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After the recent passing of Haruo Nakajima who was the first actor to wear the Godzilla suit I decided to kick off Top 10 Tuesday with look at the various monsters who’ve made appearances in the nearly 30 Godzilla movies since 1954. I didn’t include Godzilla himself because it goes without saying, the King of the Monsters is and always will be #1.
What started as a group of Aliens known as the Millennians, before evolving into one of the most unique looking Godzilla monsters. Orga’s appearance is that of a super-deformed Godzilla after absorbing his DNA. Constantly evolving, Orga can adapt to any environment. He also features regeneration, a beam-cannon from the shoulder and a huge jaw which he uses to absorb DNA from his bite.
Anguirus’s appearance is a spike covered mix of an Ankylosaurus and an armadillo. He was the first monster Godzilla ever fought but he’s usually one of his most loyal allies. While Anguirus lacks any energy attacks, he will literally fight tooth and nail (claw) with any adversary. He can also roll into a ball and use his back spikes to cause high speed chaos.
A giant mutated ancient dragonfly, Megaguirus appeared after a black hole weapon allowed it to arrive on Earth and lay an egg. The egg hatched it’s swarm which collected energy from Godzilla to feed it’s queen. The queen Megaguirus has faster speeds than even Mothra and Rodan, producing sonic waves that disable electronics. Her wings can cut through rock and steel and she’s got a stinger that can pierce to drain energy which she then uses to shoot a fireball.
One of Godzilla’s fiercest space-based enemies, Gigan is a cyborg with giant claw hands and a circular saw on it’s chest. While Gigan is a bi-pedal creature, he does have a bird-like face. Gigan has a huge amount of abilities including anti-gravity flight, the giant chest saw which has made Godzilla bleed, the hook hands (later upgraded to chainsaws), an eye-beam laser, flying razor discs and a scorpion tail.
Hedorah is the alien emobidiment of pollution, a literal “smog monster”. Hedorah had many forms from tadpole, to water, to land, then flying and finally a large final form. While Hedorah is one of the most destructive monsters, that’s mostly due to it’s physical form. It’s entire body is an acidic sludge. In addition, Hedorah can split into smaller Hedorahs and re-combine, has an eye-laser and can launch it’s sludge as a weapon. Hedorah’s also one of the strongest monsters defensively being unaffected by Godzilla’s atomic breath.
There’s been multiple versions of Mechagodzilla but for this list i’m going with the original alien-created 1974 Mecha-G. Mechagodzilla’s appearance is just that, a mechanical robotic version of Godzilla. Mechagodzilla’s armor is made from highly durable “Space Titanium” and made even more defensive with a forcefield and limited but high-speed flight from rocket’s in the feet. It includes a viable arsenal of weapons like a 360 opitcal laser that’s as powerful as Godzilla’s atomic breath & a heat-beam. Mechagodzilla also had missles hidden in the fingers, knees, mouth & toes.
Biollante was created by the terrible idea of combining rose DNA with Godzilla’s DNA and even human DNA. She begins as her first form of a rose with teeth and tendrils. Evolving into a giant mass of plant and beast with an almost crocodile like appearance. Biollante can’t fly but can propel herself quickly thanks to the strong tendrils and she can regenerate lost mass (even part of her own head). Offensive capabilities include spitting radioactive sap and binding tendrils with the ability to pierce even Godzilla’s flesh. Biollante could even go invincible by turning into a cloud of spore energy.
Destoroyah takes on multiple evolutions in his first and only film appearance, with his final form being twice as big as Godzilla. His final form is quite demonic with bat wings, horns, spikes and a dark red color. The physical embodiment of the effects of 1954’s Oxygen Destroyer, Destoroyah places so high on this list because he not only manages to kill Godzilla junior but also Godzilla himself. Destoroyah has multiple beams (chest & horn), can absorb DNA to evolve and is highly durable (even surviving decapitation).
Rodan’s design is quite simple but very effective, he’s a giant irradiated Pterodactyl. Sometimes an enemy to Godzilla but more often an ally, Rodan is the perfect flying Kaiju. Rodan can carry monsters over twice his size in the air, is unaffected by Godzilla’s atomic breath, flies at supersonic speed and as “Fire Rodan” he can emit a heated radioactive beam. Rodan will make his first appearance in the Legendary Monsterverse in 2018’s ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.
Easily one of the most popular Kaiju’s of all-time is Mothra, the giant god moth. Only Godzilla himself has made more Toho movie appearances than Mothra with her 11 including 4 of her own standalone movies. Sometimes an enemy of Godzilla but quite often an ally she’s beaten Godzilla more than any other monster. While Mothra may have the gentle appearance but has many powerful qualities. She can fly up to mach 5, can drop poisonous reflecting scales, fires laser beams from the antenna and poisonous stingers are launched from the thorax. If that isn’t enough, she’s also immortal. Whenever Mothra dies she’s re-incarnated into an egg. After hatching Mothra’s still powerful even in a larval form. Mothra will make her first appearance in the Legendary Monsterverse in 2018’s ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.
King Ghidorah is Godzilla’s arch-nemesis and one of the strongest of all the monsters. Ghidorah’s appearance has changed a few times but it’s almost always three heads, two feet, two tails and giant wings. Usually an alien villain, Ghidorah was once a hero in Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as the strongest of the Guardian Monsters meant to protect the Earth. Ghidorah can fly, even in space and can use it’s wings to produce hurricane-force wings. Each of it’s necks can be used to grapple and constrict and each of it’s three heads can shoot powerful gravity beams from the mouth. Different versions have had powers like an energy shield, energy absorbtion, regeneration and wing-based lightning bolts. Ghidorah is expected to be the protagonist of the Legendary Monsterverse in 2018’s ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.
With so many different monsters introduced in the long history of Toho’s Godzilla, it was incredibly difficult to pick just 10. I’m already thinking about doing a non-Godzilla Top 10 Kaiju Monster list too. Make sure to come back next Tuesday for Top 10 Horror Movie Weapons!
What’s YOUR favorite Godzilla monster?