Mothra’s Legacy


Mothra ( Mosura) is a kaiju, a type of fictional monster who first appeared in the novel The Luminous Fairies and Mothra by Takehiko Fukunaga. Since her film début in the 1961 film Mothra, she has appeared in several Toho tokusatsu films.

Generally regarded as female by English-speaking audiences, she is a giant lepidopteran with characteristics both of butterflies and of moths. The name “Mothra” is the suffixation of “-ra” (a common last syllable in kaiju names) to “moth”; since the Japanese language does not have dental fricatives, it is approximated “Mosura” in Japanese. In the American dubbing of Mothra vs. Godzilla, Mothra is also referred to as the Thing. She is occasionally an ally to Godzilla but more often than not engages in conflict with the King of Monsters due to the potential threat he represents to Earth and its people.

Since her first film, Mothra has been depicted in various stages of the lepidopteran life cycle: Mothra’s mammoth egg is decoratively colored in blue and yellow waves. The egg hatches into her larva, a massive brown, segmented caterpillar (resembling a silkworm) with glowing blue—sometimes red—eyes. In rare circumstances, twins may emerge from the egg. The caterpillar eventually spins a silken cocoon around itself (the pupa stage), and from this cocoon the imago (adult) Mothra emerges, a gigantic moth-like creature with brightly-colored wings. Mothra’s life cycle—particularly the tendency of an imago’s death to coincide with its larvae hatching—echoes that of the Phoenix, resembling resurrection and suggesting divinity. Despite having wrought destruction worthy of any Toho daikaiju, she is almost always portrayed as a kind and benevolent creature, causing destruction only when acting as protector to her worshippers on Infant Island or to her egg, or as collateral damage while protecting Earth from a greater threat.

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Mothra has proven a formidable adversary in combat: in larval form she may use her silken spray to wrap and immobilize an opponent, and has a knack for biting and clinging to foes’ tails. In imago form her powers vary widely from film to film, including very animalistic scratching and dragging, incorporating several bolt and beam weapons in the Heisei era, and often concluding with a poisonous yellow powder (or “scales”) —her last defense.

Mothra is one of the most powerful psychics in the Toho universe. She has had the ability to use this power benevolently, to communicate with humans, or defensively, to destroy her enemies. As suggested earlier, Mothra is assumed to be divine and draws many parallels to the Phoenix, which makes her one of the more powerful kaiju of the Toho universe.

Mothra has become one of Godzilla’s most challenging opponents, having achieved the greatest success rate in battle: She has once overcome Godzilla in imago form, and twice Godzilla has fought her to her death only later to be bested by her newborn larvae. It should be mentioned that Mothra has never beaten Godzilla alone (in her Imago Form). The only victory by an insect(s) over Godzilla were the Mothra twin-larvae in Mothra vs Godzilla in the Showa Era, Imago Mothra and Imago Battra in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, in the Heisei series and the twin-larvae and Kiryu (MechaGodzilla) in the Shinsei (aka Millennium) Series.

In the Heisei Era (1984-1995), Mothra gained her own series of films dubbed in America as the “Rebirth of Mothra” series. These movies were not called “Rebirth of” in Japan, but just simply “Mothra” 1, 2 or 3 with a byline title, such as Adventure Under the Sea or Advent of King Ghidorah. These series are not connected to the Showa, Heisei or Shinsei Godzilla movies and are standalone films. The movies start off as the elder and last of her line puts the last of her energy into a new egg. From this egg hatches Mothra Leo.

Mothra Leo is supposedly male, as opposed to the pure female Mothras before (though the English dubbing is inconsistent, going back and forth between “she/her” to “he/him”, even “it”, and therefore its gender is left ambiguous). It also has “ever-increasing energy” which allows it to absorb energy from other sources to become stronger. The 10,000 year-old tree in Rebirth of Mothra allowed Mothra Leo to change into its imago form as “Mothra Leo”, thought to be the most powerful Mothra of all time. Mothra Leo gains several forms throughout the Rebirth trilogy, such as Rainbow Mothra, Aqua Mothra, Armor Mothra, and Eternal Mothra.

In this series Mothra battled three opponents: Death Ghidorah, a flora-destroying horned beast with three heads; Dagahra, a toxic dragon-like sea creature; and finally the infamous King Ghidorah, in both Cretaceous and modern forms who is the fauna-destroying beast.

Crime of the Century

Written by Barney Buckley

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On March 17, 1992, as pre- production work was under way on Godzilla V5. Mothra, someone sneaked into Toho’s special effects department and stole one of the two Bio-Goji Godzilla suits that was used in both Biollante and King Ghidorah, and which was slated to be used in the new film as well. A “Godzilla hunt was launched for the stolen costume, valued at about $371,000, and it ended when an elderly woman found it in a bamboo patch in the suburbs about a week later (reported in The Hollywood Reporter, March 26,1992).

While the costume was AWOL, Koichi Kawakita’s staff began work on a new one, cast from the same molds as the Bio-Goji suits. The new costume, called Batto-Goji, is less muscular than the last one but does not deviate much from the standard Kawakita-era Godzilla designs: small head, large body, double rows of teeth, and pronounced dorsal fins cast in heavy plastic (a separate set of dorsal plates, with electric lights installed inside, is used to enhance the glowing of the fins when Godzilla emits his atomic breath). The new suit also has more pronounced fangs jutting from the front corners of its mouth, and as for technological advancements, it was the first suit ever to have the ability to tilt its head backward and forward.

An Understanding of Mothra

Written by Barney Buckley


Mothra,is a giant, radiation-engendered moth. She is portrayed as a good, but dangerous, moth. It looks innocent as a gigantic egg. But its unseen powers are so great that its worshippers beg The Thing’s indulgence in self-abasing ceremonies.

Mothra is the  Goddess of Infant Island; a small island located in the South Pacific.  She is also the Protector of the Earth as well as the entire Cosmos.  On Infant Island her followers worship and dance to her. Threats like Godzilla and King Ghidora are  usually a pretty common thing for Mothra having to protect the earth from.

Many times, among most modern Earth humans, Mothra is quite unknown, and even more unappreciated.  Although humans may be grateful when Mothra appears to fight off a deadly enemy, they hardly realize the true role the Goddess plays.

Mothra can create windstorms that knock over buildings with her wings, and also has a poison powder that it can release. In Japan, it is called Mosura (pronounced mosura). According to Destroy All Monsters . by 1999, Mothra will have been confined with all his monster friends on the Ogasawara islands.

There are also many caves, steep rocks, and rivers on Infant Island.  Inside the caves and sometimes on the rocks, one can see paintings and carvings depicting symbols and deities.  The long-extinct natives of the island made them, and many refer to their Goddess.  In one cave there is even the religious symbol that represents Mothra chiseled straight through a rock wall so that the light shines in.  This was probably once a powerful holy place.

