King Ghidorah

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Godzilla film series character
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King Ghidorah
Alias Ghidrah
Ghidora
Monster Zero
Thousand Year-Old Dragon,
The Dragon King
King of Terror[1]
First appearance Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Latest appearance Godzilla 2 (2018)
Created by Tomoyuki Tanaka

King Ghidorah (キングギドラ Kingu Gidora?) is a kaiju who first appeared in the 1964 Toho film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. It appears as an armless, three-headed dragon with large wings and two tails.

Toho officially trademarked the character as King Ghidorah[2] but it is referred to as Ghidrah in North America and other English markets.[3][4]

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The initial idea for King Ghidorah came Tomoyuki Tanaka, who also created Godzilla. Tanaka's inspiration came from an illustration of the Lernaean Hydra in a book about Greek Mythology, and the Eight-Headed Dragon of Japanese folklore. Tanaka was enamored with the idea of Godzilla fighting a multi-headed serpent, but considered 7-8 heads to be excessive, so the number of heads was reduced to three. [5] The monster costume itself was designed by Akira Watanabe, and worn by Solomon Hirose, who played King Kong in Toho's King Kong vs. Godzilla. Hirose walked hunched over inside the Ghidorah costume, holding a metal bar for balance, while puppeteers would control its heads, tails and wings off-camera like a marionette.[6]

The Lernean Hydra's serpentine, multi-headed visage was a direct inspiration for King Ghidorah.

King Ghidorah is portrayed in the Godzilla film series as sort of a hybrid between a hydra and a wyvern, with three serpentine heads, huge finlike wings, golden scales and two tails, cackling maniacally while spewing "gravity rays" from its jaws. Its origin story varies from one continuity to the next, but it consistently portrayed as an enemy of Godzilla. Though usually portrayed as the villain, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack would feature role-reversal scenarios casting a heroic Ghidorah against an antagonistic Godzilla.

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  • Take Me To Your Leader is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Daniel Dumile (also known as MF DOOM)[9] and was released under the alias "King Geedorah" on June 17, 2003. The cover features a figure very similar to the appearance of King Ghidorah.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rebirth of Mothra III Toho 1998
  2. ^ "King Ghidorah Official Trademark". Toho. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "North American poster for GHIDRAH". Continental Releasing-1965. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ghidorah Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Toho. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLGd5Nnl_Uw&list=UUU03keCaesfRWZPYV1FUxXw Teruyoshi Nakano interview
  6. ^ David Kalat - Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster, Classic Media R1 DVD Audio Commentary
  7. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (July 26, 2014). "Gareth Edwards returns to direct 'Godzilla 2' with Rodan and Mothra". The Verge. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Kevin P. (2014-08-14). "‘Godzilla 2′ Gets Release Date: ‘Let Them Wait’". MTV. 
  9. ^ "King Geedorah "Take Me To Your Leader"". HipHop-Elements.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.