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|Godzilla film series character|
|First appearance||Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)|
|Latest appearance||Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)|
|Created by||Jun Fukuda|
|Portrayed by:||Shōwa series
King Caesar's name and appearance are based on Shisa, which are artistically embellished stone lion statues common in Okinawa, where the film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla took place. They are an Okinawan variation on the Chinese guardian lion (石獅; Shishi, meaning "Stone Lion"), which in turn originates from Buddhist tradition in India, where lions are native. Shisa only loosely resemble actual lions on account of being based on second-hand descriptions by people who'd never seen one in person. In the 1970s, Okinawan religion and culture were relatively unknown to American translators, who took the name "Shisa" to be a Japanization of the name "Caesar". Toho has since trademarked it, making "King Caesar" the character's official English name.
Overview and development
King Caesar's character concept was inspired by a traditional Okinawan folk tale in which a Shisa protects a village from a rampaging dragon. This myth is referenced in the character's introductory film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, in which the titular Mechagodzilla plays the role of the evil "dragon". It is portrayed as a loyal and powerful protector of mankind, in reference to the role Shisa play in Okinawan tradition. Character profiles in supporting media describe the monster as standing 50-100 meters tall and weighing 30-50,000 tons. King Caesar is shown to be swift and athletic. It can also draw an enemy's energy weapons into its eyes and reflect them back with ten times the force  and empower itself with solar energy.
Along with fellow 1970s Showa era monster Gigan, King Caesar is the favourite monster of director Ryuhei Kitamura, which led to the character's inclusion in the film Godzilla: Final Wars.
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
- Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975, stock footage cameo)
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
- Godzilla Island (1997-1998)
- Battle Soccer: Field no Hasha (SNES - 1992)
- Kaijū-ō Godzilla / King of the Monsters, Godzilla (Game Boy - 1993)
- Godzilla Trading Battle (PlayStation - 1998)
- Godzilla: Unleashed (Wii - 2007)
- Adam Ledford. "Tracing the History of Japan's Mythical Lion Dogs - Tofugu". Tofugu. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour PC Game - King Caesar character profile