Mothra Statistics

Written by Barney Buckley


Mothra / Mosura


Length: 60 meters (197 feet)
Wingspan: 250 meters (820 feet)
Mass: 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons)
Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3, hurricane winds from wings, poisonous powder
First appearance: Mothra (1961)

Godzilla Series First Version

Length: 65 meters
Wingspan: 135 meters
Mass: 15,000 tons

Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 3; hurricane winds from wings; can release a poisonous powder; reproduces asexually

First Appearance: Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Other Appearances: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Mothra Leo (first Imago form)

Length: 24 meters
Wingspan: 38 meters
Mass: 5900 metric tons
Powers/Weapons: Fires beams from antenna, lighting shocks fire from wings, capable of separating into many little Mothra’s. Changes into Rainbow Mothra.
First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Mothra Leo Larva

Length: 25 meters
Mass: 3000 metric tons
Powers/Weapons: Web Attack with stinging after shock, Chest Blast, Invisibility
First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Rainbow Mothra

Wingspan: 53 meters(168 ft)
Mass: 10,500 tons
Powers/weapons: Beam pulser, Cross heat laser rainbow, sparkling pile load rainbow, rainbow buster, can transform into Aqua Mothra
Classification: Deity (God-like Kaiju)
First Appearance: Mothra 2
Number of movies starred in: 2
Fight Record: Not Available

Light Speed Mothra

Length: 25 meters
Wingspan: 30 meters
Mass: 5,900 metric tons
Powers/Weapons: Flight, can travel through time, can change into Aqua Mothra, or back to Rainbow Mothra.
First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998)

Armor Mothra

Height: N/A
Wingspan: 50 meters
Mass: 59,000 tons
Powers/Weapons: Flight at Mach 15.5 (max), Armor cross heat laser, Armor wing cutter, Excel Dash Buster
First Appearance: Mosura 3 (Mothra III)
Battle Record: N/A

Armor Mothra came out of the time capsule created by prehistoric Mothras. This newly reformed Rainbow Mothra donned its armor to battle the regenerated King Ghidora. After Armor Mothra easily chopped Ghidora to bits with the Armor Wing Cutter, she removed the armor to become the final Mothra Leo.

Aqua Mothra

Height: N/A
Body length: 24 meters
Mass: 3, 500 tons
Powers/Weapons: Beam Pulser, Swim up to 200 knots, Illusion Mirage, Sparking Pile load

Rainbow Mothra transformed into Aqua Mothra to go into the sea and battle Dagarla. Aqua Mothra used the Illusion Mirage to transform into millions of tiny versions of itself that went into Dagarla’s body and destroyed his organs, including those that made the Belam. They then swam out to become Rainbow Mothra once again.

Prehistoric Mothra Larvas

Length: 25 meters(82 ft)
Mass: 5,000 tons
Powers/weapons: Silk spit *some other weapons but I don’t know them*
Classification: Deity (God-like Kaiju)
First Appearance: Mothra 3 (1999)
Number of movies starred in: 1
Fight Record: Not Available

Final Form Mothra

Length: 25 meters
Wingspan: 50 meters
Mass: 5,900 metric tons
Powers/Weapons: Flight, can change into Armor Mothra
First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998

Kanekos Mothra

Length: 75 meters (243 ft)
Wingspan: unknown
Weight: 15,000 tons
Powers/weapons: Flight at Mach 3, hurricane winds, stinger
Larva Length: unknown
Larva Weight: unknown
Larva powers/weapons: unknown
Classification: Deity (God-Like) Kaiju
First Appearance: Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Big Kaiju Battle (2001)
Number of movies starred in: 1 (so far)
Fight Record: N/A

Millennium Mothra

Length: 36 meters
Wingspan: 108 meters
Mass: 12,000 tons

Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 3; hurricane winds from wings; can release scales from wings that will reflect energy attacks and explosions back on their source; reproduces asexually
Weakness: Scale attack accelerates the decay of her wings

First Appearance: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Mothra’s Enemies Statistics

Written by Barney Buckley


Godzilla 1964

  • Films: Godzilla vs the Thing (1964) and Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster (1964)
  • Height: 50 Meters (164 feet)
  • Mass: 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons)
  • Powers/Weapons: atomic Ray, super regenerative power (Godzilla can be wounded, but his G cells heal very rapidly.
  • Trivia: Godzilla’s original statistics remains the same numbers 15 films. His appearance is the one thing that seemed to change. Notably the loss of the year like appendages on his head and having three toes rather than for those earning one.
  • Wins 18, Losses 3, Ties 7

This suit has been called the best G-suit of them all. It is among the favorite of G-fans. This suit is truly most likely the best suit made. It is very dark and scary. It looks like a reptile (something the 80’s & 90’s didn’t accomplish). Although one rather annoying aspect of this suit is the fact that the front of the mouth shacks from side to side when he opens it to growl or let out his atomic breath.

Several versions of the origin for the name ‘Gojira’ (pronounced GO-dzee-la) have been told, but according to [Tomoyuki] Tanaka himself, the name was brought to his attention by his friend Ichiro Sato. In the course of their conversation, Sato mentioned a burly man on the Toho lot whose physical presence was so imposing that he was likened to a gorilla and whale. The staff had given the man the nickname ‘Gojira’–a combination of the words ‘gorilla’ and ‘kujira’ (whale). Tanaka took a liking to the name and decided to use it for his monster.

Widely regarded as the best Godzilla suit of all time, the Mosugoji was as different from the Kingoji as the Kingoji was from its two predecessors. The body of the Mosugoji was sleek and bell-shaped with a pronounced breast bone and knees. The hands featured slender, sharp claws with the fingers held apart, which looked like they could tear the nicest high-rise OC apartments to ribbons. The dorsal plates were nearly identical to those of the Kingoji. The head was well proportioned to the body and the facial features were chillingly defind, with pronounced brows and splendidly evil eyes. For Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster, the Mosugoji costume was given different facial features. Movable eyes were inserted, the upper lip and teeth were reduced and the tongue elongated, going past the lower row of teeth. This modified costume is also called the SanDaiKaiju (Three Giant Monsters)-Godzilla. The Mosugoji costume was “disguised” and named Gomes for Ultra-Q episode #1, Gomes o Taose (“Defeat Games”) in 1966. All of the armour plating and claws added to the Mosugoji suit to create Gomes were later removed with minor damage. Later in 1966, the Mosugoji was fitted with the head of the Daisenso-Godzilla (see next entry), repainted, equipped with an elaborate frill and named Jiras for Ultraman episode #10, “Secret of the Dinosaur Base” (see John Rocco Roberto’s “The Lost Godzilla Episodes,” for more details on Godzilla’s adventures on the small screen).

