With the 2016 Godzilla: Resurgence just around the corner, this will be the first Japanese Godzilla film to be made in 12 years since the character’s retirement back in 2004 with the last Japanese Godzilla film being Godzilla: Final Wars and with the Godzilla-King Kong cinematic universe coming together that started with the 2014 Godzilla film that will be followed by Kong: Skull Island, 2018 Godzilla sequel leading up to the Godzilla vs. King Kong film. I think that a list like this is in order. From the deep depths of the oceans from 1954 to 2014, the Godzilla has fought many unusual threats to Earth from aliens, mutants, supernatural beings, prehistoric creatures, and man-made monsters. With the recent addition of the M.U.T.O.s from the 2014 Godzilla film added to the Godzilla villain roster. I figure that I put together a list of the top 10 villainous monsters from the Godzilla franchise that have become some of Godzilla’s greatest challenges. However if I had to make some restrictions to the list, the first one would be that monsters that Godzilla fought have to be the villain of the movie meaning that Godzilla is either the hero or anti-hero of the movie. The second restriction is including characters that started out as Godzilla baddies and later become good guys aren’t allowed. So no frenemies like fan favorite Godzilla monsters like Anguirus, Mothra, and Rodan are going to be appearing on this list. So now the question is who is the number one Godzilla villain?
Gigan is a cyborg alien that happens to look like a robot chicken that first appeared in the 1972 movie Godzilla vs. Gigan. Gigan is armed with various weapons from his hook like hands (later upgraded to chainsaw hands), buzz-saw chest piece, laser eye, flight, among other weapons. He is considered to be one of Godzilla’s brutal opponents since he was the first on screen Godzilla monster to make Godzilla bleed and that’s about it. In his various appearances from the Showa series (Godzilla films from 1954-1975) and his one appearance in 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars. Gigan wasn’t alone when he fought Godzilla.
In his first appearance, Gigan was partnered with the infamous space dragon King Ghidorah and the two space monsters lead Godzilla to an amusement park where an alien weapon (in the form of a tower that looked like Godzilla) was waiting to kill Godzilla himself. In short Gigan was only there to lead Godzilla into a trap with some assistance from King Ghidorah. Granted both of them were under the control of alien cockroaches, however after the humans kill alien cockroaches. Both Gigan and Ghidorah acted really confused and they have no idea of what’s going on since they were under control of the alien cockroaches. Sometime after being freed from the alien cockroach’s control, Gigan and King Ghiorah put two and two together and decided to fight back against the earth monsters. After a lengthily battle with Godzilla and Anguirus (a mutant spike lizard/ankylosaurus), both space monsters are forced to retreat back to outer space. Between the two space monsters, Gigan retreated first with King Ghidorah following him back to space.
In the 1973 film Godzilla vs. Megalon, Gigan appears as the secondary villain since Megalon (a giant rhinoceros beetle) was getting beat up by a giant robot called Jet Jaguar. In this appearance however Gigan appears to have some intelligence since he was leading a good majority of the battle against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar in the film. Even making a hostage of Jet Jaguar by having his hook hand around the robots neck since Godzilla was beating up Megalon. Sometime later in the film (Much like Gigan’s first appearance), both Godzilla and Jet Jaguar manage to turn the tables on Gigan and Megalon and end up defeating the two monsters. Jet Jaguar actually manages to break one of Gigan’s arms and tosses him up in the air allowing Godzilla blasted him with his atomic ray. Forcing Gigan (again) to retreat back to outer space leaving Megalon all alone only to get beat up by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
In his appearance of Godzilla: Final Wars, he appears to the secondary monster villain of the film. Thought out the movie he has a lot of buildup. For example Gigan has a back story involving a battle with Mothra several thousand years before the events of the film. When he is released by the alien villains of the film during present day, he is seen leading some of the other giant monsters under the aliens control to destroying most of the major cities around the world. Later in the film, the remaining human forces decided to reawaken Godzilla to fight back against the other giant monsters. He is the first monster to face Godzilla only to get his head blown off moments later after Godzilla awakens from his deep slumber. Later in the film after several modifications to him, Gigan (after defeating Mothra) appears again to face Godzilla again while helping Monster X (the main monster villain of the film). The space monsters to manage to over whelm Godzilla for a bit, but Godzilla does manage to turn the tables on them. Mothra reappears to assist Godzilla in batting the space monsters and has a one on one fight with Gigan. Mothra kills the alien cyborg once in for all through a combination of having Gigan’s own spinning disks boomeranging back to Gigan decapitating him and Mothra sacrificing herself.
So it sounds like Gigan assists other giant monsters while battling Godzilla instead of having a one on one fight with Godzilla. So why did I put him on the list? Asides from being the first monster to make Godzilla bleed on screen. I think it is a combination of elements from his physical appearance, the weapons he has, to his partnership with other monsters like King Ghidorah to Megalon. Also if I had to compare Gigan to another fictional character, he would be like Starscream from the Transformers franchise. Also out of the Godzilla villains, Gigan is one of the more popular one.
