King Ghidorah

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Godzilla film series character
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King Ghidorah
Alias Ghidrah
Ghidora
Monster Zero
King of Terror
God of the Sky
Monster X II
Abilities/Weapons Flight
Gravity Beams
Interplanetary Travel
Allies Gigan (Shōwa era)
Baragon/Mothra (Millennium series)
Major Enemies Godzilla
Rodan
Mothra
First appearance Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Latest appearance Godzilla: Final Wars
Created by Eiji Tsuburaya

King Ghidorah (キングギドラ Kingu Gidora?) (also known as King Ghidrah, King Ghidora and Monster Zero) is a kaiju, a Japanese monster featured in several of Toho Studios' Godzilla films. It appears as an armless, three-headed dragon with large wings and two tails.[1][2][3]

Appearances[edit]

Shōwa era[edit]

  • Invasion of the Astro-Monster (1965): Ghidorah is now the mind-controlled pawn of aliens from "Planet X", and refer to Ghidorah as "Monster Zero". The "Xians" covet Earth's water resources and also take control of Godzilla and Rodan in an attempt to conquer the planet. When Earth forces free Godzilla and Rodan, the pair drive Ghidorah off into space once again.
  • Destroy All Monsters (1968): Set in the future year 1999, Ghidorah is controlled by the alien Kilaaks. The monster is eventually killed by Godzilla and several other monsters. (Note: Chronologically, this film occurs last in the Showa era timeline).
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972): Set in the present day, Ghidorah teams with fellow monster Gigan and wreaks havoc until they both are driven away by Godzilla and Anguirus.

Heisei series[edit]

  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991): Time-travelers from the 23rd century (called "Futurians") travel to the past to release three genetically-engineered bat-like creatures called "Dorats" at the location at which a Godzillasaurus was to be exposed to radiation and become Godzilla. The irradiated Dorats fuse into King Ghidorah, which the Futurians then use to devastate present-day Japan. Godzilla eventually battles and cripples Ghidorah, with the wounded monster falling into the ocean. The Futurians, however, locate Ghidorah in the future, and using advanced technology create the cyborg "Mecha-King Ghidorah". The monster battles Godzilla to a standstill, before both disappear into the ocean.
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993): A new Mechgodzilla is constructed from the remnants of Mecha-King Ghidorah.

Millennium series[edit]

  • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004): This incarnation returns the character back to its extraterrestrial origins, where it initially lands on Earth as a bipedal humanoid creature known as "Monster X", only to later transform into a three-headed quadrupedal creature called "Keizer Ghidorah". This is the second time Ghidorah is portrayed as a quadruped, and the first time it is seen to use levitation as a weapon against its enemies. Despite that this incarnation is commonly referred to as "Keizer Ghidorah", Toho officially trademarks the character as "Monster X II".[4]

Other appearances[edit]

A similar monster also featured in two films in the Mothra trilogy, both of which involved time-travel and different versions of Ghidorah:

  • Rebirth of Mothra (1996): A version of Ghidorah, referred to as "Desghidorah" (or Death Ghidorah) appeared as a black, quadrupedal, three-headed extraterrestrial dragon. Freed from imprisonment in a prehistoric cave, the creature battles both an adult and larval form of Mothra before being entombed once again.
  • Rebirth of Mothra III (1998): A similar Ghidorah, under the title "Super Dragon King Ghidorah", appears in a more traditional form and battles Mothra Leo, who undergoes several transformations to match the monster.

In other media[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Take Me To Your Leader is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Daniel Dumile, better known as MF DOOM,[5] released under the alias King Geedorah on June 17, 2003. The character is based on the three-headed gold dragon King Ghidorah.

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1989, Nintendo Entertainment System), Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters (1992, Nintendo Entertainment System), Super Godzilla (1993, Super Nintendo Entertainment System), Godzilla: Battle Legends (1993, Turbo Duo), Godzilla Trading Battle (1998, Playstation), Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox. Released in Japan in 2002 as Godzilla: Domination! for the Game Boy Advance), Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004, Playstation 2 and Xbox), Godzilla: Unleashed (2007, Playstation 2 and Wii. Also released in 2007 as Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash for the Nintendo DS).

Abilities[edit]

The creature is capable of tremendous destruction due to its size, flight (with the creature's wings also generating hurricane strength winds) and can fire gravity beams (lightning-like energy beams that also have the power to levitate objects) from its mouths.

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