Godzilla 1966

  • Films: Monster Zero (1965) and Godzilla vs the Sea Monster (1966)
  • Height: 50 Meters (164 feet)
  • Mass: 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons)
  • Powers/Weapons: atomic Ray, super regenerative power (Godzilla can be wounded, but his G cells heal very rapidly.
  • Trivia: Godzilla’s original statistics remains the same numbers 15 films. His appearance is the one thing that seemed to change. Notably the loss of the year like appendages on his head and having three toes rather than for those earning one.
  • Wins 18, Losses 3, Ties 7

This suit is called Mosugoji2 because it is the same suit that was used in Godzilla vs. Mothra, but the head had been slightly modified to fit Godzilla’s metamorphosis from evil to good. Mosugoji2 is every bit as good as it’s original version, Mosugoji. Because of its commercial success from King Kong vs. Godzilla, Toho decided to release another Godzilla film in 1964, Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster. The Mosugoji suit, though, needed to go through some repairs. During the filming of Godzilla vs. Mothra, the mouth had become wobbly and would not work properly. The head had also caught on fire, which didn’t help the suit much. So the head of the Mosugoji suit was replaced by a more sturdier design. “Mosugoji II,” as some fans refer to the repaired suit as, also had more mobility than the original Mosugoji.

Several versions of the origin for the name ‘Gojira’ (pronounced GO-dzee-la) have been told, but according to [Tomoyuki] Tanaka himself, the name was brought to his attention by his friend Ichiro Sato. In the course of their conversation, Sato mentioned a burly man on the Toho lot whose physical presence was so imposing that he was likened to a gorilla and whale. The staff had given the man the nickname ‘Gojira’–a combination of the words ‘gorilla’ and ‘kujira’ (whale). Tanaka took a liking to the name and decided to use it for his monster.

Not as popular as its two predecessors, the Daisenso-Godzilla featured a head slightly larger than that of the Mosugoji, with a round face and jaws. The body was thin and had no defined shape, appearing sack-like and unnatural. The fingers were not held apart like the Mosugoji but were grouped together, with the claws becoming less menacing; all following Godzilla suits until the 84 Godzilla would have this feature. On the plus side, the dorsal plates and the tail of the Daisenso-Godzilla were nicely detailed and the eyes were movable. The Daisenso-Godzilla was employed again for Godzilla vs the Sea Monster. The decapitated head (having previously been grafted to the Mosugoji) was given minor repairs and movable eyelids and was refitted to the original Daisenso-Godzilla body. This suit is also called the Nankai (South Seas)-Godzilla. Though the restored Daisenso-Godzilla was officially retired after Godzjlla vs the Sea Monster, the costume received a good workout as late as 1971, being employed for water shots in Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters and in Godzilla vs the Smog Monster. In the latter film, the suit was also used for the scene when Hedorah traps Godzilla in a ravine and tries to bury him with sludge.

Godzilla 1992

  • Films: Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  • Height: 100 m (328 feet)
  • Mass: 60,000 metric tons (66,000 tons)
  • Power/Weapons: Atomic Ray, super regenerative powers (Godzilla can be wounded, but his G cells heal very rapidly), nuclear pulse.
  • Wins 6, Losses 4, Ties 4

Once again the suit stayed the same, and again the face was changed ever so slightly. The fins stayed the same and he was not as massive as before.

The build of the 1992 Godzilla suit was thinner than the 1989/1991 suits, which gave this costume a sleek, sturdy but less powerful image than the previous ’90’s vintage Godzilla suits. For the 1992 Godzilla, the arrangement of the dorsal plates was changed and the largest plate was located in the middle of the back. The legs were very well-detailed, though less bulky than the legs of the 1989/1991 costumes. The arms were jointed with more flexibility at the biceps, but unfortunately this made the suit appear unnatural from certain angles. The face was essentially the same as the 1989/1991 costumes, though the 1992 suit featured new attributes: a smaller, flat forehead, golden eyes and a thick neck with pronounced ribbing. The golden eyes made the face of the 1992 Godzilla look more expressive than the 1989/1991 costumes, yet also compromised the more realistic, animal-like expression of the latter suits. The size of the teeth also appeared smaller than the 1989/1991 costumes. The 1992 Godzilla suit also included a new feature; by means of an electronic device the head could tilt up or down independently of the body.

A three-quarter suit, Sea 1992 Godzilla, was constructed from the remains of previous ‘90’s vintage Godzilla costumes and was used for the fight with Mothra and Battra in the Philippine Sea. This suit, which had brown eyes though the main suit had golden eyes, would later appear for water scenes in Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla. Since the Sea 1992 Godzilla suit and the 1991 Godzilla B suit were used extensively in Godzilla vs. Mothra, the 1992 Godzilla suit only appears in the precredit sequence, during close shots in the sea battle with Mothra and Battra, and from when Godzilla destroys the powerlines at Mt. Fuji to the finale.

The 1992 Godzilla suit was also used in Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla, specifically for the battle with Rodan at Adonoa Island (though several close-ups of the 1993 Godzilla suit were intercut during this sequence), for several scenes of Godzilla’s initial rampage through Japan, and when Godzilla wades into the ocean at the finale.

Additionally, the 1992 Godzilla suit was employed for water scenes in Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994). Since this costume would only be seen from the waist up, the legs were cut off at the knees and the tail was removed. The tail was manipulated underwater by means of a lever-like device, which was a good but not always convincing effect.

Godzilla 2003

  • Films: Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002) and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
  • Height: 179 feet
  • Mass: 24,000 tons
  • Powers/Weapons: Atomic Ray: super regenerative powers (Godzilla can be wounded, but his G cells heal very rapidly), nuclear pulse.
  • Wins 5, Losses 0, Ties 3

Toho decided to stray away from Shusuke Kaneko’s Godzilla design and go back to the Mire/Gira Goji designs. This was due to the fact that the GMK suit being the tallest of all the suits they would have to make a new Kiryu suit and it was not in their budget. However, the suit underwent some obvious changes. .The head was reduced in size from the Miregoji suit. The eyes contained pupils, again, which the previous suit, GMK-Goji, did not have. The suit also contained the two fangs and the pair of little ears that existed in only a few of the Godzilla suits.

In the terminology of Daikaiju eiga the Mireniamu (Millennium) Era refers not to the actual millennium but to all Godzilla films made between 1999 and the present day starting with Godzilla 2000: Millennium and continuing through Godzilla: Final Wars (upcoming) , which is supposedly the last movie in the series, or at least the beginning of a ten to fifteen year hiatus for Godzilla.

Unlike the Heisei era or, to a lesser extent, the Showa era the movies are not part of a single timeline. Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is a direct sequel to Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla; other than that the films only reference the original 1954 Gojira, but not all Mireniamu era movies even acknowledge the full course of events of that movie.

For the film Godzilla against MechaGodzilla, Toho decided to stray away from Shusuke Kaneko’s Godzilla design and go back to the look of the MireGoji/GiraGoji design. This new version, dubbed KiryuGoji, did however go under some pretty obvious changes from those two previous designs. The head was completely changed and made smaller to sort of represent the head of the Heisei series Godzilla. The dorsal plates were reduced a bit and lost their purplish hue, deciding to keep the classic bone-white color, but still remained jagged like the MireGoji/GiraGoji`s dorsal plates. Godzilla’s skin also returned from the MireGoji/GiraGoji green to the old charcoal black, Godzilla’s traditional color.

The following year for the film Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., the sequel to Godzilla against MechaGodzilla, Godzilla’s appearance remained basically the same. The KiryuGoji suit was repaired and used again, but this time had a new, large scar on the chest of the suit.