Orga is a hybrid of an alien jellyfish and Godzilla that first appeared in the 1999 film Godzilla 2000 severing as the main villain of the film. Although Orga has only had one appearance in film so far, I think Orga is an underrated Godzilla villain monster. His overall design is something out of this world in terms of seeing it in a Godzilla movie were most Godzilla monsters either look like giant animals, giant dinosaurs, and machines. Even some of the other alien monsters that appear in other Godzilla films look weird but I can see how those designs would exist in a Godzilla film. Orga looks like something out of the Alien movies or some science fiction movie with aliens than a Godzilla movie.
Orga has a really strange origin. At some point a race of aliens called the Millennians appeared several million years ago on Earth and that for some reason had to convert to anti-matter to survive. Millions years later the Milliennians reawaken with the goal of conquering Earth. Their only problem was that they needed a solution to get their physical form back. The aliens came across Godzilla and discovered that he was their solution to getting their body back by using his DNA. After a battle with Godzilla, the aliens manage to get his DNA, and combine together to take on their jelly fish form. The aliens would later experience some side effects which would spontaneously mutate the Millennians into a behemoth creature called Orga.
So basically the creation of Orga in the movie was a complete accident when you think about it. The aliens wanted to use Godzilla’s DNA to get their original form back but turn into a Godzilla/Millennian hybrid instead. Also for his first appearance in film, not many people were expecting Godzilla to have a monster to fight against. The main reason being that the first new film of a new Godzilla film series usually ignores everything that happens in the past several films before and only ties in with the 1954 Godzilla movie. A film like these usually focuses on the Japanese government trying to find a way to defeat Godzilla using some sort of military weapon. So having Godzilla batting Orga in the film was a pleasant surprise.
OK so enough of Orga’s back story, why is he on the list? After the aliens spontaneously mutate into Orga, he as an interesting reaction to his new form. Orga was really shocked at its new form because of its own sudden transformation. This gives Godzilla an opportunity to begin to assault Orga before Orga finally grasped the situation at hand. If I had to describe the situation it like a month old grizzly bear cub getting into a fist fight with a full grown great pyrenees dog. While the battle continues Orga has a set of powers that make him a fearsome opponent.
The first of Orga’s powers being able to fire a beam from his left shoulder that is powerful enough to send Godzilla flying backwards into a building. He is shown using telepathy to pilot the remains of the alien spaceship (from which it came) after Godzilla destroyed it to assist him. Orga also has the ability to absorb more genetic material though his bite. Any time Godzilla fires his atomic ray at Orga, the damage done by the atomic ray was quickly gone because of Orga’s extremely fast healing factor thanks to Godzilla’s DNA. My main reason for putting Orga on the list is mainly due to his healing ability. As the battle between Godzilla and Orga continued, Godzilla was in shock to see the creature still standing after taking several hits from his atomic ray. It looked like Godzilla was running out of options until Orga did something really stupid. Orga for some reason decided to open his mouth up which gives Godzilla the idea to go into Orga’s open month. Orga slowly started to become more Godzilla like in its appearance by consuming Godzilla. However this only leads to Orga’s defeat by having Godzilla unleash the full power of his atomic ray from inside Orga’s body destroying the alien creature once in for all.
So why do I have Orga so low on the list? It is for a couple of factors. The first being that Orga has no fighting experience since he only physically hit Godzilla once with his giant claw and spent the rest of the fight avoiding Godzilla’s attacks. Now you’re wondering why did I put Orga ahead of Gigan even though Gigan has a lot more fighting experience than Orga? With Gigan, Godzilla was able to defeat Gigan regardless if Gigan had an ally or not. With Orga, it was his fast healing factor that made him a challenge. Also he actually made Godzilla worry since Orga was able to regenerate the damage done by Godzilla’s atomic ray. With his healing factor, he was able to make Godzilla run out of options during their fight. Second his intelligence, throughout his fight with Godzilla. Orga from time to time was shown to be either really smart like using the remains of the alien spaceship to block Godzilla’s atomic ray to doing something stupid like giving Godzilla the opportunity to kill him via blasting him from the inside out. The third reason being is that Orga is the third monster in the Godzilla franchise to be created using Godzilla’s DNA. The final reason is that Orga was a complete surprise in the film and has an unique design for a Godzilla monster.
Hedorah a.k.a. The Smog Monster is the physical embodiment of pollution itself that first appeared in 1971 film Godzilla vs. Hedorah. You heard right Godzilla’s main opponent is a living pile of sludge, slime, vomit and chemical ooze whose sole mission is to eat up all of Earth’s pollution and kill the human population in the process. Yeah this was one of Godzilla’s weirder enemies from the early Godzilla film series. Hedorah is the second alien monster to come to Earth of his own free will with the first being King Ghidorah with the intentions of destroying Earth. Also it doesn’t help that most of the alien monsters during the 70’s Godzilla films were mind controlled by different alien races.
