|Godzilla film series character|
Thousand Year-Old Dragon,
The Dragon King
|Allies||Gigan (Shōwa era)
Baragon/Mothra (Millennium series)
|First appearance||Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster|
|Latest appearance||Godzilla 2|
|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.
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964): The original version of the monster is an alien who travels to Earth in a magnetic meteorite, and devastates Japan until repelled by Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra.
- 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.
- 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): Mechgodzilla is constructed from the remnants of Mecha-King Ghidorah.
- Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001): the creature is portrayed as an "ancient guardian monster" summoned to unite with two other guardian monsters (Baragon and Mothra) to defeat Godzilla.
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004): A creature called Monster X appears and transforms into a version of King Ghidorah called Keizer Ghidorah.
- Legendary Pictures and Gareth Edwards, director of Godzilla, confirmed that the rights to King Ghidorah and several monsters from the Toho Studios films have been acquired, and that the character may appear in "future franchise installments".
- 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 kills Mothra, and then fights its offspring (Leo - in both Larval and Adult form) 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
- Take Me To Your Leader is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Daniel Dumile (also known as MF DOOM) and was released under the alias "King Geedorah" on June 17, 2003.
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).
The creature is capable of tremendous destruction due to its size, flight (with the creature's wings also generating hurricane strength winds) and can emit gravity beams (beams of lightning like energy) from its mouths.
- Toho Kingdom - fan site
- Jeffries, Adrianne (July 26, 2014). "Gareth Edwards returns to direct 'Godzilla 2' with Rodan and Mothra". The Verge. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
- "King Geedorah "Take Me To Your Leader"". HipHop-Elements.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
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