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Zilla
Species

Mutant Marine Iguana


Nicknames
American Godzilla,
Tuna-Head, TriZilla, Godzilla USA,
Godzilla 1998
Height
60 metersG98[1]
90 metersGFW
Length
100 metersG98[1]
180 metersGFW
Weight
500 tonsG98
20,000 tonsGFW
Forms
Cyber-Zilla[2]

Allies
None

Enemies
Godzilla, U.S. Armed Forces, Zilla Junior[2]
Relationships
Numerous offspring, Zilla Junior (Son)[3]
Controlled by
TachyonsGTS[2]
XiliensGFW
Created by
Roland Emmerich[1]
Dean Devlin[1]
Patrick Tatopoulos[1]
Portrayed by
Frank Welker (Vocal effects),
Kurt Carley (Suit),
CGI
First Appearance
GODZILLA
Latest Appearance
Godzilla: Final Wars
Designs
Heisei
ShodaiJira
Millennium
FinalJira
Other
Animated Zilla, IDW Zilla
Roar
More Roars
I knew that tuna-head wasn't up to much! „ 

Xilien Controller (Godzilla: Final Wars)

Zilla (ジラ?, Jira) is a mutated marine iguana kaiju co-created by TriStar and Toho[4] that first appeared in the 1998 American film, GODZILLA.


Name

Main article: The Zilla Name Change.

Zilla was originally called Godzilla,[5] which came from the fact that it was a remake of the real Godzilla.

Zilla is Toho Studio's official name for the titular creature of the 1998 film.[6][5][7][8][4][9][10] Toho renamed the character around 2004 after TriStar's rights to the franchise expired. Shogo Tomiyama and Ryuhei Kitamura saw that the 1998 creature as a whole was owned by Toho under Toho's contract with Sony, and Sony only owned the film and the animated series, so they included Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars and changed its name from "Godzilla" to "Zilla", saying that TriStar "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla',"[11] and to "prove which Godzilla was stronger."[12] Additionally, "Zilla" was the name of some imitation Godzilla products on the American market, and Shogo Tomiyama thought that that the "American Godzilla" was a representation of these imitation products and therefore he renamed the monster.[13]

Appearance

Main articles: ShodaiJira and FinalJira.

Physically, Zilla resembles a giant-sized, raptor-like, flesh-eating dinosaur of some sort, with some inspiration from iguanas. He has a rough, square-shaped underbite, a long neck, large, fin-shaped scutes[14] (which differ greatly from Godzilla's maple leaf-shaped dorsal plates), and long, powerful legs and arms. He also possesses a seemingly vestigial toe, on the back of, and three dinosaur-like toes on the front of, each foot.

Personality

Zilla was originally a very animalistic, illusive and evasive, yet clever creature in his first film appearance, and he kept most, or at the very least, some, of these traits later on. He mostly ate fish, making him a piscivore, which he would also give his offspring. When being attacked, he would try to confuse his offenders and then attack them back, and he even faked his own death when the two Ohio Class Nuclear-Powered Submarines shot two missiles at him. After his offspring were killed when the Madison Square Garden was bombed by the military, he showed a great amount of anger towards the main characters, who he may or may not have known were somewhat behind their deaths.

In his later appearances in Godzilla: The Series, Godzilla: Final Wars, and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla, or Cyber-Zilla in Godzilla: The Series' case, was shown to not run away nearly as much and tried to fight. In Godzilla: Final Wars, he faced Godzilla head-on, a move that, while not smart, was brave. Although this could be because he was under the Xiliens' control and was forced to fight Godzilla. In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, he retained many of the same characteristics as its 1998 appearance, although he lost his cowardly nature. He faced Godzilla head-on once again, evaded his attacks, and landed several attacks of his own. However, he retreated to the sea when Godzilla was close to killing him and he had just barely escaped Godzilla's grip.

Origins

Zilla is a giant mutated marine iguana originating from a nuclear test in French Polynesia.[15] As the test was done in 1968, the creature grew over a period of approximately thirty years. His irradiated genes caused him to achieve a height of about sixty meters.