Godzilla 2004

  • Films: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
  • Height: 100 m (328 feet)
  • Mass: 50,000 metric tons (55,000 tons)
  • Powers/Weapons: Atomic Ray: super regenerative powers (Godzilla can be wounded, but his G cells heal very rapidly), nuclear pulse, spiral beam.
  • Wins 7, Losses 0, Ties 1

For Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary film in 2004, Godzilla: Final Wars, director Ryuhei Kitamura wanted Godzilla to take on a leaner, meaner look while combining the looks of the previous three eras of Godzilla films. They seem to have succeeded in doing this. The arms and legs are slimmer than usual, allowing the actor’s arms, fingers, and legs to fit perfectly into the suit. Godzilla’s thighs are also one size smaller and the tail from the KiryuGoji suit used in the previous two films was reused. This suit also has much more noticeable ears than previous suits, which sets this suit apart from the others.

To create this leaner, more flexible suit, the suit makers at Toho used less urethane foam and rubber, instead adding a special material resulting in a lighter suit. They also made the dorsal plates smaller, making them look much like the dorsal plates of the Showa era with a single prominent row with smaller surrounding plates. Toho managed to reduce the weight of the suit by almost 44 pounds, allowing the actor inside much more movement and flexibility, and making this one of the most realistic-looking suits ever.

Godzilla 2019 (Possibly fighting him not sure yet)

  • Height of Godzilla for This Movie: 108.2 m or 355 feet tall
  • Length of Godzilla for This Movie: 167.7 m or 550 feet that includes a tail length
  • Mass and Weight of Godzilla: 81 646.6266 metric tons or 90,000 tons
  • Lifespan of Godzilla: 2000 Years

Mass: Godzilla would weigh 164,000 tons, according to our keen analysis of the 2014 Godzilla toy and a formula developed by paleontologists to work out the mass of bipedal dinosaurs.* We found out he would surpass the theoretical weight limit for land animals—110 to 1100 tons. The heaviest dinosaur, the 100-ton Argentinosaurus, stood 70 feet tall, was 115 feet long, and had four limbs to distribute its enormous heft.

Power/Weapons: At rest, Godzilla’s metabolism would generate 1.4 megawatts, or about as much power as that of a large wind turbine. On a rampage—smashing helicopters, knocking over buildings, fighting Mothra—he’d generate about 37 megawatts. That’s enough energy to fuel a town of 3000 people.

Bone Structure: The force on Godzilla’s bones is roughly 20 times greater than the force on a T. rex’s, so his bones would need to be phenomenally strong—about twice as tough as some titanium alloys. Normal bone has a tensile strength of 150 megapascals, but Godzilla’s bones can handle 3000 MPa—the same pressure found at the base of earth’s lithosphere, 60 miles below the surface. Godzilla’s cartilage would be about 12 times stronger than a human’s, preventing his knees from exploding like overripe tomatoes—and making him the envy of basketball players everywhere.

Skin Texture: Godzilla’s exterior is tough. (Soldiers with rifles, really?) His crocodile-like hide would be embedded with osteoderms, or bony deposits akin to chain mail. Protruding osteoderms on his back and tail vent excess heat.


Even for his size Godzilla has always been supreme in the strength department and this Godzilla is no different. Unlike most versions of Godzilla, however, this Godzilla’s strength feat is displayed more than just Godzilla throwing monsters around, it shows in the environment.

Godzilla swimming to Hawaii, at full speed, managed to create a tsunami around 12 meters in height that carried for miles all the way to the airport and he effected the entire Golden Gate Bridge’s movement by merely tugging on the cables with one hand. Combined with his thick hide this Godzilla moved through buildings with ease, like a human being walking through snow; easily breaking the Golden Gate Bridge by walking through it and taking buildings more than twice his size down with a single tail whip.

Godzilla is also much stronger than either Muto, easily pushing the gigantic female Muto despite her struggle using all of her arms and strength, and being able to kill the male with a single tail swipe.


Had the military’s plan to kill all three monsters with a megaton nuke actually worked, they would be very disappointed to find Godzilla still standing. The whole “megatons not kilotons” statement made in the film is massively incorrect in all the right ways.

Most, if not all, the military tests in the Pacific back in the 1950s-1960s had powerful amounts of megatons in yield behind them but the most infamous one that is the most worthy to point out for Godzilla’s durability is the Castle Bravo Hydrogen bomb. This bomb is the most powerful nuke ever activated by the U.S., around the Bikini Atoll islands and was measured near 15 megatons in yield, it was the bomb shown in the opening of the film that set off in 1954.

Not one nuke, but several were launched at Godzilla in attempts to kill him and not only have none of them been successful in the slightest but Godzilla shows no visible scars from taking that many repeated acts of impact and force; which could possibly hint at his healing factor as well. In addition to surviving nukes, any emotion Godzilla displays when being pelted by missiles and projectiles is that of sheer annoyance and nothing more. It’s also important to point out how, in the Awakening graphic novel, Godzilla managed to survive and adapt to the massive asteroid that changed Earth’s climate to what it is today.

The only real force in this film that manages to hurt him are the Mutos, creatures assumed to have similar strength and durability to Godzilla himself. And even after taking, assumingly life-threatening injuries, Godzilla fell lifeless only to retain his breath after a few hours (a possible feat for his healing factor). In conclusion, it’s safe to say that after swimming 24/7 in hunt for the Mutos, partaking in an hour long battle with the male Muto, being hit critically by both Mutos constantly for more than a minute, having a building twice his size land on him, and still having the energy to finish off the female Muto only to awaken a few hours later, that this Godzilla is one of the toughest ones yet.

(Also, considering the original concept of the discovery of Godzilla involved finding him in an iceberg and Godzilla must absorb radiation from the Earth’s core beneath the ocean – where heat is at horrifyingly high rates – it appears this version of the king has little-to-no problem with extreme temperatures)


If this Godzilla was real he’d be one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. This Godzilla thinks and strategizes in mid-combat with massive payoff. He is able to calculate the exact position of the male Muto’s location to get him with a direct final blow tail strike,  and uses some fighting techniques created by human beings (knee striking, pinning down the female Muto with his foot, etc). Godzilla is also able to express massive amounts of emotion which very few animals are able to do: he can appear exhausted, angry, determined, etc. Finally, Godzilla managed to adapt massively to our nowadays ecosystem almost immediately after the destruction and massive climate change of the world he called normal. This Godzilla thinks and behaves like some of the most intelligent creatures in real life, as if his size and power weren’t enough now the guy is an animal Einstein.


Legendary’s Godzilla is no man in a suit, this Godzilla moves as fluently and fast as you would hope he would. Faster in movement and fighting than any other version, allows this Godzilla to quickly react and maneuver to scary levels. However, Godzilla’s walking speed is nothing compared to that of his swimming skills. This Godzilla is capable of outrunning a fleet of battleships and can travel almost 2400 miles from Hawaii to San Francisco in less than 36 hours. A speed demon? No. A fast Godzilla? You bet.


