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The Godzilla universe is a cluster of timelines that are home to giant kaiju (translated as "strange beast"). It is based on the science fiction films of Toho Company Ltd..
The Godzilla universe cycles through several alternate timelines, including the following:
- Showa timeline - the original universe, covering the events of the films Godzilla (1954), Godzilla Raids Again (1955), Rodan (1956), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Mothra (1961), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Atragon (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster/Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965), Frankenstein Vs. Baragon/Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep/Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), All Monsters Attack/Godzilla's Revenge (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedorah/Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Zone Fighter (1973 TV series), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975).
- Hanna-Barbara timeline - covers only Hanna-Barbara's animated series The Godzilla Power Hour (1978-1979).
- Heisei timeline - covering the events of the films Godzilla (1954), The Return Of Godzilla/Godzilla 1985 (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs. Mothra/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995).
- Novel timeline - this timeline covers the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956) and four novels written by Marc Cerasini in the late 1990s: Godzilla Returns (1996), Godzilla 2000 (1997), Godzilla at World's End (1998) and Godzilla vs. the Robot Monsters (1998).
- Zilla timeline - covering the events of the film Godzilla (1998) and its animated spin-off Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000).
- Millennium - five separate timelines, each covering the following films:
- Godzilla 2000 timeline - Godzilla (1954), Godzilla 2000/Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999).
- Godzilla vs. Megaguirus timeline - Godzilla (1954), Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000).
- GMK timeline - Godzilla (1954), Godzilla (1998), Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! (2001).
- Kiryu Saga - Godzilla (1954), Rodan (1956), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Mothra (1961), Gorath (1962), Atragon (1963), Dogora (1964), Frankenstein Vs. Baragon/Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), King Kong Escapes (1967), Space Amoeba/Yog, Monster From Space (1970), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S/Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003).
- Final Wars timeline - Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
- Legendary timeline - covers the events of the films Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla (2014), with later expansions to include Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
- Resurgence timeline - covers the events of the film Shin Godzilla (2016).
- Monster Planet trilogy - an upcoming timeline that covers the events of the film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017) and its two planned sequels.
- Godzilla - Anchor of the branch as a whole, he was active during the events of Godzilla Raids Again through Terror of Mechagodzilla. Due to the cyclical nature of the branch, he also manifests as the Godzilla of the Hanna-Barbara timeline, the Heisei timeline, the first, second and fourth Millennium timelines, and the Legendary timeline, though he has also manifested in the other timelines. During the Innortal era, an attempt at a bird-summoning contract by Ranma Saotome (during a Naruto Loop) led to his non-Awake self becoming a Summon for Ranma, a connection that remained after Godzilla was made an Anchor.
- When the Jurassic Park Loops acquired their Jurassic World expansion, their Admin Artemis manipulated the codes of one of the resident dinosaurs, causing her to gain sapience over the course of many, many Loops. Eventually, when that dinosaur Looped in as the original Zilla in the Zilla timeline, she encountered Godzilla and, with his aid, came to understand what had happened to her and began to find her place in the Loops. This individual was Roxanne Hammond the Tyrannosaurus rex, and she and Godzilla became mates as a result of that encounter.
- Mechagodzilla - the original Godzilla who destroyed Tokyo in 1954, he also cycles through the various timelines, manifesting in the Showa, Heisei, novel, GMK and Kiryu timelines. Due to being resurrected as Kiryu (the third Mechagodzilla), he also began Looping in as the Showa and Heisei Mechagodzillas on a regular basis and considers them to be legitimate alternate identities for him. He is considered a brother of the Anchoring Godzilla due to their experiences.
- Godzilla Junior - the baby Godzillasaurus who hatched in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), this adoptive son of the Anchoring Godzilla also cycles through the various timelines, manifesting in the Showa timeline as Minya, in the Hanna-Barbara timeline as Godzooky, in the Heisei timeline as his Baby/Little/Junior forms, and in the Final Wars timeline as either the adult Godzilla or the young Minya.
- Zilla Jr. - the last surviving egg from Godzilla (1998), he hatched in the first episode of Godzilla: The Series and became its monster protagonist, having imprinted on Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos. He views Roxy and the anchoring Godzilla as his aunt and uncle.
- Erika Shiragami/Biollante - introduced in Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989), Biollante was created when Dr. Genshiro Shiragami sought to preserve the soul of his dead daughter Erika, combining her DNA with her favorite rosebush. He later added DNA from Godzilla to make her truly immortal, and the mutated plant transformed into a giant monster. She later began Looping, manifesting as both her human and kaiju forms, and answers to both "Erika" and "Biollante". Due to her origins, she considers both Godzilla and Dr. Shiragami to be her fathers and Junior to be her brother.
