Godzilla Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons.As the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as an antihero while other plots still portrayed Godzilla as a destructive monster; sometimes the lesser of two threats who plays the defender by default but is still a danger to humanity.
List of daikaiju and kaiju creatures which appear in the Godzilla series and other Toho films and related. They are as follows:
Godzilla a fictional giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan. It first appeared in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla. Since then, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon, appearing in numerous media including video games, novels, comic books, television shows, 29 films produced by Toho and two Hollywood films. The character is commonly alluded by the epithet “King of the Monsters”; a phrase first used in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the Americanized version of Honda’s original 1954 film
Godzilla has been featured alongside many supporting characters. It has faced human opponents such as the JSDF, and other giant monsters, from recurring characters likeKing Ghidorah, Gigan and Mechagodzilla to one-shot characters like Biollante, Destoroyah and the MUTOs. Godzilla is also shown to have allies, such as Mothra, Rodan and Anguirus (though these characters were initially portrayed as Godzilla’s rivals), and offspring, such as Minilla and Godzilla Junior.
Anguirus one of the few creatures that had a thorough hatred for war-like predators
Mothra She is typically portrayed as a colossal sentient caterpillar or moth, accompanied by two miniature humanoids speaking on her behalf.
King Ghidorah -King Ghidorah’s design has remained largely consistent throughout its appearances (an armless, golden-scaled winged dragon with three heads and two tails), its origin story has varied from being an extraterrestrial demon, a genetically engineered monster from the future,or a guardian of ancient Japan.The character is usually portrayed as an archenemy of Godzilla and Mothra, though it has had one appearance as an ally of the latter.
Mechagodzilla In subsequent iterations, Mechagodzilla is depicted as a man-made weapon designed to defend Japan from Godzilla. In all incarnations, Mechagodzilla appears as a robotic doppelgänger and arch-enemy of Godzilla, boasting a vast array of weaponry.
Mecha-King Ghidorah Although King Ghidorah’s design has remained largely consistent throughout its appearances (an armless, golden-scaled winged dragon with three heads and two tails), its origin story has varied from being an extraterrestrial demon,a genetically engineered monster from the future, or a guardian of ancient Japan
Godzilla Junior -Godzilla Junior first appears in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II as an egg. Presuming it to be a Pteranodon egg, a scientific team unearths it from Adona Island and ships it to Japan for study. The egg displays strange psychic properties, even imprinting itself upon the biologist Azusa Gojo, before finally hatching to reveal an infant Godzillasaurus. When Godzilla later appears, having sought out Baby through an unexplained psychic link, Baby leaves with Godzilla, later settling on Birth Island. Junior is killed during its second battle against Destoroyah atHaneda Airport, where Godzilla and Destoroyah soon fight. After Godzilla melts down, Junior is revived and grows into a new Godzilla.
Fire Rodan -Rodan was seen as an embodiment of the same danger originating from the Soviet Union.Rodan’s debut appearance was the first and only time the character was given a chestnut color, and its face was given a menacing face with a jagged fanged beak, which would disappear in later incarnations as the character became more heroic
Mechagodzilla 2 (Super-Mechagodzilla) Mechagodzilla is created as a weapon of destruction by the alien Simians, who intend to conquer Earth before their own home world gets destroyed by an expanding black hole. First appearing in a pseudo-flesh outer covering and masquerading as the real Godzilla, Mechagodzilla attacks Japan and overpowers Godzilla’s ally Anguirus. Godzilla appears and destroys the pseudo-flesh disguise, forcing Mechagodzilla to reveal itself in full. Their initial battle results in a tie, as Godzilla is severely wounded and Mechagodzilla is forced back into the Simian’s base for repair. Mechagodzilla is deployed again, but is overpowered through the combined efforts of Godzilla and King Caesar. Godzilla ultimately defeats Mechagodzilla by decapitating it and blowing its body apart.
SpaceGodzilla it was born through Godzilla cells (transported into space either by Mothra or Biollante’s spores) being exposed to the radiation of a black hole. SpaceGodzilla heads for earth and traps Little Godzilla in a crystalline prison, before landing in Fukuoka and forming a crystal fortress which drains the city of power and transfers it to SpaceGodzilla. It is ultimately stopped through the combined efforts of Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A.
King Caesar’s name and appearance are based on Shisa, which are artistically embellished stone lion statues common in Okinawa, where the film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla took place. They are an Okinawan variation on the Chinese guardian lion (石獅; Shishi, meaning “Stone Lion”), which in turn originates from Buddhist tradition in India, where lions are native. Shisa only loosely resemble actual lions on account of being based on second-hand descriptions by people who’d never seen one in person
DestoroyahGodzilla, though this idea was scrapped, as Godzilla had already fought several doppelgängers (Biollante, Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla). It was however decided to maintain references to the original film by bringing back the Oxygen Destroyer, the weapon that killed the first Godzilla.] The character was initially going to be named “Barubaroi”, though this was rejected on account of it sounding too similar to Berber, and thus could have been considered offensive.The Barubaroi designs were much more squid-like than the finalized Destoroyah look, though they shared Destoroyah’s trait of surpassing Godzilla in height.