Don’t expect any tail slides or body slams from this Godzilla, but boy can he fight. This Godzilla is not afraid to get brutal, using his mouth for most of his attacks this Godzilla is a savage one. Gareth has described how Komodo dragons and bears were studied to understand how real animals fight, and this Godzilla definitely shows resemblance in that regard, but has far more technique and purpose behind his attack intentions. Godzilla uses his fingers/hands for grabbing, slashing, pushing, and of course, opening Mutos jaws. And unlike most of Toho’s variations of Godzilla, this one has no hesitation or pauses in battle unless he’s thinking of a new battle strategy.

A more specific fighting skill feat that comes to mind is the fact that Godzilla was never bested by the super-sized female Muto in any 1v1 battle. Only when the male cut in did the female Muto ever get a chance to take a slap at Godzilla and even then it had to be when the male Muto was distracting him. As for the male Muto, he definitely gets an advantage with his flying, constantly moving around Godzilla and escaping but never showed superior skill in combat. Godzilla is easily the best fighter out of the 3 monsters in the film.

Like previously mentioned, this Godzilla uses much of his own intelligence in combat: being fully aware his atomic breath would destroy the female Muto’s vital insides, using his legs to knee strike and pin the female Muto down with his feet, and tossing the male Muto with his mouth etc.

Additionally the new Godzilla, like some of the most dangerous versions of Godzilla in the past, also utilizes his atomic breath in mixture with his combat. Mixing his intelligence with his raw power and animal instinct, Legendary’s Godzilla’s fighting style is dangerous and unpredictable with no punches pulled for fear of collateral damage; the worst kind you want on a 355ft tall monster. This Godzilla was born to fight.


These abilities deserve their own category because Godzilla’s senses and aging are absolutely phenomenal on their own. Even though the Nautilus nuclear submarine awoke Godzilla in 1954 for the setting we know as our 2014 film, according to the Awakening graphic novel, he’s been wandering around the Earth for millions of years ever since the asteroid that changed the Earth’s climate, popping up on land every few centuries or so; paintings, scrolls, etc. that dated as far back as 30,000 B.C. all contain imagery of Godzilla. It appears that, as long as Godzilla is healthy on his radiation intake, he is essentially immortal.

As for his senses, it is very unclear as to which senses of Godzilla are the most powerful but assumingly all of his senses are powerful. Strong eyesight to see clearly in the pitch black world of the deep sea, great detection of sound considering he could hear the mating calls of the Muto from the deep depths (a possible way he tracks them down), and probably the most interesting sense that we’re not sure about – his radiation sense. It appears this is the sense that allows Godzilla to find any and all locations of radiation, the sense he uses to either find the Mutos and/or detect the best location in the ocean to receive radiation input. Regardless of how he does it, the sense is omni-directional in that he can essentially detect radiation all over the planet or in just enough wide mileage to detect it; either way it’s impressive.


Short, but nonetheless important, Godzilla’s instinctual patterns are similar and different to that of other animals. Godzilla leaves the comfort of his ocean to actively hunt down the Mutos, but not for the purpose of food, but to keep his status as an “alpha predator” in check. Godzilla only seems to leave the comfort of the ocean to hunt down enemies, unlike other versions of Godzilla this one won’t seem to actively seek to destroy cities or exterminate mankind. It is unclear if Godzilla is a form of species or is the only one in his species, but it’s clear if there was more than one Godzilla they would surely survive the same as him; considering only Godzilla responded to the Mutos it’s easy to assume Godzilla is alone. With that knowledge in mind it’s easy to assume Godzilla won’t have any need for a mating call or desire for sexual reproduction; poor guy. His roar, if anything, is a warning call to natural enemies. This is the most realistic, animal-like Godzilla to date.


As if an indestructible hide, massive intellect, and raw power are bad enough Godzilla has another secret weapon that makes every other attack weak in comparison – his iconic atomic breath. This version of Godzilla charges atomic breath similar to that of a Tesla coil slowly charging up with his blue light getting higher up his tail all the way to his neck until he fires (as opposed to classic Godzilla films where all his spikes light up at once). The breath resembles more of a flame-like appearance while the classic Godzilla representations have a more beam-like atomic breath.

As for the power and use of the breath itself, Godzilla uses it mostly mid-range distance and also in mid-combat. Whether or not Godzilla can use it in long-range is unknown but according to descriptions on the merchandising Godzilla gets his breath by focusing his stored radiation into a beam-like ray, so using it could weaken Godzilla to a certain degree while it also means having more radiation storage could give a more powerful beam; so it’s debatable if the atomic breath at the end of the film was a weaker version than what his breath is capable of from days of hunting the Mutos and fighting without any radiation absorption in between.

What is known about the power of the breath, however, is it was devastating enough to cripple the female Muto temporarily with two concentrated blasts (around 4-6 seconds each), and completely tear her neck and insides apart when he focused it inside her mouth. Although the effects of the breath are unknown on creatures other than the Muto or even the environment (like buildings or landscape), it is horrific and catastrophic enough to be worthy of the title of Godzilla’s signature move. It is by far an impressive weapon, but compared to other Godzilla Atomic Breath is is not the most power.


The suit is the very suit that is completely cgi, so it is not a real suit like the suitmation Godzilla’s of the past. This Godzilla has bear like features within his face as well as in his movements. This was Gareth Edwards intentions to make Godzilla seem like a real live movie animal sort of speak. This by far is the biggest of all the Godzilla’s standing at a whopping 350 feet tall. Some people think Godzilla is taller but according to Gareth Edwards it is confirmed at 110 meters (350 Feet Tall). His atomic breath has finally made a return since Godzilla 1998 did have this ability and that is because Godzilla 1998 was interpreted as an animal and not a monster.

The atomic breath in the Godzilla is in fact a last resort because in this movie Godzilla is the one being hunted like an animal for birthing purposes for the Mutos. (I do not agree with this. Godzilla should be interpreted as a destructive monster and not some carcass to use for injecting babies into his body because of the radiation within him they will thrive hmmmm). Anyway his atomic breath is very life like. It looks like a blowtorch effect and not like the past Godzilla’s where his breath is like radiation when it hits the body it explodes this new atomic breath does not do that its more like burning the flesh. Very cool effect. One more thing about this Godzilla he does not seem to be a as strong as the past Godzilla’s have been he does struggle with the female Muto because of her size she is bigger than Godzilla and he has a tough time with her. Though this is not one of my favorite Godzilla suit designs I jsut cant seem to connect with this Godzilla not like its Japanese counterparts in the past. That character, Kiryu).

Garu – Garu

Height: 20 centimeters
Length: 55 centimeters
Wingspan: 30 centimeters
Mass: 59 kilograms

Powers/Weapons: Flight at 1000 kilometers per hour; can fire a beam from its mouth

First Appearance: Rebirth of Mothra  1,2,3(1996,1997 ,1998)


This is a creature that is the chariot for Belvera to ride in the movie The Return of Mothra 1,2,3. Garu – Garu has gone through different changes in all the movies. He has transported Belvera to such places as the birth place of Desghidorah, but Fairy Mothra blasted Garu-Garu from the air. Revealing to the twin sisters of light, that the animal was a robot, nothing more than a machine. Belvera continued to tinker with her winged dragon in the last movie, casting a more machine like appearance on the beast while fitting its face with an eyesight of precise accuracy.