- Anguirus - introduced in Godzilla Raids Again (1955), Anguirus is a gigantic Anguilosaurus revived and mutated through nuclear testing. Originating in the Showa timeline, he went several Loops without encountering another Looper, but after Awakening as the Indominus Rex and meeting Gray Mitchell, he learned the truth about why time was repeating for him. While somewhat gruff and grouchy, Anguirus became a staunch ally of Godzilla years after their first hostile encounter, and remains as such in the Loops.
- King Caesar - introduced in Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), King Caesar is a noble spirit and guardian of the Azumi family of Okinawa temple priests and resembling a shisa, or dog/lion-like temple guardian. First Awakening in the Avatar: The Legend of Korra Loop and attached to the Sato family, Caesar would not make himself known to his Anchor until a Loop known as The Monsters of Mori Manor, when he joined forces with Godzilla and his friends and family to battle Gigan, Megalon and an army of Kamakites being commanded by the Xilliens and their master.
- Miki Saegusa - a teenage psychic introduced in Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989) and appearing in the five films that followed, Miki lost her parents to Godzilla's 1984 rampage and later developed a psychic connection with the monster. For a very long time, she was unaware of why she was repeating her personal history until an encounter with many, many other Loopers, including the (at the time) only other human Looper of her branch: Captain Douglas Gordon.
- Captain Douglas Gordon - captain of the Gotengo in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), he spent many years fighting assorted kaiju, up to and including the Xillien invasion of the early 21st century. When be began Looping, he remained unaware of the Loops' true nature until he met Miki Saegusa for the first time, when the two found out they weren't alone in the Loops. A certified badass, Captain Gordon later became friends with Burt Gummer, Anchor of the Tremors branch.
- Stephen "Steve" Martin - intrepid reporter with United World News, who witnessed firsthand Godzilla's 1954 rampage in Tokyo and later served as a consultant with the Pentagon for Godzilla's 1984 attack. The circumstances of how he first came online are unknown, but he has apparently been Stealth Looping for quite a while, usually working as a reporter in his Loops. He is also friends with fellow stealth looper Mo the Opthalmosaurus, and eventually became friends with Godzilla after the latter discovered Martin's presence in a shared Loop, in which Martin was working as a lawyer.
Toho's films have produced a wide array of kaiju, including both heroic and antagonistic. Several of these creatures are listed below.
Heroic Toho monstersEdit
- Baragon - a carnivorous, burrowing dinosaur.
- Appearances: Frankenstein Vs. Baragon / Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965); Destroy All Monsters (1968 - second, smaller individual); Godzilla Vs. the Robot Monsters (1998 novel); Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).
- Frankenstein's monster - born when the heart of the original monster was exposed to radiation during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and regenerated into a full creature, this Frankenstein was generally a peaceful creature, lashing out only when provoked.
- Appearances: Frankenstein Vs. Baragon / Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965).
- Gorosaurus - a theropodal dinosaur indicated to be descended from an allosaurus and originally from Mondo Island, he could perform a powerful kangaroo-style kick; it's heavily implied that he broke King Ghidorah's back with it in their lone appearance together.
- Appearances: King Kong Escapes (1967); Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- Jet Jaguar - a robot invented by a Japanese scientist that was temporarily hijacked by the villainous Seatopians and used to guide their own monster. After breaking free, he developed the ability to change size and teamed up with Godzilla.
- Appearances: Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973)
- King Kong - a giant gorilla that alternately lives on Skull Island, Faro Island or Mondo Island (depending on the film). The Faro Island version had the ability to absorb and discharge electricity.
- Appearances: King Kong (1933); second version featured in King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962); third version featured in King Kong Escapes (1967). Other versions in other continuities also exist.
- M.O.G.U.E.R.A. - in one continuity it was an alien robot used in conquering humanity; in another it was a robotic tank built by G-Force to battle Godzilla but ultimately teaming with him to battle the evil SpaceGodzilla.
- Appearances: The Mysterians (1957 - Showa version); Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994); Godzilla Vs. the Robot Monsters (1998 novel).
- Mothra - the goddess of Infant Island who goes through a life cycle similar to a moth (egg, larva, cocoon and adult). She has appeared in more films than any other monster besides Godzilla himself.
- Appearances: Mothra (1961); Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964); over a dozen more films.
- Mothra Leo - the protagonist of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy (1996-1998), this young Mothra undergoes the same four life-stages as others of his kind, but unlike his predecessors, he underwent several additional transformations. His adult forms are as follows:
- Imago form: achieved through cocooning himself on a ten-thousand-year-old tree and absorbing its energy.
- Rainbow Mothra: achieved when he was infused with the energy of the water spirit Ghogo.
- Aqua Mothra: a natural transformation of Rainbow Mothra, adapted for underwater combat. This form could revert back to Rainbow Mothra, or evolve into Lightspeed Mothra.
