Godzilla (ゴジラ, Gojira) is the titular kaiju of the Godzilla Sagaverse and a gigantic, mutant dinosaur known as a Godzillasaurus transformed from the fallout atomic radiation of an atomic H-bomb test. The undisputed King of the Monsters, Godzilla made his first appearance in The Birth of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where he attacked Tokyo in a fit of rage.
As the Godzilla Sagaverse continued over the next 50 years, the great beast was developed as a character, and eventually became a savior of the earth, saving the world from other monsters (usually from Outer Space) like King Ghidorah, Gigan, and Mechagodzilla, along with other monsters like Anguirus, Rodan, and Mothra.
- 1 Name
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Origins
- 5 History
- 6 Powers and Abilities
- 6.1 Amphibious lifestyle
- 6.2 Atomic ray
- 6.3 Bio-atomic Nature
- 6.4 Energy absorption and projection
- 6.5 Extreme Temperature Resistance
- 6.6 Intelligence
- 6.7 Magnetic powers
- 6.8 Nuclear Pulse
- 6.9 Physical Abilities
- 6.10 Sharp Claws
- 6.11 Sharp Teeth
- 6.12 Sixth Senses
- 6.13 Spiral Beam
- 6.14 Thermal Vision
- 7 Weaknesses
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Gallery
The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ), a combination of two Japanese words: the Go in his name is from gorira (ゴリラ), which means gorilla, and the Jira is from kujira (鯨 or クジラ), which means whale. At one planning stage, the concept of "Gojira" was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale". The two words "whale" and "gorilla" fit Godzilla. The Whale part of his name represents the aquatic and bulk of his life. The Gorilla part of his name represents the sheer strength and strategic thinking he does when fighting against other monsters.
Since Godzilla is neither a gorilla nor a whale, the name had to be devised in a different way for the film's story.
As a giant, ancient dinosaur, Godzilla was basically a gigantic tyrannosaur-like theropod dinosaur. He was among the largest predatory dinosaur that ever existed. Weighing up to a staggering 7 tons, growing up to a stand of 20 feet tall, and measuring 50 feet in length, he is much larger than any other theropod species (probably due to its erect posture).
But after being irradiated, Godzilla was almost always described as a prehistoric creature, and his first attacks on Japan are linked to the beginning of the Atomic Age. In particular, mutation due to atomic radiation is presented as an explanation for his great size and strange powers. Godzilla's iconic design is composed of a mixture of various species of dinosaurs; specifically, he has the body and overall shape of an old model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the long arms of an Iguanodon, the tail of an alligator, and the dorsal plates of a Stegosaurus.
A natural, dark shade of green in color, Godzilla's body scales are prominent; his dorsal plates are large and jagged with a light purple color tint to them; his head shape was thin, making him look more reptilian; his mouth and eyes contained the trademark "frown"; the tongue was long and teeth had the old fangs, and his eyes were white with red pulls and black irises.
Godzilla's roar is a famous sound effect. His roar was created via taking a string off of a contrabass and rubbing it with gloves soaked in pine tar. Using the millennium version, Godzilla's roar is revamped, being elongated in length, while also possessing a much deeper tone compared to the roar of Godzilla in the Showa and Heisei era films.
At one point, an additional roar can be heard that is a mix of a leopard roar and one of the roars produced by Obsidius. Godzilla at one point also produces a roar that is identical to his Showa incarnation as well as mixed with an elephant sound.
Godzilla is a creature whose habitat was completely destroyed by a hydrogen bomb test which killed all its inhabitance and left him burned and scarred, ultimately mutating him. Enraged and driven from his home, Godzilla took out his rage upon humanity, destroying any boats that he encountered and later laying waste to the city of Tokyo, sparing no one. However, the Sjobijin stated that Godzilla only "hates humans because they hate him" suggesting that Godzilla never had any true malicious intent but was only reacting to constantly being attacked by humans.
When Godzilla reappeared around 30 years later, he acted more like an animal with at least semi-sapience that stumbles upon human civilization without any malicious intent, only destroying man-made structures or obstacles like buildings when the humans provoke him, or, when dead-set on arriving at a certain location. Additionally, it is shown to intentionally destroy mankind's energy sources, as if it loathed the human race and its advanced science.