Hedorah is the first Godzilla monster to have more than two forms. Hedorah has a total of four forms that range from its water form (which looks like a tadpole), land form (which looks like a frog), flying form (looks like a stingray), and its final form (which looks like the land form could walk on two legs). Hedorah is considered one of Godzilla’s most challenging enemies since the smog monster continuously injured Godzilla during their fights throughout the movie regardless of what form he was in at the time. It took a combination of Godzilla and the Japanese military to take down the smog monster. Even without the help of the military, Godzilla had to physically rip apart Hedorah in order to kill him while having the smog monster’s flesh burning up Godzilla’s skin.
His weapons and powers consist of changing into any form at will. He can shot laser beams in from his eyes, and fire toxic sludge or toxic gas from his body that can melt organic manner. He is able to withstand the effects of Godzilla’s atomic ray. Hedorah can become more powerful by consuming any form of pollution though his body. He can travel far distances though jumping far distances, flying, and swimming. His one weakness is that he can die from dehydration though electricity.
Although Hedorah is considered to be one of Godzilla’s more powerful enemies. Why do I have him this low on the list? It’s for a few reasons. The first being that no matter what form Hedorah was in, he wasn’t a powerful foe off the bat. When Godzilla fought him in his land form, yea he was able to do the damage to Godzilla but in the end Godzilla was able to beat him. With the next two forms, Hedorah slowly got more powerful. A fight with his flying form with Godzilla, the battle ended in a stand still. It wasn’t until his final form that Godzilla was having a hard time trying to defeat him.
The second and main reason for being this low on the list is mainly for his appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars. In the film, Hedorah gets taken out in a matter of seconds of making his first appearance in the film. Granted when we first see Hedorah in that film, it is presumed that the smog monster along with Ebirah (a giant lobster) were fighting Godzilla in the ocean for a bit before getting blasted out of the water by Godzilla’s atomic ray. Only for Hedorah to get one of his eyes pierced by one of Ebirah’s claw after the lobster (like Hedorah before him) getting blasted out of the water. Only for both monsters to get destroyed by Godzilla himself. He only appears in the movie for less than a minute. Gigan in that film put up more of a fight than the smog monster did.
Megaguirus is a giant mutant dragonfly and the Queen of a race of prehistoric dragonflies that first appeared in the 2000 film Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. Megaguirus is one of Godzilla’s fastest flying opponents in any Godzilla film. She also has the ability to drain an opponent’s energy weapon though her stinger and use the energy she got in a way that can be used against her opponent. Godzilla for a good majority of the fight couldn’t hit her with his atomic ray because of these weapons and powers. She also appears to be intelligent as well since she was able to outsmart Godzilla on a few occasions. Even knocking Godzilla down on the ground multiply times over the course of their battle.
Like Orga in the film before her, Megagurius despite being the main villain of the movie appears near the end of the film. Unlike Orga who at least kind of appeared thought Godzilla 2000 in the form of the alien race later turned into a giant monster by accident. Megaguirus on the other hand really appears out of nowhere. We see her army of smaller prehistoric dragonflies thought out the film attacking groups of people and Godzilla. When we see her, she appears about 3/4 of the way though the movie going on a mini rampage in the city and gets into a fight with Godzilla. During her fight with Godzilla however proved that she was a challenge for the King of the Monsters.
The main reason why she is this low on the list, she seems to have reverse Orga symptoms. With Orga, he had no fighting experience but made Godzilla run out of options because of his regeneration ability which made Godzilla’s atomic ray useless. Megaguirus on the other hand has fighting experience giving Godzilla a run for his money but she seems to be very weak. Weak in a sense of being fragile from not taking hits from Godzilla’s atomic ray since she gets blown to bits after Godzilla finally manages to land a hit on her after biting off her stinger. Even one of Godzilla’s dorsal fins manages to cut off one of Megaguirus claws while the two monsters passed each other. Also Megaguirus seems to be really arrogant during her fight with Godzilla. For a good majority of their fight, she is just toying with Godzilla to the point that she had a few good opportunities to kill Godzilla and doesn’t take the change. She continues to toy with him until Godzilla took the opportunity to kill Megaguirus by biting off her stinger putting her in a state of shock allowing Godzilla to blast her in pieces. Also Megaguirus is the fourth monster to be connected to Godzilla though DNA (not on the same levels of Orga, Biollante, and Spacegodzilla).