Mothra fights Death Ghidorah but falls at its power, as she was already at the end of her life cycle and was weakened from having laid an egg. Her offspring, Mothra Leo, who was unable to help its mother defeat Death Ghidorah while it was still a caterpillar, cocoons itself at the base of a magical tree and metamorphoses into Mothra Leo. Then, at full strength, Leo confronts and easily defeats Death Ghidorah. After the defeat of the evil space demon, Mothra replaces Death Ghidorahs seal, then uses its magic to restore the destroyed forest.

The ancient monster Dagarla awakens to ravage the environment with poisonous starfish. Created by the people of N’lai K’nai(a part of the mythical continent of Mu) as a method of garbage cleaning gone awry, only Mothra can stop it, though it will need the help of the lost castle of N’lai K’nai itself and the mysterious treasure within.

King Ghidorah returns to earth to feed off of the children. Mothra attempts to fight against him but is not strong enough, to stop him Mothra goes back in time to defeat King Ghidorah the first time he came to feed, which resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs.

Dagarla / Dagahra

Body Length: 73 meters
Mass: 17,700 tons
First Appearance: Mosura II


Dagarla showed up in Japan, terrorizing the waters as it glided over the seas, dropping tons of toxic belam pollution over the ocean. It fought an epic battle with Aqua Mothra until he projected himself into millions of tiny versions of himself, flew into Dagarla and destroyed its Belam making abilities, killing it.


When a young girl, Shiori, is chased into the forest by a pair of bullies, she encounters a strange, furry creature known as a Gorgo. Other children her age might have taken one look at it and run away (which she does, at first), but Shiori is no ordinary girl. She has been chosen by Gorgo for the courageous spirit which she has yet to realize is within her.

Just as Shiori and those same bullies that had chased her into the forest, whom have now become fast friends, are getting to know Gorgo, they are suddenly attacked by the twisted fairy known as Belvera, claiming that all her dreams will come true once she possesses the Gorgo. But before Belvera can reach it, she is intercepted by her two sisters, the benevolent pair of Moll and Lora, known together as the Alias.

After they escape together, the Alias befriend the children, who learn that Gorgo comes from an ancient civilization known as Mu, which sunk into the ocean over ten-thousand years ago. They are Gorgo’s only hope to stop Belvera when she awakens the destructive giant monster called Dagarla.

Determined to help the furry creature, Shiori leads the others on a quest to find the lost city in hopes of finding the secret treasure that can defeat Dagarla and return peace to the world.

But when Dagarla attacks the ancient city, while the children are trapped inside, the Alias have no hope but to summon Mothra to engage Dagarla in battle.

Their confrontation is fierce, rocking the battlefield with incredible attacks that are slung back and forth, but in the end, Dagarla proves too much for Mothra to handle on her own. Shiori knows that, if she and her friends don’t find the secret treasure soon, Mothra will be destroyed, and perhaps their entire world along with her. Little does she know that the treasure is waiting for her to find it.

Cruteuos King Ghidorah

Height: 40 meters (131 ft)
Wingspan: 60 meters (197 ft)
Weight: 25,000 tons
Powers/Weapons: Plasma beams, regeneration, teeth, flight at mach 3
Classification: Space Kaiju
First Appearance: Mothra 3 (1999)
Number of movies starred in: 1
Fight Record: Not Available

Hyper-Grand King Ghidorah

Height: 60 meters

Wingspan: 80 meters

Mass: 500,000 metric tons

Debut Film: Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks

Death Ghidorah / Desi-Ghidorah

Body Length: 100 meters
Mass: 75,000 tons

Wingspan: 80 meters

Powers/Weapons: Energy bolts, Breath fire, can absorb energy

Weaknesses: Doesn’t seem to like water very much and cant seem to stand up to Mothra’s weapons either.

First appearance: Mosura (1996)

In Rebirth of Mothra, a monster called Desghidorah appears and is a black, quadrapedal three headed dragon who could create fire and open fissures into the Earth as well as absorb energy from the planet it was destroying. Mothra defeated it and sealed it away, making the world safe from its evil.

Gigan (Millennium) 2004

  • Height: 120 meters (394 feet)
  • Weight: 60,000 tons
  • Powers/Weapons (Original): Cluster beam from eye, flight at mach speed, hammer-claw hands/feet, buzz saw in abdomen, sharp tooth-lined beak, able to fire cables from wrists that grab opponents, tail can grab opponents, spikes on elbows and knees
  • Powers/Weapons (Upgraded): Cluster beam from eye, flight at mach speed, dual chainsaws on each hand, hammer-claw feet, buzzsaw in abdomen, sharp tooth-lined beak, can fire razor-sharp disks from shoulders, tail can grab opponents, spikes on elbows and knees
  • First Appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
  • Fight Record: Wins 1, Losses 2

Gigan in Godzilla: Final Wars

Gigan returned in Godzilla: Final Wars, were he was first seen as a mummified monster from his battle with Mothra. He was awoken by the Xiliens to help them conquer the Earth. He chased the Gotengo to Antarctica to stop them from awakening Godzilla. He nearly destroyed the ship, but he was blasted by one of Godzilla’s nuclear beams. Be battled Godzilla until he got his head destroyed by his beam. However, the Xiliens repaired him and released him to fight alongside Monster X.

Modified Gigan in Godzilla: Final Wars

Modified Gigan was Gigan’s second form in Godzilla: Final Wars, where he is rebuilt with a different head and chainsaws instead of hooks. He was released to battle Mothra, and temporarily defeated her. He attempted to help Monster X in his battle with Godzilla, but he was attacked by Mothra. He shot his blades at Mothra, but they flew past her. He nearly killed Mothra with his beam, but his blades flew at him and cut his head off. Mothra slammed into him, causing him to explode and die.

Battra 1992

Larval Stage

  • Larva length: 90 meters (295 feet)
  • Larva mass: 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons)

Battra Adult

  • Length: 73 meters (239 feet)
  • Wingspan: 180 meters (590 feet)
  • Mass: 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons)
  • First appearance: Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  • Notable G-Series credits: 19
  • Fight record: Wins 1, Losses 1, Ties 1
  • Powers/weapons: Prism beams from eyes, Larva powers/weapons: Prism beams from horn and eyes,
  • Weaknesses: Battra turns out to be a loyal ally, apparently sacrificing himself to defeat Godzilla. Battra was a dark spirit dawned by the life force of the planet Earth. The darkness had already begun to take a hold on Earth, and Earth, in response to the will of the darkness, had created the monster Battra.


Battra first appears as an energy-spewing, armored caterpillar that breaks out of its resting place under the polar ice caps. Eventually, it transforms into a deadly fighting form- a dark twin to Mothra. Battra fights against environmental threats .In the end of Godzilla vs Mothra, Battra and Mothra form a team to fight Godzilla. .Battra travels by swimming through the ocean and by tunneling through the Earth. In this immature form, Battra unable to fully control its deadly Prism Beams, the rays arching wildly from its eyes and horn.