Godzilla was formally presented as a villain initially semi-prior to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Following that, he transformed into a full-on heroic figure later on as the era progressed. As a result, Godzilla, while still featuring an animal-like personality, becomes somewhat more benevolent in personality and also possesses some basic emotions. This includes the ability to forgive humanity. Godzilla is also shown to care a lot for his son and friends, as he protected them from SpaceGodzilla, and grieves for Junior after transferring energy in a failed attempt to revive him. He is also somewhat curious, as he did not immediately attack Kiryu, rather attempting to communicate with it, and looking more confused than angry when Kiryu used its Maser Cannon. Only then did Godzilla retaliate.
Godzilla was originally a gigantic tyrannosaur-like theropod dinosaur called Godzillasaurus, living on the tropical island of Lagos. For millions of years, he and his species lived on the island with a variety of other prehistoric creatures: including reptiles, mammals, other dinosaurs, and even giant insects. They were the apex predators of the Island. But one day, this particular individual Godzillasaurus eventually become the Godzilla featured in the Heisei series was living on Lagos Island prior to World War II and was mutated by nuclear fallout from H-bomb tests.
The Birth of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
In The Birth of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in the year 1944 during WWII, Lagos Island was under attack by American soldiers. After seemingly saving a group of Japanese soldiers from the Americans, the great dinosaur took everything from bullets to bazuka blasts to defeat the Americans, only for him to be nearly killed by ships firing cannons. After falling, the giant dinosaur attacked the American army and retreated into the jungle. After a while, his wounds healed.
Ten years later in 1954, the Island was destroyed. The Americans launched a nuclear bomb known as the Hydrogen or H-Bomb on the Island, wiping out almost life on that island. However, the giant Godzillasaurus was later revived via a thunder and lightning storm. Absorbing the power of the storm, the lightning began to mutate the dinosaur, transforming into the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. Godzilla left his now-dead home and appeared swimming in the waters of another Island, Odo.
Following an American hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean, a giant prehistoric reptile was awakened and heavily irradiated. The monster began attacking various ships in the waters off Japan, prompting a search party to be sent to Odo Island, where some of the survivors had washed ashore. One night, a typhoon struck the island, leaving it devastated. However, it was apparent most of the damage was caused by something other than a typhoon, as houses in the village appeared to have been crushed from above. A research team was sent to the island, and suddenly, the monster that was responsible for the shipwrecks and the damage on the island appeared over a hill on the island. The people fled, realizing the creature was 100 meters in height.
The J.S.D.F. sent battleships to destroy Godzilla with depth charges, declaring him dead. However, Godzilla soon surfaced in Tokyo Bay completely unharmed, plunging Japan and the international community into a state of emergency. One night, Godzilla came ashore in Tokyo, destroying the outskirts of the city before returning to the bay. In response, the J.S.D.F. erected a barrier of power lines around the heart of Tokyo, with 300,000 volts of electricity passing through them, in the hopes they would halt Godzilla. When Godzilla came ashore again one night, he tore through the power lines and melted them with a beam of radioactive heat fired from his mouth. The J.S.D.F. fired on Godzilla with artillery, but their weapons had no effect. Godzilla proceeded into downtown Tokyo, transforming the Japanese capital into a sea of flame overnight. With his rampage concluded, Godzilla returned to the bay, where he was attacked by F86F Sabre fighter jets before finally disappearing beneath the waves.
In the aftermath of Godzilla's raid, Tokyo was an uninhabitable wasteland, burned to a crater and contaminated with deadly radiation. The Japanese government was at a loss in combating the monster and preventing future attacks. A scientist was asked to use his experimental chemical weapon, the Oxygen Destroyer, against Godzilla. Horrified by the idea of revealing his invention to the world, the scientist refused at first, but was convinced after watching a television program showing Japanese schoolchildren singing a song praying for peace. The scientist burned his notes on the Oxygen Destroyer and handed it over to the J.S.D.F.