Like Hedorah, Biollante is another really weird Godzilla monster that first appeared in 1990 film Godzilla vs. Biollante. She is a Godzilla, Rose, Human female hybrid designed to be the anti-Godzilla. OK so I’m going to be cheating for a little bit since Godzilla in the film was the main villain. Though some really weird explanation that the film tells us. Even though Biollante is made up of Godzilla, a human female, and a rose. Biollante isn’t a clone of Godzilla but rather Godzilla and Biollante are the same creature. Not really sure how that works, but picture that you have two different bodies that share the same mind. This means that the film has two monster villains. Biollante is the first of many Godzilla monsters to be created using Godzilla’s DNA. Also like Godzilla in the 1954 film where he served as an allegory for the usage of atomic bombs, Biollante is the allegory for usage of biological warfare.
Like some Godzilla monsters she has more than one form. The first being the rose form which Biollante looks like well a giant rose with Venus fly trap vines. The second form is her final form. Her final form really looks no different than the rose form. Just replace the rose bit with a crocodile head, add a few more vines, and you have her final form. Her weapons/powers consist of having lots of vines, spear like tendrils (final form only), change into spores to travel, and shooting an acidic like spray from her jaws , and regenerative powers (final form only).
Main reason that Biollante is on the list is mainly for the fact that she didn’t die in both her battles with Godzilla. Granted when she fought Godzilla fought in her rose form, she did end up losing since Godzilla’s atomic ray had an abnormal effect on Biollante’s cell division. This resulted in her ability to transform glowing spores to travel in the sky or space and being able to take a new form ready to fight Godzilla again. The second fight with Godzilla, Biollante presented more of a challenge for Godzilla since his atomic ray wasn’t as effective as before since Biollante gained super regenerative powers and had size advantage over Godzilla. Even having Godzilla blasting his atomic ray directly into Biollante’s mouth doing damage to her, but she still manage to continue her battle with Godzilla because of her regenerative factor. With the battle going back and forth it seemed that there would be no clear winner. This caused the two monsters to end their battle in a draw.
My only problem with her is that even though she didn’t die against Godzilla in both her battles. Biollante isn’t the most mobile of Godzilla monsters since she is a giant plant like creature. Their first fight was really one sided since Godzilla’s atomic ray did a lot of damage to Biollante. During their final battle, Godzilla was slowly getting affected by an Anti-nuclear Energy Bacteria that was injected into his body by the Japanese military before the final fight with Biollante. So the result of the draw was mainly because of the bacteria in his body was finally starting to affect him. Also Biollante doesn’t get that much screen time in the movie since the movie has about three to four plots going on at the same time.
5. Monster X
Monster X is a skeletal space dragon that first appeared in Godzilla Final Wars serving as the main monster villain of the movie. Although his origin in film is unknown. Monster X is shown to be a really powerful enemy. Out of the monsters that the aliens controlled in Godzilla: Final Wars, Monster X seems to show malice in his fight with Godzilla. For example during his fight with Godzilla, he managed to inflict pain on Godzilla in a way that he enjoy seeing Godzilla suffer. He continues to show this trait from a combination of holding Godzilla so that the newly modified Gigan could land a few hits on Godzilla and long after the human forces destroy the alien mother-ship. Monster X still continues his fight with Godzilla even without the presence of the alien invasion force.
Monster X may not have that much super powers but the powers he does have are indeed very dangerous. His first ability is that he can shoot gravity beams from his eyes that can bring Godzilla to his knees (at first), he is able to levitate for a short period of time, and has a complex transformation (which I will get to later). He also has very durability hide showing that he can hit a hit from Godzilla’s atomic ray at point blank range in the face and shrug off the attack like it was nothing considering that the power of Godzilla’s atomic ray in Godzilla: Final Wars was powerful enough to destroy a monster with one hit. Monster X is also a physical match for Godzilla in terms of power, speed, and agility.
In the movie near the climax, Monster X is the first monster sent by the aliens to actually inflict pain on Godzilla since most of the monsters that Godzilla faced he was able to defeat quick with very little effort. Although as the battle progressed between Godzilla and Monster X, Godzilla was starting to put up more of a fight against Monster X (even with the newly modified Gigan assisting Monster X). At this point Godzilla started getting the upper hand on Monster X. It wasn’t until a beam clash between Godzilla’s atomic ray and Monster X’s gravity beams that things started to take a different turn. With both the modified Gigan and the alien forces destroyed, Monster X remained to finish the battle with Godzilla by pulling out its last weapon of resort.
Remember that complex transformation I mentioned earlier. Well Monster X turned the tables on Godzilla by transforming into an all new powerful monster called Keizer Ghidorah (a four legged space dragon). In this form, Keizer Ghidorah turns the tables on Godzilla and almost kills him. Unlike Monster X who had not many powers, Kezier Ghidorah has even less powers but the powers are still a force to reckon with. Still has gravity beams like Monster X did however unlike the gravity beams that Monster X used, these gravity beams actually can lift and drag objects all over the place were Monster X’s beam were more used to damage objects instead of lifting them. When Godzilla got hit by Kezier Ghidorah’s gravity beam, Godzilla was nothing more than a rag doll to Kezier Ghidorah. Godzilla’s own atomic ray was no match for the beams when both monsters got into another beam clash. He also has a vampiric bite that can drain energy from its victims almost killing Godzilla in the progress.