Rainbow Mothra Mothra is usually accompanied by tiny twin female fairies, which Shinichi Sekizawa termed Shobijin, meaning “little beauties”. The original draft for Mothra called for four fairies, though Sekizawa reduced the number to two, as twins were comparatively rare in Japan, thus adding to the characters’ mystique.
OrgaOrga is a Millennian that mutates after absorbing Godzilla’s DNA. Orga is a hunch-backed monster with Meganulon are prehistoric insects which resemble gigantic earwigs, they are green-gray in color and have two large pincer claws on each arm.
Megaguirus The Meganulon from the 1956 movie Rodan were very big and bulky, with dragonfly faces a thick, rubbery gray hide; most prominent are his massive three-clawed hands, which he uses to walk like a gorilla (though only in the movie; in all of his video game appearances, Orga walks normally)
Meganula A mutated version of the fictional meganulon, Megaguirus is regarded as the queen of the species; according to Toho, she is 50 meters (164 feet) long, has a wingspan of 80 meters (262 feet) and weighs 12,000 metric tons (13,227 short tons).
Monster X Although Monster X is a similar species to King Ghidorah, the two are not the same and have separate trademarks, owing to the drastically different abilities between them. Monster X is a powerful opponent capable of using various attacks to overpower his foes. He can fire gravity beams from his eyes, utilise telekinesis to levitate, fly and throw enemies around, and summon vast amounts of energy to transform. As Keizer Ghidorah, he can fire gravity beams from all three of his heads, choke foes using his necks, and drain energy from his opponent by biting them. Keizer Ghidorah also displays very large amounts of durability, being capable of defending against Godzilla’s attacks seemingly relentlessly, and only being severely damaged by the nuclear monster’s Red Spiral Ray
To encourage tourism in April 2015 the central Shinjuku ward of Tokyo named Godzilla an official cultural ambassador. During an unveiling of a giant Godzilla bust at Toho headquarters, Shinjuki mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi stated “Godzillia is a character that is the pride of Japan.” The mayor extended a residency certificate to an actor in a rubber suit representing Godzilla, but as the suit’s hands were not designed for grasping it was accepted on Godzilla’s behalf by a Toho executive. Reporters noted that Shinjuku ward has been flattened by Godzilla in three Toho movies.
From 1954 through 2004, there have been 28 Godzilla films produced by Toho Studios in Japan. There have been several American productions: adaptations including Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, King Kong vs. Godzilla and Godzilla 1985,
|English titles)||Year||Director||Monster co-star(s)|
King of the Monsters!
|Godzilla Raids Again
(Gigantis, The Fire Monster)
|1962||Ishirō Honda||King Kong, Oodako|
|Mothra vs. Godzilla
|1964||Ishirō Honda||Mothra (larva and adult)|
|Godzilla Vs Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monste||1964||Ishirō Honda||King Ghidorah, Rodan, Mothra (larva)|
|Invasion of Astro-Monster
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero)
|1965||Ishirō Honda||Rodan, King Ghidorah|
|Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
(Godzilla versus The Sea Monster)
|1966||Jun Fukuda||Minilla, Kamacuras, Kumonga|
|Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
(Godzilla versus The Sea Monster)
|1966||Jun Fukuda||Ebirah, Mothra (adult), Daikondura|
|Son of Godzilla||1967||Jun Fukuda||Minilla, Anguirus, Rodan, Mothra (larva), Kumonga, Gorosaurus,Varan, Baragon, Manda, King Ghidorah|
|Destroy All Monsters||1968||Ishirō Honda||Minilla, Anguirus, Rodan, Mothra (larva), Kumonga, Gorosaurus,Varan, Baragon, Manda, King Ghidorah|
|All Monsters Attack
|1969||Ishirō Honda||Minilla, Gabara|
(Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)
|Godzilla vs. Gigan
|1972||Jun Fukuda||Gigan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus|
|Godzilla vs. Megalon||1973||Jun Fukuda||
|Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
(Godzilla vs. the Bionic Monster; Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster)
|1974||Jun Fukuda||Mechagodzilla, Anguirus, King Caesar|
|Terror of Mechagodzilla
(The Terror of Godzilla; Monsters from an Unknown Planet)
|1975||Ishirō Honda||Mechagodzilla, Titanosaurus|
|The Return of Godzilla
|Godzilla vs. Biollante
|1989||Kazuki Omori||King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Dorats, Godzillasaurus|
|Godzilla vs. Mothra
|1992||Takao Okawara||Mothra (larva and adult), Battra (larva and adult)|
|Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
|1993||Takao Okawara||Mechagodzilla, Super Mechagodzilla, Godzilla Junior, Rodan, Fire Rodan|
|Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla||1994||Kensho Yamashita||SpaceGodzilla, Moguera, Godzilla Junior, Mothra|
|Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
(Godzilla vs. Destroyer)
|1995||Takao Okawara||Destoroyah, Godzilla Junior|
|Godzilla 2000: Millennium
|Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
|2000||Masaaki Tezuka||Meganulon, Meganula, Megaguirus|
|Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
|2001||Shusuke Kaneko||Baragon, Mothra (larva and adult), King Ghidorah|
|Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
|2002||Masaaki Tezuka||Mechagodzilla (as Kiryu)|
|Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Mechagodzilla (as Kiryu), Mothra (larva and adult), Kamoebas
|Godzilla: Final Wars
|Ryuhei Kitamura||Gigan, Monster X, Keizer Ghidorah, Minilla, King Caesar, Rodan, Anguirus, Mothra (adult), Manda, Kamacuras, Hedorah, Ebirah, Kumonga, Zilla|
|Godzilla, King of the Monsters! †||1956||Terry O. Morse
|King Kong vs. Godzilla †||
|King Kong, Oodako|
Monster Zero X
Rodan, King Ghidorah
|Godzilla 1985 †||1985||R. J. Kiser
|2014||Gareth Edwards||MUTO (male and female)|
|Godzilla Vs King Kong
† Japanese films that featured additional footage shot by small American studios exclusively for their North American releases.
