|Species||Mutant precambrian aggregate crustaceans|
|First appearance||Godzilla (1954)|
|Created by||Takao Okawara|
|Portrayed by||Ryo Hariya|
Destoroyah (デストロイア Desutoroia ), alternatively Destroyah, or Destroyer, is a fictional Japanese monster from the Godzilla Franchise appearing only in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah and in some of the Godzilla video games. He originated as a colony of Precambrian crustaceans that had been awakened and mutated when the Oxygen Destroyer was detonated to kill Godzilla in 1954 (Godzilla). Hedorah may be the inspiration for Destoroyah, since both go through four stages in their life cycles or their gradual metamorphosis.
A possible reason that the name "Destroyer" isn't commonly used in various markets is because the word itself could not be trademarked. It is referred to as "Destroyer" in the dubbed version of the film, while "Destoroyah" is Toho's official name for the character.
Destoroyah grows quickly and adopts several appearances throughout the film, including its micro form 3-mm, insect-sized, 2-meter, and 18-meter crab-like forms, a larger aggregate crab-like form, a bat-like flying form, and a bipedal 120-meter, demonic final form. Though Destoroyah may seem to be enormous, he is actually the same size as Moguera, SpaceGodzilla, Mechagodzilla 2, the Millennium versions of Gigan and Hedorah, Monster X, and Biollante.
The organisms that would come to be known as Destoroyah intially existed as a colony of microscopic crustaceans said to date back to the Precambrian Era. These organisms would be exposed to Dr. Serizawa's Oxygen Destroyer, which mutated them into a hardier, more aggressive form. The mutated crustaceans are collected by a group of scientists for research purposes, but escape due to the careless actions of a security guard. They proceed to infiltrate an aquarium and kill many of the fish to feed themselves, rapidly growing in strength and numbers.
The organisms eventually leave the aquarium and aggregate themselves into larger forms, creating a band of 2-meter high monsters vaguely resembling crabs crossed with centipedes. The creatures destroy a bridge before hiding in a factory, drawing the attention of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). The JSDF sends in numerous soldiers to destroy the creatures, but their assault rifles cause no damage to the monsters, who badly wound and kill a number of JSDF. Eventually the JSDF attacks them with flamethrowers, badly wounding the aggregates and causing them to retreat. It becomes known that the aggregates are vulnerable to extreme heat or cold.
Capitalizing on their new knowledge, the JSDF deploy a squadron of Maser Tanks and missile batteries armed with Ultra Low Temperature lasers (ULT Lasers) and cooling shells. When the aggregates emerge again, they begin bombarding them with their freezing ordnance to great effect. In order to survive, the creatures all converge on one position and merge into a single giant monster that resists the JSDF's assault. The giant aggregate then transforms into a giant bat-like form and flies away.
While trying to think of another way to defeat the destructive monster, the JSDF decides to try to lure Godzilla to Destoroyah. Despite protests from the psychic Miki Saegusa, they decide to lure Godzilla Junior to Destoroyah, knowing Godzilla will follow. Miki and another psychic fly out to Junior and use their psychic powers to make him change his course for Tokyo. When Junior arrives, Destoroyah attacks him in his flying form. Junior is battered by the stronger monster, until he manages a lucky shot and brings the flying form down. Destoroyah quickly recovers, attacking Junior in his giant aggregate form. Destoroyah pins Junior beneath his massive body and tears into his skin with his double jaw, injecting him with micro-oxygen. Although badly wounded by the attack, Junior musters his strength for a point-blank atomic blast at Destoroyah, knocking him into the air. A final blast from Junior sends Destoroyah flying and crashing into a factory, seemingly destroying him.
By the time Godzilla arrives in Tokyo, Destoroyah has regrouped and transformed into his ultimate form. Rising from the fires of the factory, the vile behemoth takes to the air and flies toward Godzilla and his son, striking Godzilla to the ground and grabbing Junior in his massive claws. He flies high into the air and drops Junior, sending the young godzillasaur plummeting to the ground. Destoroyah then blasts Junior with its micro-oxygen beam, killing the young dinosaur. As Godzilla rises from the ground, enraged by Junior's death, Destoroyah lands and bellows at Godzilla, challenging him to a final battle.