The main reasons for Monster X/Kezier Ghidorah in this spot on the list starts with Godzilla’s first battle with him. Like I said earlier Godzilla did manage to gain the upper hand on Monster X as their battle progress. Also in his Kezier Ghidorah form he came close to killing Godzilla with his vampiric bite before the flying submarine Gotengo intervene with the battle by giving Godzilla a boost in power defeating Kezier Ghidorah. My two main dislikes for the monster is the combination of its name and the relation to another Godzilla monster. Really? Monster X that the best name they could come up with because there is another giant monster from the Gamera (a Godzilla rip-off) film series called Jiger who is sometimes called Monster X (that also happens to be a powerful enemy for Gamera).
Also around the Millennium period (1999–2004) of Godzilla films, new monsters didn’t appear as much. Granted new monsters did appear like Orga, Megaguirus, and Monster X are introduced but after Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. Most of the films after that reintroduced other Godzilla monsters previous film series like Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, etc. Also Monster X in some way in connected to King Ghidorah, granted it’s not really related to King Ghidorah but certainly is just another variation of an already popular Godzilla monster. Doesn’t help that there are at least three other variations of King Ghidorah like Mecha-King Ghidorah, Desghidorah, and Grand King Ghidorah (although the last two incarnations appear in the Rebirth of Mothra films.). Also Kezier Ghidorah has these two tiny wings that really don’t seem to be of practical use since we don’t see Kezier Ghidorah fly at all in the movie (at least it didn’t have the opportunity to fly).
4. Mechagodzilla (The First Incarnation)
Mechagodzilla is the mechanical double of Godzilla that first appeared in the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. To be more specific the first incarnation of Mechagodzilla since the second and third incarnations are built and controlled by humans with the intention of defending Japan against the threat of Godzilla. The first incarnation of Mechagodzilla was build and controlled by a race space apes in the intention of destroying Earth. But no matter the incarnation, Mechagodzilla is one of the four arch-enemies of Godzilla.
The main reasons for Mechagodzilla being this high on the list are for the following reasons. Like Gigan before him, Mechagodzilla is the second monster to make Godzilla bleed. In fact Mechagodzilla actually makes Godzilla bleed more than once in film. If I had to describe the way Godzilla bleeds in the film, it’s like something out of the Kill Bill movies. Also the reveal of the mechanical double is really similar to that of the T-800 in the first Terminator film since we see Mechagodzilla masquerading as Godzilla. It wasn’t until their first fight that it was revealed that the aliens decided to reveal Mechagodzilla to both Godzilla and the on looking crowd of people watching the battle.
Mechagodzilla is also quite the powerful opponent to any of the Earth monsters that face it. Mechagodzilla is shown to be both good at close range and long range combat. In his first battle, Mechagodzilla (while being the fake Godzilla) ends up battling Godzilla’s friend and ally Anguirus. After Anguirus manages to damage the skin that Mechagodzilla is wearing, the robot starts too fought back viciously, beating Anguirus and slamming him into the ground. Mechagodzilla ends up breaking Anguirus’ jaw in a violent and bloody manner, forcing Anguirus to retreat. He also manages to beat the lion god King Caesar in close range combat before King Casear gets overwhelmed by MechaGodzilla’s power. Even when Godzilla shows up later during the climax of the film, the combine forces of Godzilla and King Caesar couldn’t handle the awesome power of the mechanical titan of terror.
As for the long range combat, Mechagodzilla has a lot of weapons that range from having the ability to shoot beams from its eyes and fire an electric current from its chest powerful enough to slice mountains in half. Mechagodzilla can generate a force field by rotating its head at fast speeds. The force field is powerful enough to block Godzilla’s atomic ray and cause damage by coming in contact with it. Can launch a lot of missiles from fingers, feet, throat, knees and toes, and fly with rockets in its feet that can either explode on contact or stick into other monsters like daggers.
My biggest problem with the character is a combination of his defeat in the 1974 film and his appearance in the 1975 film Terror of Mechagodzilla. The way Godzilla and King Casear defeat Mechagodzilla just doesn’t make any sense. Godzilla uses the powers of magnetism (after absorbing electricity though his dorsal fins) to bring down Mechagodzilla before it could fly away. Godzilla manages to hold MechaGodzilla still to give King Caesar a chance to repeatedly attacking it. Godzilla would later twist off the machine’s head causing it to explore into pieces. I find this to be really weird since Mechagodzilla’s force field weapon revolves around spinning its own head. This just didn’t make any sense to me.