History

Heisei Series

GODZILLA

Zilla 1998

Zilla in GODZILLA

Zilla swam from the islands across the Pacific, attacking a Japanese freighter, and then stomped across Panama. From there it traveled up the American Eastern Seaboard, where it sank several American fishing boats. It then stomped through New York, necessitating the evacuation of the entire city. The military battled it extensively, and supposedly killed it in the East River. However, it had laid hundreds of eggs in and under Madison Square Garden (an arena in Midtown Manhattan), which hatched and filled the Garden with hundreds of Baby Zillas. The military bombed the Garden, slaying the infant Zilla's. However, Zilla then revealed itself to have survived, and chased the heroes through New York across the Brooklyn Bridge, where it became entangled in the suspension cables. It was then killed by F-18 Hornets (although later on, in the sequel TV series, he was resurrected as a cyborg by the Tachyons), this cyborg variant appeared during the monster wars story arc which was very similar to the general plot of Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla: Final Wars.

One unhatched offspring survived the destruction of Madison Square Garden. When it hatched, it imprinted upon Dr. Niko Tatopoulos shortly after Niko discovered the egg. From there, Zilla Junior accompanied Tatopoulos and his team, H.E.A.T., on their missions against various monsters mutated by nuclear experiments in Godzilla: The Series.

Because the original Zilla reproduced asexually, it can only be properly classified as genderless. It is, nonetheless, acceptable to refer to Zilla colloquially as either male or female.

Godzilla: The Series

Godzilla The Series - Monsters - Zilla

Zilla in Godzilla: The Series

Main articles: Cyber-Zilla and Zilla Junior.

An animated Zilla appears in the first episode of the series in a recap of the 1998 film's ending.[3] Zilla later returns in the Monster Wars trilogy as Cyber-Zilla.[2]

Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

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Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Zilla is one of the monsters controlled by the Xiliens, and under their control he attacks Sydney, Australia. The towering reptile topples down buildings, chomps on vehicles, incinerates a crowd with his fire breath, and even eats a couple of civilians. Then suddenly, the Xiliens teleport the reptile and the other monsters around the world. They tell the humans that they took the monsters away to save Earth. However, the humans find that the Xiliens were controlling the monsters and the Xiliens release all the monsters again to finish destroying the cities they were attacking. When Godzilla is freed from the south pole and defeats the Xilien warrior Gigan, through the alien leader's command Zilla is re-released in Sydney to do battle with Godzilla. He is defeated rather quickly by Godzilla himself, who sends him flying into the Sydney Opera House and finishes him off with his atomic breath. The battle was the shortest in the Godzilla series.

Critics say that this short battle was meant to show Toho's displeasure towards Sony and TriStar with their handling of the Godzilla franchise. Other say the significant difference in size, speed, and abilities between the two showed it truly played out the way it should have. Zilla appeared to be the same as the 1998 creature, except for minor appearance and size differences. However, as Godzilla: Final Wars and the 1998 film do not take place in the same timeline, and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack has its own version of Godzilla, and there is no continuity between Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack and Godzilla: Final Wars, it is not possible for these to be the same creature in-universe. However, this does not mean that Zilla is a different character from the 1998 version altogether.[5][7][8]

Abilities

Physical Abilities

While not as physically powerful as Godzilla, Zilla has shown a high amount of physical strength. He is able to sink three fishing boats by pulling them underwater despite them moving at full speed. He also dredged a large freighter onto shore with ease.

Zilla also has displayed a high amount of speed and agility, able outrun multiple squadrons of AH-64 Apaches. Additionally, he displayed the ability to match the speed of a Taxi, as well as run through New York without hitting any buildings. Finally, despite being point blank, he could dodge and avoid missiles launched at him with ease.

He also has shown a remarkable burrowing ability, able to excavate the thick tar and concrete around New York with ease. Using this advantage, he was able to escape and hide from the United States Army.

Durability-wise, small arms fire is useless on him as well as standard tank rounds. However, the F-18 Hornet's missile compliment proved strong enough to kill him, however it required at least twelve missiles, each capable of sinking a warship, to kill him.

Special Abilities

Zilla lacks Godzilla's iconic atomic breath, though he possesses a impressive hurricane breath which he can also ignite to form a wall or blast of flames.

When Zilla was revived and upgraded to Cyber-Zilla in Godzilla: The Series, he gained a blue atomic breath.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Zilla appears in the first issue of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth as a rogue kaiju. He is first sighted by a submarine which mistakes him for Godzilla. He later makes landfall in Honolulu, Hawaii and is given the identification as "Zilla" due to radio interference. He then goes on a rampage while fighting the CKR forces stationed there before being attacked by Godzilla who has also arrived and the two monsters prepare to fight. Godzilla tail-smacks Zilla into a building and blasts him with his atomic breath, similar to the way Godzilla finished him in Godzilla: Final Wars. However, Zilla burrows underground and avoids the blast. Zilla then digs behind Godzilla and ambushes him. Godzilla and Zilla engage in a heated physical battle until Godzilla grabs Zilla by the neck and chokes him. Before Godzilla can kill Zilla, CKR opens fire on Godzilla, distracting him long enough for Zilla to escape to the sea.