Mothra and Battra fought fiercely.  Mothra won, and Battra was trapped deep in the Earth.  It was only thousands of years later that a jarring of the Earth’s energy, caused by a meteorite, allowed him to escape his prison.  Again, Mothra defended her planet from the dark spirit, and again, she won.   Battra lay powerless at the bottom of the sea and until another flux in energy happens, he will remain there. That is the basic understanding of how Battra came to be.

Battra (Batora) is a fictional giant, black moth appearing in Godzilla_vs_Mothra. He has a wingspan of 180m and weighs 30,000 tons. Like Mothra, Battra has both larval and adult forms.

Battra was created by Earth’s vital force millions of years ago to destroy the human race. But Mothra, defender of mankind, fought a fierce battle with Battra, and emerged victorious.

Millions of years later, Battra was awoken by a meteorite. Upon metamorphosing from his larval form, he flew to Tokyo to exact his revenge on Mothra. In the heat of the two monsters’ battle, Godzilla appeared. Mothra and Battra temporarily teamed up to combat Godzilla together.

Once Godzilla was defeated in battle, Battra and Mothra carried him out to sea in order to dispose of him once and for all. This was unsuccessful, however, as a still-conscious Godzilla killed Battra while he was being transported.


A meteor falls down to earth, this causes a collapse for the ecological balance of earth. Godzilla is awakened and the twin moths Battra and Mothra, too. Meanwhile, a thief is won for an expedition with his ex-wife to find Mothra’s eggs. They only discover the Cosmo wins (they are still singing after all this time). They tell that Battra is responsible for the balance. The egg and the Cosmos are brought back to Tokyo, but Godzilla attacks the ship. Suddenly Battra appears and fights against Godzilla, meanwhile Mothra escapes. An underwater eruption spills Godzilla and Battra. The two kidnapped twins call Mothra for help. And she’s there very soon. As a larva, she “walks” through Tokyo to free the Cosmo.

Military is fighting against her, but Mothra webs herself into a cocoon. In the meantime Godzilla reappears at Mount Fuji auf and tramples through Tokyo. Battra heads out of the sea, too and flies to Mothra to destroy her. Godzilla’s there, too and a great battle starts. Now we learn that Mothra and Battra are the light and dark side of earth power (humh?). The two moths build a team, they carry the injured Godzilla to the sea and Battra falls into the same ditch as Godzilla. Mothra builds an energy field over the ditch to keep Battra and Godzilla trapped forever. After that she flies back into space leaving a golden shower behind.

Battra was originally meant to be an evil twin of Mothra called “Gigamoth” whose abilities somewhat resemble Hedorah’s in the scrapped Godzilla vs. Gigamoth.

Battra’s name most likely comes from the common Japanese practice of shortening two words to make one; in this case the combination of the Japanese spelling of Battle Mothra (バトルモスラ?, Batoru Mosura), as described in the Super Godzilla video game manual. It was also said to be “Black Mothra”, as described in Godzilla vs. Mothra.

Like Mothra, Battra has both larva and imago forms. Battra’s imago form has a predominately black body with very large wings that have patterns of red, black and yellow. He also has yellow horns in his head, six legs, and red eyes which glow purple when firing his beam, as well as a red line which runs down his body’s sides.

His larval form is mostly black but with a lot of yellow and a dark red underside. He also has a giant horn, similar to Destoroyah’s, which is yellow and glows when he uses his beam, and two tusks on each cheek. Battra’s larval form also has bigger, more powerful legs than Mothra’s larval form which are yellow and horn-like. Much like his imago form, his eyes are red. Battra’s larval form is also physically much larger than Mothra’s, being almost as large as Godzilla himself.

Battra Larva in Godzilla vs. Mothra

Twelve thousand years ago, the spirit of Earth created Battra. Battra was created to destroy a device built by an ancient civilization to control Earth’s climate. Battra began to do his job well beyond his purpose and Mothra was forced to intervene. There was a huge battle between Mothra and Battra. When Mothra finally won, Battra was laid to rest in the North Sea, while Mothra survived in the mountains with the Cosmos. Unlike his benevolent twin Mothra, Battra sees humanity as a blight on Earth, and won’t stop until humanity is removed from the planet. It’s because of this that Battra came into conflict with Mothra, who seems intent on protecting humanity.

Thousands of years later, Battra was awoken by a meteorite in Siberia. Battra swam to the coast of Japan and burrowed, reappearing and attacking Nagoya. The JSDF fought Battra but were no match, and Battra left a wrecked city behind as he burrowed again. Battra appeared in the waters off the archipelago of the Philippines, where Godzilla and Mothra were battling. Battra engaged Godzilla, who was the bigger threat. The two monsters battled down to the sea floor in the Philippine Trench, where a volcanic eruption supposedly killed them. But Battra and Godzilla lived on, appearing near Mount Fuji, with Godzilla exiting an erupting volcano and Battra emerging from the ocean’s depths.

Upon metamorphosing from his larval form, he flew to Tokyo to exact his revenge on Mothra. The sinister moth seemed to have an upper hand against his less violent counterpart, but soon, in the heat of the battle, Godzilla appeared. Mothra and Battra teamed up to combat Godzilla together in defense of both Earth and humankind. Once Godzilla was defeated, Battra and Mothra carried him out to sea. However, Godzilla, still conscious, killed Battra by attacking him with an atomic ray at point-blank range while he was being transported. Godzilla and Battra dropped into the ocean below. For giving Battra a final farewell, Mothra flew around in a circle, creating a glyph of friendship to her beloved companion.

Battra in Godzilla Island

In its larval form, Battra was a horribly brutal opponent who was relentless and remorseless in its attack. In this form, he wielded a massive yellow horn which could be put to use as a battering ram or bludgeoning weapon. From the horn, he was also capable of firing off furious electrical blasts of an orange-yellow color. He could fire similar electrical blasts of a purple color from his crimson eyes. However, these beams would often fly wildly about, Battra not appearing to have precise control over their direction. The titanic larva could also create energy pulses from his massive horn as another form of attack.

In its imago form, Battra had lost the ability to burrow or swim, but attained flight at mach 3 with its new wings, allowing for easier and more efficient travel for further destruction. The once prominent horn had disappeared and had been replaced with three smaller horns. These horns were incapable of releasing energy anymore, but Battra had developed more powerful optic beams, known as “Prism” beams. Unlike the beams used in his larval form, adult Battra had complete control over the Prism Beams, which also are far more powerful in this form.

He also had developed three pairs of legs and would utilize them for grasping objects. The imago form of Battra could also release an “energy shock” from its feet in order to subdue foes while in close combat. However, in the manga adaptation of Godzilla vs. Mothra, the dark insect can unleash damaging energy spheres from his horn, discharge energy through the stinger-like attachment on his tail, and instantly form his cocoon which also acts as a defensive shield.

In Godzilla Island episode 166 “Baby Mothra Awakes,” Battra can also emit powder from his wings just like Mothra except that the powder is red instead of yellow like Mothra’s.