The second reason is his appearance in the 1975 film Terror of Mechagodzilla. With the 1974 film, Mechagodzilla was a force to be reckoned with since most of the earth monster fell victim to him. In Terror of Mechagodzilla he barely has any screen time and somehow after being rebuilt by the aliens from the film before. He seems to be really weak to the point that the aliens had to mind control the aquatic dinosaur Titanosaurs to assist him with his rematch against Godzilla. Also between the monsters that the aliens were mind controlling, Titanosaurs puts in a lot more work than Mechagodzilla during their fight against Godzilla. All Mechagodzilla does is fire his weapons at Godzilla and that’s about it. Mechagodzilla doesn’t seem to have his force field like before. It also seemed that this Mechagodzilla was built for most long range combat than close range which was something that it was also good at doing in the film before. Also like the film before Godzilla rips off Mechagodzilla’s head with the only difference being that the machine was able to still function without it with the end result being that Godzilla fires his atomic ray and destroys the mechanical double once in for all.
3. King Ghidorah
Like any fictional character there is bound to be a villain to becomes their arch-rival, like how Batman has The Joker, Optimus Prime has Megatron, Sherlock Holmes has Professor Moriarty, and so on and so forth. So it was only natural that Godzilla himself would have an arch-rival in the form of the intergalactic planet destroying dragon King Ghidorah who first appeared in the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. King Ghidorah appears in multiple Godzilla films usually serving as the main villain of the movie. However I’m going to focus on the first two incarnations of King Ghidorah since the third incarnation that appears in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack was one of the good monsters in the film while Godzilla was the main villain (to understand how strange this is imagine is The Joker from The Dark Knight was the main hero while Batman was the bad guy of the film). He’s so popular that the director of the 2014 Godzilla film got the rights to use him for the 2018 Godzilla film for the Godzilla-King Kong cinematic universe.
King Ghidorah’s powers and weapons consist of firing gravity beams from each of his heads (even though the beams act more like lightning bolts than gravity beams), he is able to fly in both Earth’s atmosphere and the far reaches of space, able to create hurricane like winds with his wings, and able to constrict his opponents using his necks.
So how powerful is King Ghidorah, well for starters he is known for destroying civilizations on many planets. In his first appearance it took the combine forces of Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan (a giant pteranodon) to repel the evil dragon from earth. In films after it usually took more than one Earth monster to combat the threat of King Ghidorah. In the 1968 film Destroy All Monsters, the climax of the film involves King Ghidorah battling a lot of Earth’s monsters from Godzilla, Minilla (son of Godzilla), Mothra (in her lava form), Rodan , Gorosaurus (giant Allosaurus), Anguirus (spike lizard/ankylosaurus), and Kumonga (a giant spider). The more I think about, I don’t think Godzilla ever had a one on one battle with King Ghidorah since Godzilla had at least an ally to help fight the space dragon during the Showa era of Godzilla films. Granted King Ghidorah did lose a lot in the Showa era of films but it usually took more than Earth monster to defeat him.
His appearance in the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is just as terrifying. Granted his origin is different (but I’ll get to that later) and happens to be a weapon from the people from the 23rd century. When Godzilla and King Ghidorah do battle each other, it appeared that King Ghidorah has the upper hand on Godzilla by pinning Godzilla to the ground with his feet. It wasn’t until a group of humans managed to damage the machine that was controlling King Ghidorah and give Godzilla the change to fight back. Even when he isn’t under the control of the future people, King Ghidorah still proved to be a threat to Godzilla. The two monsters continue to battle each other until Godzilla has the opportunity to cripple King Ghidorah with his nuclear pulse and fire his atomic ray to finish off the evil dragon by sending it to the ocean. This film actually marks the first time that Godzilla battled King Ghidorah without the assistance of another Earth monster.
Despite being the main arch-rival to Godzilla, why do I have King Ghidorah in third place? Considering that it takes more than one Earth monster to defeat him, he does lose a lot. Also his origin in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is completely different from what it was in the Showa era of Godzilla films. Like I said earlier King Ghidorah is an intergalactic planet destroying dragon. I know that’s not much to go on but I still get an idea of what he is. His origin in the 1991 film is really different, instead of coming from outer space, King Ghidorah started out as three genetically engineered pets known as Dorats. The main villains of the movie time travel back to the year 1944 to prevent the Godzillasaurus (a giant T-Rex) from mutating into Godzilla. The time travelers teleport the giant dinosaur to the bottom of the Bering Sea. In the Godzillasaurus place, they left three Dorats that would eventually merge and mutate into King Ghidorah because of the atomic bomb testing done by the Americans during that time period. Also this version of King Ghidorah only took Godzilla (with some help from the humans) to defeat him unlike his first incarnation which took more than one Earth monster to defeat him.