In this series, Zilla bears more of a resemblance to his 1998 design as opposed to his 2004 Final Wars design. Although any real powers have yet to be seen, he appears to have an extremely thick hide as implied to him sustaining multiple hits from artillery fire. He also is very quick and actually does not run away strictly like his 1998 film incarnation, but instead has an attitude more like the Zilla Junior incarnation, not running away until Godzilla almost kills him.

Zilla reappears in Rulers of Earth #13, where he is spotted swimming in the waters around the Monster Islands.

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Zilla.

Sightings

Roar

Zilla's roar seems to be a mix between Godzilla from the 1960's-1970's and an elephant. An example would be when he got hit by Torpedos, he groaned like an elephant. The roars were made by Gary A. Hecker and Frank Welker.

In Other Languages

  • Russian: Зилла
  • Bengali: জেলা
  • Chinese: 斯拉
  • Gujarati: જીલ્લા
  • Hebrew: צילה
  • Hindi: जिला
  • Kannada: ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ
  • Korean: 질라
  • Marathi: जिल्हा
  • Telugu: జిల్లా
  • Urdu: ضلع
  • Yiddish: זיללאַ

Trivia

  • Zilla was considered for Godzilla: Unleashed, but didn't make the cut due to his lack of popularity during production on the previous games.[16][17]
  • Despite appearances, Zilla is a mutated marine iguana, and not a dinosaur like Godzilla.
    • According to the movie, Zilla was created by nuclear fallout on French Polynesia. However, marine iguanas are indigenous to the Galápagos Islands.[18]
  • Zilla was designed based on only the instructions that he should be agile and fast.
  • Zilla's design's colors suits him to better camouflage within an urban environment, so as to be harder to spot.
  • The attack on New York by Zilla was referenced in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack; although the American experts believe that it was Godzilla, the Japanese do not.
  • Toho had clear communication with TriStar during the development of the 1998 film. When asked about Hollywood's 1998 film interpretation of Godzilla, Shogo Tomiyama stated: "There was always very good communication between Tokyo and Hollywood. We knew exactly how they were going to do it, and we knew what Godzilla was going to look like."[4]
  • Recently, the 1998 film with Zilla was mocked by RiffTrax Live, which was created by and shares many of the former members of Mystery Science Theater 3000. In the riff, there are several tongue-in-cheek references to what King Ghidorah and Mothra are doing during the chaos taking place in the film.

References

This is a list of references for Zilla. 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 1.2 1.3 1.4 Weinberger, Kimberly, and Dawn Margolis, comps. The Official GODZILLA Movie Fact Book. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Monster Wars - Part 1/Part 3". (February 13, 1999/February 27, 1999). Godzilla: The Series. Season 1. TriStar.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "New Family - Part 1/Part 2". (September 12, 1998/September 19, 1998). Godzilla: The Series. Season 1. TriStar.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 INTERVIEW OF SHOGO TOMIYAMA AND RYUHEI KITAMURA, showing them CONFIRM the Zilla Name Change
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Official documentation showing GODZILLA 1998 Registered trademark has been cancelled. Scroll down to see "Status / Status date"
  6. Official documentation showing ZILLA Trademark to be active and in effect
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Official documentation showing "GODZILLA 1998" logo to be cancelled and abandoned. Scroll down to see "Status / Status date"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "BABY GODZILLA" logo is abandoned. Scroll down to see "Status / Status date"
  9. Matt Frank's comment on his "Godzilla: Rulers of Earth" deviation on DeviantART
  10. 10.0 10.1 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Interview with Chris Mowry
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Penny_Blood_Final_Wars
  12. Henshin!Online Archive (Look for the Zilla picture under the "GODZILLA FINAL WARS INTERVIEW: SHOGO TOMIYAMA" heading, around two-thirds down the page)
  13. GFW Update: Godzilla vs Zilla - Monster Zero News
  14. [1]
  15. Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich (writers) & Roland Emmerich (director). GODZILLA. (May 19, 1998). Film. TriStar.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Zilla, Cloverfield and Bagan Scrapped From Unleashed - Simon Strange Interview
  17. 17.0 17.1 Zilla Scrapped From Unleashed - Simon Strange Interview
  18. Marine Iguanas - NG

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