X Co-production between Japanese studio Toho and American studio UPA.
We get to see Godzilla fight Kong Till 2020
Box Office Performance
Below is a chart listing the number of tickets sold for each Godzilla film in Japan including the imported Hollywood films. The films are listed from the most attended to the least attended. Almost all of the 1960s films were reissued, so the lifetime number of tickets sold is listed in small print underneath the initial release ticket numbers.
|1||King Kong vs. Godzilla||1962||11.2 million
· Film has lifetime gross of 12.55 million
|3||Godzilla Raids Again||1955||8.34 million|
|4||Shin Godzilla||2016||4.87 million|
|5||Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster||1964||4.32 million
· Film has lifetime gross of 5.41 million
|6||Godzilla vs. Mothra||1992||4.2 million|
|7||Godzilla vs. Destoroyah||1995||4 million|
|9||Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II||1993||3.8 million|
|10||Invasion of Astro-Monster||1965||3.78 million
· Film has lifetime gross of 5.13 million
|11||Mothra vs. Godzilla||1964||3.51 million
· Film has lifetime gross of 7.2 million
|12||Ebirah, Horror of the Deep||1966||3.45 million
· Film has lifetime gross of 4.21 million
|13||Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla||1994||3.4 million|
|14||The Return of Godzilla||1984||3.2 million|
|15||Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah||1991||2.7 million|
|16||Destroy All Monsters||1968||2.58 million|
|17||Son of Godzilla||1967||2.48 million
· Film has lifetime gross of 3.09 million
|18||Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack||2001||2.4 million|
|20||Godzilla vs. Biollante||1989||2.01 million|
|21||Godzilla 2000: Millennium||1999||2 million|
|22||Godzilla vs. Gigan||1972||1.78 million|
|23||Godzilla vs. Hedorah||1971||1.74 million|
|24||Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla||2002||1.7 million|
|25||All Monsters Attack||1969||1.48 million|
|26||Godzilla vs. Megaguirus||2000||1.35 million|
|27||Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla||1974||1.33 million|
|28||Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.||2003||1.1 million|
|29||Godzilla: Final Wars||2004||1 million|
|30||Godzilla vs. Megalon||1973||0.98 million|
|31||Terror of Mechagodzilla||1975||0.97 million|
Blue Öyster Cult released the song “Godzilla” in 1977.
- 1954 Japan Movie Association Awards – Special Effects (Godzilla 1954)
- 1965 Japan Academy Award – Best Score (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
- 1966 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects (Invasion of Astro Monster)
- 1986 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects and Newcomer of the Year (The Return of Godzilla)
- 1986 Razzie Awards – Worst Supporting Actor and Worst New Star (The Return of Godzilla)
- 1992 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah)
- 1993 Tokyo Sports Movie Awards – Best Leading Actor (Godzilla vs. Mothra)
- 1993 Best Grossing Films Award – Golden Award and Money-Making Star Award (Godzilla vs. Mothra)
- 1993 Japan Academy Award – Best Score (Godzilla vs. Mothra)
- 1994 Japan Academy Award – Best Score (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II)
- 1995 Best Grossing Films Award – Silver Award (Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla)
- 1996 Best Grossing Films Award – Golden Award (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
- 1996 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
- 1996 MTV Movie Awards – Lifetime Achievement*
- 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards – Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Remake or Sequel (Godzilla 1998)
- 1999 Saturn Awards – Best Special Effects (Godzilla 1998)
- 2001 Saturn Awards – Best Home Video Release (Godzilla 2000)
- 2002 Best Grossing Films Award – Silver Award (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack)
- 2004 Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 2007 Saturn Awards – Best DVD Classic Film Release (Godzilla 1954)
- 2014 22nd Annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Award (Godzilla 2014)
(*) In 1996 Godzilla received an award for Lifetime Achievement at the MTV Movie Awards. Creator and producer Shōgo Tomiyama accepted on his behalf via satellite and was joined by “Godzilla”