Destoroyah proves to be a powerful and vicious opponent, despite Godzilla being at the peak of his own power. He batters the monster king with bursts of micro-oxygen rays and pummels him to the ground with his mass. Destoroyah then wraps his tail around Godzilla and drags him out to sea, dropping him in the ocean. Godzilla returns to shore and unleashes his full fury upon Destoroyah, blasting Destoroyah multiple times with his red spiral atomic breath and causing the demon to spurt vast amounts of blood and finally explode. Destoroyah quickly counterattacks by forming multiple smaller copies of his giant aggregate form. As they swarm upon Godzilla, the monster king is overwhelmed by the mass and unleashes a powerful nuclear pulse, destroying the aggregates.
After Godzilla fails to revitalize his fallen son, the grief in his heart accelerates his nuclear meltdown to critical levels. The JSDF quickly dispatches the Super X-III and the maser tanks armed with freezing lasers to stop Godzilla's meltdown. As Godzilla continues to mourn his son and his nuclear heart begins to overheat, Destoroyah returns again, strangling Godzilla with his tail and throwing Godzilla away from his son. Destoroyah presses his attack, but Godzilla's meltdown has pushed his power beyond imagination, further boosted by his rage over the death of his son. After being blasted repeatedly by Godzilla's spiral ray, Destoroyah attempts to flee before Godzilla goes into total meltdown; however, the JSDF and Super X-III open fire with their freezing weapons. Distracted and weakened from his fight with Godzilla, Destoroyah plummets out of the air when the human military destroys his wings. The combination of Godzilla's enhanced nuclear attacks and the JSDF's freezing weaponry leaves Destoroyah unable to survive his final fall; on impact with the ground, the abomination explodes into a cloud of micro-oxygen that quickly evaporates.
Powers and abilities
Destoroyah is considered by many to be Godzilla's ultimate foe, putting him at the same level as titans such as King Ghidorah, SpaceGodzilla, and Mechagodzilla. In addition to giving Godzilla one of the toughest fights in the series, Destoroyah survived multiple hits from Godzilla's red spiral atomic breath, an attack which instantly killed most enemies in only one shot; furthermore, Destoroyah is explicitly said to be vulnerable to extreme temperatures, making his resilience in the face of a Godzilla on the verge of nuclear meltdown even more impressive. Destoroyah is quite possibly the most powerful evil monster ever created, and an exceptionally evil villain, having shown to enjoy killing other life forms. In fact, he is the only villain in the entire Godzilla franchise to succeed in killing Godzilla's son, a feat that many other Godzilla villains never attempted or achieved.
Like Hedorah, Destoroyah is a composite life form formed from trillions of near-microscopic organisms, and thus possesses vast capacities to adapt and regenerate. The base organism resembles a miniature horseshoe crab barely larger than a speck of sand. Trillions of these creatures would later combine into a group of man-sized crustacean monsters somewhat reminiscent of the Alien. When threatened by the JSDF, the creatures merged again into a larger aggregate form and then into its winged bat-like form. After being wounded by Godzilla Junior, Destoroyah regenerated into its demonic ultimate form, which it used to kill Junior and battle Godzilla. It would later temporarily separate into multiple copies of its large aggregate form in an attempt to overwhelm Godzilla. It appears that when the individual Destoroyah organisms fuse, they all die if the resulting creature is killed before it can split up into a smaller form.
Destoroyah's primary weapon was a micro-oxygen ray fired from his mouth which could vaporize organic matter and was even capable of penetrating most metals. Despite this, Destroyah's micro oxygen spray wasn't able to dissolve Godzilla's hide. All of Destoroyah's forms possessed the ability to fire the ray, but its aggregate form was also equipped with a pair of extending secondary jaws that injected the micro-oxygen directly into an opponent's bloodstream. In its final form, the horn projecting from Destoroyah's forehead had the ability to generate a blade of energy powerful enough to cut through even the strongest monster flesh. The aggregate forms were equipped with spiked claws similar to those of a praying mantis, while Destroyah's flying and ultimate forms possessed a tail tipped with a grappling pincer that was strong enough to even hold Godzilla. It also has incredible physical strength befitting its monstrously huge size, able to drag Godzilla along the cold ground while flying.
In the video game Godzilla: Save the Earth, Destoroyah has freezing breath for a special ability; ironic, because in his film appearance, he is vulnerable to ice.
Video game appearances
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah fan site
- An Image Showing the Wave-Motion Ray from the floral pattern
- Toho Kingdom
- scene showing alternate ending and unedited chest beam