Destoroyah is a mutated colony of Precambrian crustaceans that first appeared in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Destoroyah is often considered Godzilla’s monster powerful enemy if not the ultimate foe to the King of the Monsters. Destoroyah is sometimes known as Destoyer or death incarnate. During the Heisei (1984-1995) series of Godzilla movies, the TOHO studio wanted to retire the Godzilla character. What better way to end the Heisei series than with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. This film not only introduces one of Godzilla’s most powerful enemies but manages to find a way to connect both Destoroyah and the film he appears in with the original 1954 movie. Remember how I said that Destoroyah is a muted colony of Precambrian crustaceans? Well the reason for the birth of Destoroyah is mainly due to the crustaceans getting exposed to a weapon called the Oxygen Destroyer that was used by was used by Doctor Serizawa to kill the original Godzilla in the 1954 film. The weapon itself can split oxygen atoms into a fluid and then disintegrates the molecules, causing living creatures to die of asphyxiation as their remains are liquefied. So you can see why Destoroyah is considered a powerful enemy to Godzilla. Also like Hedorah, Destoroyah has more than one form ranging in a total of five. Granted Godzilla only fights against the final form of Destoroyah.
So how powerful is Destoroyah? When it comes to strength, Godzilla is usually the one to toss around his foes like King Ghidorah and even Keizer Ghidorah who are usually bigger than Godzilla himself. Destoroyah is one of the few if not the only monster to physically lift Godzilla single handily without the usage of a beam weapon like Keizer Ghidorah’s gravity beams. Speaking of beam weapons, Destoroyah can fire a Micro-Oxygen Beam that can liquefy its targets like the Oxygen Destroyer. His horn is capable of producing an energy weapon that can slash though any material including Godzilla’s thick hide. He is also capable of flight. Since Destoroyah is a colony of Precambrian crustaceans, he is able to adapt and regenerate by braking into smaller forms. Destoroyah is the only monster to date that could survive multiple hits from Godzilla’s red spiral atomic ray (not to be confused with Godzilla’s atomic ray from Godzilla: Final Wars) which instantly killed or crippled most enemies in one shot. Even when Godzilla is in his burning form where he was at his most powerful still had trouble beating Destoroyah. Also the fight between the two monsters, Destoroyah manages to win the fights a good majority of the time until Godzilla had a few lucky shots with his spiral atomic ray causing Destoroyah to spit out blood and open his chest up. During the actual fights Godzilla puts up a good fight but never defeats Destoroyah, the military in the end actually ends up taking down Destoroyah.
Keep in mind that Godzilla was in his burning form while he fought Destoroyah and had a hard time fighting him, if Godzilla fought Destoroyah normally he probability would have gotten killed as a result.
Even though Destoroyah is a force to be reckoned with, he does have one weakness. His main weakness being that he doesn’t do well with extreme temperatures. For example when the military fought against a swam of smaller Destoroyahs, they used flamethrowers to melt the smaller forms. Also when Godzilla is in his burning form, the closer he got to 1200 degrees. The more powerful he got (but at the coast of his own life) like how the few times Godzilla’s spiral atomic ray damaged Destoroyah. Also Destoroyah is susceptible to being frozen as shown during the climax when the military takes him down with some projectiles capable of freezing targets after getting blasted in the face by Godzilla’s spiral atomic ray when Godzilla started to reached 1200 degrees.
Also unlike most Godzilla monsters, Destoroyah seems to have a personality. Most giant monsters that appear in any Godzilla film usually are mind controlled by aliens or rely on natural instinct not knowing of what destruction they have done. Destoryah seems to know of what he does and enjoys the death and destruction that he causes. He even attacks Godzilla emotionally by killing his son and fights Godzilla not only in his burning form but fights an angry fueled Godzilla. He also appear to be very cruel by killing Godzilla’s son and attacks Godzilla on two occasions while Godzilla tried to grieve over his son. He takes pleasure and enjoys inflicting pain to Godzilla both emotionally and physically while doing what appears to be an evil chuckle. So in a sense Destoroyah is one of the few Godzilla monsters to be sadistic in nature.
So for being the ultimate foe of Godzilla why is he in second place? Even though the movie is called Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, the two monsters don’t actually fight each until the end of the film. Also in the film, Godzilla’s son and the military fight Destoroyah in his many forms more times than Godzilla does himself. Considering that this was supposed to be Godzilla’s send off in the Heisei films, it just feels sad that Godzilla doesn’t deliver the final bow to Destoroyah (But we have the alternate ending for that).
In the number one spot for the villainous monster from the Godzilla franchise that has become Godzilla’s greatest challenge is none other than the cosmic Godzilla clone Spacegodzilla that first appeared in the 1994 film Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla. Although he is the second monster to be created using from Godzilla’s DNA. Spacegodzilla is the most powerful and intelligent monster that Godzilla has ever fought thought out the film franchise. Like Destoroyah, Spacegodzilla has only appeared in one film so far but within the film itself he proved to be a powerful enemy to Godzilla. I know the name given to this monster is really stupid (the only other name he has is The Evil God of War), so why is Spacegodzilla my number one villain in all of the Godzilla film franchise?
