King Caesar

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King Caesar
Godzilla film series character
First appearance Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Last appearance Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Created by Jun Fukuda
Portrayed by Shōwa series
Kin'ichi Kusumi
Millennium series
Motokuni Nakagawa

King Caesar (キングシーサー Kingu Shīsā?) is a kaiju who first appeared in Toho's 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.[1]



Shisa statue.

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.[2] In the 1970s, general East Asian folklore were relatively unknown to Western audiences, which resulted in the translators interpreting name "Shisa" to be a Japanization of the name "Caesar".[citation needed] Toho has since trademarked it, making "King Caesar" the character's official English name.[citation needed]

Overview and development[edit]

King Caesar's character concept was inspired by a traditional Okinawan folk tale in which a Shisa protects a village from a rampaging dragon.[citation needed] 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".[citation needed] It is portrayed as a loyal and powerful protector of mankind, in reference to the role Shisa play in Okinawan tradition.[citation needed] Character profiles in supporting media describe the monster as standing 50 meters (164 feet)-100 meters (328 feet) tall and weighing 30,000 metric tons (33,069 short tons)-50,000 metric tons (55,115 short tons).[citation needed] 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 [3] and empower itself with solar energy.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]




Video games[edit]



  1. ^ "Top 10 Godzilla Villains". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  2. ^ Adam Ledford. "Tracing the History of Japan's Mythical Lion Dogs - Tofugu". Tofugu. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Godzilla Movie Studio Tour PC Game - King Caesar character profile