Development Hell: Mothra vs Gigamoth

Written by Barney Buckley



While Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah was in post-production, the decision was made to use Mothra as Godzilla’s next foe. One of the original concepts for this match up was submitted under the title Godzilla vs. Gigamoth (see Toho SF Special Effects Movie Series Vol. J). Written by SFX director Koichi Kawakita, SFX designer Minoru Yoshida, and Marie Teranuma, and containing a heavy dose of far-out fantasy, psychic powers, and the introduction of an evil Mothra, this story contained a few ideas which survived into Omori’s screenplay for Godzilla vs Mothra. Much like the film which was to succeed it, the story concentrates on Mothra and her “enemy,” with Godzilla playing second fiddle, mostly serving as the focal point for the two adversaries to join forces at the conclusion. The impetus for the story comes from two of Tomoyuki Tanaka’s favorite themes, radiation and pollution, as radioactive waste contaminates the jungle on a South Sea island, causing various mutations to occur.

With the jungle stripped away by profiteers, a typhoon causes serious erosion that uncovers a gigantic egg which tumbles into the sea. While investigating this disaster, a scientist encounters a tiny woman named Mana, merely 20 centimeters tall, who warns him of the disasters that may occur if Mothra hatches from the egg near civilization. When Mothra hatches, not only does the benign caterpillar emerge, but also a hideous mutation Gigamoth, spawned by radioactive exposure. Kawakita’s story gives Godzilla short shrift as far as an entrance scene -the Big G merely senses Gigamoth and shows up spoiling for a fight. Pushing the audience’s suspension of disbelief to the brink, the story has Mana’s psychic and teleportation powers allowing her to teleport inside the insect monsters and direct their actions to a degree. She helps Gigamoth defeat Godzilla, preventing him from attacking a nuclear power plant, but Gigamoth instead absorbs the radiation from the facility, helping fuel its metamorphosis into its grotesque adult form. Borrowing Biollante’s plot device of anti-radiation genetic material, the story has the scientist develop radiation-separation bacteria in hopes of eliminating the mutation foisted upon Gigamoth’s genes by nuclear energy (and curiously unemphasized, to take away Godzilla’s powers as well).

The weapon is fired at Godzilla and Gigamoth during their rematch, and while Godzilla is not affected, Gigamoth falters badly. Mana directs Mothra into the conflict, but Mothra is dealt a fatal blow by Godzilla’s atomic breath. Falling atop Gigamoth’s body, Mothra and Gigamoth merge to form the true Mothra, free of radioactive mutation. The battle between Mothra and Godzilla ends with the typical uncreative resolution monsters fall into the sea and disappear without a trace. But as if this unsatisfactory conclusion were not  enough, the human drama takes a ridiculous turn: the scientist reveals he has fallen in love with Mana. She turns down his advance, telling him that his destiny lies elsewhere. Sure enough, months later the depressed scientist meets a woman who looks like Mana …they fall in love, and Mana’s prophecy is fulfilled. Godzilla VS. Gigamoth provides ample evidence that SFX technicians are much better at visualizing the written word rather than writing themselves.

Lost Project: Concept Mothra vs Bagan

Written by Barney Buckley


In and around the 1980s there would have marked the return of Godzilla was something completely different than what we saw. Tomoyuki Tanaka having allowed Godzilla to become a humanized kiddie hero he wanted to correct that fatal mistake and bring Godzilla back to a no-nonsense atomic monster once again since 1954. In 1980 Tomoyuki Tanaka had commissioned a brand-new story from the writer Akira Muroa he would talk to Akira and explained his situation and what he wanted to do with Godzilla. He wants to bring him back to irrational sense and bring him back as the King of monsters. Tomoyuki Tanaka had said “Godzilla is a world-famous character, on a par in terms of notoriety with Superman and Star Wars,” Tanaka had said. He had also said “unfortunately, we had to close down the Godzilla film series wants, because ideas have become so weak and the costs were too much. Despite this… Godzilla is love by several generations, so I think it is a good idea to bring him back for a new film to celebrate Toho Company’s 50th anniversary… Since we had a problem in making Godzilla just for younger ages, we now think I Godzilla must be for a general audience, both older and younger people.

The tentative title for the movie and for his return is called “The Return of Godzilla” is curiously based on the premise that Godzilla himself was not sufficient to carry the story this was the ideal first. This is where we bring on a new enemy for Godzilla and it was called “Bagan” this is a name that seems to continuously resurface and several story proposals through the 1980s and 1990s. This particular Kaiju was created to challenge Godzilla. It is said that they again is a three stage monster similar to that of Destroyah in the Marine Godzilla versus Destroyah 1995 there he was a three stage monster as well. This was the ideal that they originally wanted to go with however the costs and the budget itself did concern Tanaka. They was one of those monsters that was a shape-shifter that adopting unique visage on land, in the water, and in the sky. It is said that they could not win Godzilla completely from his 1970s personality. Our Sheila wrote the actual first act to have Godzilla planet of Bagan before getting down to business providing mankind when the nuclear-fueled nemesis. Our curative use a bevy of super weaponry, but it was Bagan rather than Godzilla that is attacked, ineffectively, of course Godzilla’s battle with Bagan are mostly one-sided, with Godzilla inflicting damage time after time, and Bagan regenerating itself by assuming a new form. Only after Godzilla’s renewed his strength by destroying a nuclear power plant and absorbing is for radioactive output does he defeat Bagan. The scenario without monster versus monster portion and the next act became a not too subtle rehashing of the original Godzilla.

The new story for this particular movie it starts with a scientist who has discovered a new element called ”Reiconium,” which possesses super nuclear energy. This particular source of energy is far more powerful than that of nuclear energy. And it was way more conventional. It is said that the scientist refused to allow it to me is against Godzilla. Only after witnessing Godzilla’s aftermath, and with further pleas from his daughter, though the man finally relent, only to sacrifice himself to detonate the device which defeats Godzilla. Radiation seems to be omnipresent in this story. This was a way to more Godzilla by using this type of radiation they use it as bait to more Godzilla to his demise. And it is apparent that this seemingly super nuclear energy weapon of mass industrial Godzilla.

The whole message of this film is replaced by a new and more contemporary theme, some not in the final lines of the story after Godzilla was lifeless body washes ashore near a nuclear power plant months later, and suddenly realize: “as long as nuclear energy exists, Godzilla will live.” In other words whatever its purpose, nuclear energy will always present a catastrophic danger.

This definitely was a different twist for the original inception of Godzilla’s return it probably would’ve been interesting to say the least. Honestly I like the original weight is now it just marked the return of Godzilla in the proper way however I would have been curious to see what the approach of this new monster would have been and how the fight scenes would have been. I would have been also curious as to see how they would have created Bagan which to me seems to have a lot of connection with Godzilla versus Destroyah 1995. I have to believe possibly that they can is a concept of Destroyah they created Destroyah using the banking concept possibly. Anyway I hope you found this a little bit interesting because I did. Not as interesting as a logon I want to see this but it was a different take on it.


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