A boat was sent to Tokyo Bay, using a Geiger counter to locate Godzilla underwater. The scientist donned diving suits to go underwater and detonate the device. Once they reached Godzilla, who was asleep on the ocean floor, the scientist severed his line and activated the device, sacrificing his own life to stop Godzilla and prevent his weapon from ever falling into the wrong hands. While the people on the boat both celebrated Godzilla's demise and mourned the scientists sacrifice, it was unlikely Godzilla was indeed killed and that if mankind continued nuclear testing, he would return.
The Return of Godzilla
In The Return of Godzilla, around 30 years after Godzilla's demise, the monster somehow returned. He appeared at remote Adonoa Island, where a group of Japanese scientists were under attack by the mutant Pteranodon, called Rodan. Godzilla came ashore on the island and attacked Rodan, buying time for the scientists to escape with the egg. Rodan knocked a mountain onto Godzilla, burying him in rubble. Godzilla broke free and hit Rodan with his tail several times. Rodan flew into Godzilla and knocked him onto his back, then tried to dive-bomb him. Godzilla grabbed Rodan by the throat and choked him before throwing him and blasting him with his atomic breath, leaving him seemingly dead.
Before Godzilla could return to the sea, he was then confronted by another monster, the giant ankylosaur monster known as Anguirus. After a brief clash, Godzilla and Anguirus tumbled into the ocean and disappeared. Several days later, Anguirus appeared in the city of Osaka and began attacking. When Godzilla appeared in Osaka Bay, Godzilla and Anguirus meet each other in the city. Anguirus burrowed underground and was able to knock Godzilla down. The monsters then engaged in a struggle, reducing the city of Osaka to rubble. When the battle neared Osaka Castle, Godzilla tackled Anguirus into the pagoda. Godzilla then bit down on Anguirus' neck before throwing him into the moat below and setting him ablaze with his atomic breath. His enemy defeated as Anguirus vanished into the ocean, Godzilla as well calmly swam back out to sea.
The Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, in the year 1999, Godzilla suddenly came ashore at Tateyama during a typhoon. The E.D.F. was deployed, with their new Type 90 Maser Cannons, to stop Godzilla's rampage. To the E.D.F.'s shock, their weakened Maser Cannons had no effect on Godzilla, due to the rain, and only served to further enrage him. Godzilla destroyed most of the Maser Cannons attacking him and roared victoriously into the air, with lightning striking his dorsal plates.
In the aftermath of the attack, the Japanese government was scrambling to find a new way to fight Godzilla. It was decided that E.D.F. would construct a mechanical monster to fight Godzilla. Recruiting the assistance of Japan's greatest scientific minds, the Japanese government began construction on the Godzilla robot. By 2004, five years after construction began, the weapon, codenamed Kiryu, or MechaGodzilla, was completed. Just after the mech was exhibited to the international community, Godzilla landed in Japan once again.
Godzilla resurfaced in Tokyo Bay, demolishing the E.D.F. forces attacking him and coming ashore. As Godzilla drew closer and closer to the city center, E.D.F. and the Prime Minister launched Kiryu. As Godzilla approached a hospital and charged his atomic breath, Kiryu dropped from the sky and knocked Godzilla into a nearby building. Kiryu launched its rockets and fired its oral Maser beams at Godzilla, causing him to step back.
Godzilla got up and attacked Kiryu. The monsters appeared equally matched as they pushed each other back and forth through the city. Kiryu stabbed Godzilla with its plasma sword and electrocuted him. Godzilla responded by kicking Kiryu into a building and stomping on it. Kiryu regained its footing and grabbed Godzilla's tail, swinging him in the air and tossing him across the city. Kiryu charged the Absolute Zero once again, but Godzilla fired his atomic breath and sent Kiryu hurdling through the sky, with the Absolute Zero beam hitting three skyscrapers instead.
When Kiryu hit the ground, it was rendered inoperable. The E.D.F. distracted Godzilla while Kiryu got back on its feet. As Kiryu stood back up, Godzilla blasted it in the back with his atomic breath until it collapsed to the ground again. Kiryu stood up once more, as Godzilla charged his atomic breath. This time, an AC-3 White Heron flew into Godzilla's mouth, buying Kiryu time to fight back. Kiryu grabbed the jet's cockpit and tore it from Godzilla's mouth, then threw it to safety. Kiryu grabbed Godzilla and held his mouth shut as it took flight, charging the Absolute Zero.