His origin is actually kind of crazy since it doesn’t make any sense. While most Godzilla monsters have at least a simple origin to understand or no origin at all. Spacegodzilla has not one but two possible origins for the film. The first idea being after the final battle between Godzilla and Biollante, Biollante transforms into her spore form and some of Godzilla’s DNA drifted into a black hole came out a white hole gets exposed to an explosion of stars giving birth to the space demon known as Spacegodzilla. The second one being that Mothra after her battle with Godzilla flies into space and a piece of Godzilla’s skin falls off Mothra with the same thing happening. While one origin is usually enough for a Godzilla film, but two is just crazy. Also in the context of the film, like I said early Spacegodzilla origin makes no sense. For starters the events of the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah story revolved around time travel erasing the existence of Biollante since they got rid of the Godzillasaurus before it became Godzilla but the humans remember that Biollante did exist at some point. Mothra on the other hand would make more sense since she does go into outer space and appears in the movie after Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. However my main problem with this idea is that I don’t see any reason for Mothra in creating an evil monster like Spacegodzilla since she is the protector of Earth. Also I see more connections with Biollante than Mothra. For starters they both have Godzilla DNA, they have some small tusks on the side of their snouts, and both of them can transform into glowing spores but again Biollante shouldn’t exist at this point in the Heisei series because of the time travel element as seen in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. In short Spacegodzilla has one really weird origin that defies logic.
As far as his powers go, I think out of any Godzilla monster. Spacegodzilla has the most weapons and powers seen in any Godzilla film. Like Godzilla, Spacegodzilla has a beam weapon of his own in the form of the Corona Beam that he can control in midair unlike Godzilla’s atomic ray which only shot in one direction. Also like Godzilla, he has a super regenerative power. He is able to both levitate and fly though his flying form that he is able to transform into at will. If you notice the two huge crystals coming out of his shoulders, this is Spacegodzilla’s main weapon and power source. His shoulder crystals can generate a gravity beam like Kezier Ghidorah’s that is powerful enough to lift Godzilla and toss him over several yards. Spacegodzilla has been shown to defeat M.O.G.U.E.R.A. (Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-Type) on a few occasions since M.O.G.U.E.R.A. was made from robotic components of Mechagodzilla which was made scraps of Mech-King Ghidorah (a cyborg from the 23rd century). Spacegodzilla is also one of Godzilla’s smartest enemies shown to out Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. on several occasions. Spacegodzilla has the ability to create an energy shield which can deflect other projectiles like Godzilla’s atomic ray back at him. Spacegodzilla is able to conduct energy though his touch and shot blots of energy from his shoulder crystals. He is able to create a crystal like fortress which in return gives Spacegodzilla more power and energy. He can use the crystals from his fortress as a form of projectiles. Spacegodzilla and convert man-made objects like the Fukuoka Tower into a power converter that not only gives him more power but slowly kills the Earth in the process by using the Earth’s core energy.
Spacegodzilla does have one weakness is that he relies a lot on his shoulder crystals for his main power source and if his shoulder crystals were destroyed. Spacegodzilla would become less and less powerful as a result. He even explodes after getting hit by Godzilla’s spiral atomic ray even though he was going to explode before getting hit by Godzilla’s spiral atomic ray.
Spacegodzilla is a powerful Godzilla monster that took the combine forces of Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. (A robot with the purpose of destroying Godzilla in the first place) to defeat the space demon with the cost of the robots destruction. Even with Godzilla using the spiral atomic ray it took a few hits to completely kill off Spacegodzilla. Even than we see what appears to be spores drifting into space, so we don’t really know if the evil clone is alive or not.
Like Monster X and Destoroyah, Spacegodzilla appears to have a personality of his own. Like Monster X he appears to display some traits of malice as shown with taking Godzilla’s son hostage (making the first monster to attack Godzilla emotionally) by trapping him in a crystal prison. Spacegodzilla actually attacks Godzilla’s son in order to draw out Godzilla himself. Spacegodzilla is shown to be intelligent by trapping Godzilla’s son and battling both Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. by out smarting them on several occasions. It is interesting to note that Spacegodzilla actually has a personality unlike Godzilla during the Heisei film series who was more of a force of nature that happen to be cunning from time to time. Spacegodzilla is shown with evil indent to kill Godzilla and conquer the Earth for himself. He also has displayed his anger near the end of his battle with Godzilla and M.O.G.U.R.E.A. after the two destroyed both the Fukuoka Tower that was giving him energy and his two shoulder crystals by savagery attacking M.O.G.U.E.R.A. beating the robot into submission and continually assaulting Godzilla with what little energy it has left.
There you have it; here is my list of Godzilla greatest villains. Agree? Disagree? Do you think the 2016 Godzilla: Resurgence will have Godzilla battling a monster? Do you think it is an already existing Godzilla villain or a new monster? If so leave a comment and what is your top 10 Godzilla villains list. Have a nice day and see you on my next blog.