- Lightspeed Mothra: with the energy of his ally Moll, Aqua Mothra further changed into a time-traveling form. After arriving in the late Cretaceous Era, he reverted to Rainbow Mothra.
- Armor Mothra: Weakened from a long fight, Rainbow Mothra was encased in silk by his prehistoric kindred and emerged sixty-five million years later in his strongest form yet.
- Eternal Mothra: Mothra Leo's last form, achieved when he shed his armor after his final battle with King Ghidorah.
- Rodan - a mutated pterodactyl that hatched from an egg in Mount Aso, along with its mate. It later joined forces with Godzilla.
- Appearances: Rodan (1956); Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster (1964); Invasion of Astro-Monster / Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (1965); Destroy All Monsters (1968); Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993 - Heisei version); Godzilla 2000 (1997 novel); Godzilla At World's End (1998 novel); Godzilla Vs. the Robot Monsters (1998 novel); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004 - Millennium version).
- Utsuno Ikusagami - The armored space warrior form of the warrior Yamato Takeru, born when he was fused with his love Oto and the phoenix-like Amano Shiratori.
- Appearances: Yamato Takeru / Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994). It has never appeared outside of its debut film.
- Varan - a reptilian creature with flying membranes that allow it to glide and was worshipped by the villagers who lived near its home in a mountain lake.
- Appearances: Varan the Unbelievable (1958); Destroy All Monsters (1968); Godzilla 2000 (1997 novel).
Antagonistic Toho monstersEdit
- Bagan - one of the most famous monsters to be proposed for the series without making it to film, Bagan has appeared in two major incarnations. The first, also known as Bakan, was proposed for the film that ultimately became The Return of Godzilla / Godzilla (1984), and shifted between ape-like, dragon-like and fish-like, healing with each transformation; once forced into its final form, with traits of all three, it could no longer heal and was killed by Godzilla. The second version, a more demonic creature originally planned to battle Mothra in a film set between Godzilla Vs. Biollante and a planned third Godzilla film in the relaunched series, lacked shapeshifting powers but was far more powerful.
- Appearances: Super Godzilla (1993 video game); proposed for multiple unmade projects.
- Battra - created by the Earth to defend against any force that threatened it (including humanity itself), Battra is the dark counterpart to Mothra. It later allied with its rival to battle Godzilla, whom it deemed to be the greater threat, but was fatally wounded as it and Mothra carried the other kaiju out to sea.
- Appearances: Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth (1992); Godzilla At World's End (1998 novel).
- Dagahra - an aquatic, pollution-consuming reptile. Its feeding habits spawned the even worse starfish-like Barems.
- Appearances: Rebirth of Mothra II (1997). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media.
- Desghidorah - a dark, quadrupedal member of the Ghidorah species with flame breath.
- Appearances: Rebirth of Mothra (1996). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media.
- Destoroyah - spawned from Precambrian organisms that were mutated by exposure to the Oxygen Destroyer weapon in 1954.
- Appearances: Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1995)
- Dogora - a mutant space cell kaiju that feeds on carbon.
- Appearances: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media.
- Ebirah - a giant lobster that guarded the island base of the Red Bamboo terrorist organization.
- Appearances: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep / Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster (1966); All Monsters Attack / Godzilla’s Revenge (1969); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004 - Millennium version).
- Gabara - an ogre-like creature that debuted through a child's dreams, where it tormented Minya. Within the Loops, Godzilla Junior has encountered Gabara many times and strongly dislikes it.
- Appearances: All Monsters Attack / Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
- Ganimes - A species of rock lobster, two of which were mutated into giants when possessed by the amoeba-like alien Yog.
- Appearances: Space Amoeba / Yog, Monster From Space (1970). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media.
- Gargantuas - two humanoid giants born from Frankenstein's cells, regenerating into the pacifistic mountain-dwelling Sanda (brown) and the man-eating, ocean-dwelling Gaira (green).
- Appearances: War of the Gargantuas (1966). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media.
- Gezora - a cuttlefish mutated into a giant when possessed by the amoeba-like alien Yog.
- Appearances: Space Amoeba / Yog, Monster From Space (1970); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004; cameo via stock footage).
- Giant Condor - an enormous condor that fought Godzilla briefly.
- Appearances: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep / Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster (1966); All Monsters Attack / Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)
- Giant Octopus - exactly what it sounds like. Multiple members of this species appeared in Toho's films.
- Appearances: King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962); Frankenstein Vs. Baragon / Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965 - alternate ending only); War of the Gargantuas (1966).
- Gigan - an alien cyborg with metal claw-like limbs and a buzzsaw in its torso. It has died in all three continuities where it appeared, at the hands of Zone Fighter (Showa), Anguirus (novel) and Mothra (Millennium).
