Moments before the Xilien Mothership came crashing down around him, the Controller is seen screaming in anger and agony among the explosions, due to his defeat, following which the Gotengo destroys the ship (and the Controller). Scenes change back to Monster X and Godzilla, who continue to rage in their war for ultimate defeat of the other. After they are both blown away by a massive conflagration when their energy beams collide, Monster X transforms into a hideous monstrosity known as Keizer Ghidorah. For a while, Ghidorah is able to take down Godzilla, and even starts to kill him by draining his life-force. But Ozaki realizes what to do, and transfers his Kaizer energy to Godzilla, rejuvenating him. Thus awakened, Godzilla proceeds to turn the tables on Ghidorah, tossing him around the ruins of Tokyo and then hurling him high into the atmosphere and firing his red-tinged heat ray, causing the space monster to explode.
The Xilien Mothership is immense, and is made of four parts: one massive orb-body, and three claw-shaped ships. These "claw ships" can travel on their own, and have the ability to teleport targets, even ones as large as daikaiju, with ease. Where the monsters were stored once they were teleported out of their designated cities is unknown, but it was presumably within the main body. The Mothership is protected by a powerful force-field, the generator for which is in the core of the ship itself. The Mothership also houses hundreds of fighters.
|Aliens||Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens • Futurians • Kilaaks • M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens • Millennians • Mysterians • Natarls • Vortaak • Xiliens|