There Can Only Be One King of Kaiju!
No matter what your position is on Godzilla, it’s become clear that everyone is excited to see just how King of the Monsters turns out. After all, it has the walking metaphor for nuclear devastation taking on three of his most infamous foes at once. The widespread destruction has everyone enticed, wondering just how far they can push the monster battles. Who knows, maybe a couple of these other iconic characters will be hinted at along the way!
“Godzilla Raids Again” (1955)
Anguirus is a nostalgic fan favorite! He is a quadruped dinosaur that has been an enemy of Godzilla’s species for millions of years. Anguirus is very similar to an ankylosaurus and is much cooler looking than he is powerful. Unlike most Godzilla villains, he relies on attacking his enemies by biting, clawing, and ramming. Anguirus is particularly memorable as Godzilla’s first villain and their epic fight started the trend of pitting Godzilla against other monsters.
“Godzilla vs. Gigan” (1971)
Gigan is a classic Godzilla villain! He is an alien cyborg controlled by the infamous M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens. He is arguably Godzilla’s most violent enemy and uses brute force to eliminate his opponents. Gigan is famous for his deadly steel hook hands and his abdominal buzzsaw. When physical attacks aren’t doing the trick, he has the option of shooting lasers from his head or simply opening his flame throwing mouth. Even more frightening is his Mecha Gigan form now sporting chainsaws for hands, nuff said.
“Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” (1995)
Originally nothing more than a Precambrian crustacean colony, Destoroyah was inadvertently created by Dr. Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer, the device that was used to kill the first Godzilla. Like Hedorah, Destoroyah goes through several development stages, including a flying period, before reaching his final terrifying form. This creature is nearly as powerful as Godzilla and is one of his toughest adversaries, but of course most fans will forever remember him as the monster that killed Godzilla’s Son.
“Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla” (1974)
Not to be confused with the 1993 Super MechaGodzilla or the 2002 version nicknamed Kiryu. The Original MechaGodzilla was sent to Earth and controlled by the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens. MechaGodzilla originally appeared disguised as Godzilla until the real Godzilla destroyed his body suit and immediately revealed a cold, steely robot beneath. MechaGodzilla’s powers mirrored many of those of Godzilla. He is famous for his eye laser beams and has an exceptional attack range due to his 360-degree spinning head. MechaGodzilla is an intergalactic force to be reckoned with.
#1: King Ghidorah
“Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” (1964)
King Ghidorah is a golden dragon with three heads from outer space! He has two powerful wings that allow him to fly at extreme speeds. While King Ghidorah lacks arms, he uses any of his three long necks to squeeze his enemies. He attacks with hurricanes induced from his large wings and also projects his famous gravity beams from any of his three mouths. He is much taller and heavier than his mortal enemy, and as the monster that has faced Godzilla more than any other Kaiju, King Ghidorah is one of Godzilla’s most iconic foes.
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