- Appearances: Godzilla Vs. Gigan (1972); Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973); Zone Fighter (TV series, 1973); Godzilla At World's End (1998 novel); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
- Gryphon - an alien creature spawned by combining DNA from Earth creatures, such as bats, snakes and cougars, into a single monstrous creature.
- Appearances: Godzilla (unmade 1994 film)
- Hedorah - an alien creature that fed off pollution, its body was based on toxic sludge.
- Appearances: Godzilla Vs. Hedorah / Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster (1971); Godzilla At World's End (1998 novel); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
- Kaishin Muba - a reptilian sea god that briefly fought the heroes.
- Appearances: Yamato Takeru / Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994). It has never appeared outside of its debut film.
- Kamacuras - a race of giant praying mantises.
- Appearances: Son of Godzilla (1967); Destroy All Monsters (1968); All Monsters Attack / Godzilla's Revenge (1969); Godzilla 2000 (1997 novel); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
- Kamoebas - a sea turtle mutated into a giant when possessed by the amoeba-like alien Yog.
- Appearances: Space Amoeba / Yog, Monster From Space (1970); Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003 - dead body).
- King Ghidorah - widely considered to be Godzilla's arch-enemy, this giant three-headed golden dragon is one of the King of the Monsters' most recurring foes. Its traditionally appears from outer space, but its Heisei incarnation was created via time travel, via exposing three Dorats to the energy of an atomic bomb (though supplemental information reveals they were cloned from the DNA of a Ghidorah corpse found on Venus). Its GMK incarnation was the only heroic version, portrayed as a young Orochi and one of the three Guardian Beasts of Japan. Other variants of the species have appeared, such as Desghidorah and Monster X / Keizer Ghidorah, and two cyborg versions as Mecha-King Ghidorah.
- Appearances: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964); Invasion of Astro-Monster / Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (1965); Destroy All Monsters (1968); Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972); Zone Fighter (TV 1973); Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991); Godzilla 2000 (1997 novel); Godzilla Vs. the Robot Monsters (1998 novel); Rebirth of Mothra III (1998); Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).
- Kumasogami - a humanoid lava deity that could shift its limbs into weapons.
- Appearances: Yamato Takeru / Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994); Godzilla Island (TV series; toy version repainted as new monster Dororin).
- Kumonga - a giant spider. It fought alongside Godzilla and other monsters to defend Earth in Destroy All Monsters (1968), but is an enemy in all other appearances.
- Appearances: Son of Godzilla (1967); Destroy All Monsters (1968); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
- Maguma - a mutant walrus that attacked a team of scientists who were attempting to install giant rockets in Antarctica, which would be used to move the Earth out of the way out of the star Gorath.
- Appearances: Gorath (1962). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media, and was planned to appear in Destroy All Monsters before being cut from the script.
- Manda - guardian of the undersea kingdom of Mu (in its original film) and resembling a traditional Asian dragon.
- Appearances: Atragon (1963); Destroy All Monsters (1968); Godzilla At World's End (1998 novel); Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
- Mecha-King Ghidorah - a cyborg version of King Ghidorah, created by giving it new body armor replacing the monster's middle head and wings with mechanical versions.
- Appearances: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991); Godzilla Vs. the Robot Monsters (1998 novel).
- Mechani-Kong - a robotic duplicate of King Kong, under the command of the villainous Dr. Who (no relation to The Doctor).
- Appearances: King Kong Escapes (1967). While never appearing in any Godzilla film, it has been featured in other Godzilla-related media, and was planned to be used in a Heisei Godzilla film, but dropped due to rights issues.
- Megaguirus - the queen of the Meganulons, a species of prehistoric dragonflies that were unwittingly transported through time to the present day.
- Appearances: Rodan (1957; immature Meganulons only); Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus (2000; mature Meganula and Megaguirus)
- Megalon - a humanoid cockroach-like creature and the guardian of the underwater kingdom of Seatopia.
- Appearances: Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973); Godzilla At World's End (1998 novel)
- Millennian / Orga - an alien race that sought to take over Earth, but mutated into a monstrous new form by exposure to Godzilla's DNA.
- Appearances: Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)
- Monster X / Keizer Ghidorah - a bipedal creature with an exoskeleton-like armored skin, two small half-skulls on his shoulders and a long black forked tail. He later transforms into the quadrupedal Keizer Ghidorah.
- Appearances: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
- Titanosaurus - a surviving amphibious dinosaur. Normally a peaceful creature, it was mind-controlled by Dr. Shinzo Mafune into aiding the Simian invasion of Earth.
- Appearances: Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
- Other characters have also Looped into the Godzilla branch, often manifesting as other non-Toho kaiju. Sunset Shimmer once Looped in as a pony-sized and shaped version of the monster Gamera from the Gamera franchise (Godzilla laughed his tail off at the sight of a unicorn with giant tusks), and Littlefoot of the Land Before Time branch manifested as the paleosaurus from the 1959 film The Giant Behemoth.