However, Kiryu was halted by Anguirus, Rodan, and Manda, whom all arrived to help Godzilla. Together, the four monsters combined their might and abilities and defeated Kiryu. Godzilla blasted Kiryu with his atomic breath. As he was about to do it again, Godzilla fired in another direction. Godzilla had decided to spar the existence of the Mecha. Wading out to sea, Godzilla looked back at Kiryu and growled before the four monsters continuing on their way back out to sea. While Kiryu failed to kill Godzilla, humanity finally had a weapon to defend itself against Godzilla.
Mothra I: Godzilla Against Mothra
In Mothra I: Godzilla Against Mothra, just three years after Godzilla and Kiryu's epic battle, the corpse of Kamoebas, a giant sea turtle, washed up on a beach, with claw marks in its neck. The E.D.F. declared it to be the work of Godzilla, and Kiryu's repairs were sped up to prepare for the monster's return. Soon, Godzilla surfaced and arrived in the nearby city of Nagoya. Godzilla destroyed both the Nagoya Tower and Nagoya Castle, then wandered off into the Japanese countryside. The E.D.F. engaged Godzilla several times, each time unsuccessfully. Meanwhile, a group of humans traveled to Infant Island to ask for Mothra's help in stopping Godzilla. While the natives and even Mothra's Shobijin refused, the elderly Mothra agreed and flew to Japan.
Godzilla showed no mercy and easily annihilated the E.D.F.'s forces in the city, but was interrupted by the arrival of Mothra, a second Guardian Monster. When Godzilla approached the incubator in Japan where Mothra's egg was being held by a corporation, Mothra flew down and attacked him. Godzilla fired his atomic breath at Mothra, but she dodged it. As Godzilla was fighting Mothra, her egg hatched, revealing a living larva. Even the combined efforts of Mothra and the larva, they couldn't defeat Godzilla. Mothra put up a desperate fight against Godzilla, but was struck by a blast of atomic breath, and subsequently collapsed to the ground. When Mothra's larva began speaking with its mother, Godzilla fired his atomic breath at them. Mothra used the last of her strength to fly in front of the beam, causing her to be set ablaze and explode. Victorious, Godzilla continued his rampage.
Determined to avenge its mother, the larva formed a cocoon and turned into her Imago form. Mothra flew to Tokyo and fought Godzilla with all her might. However, Godzilla fought back and managed to even knock Mothra aside with his tail. Following that, Mothra and Godzilla continued to fight to a standstill. Mothra used her reflective scales to trap Godzilla in a 3D mirror, but he retaliated by sending Mothra flying with a nuclear pulse. Godzilla fired his atomic breath and Mothra quickly flew off the ground and dodged it. Mothra charged at Godzilla, emitting its laser beams as Godzilla was charging his atomic breath. Godzilla fired his atomic breath at Mothra, which countered with her forehead laser beams. The monsters' beams locked and exploded, sending Godzilla crashing into Tokyo Bay and Mothra fell into the Cosmo Clock 21.
While Japan believed Mothra had been victorious, Godzilla rose from the water, very much alive and unharmed. However, rather than continue to fight, Godzilla growled and began wading out to sea, with Mothra watching before flying back to Infant Island.
Godzilla & Kong: Battle of the Kings
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, when the return of King Ghidorah was near, Mothra flew to Monster Island, seeking Godzilla's help in defeating the coming threat that will invade and destroy all life on their planet. Upon arriving, Mothra finds Godzilla and friends fighting against the precambrian monster Destoroyah. Mothra soon joins the fight and helps fend off against Destoroyah. When the monster retreats, Mothra comes to Godzilla and tries to convince him as well as the other monsters to help her stop the rising of King Ghidorah's army and save the world.
After a conversation, Godzilla eventually agreed to help Mothra stop the rising of King Ghidorah and tells his monster friends to stay behind and take care of Minilla. Together, Godzilla and Mothra travel to Mount Fuji. Once they arrive, they come across four Kamacuras. Godzilla manages to defeat all four of them. And eventually, Gigan and MechaGodzilla appear before the King of the Monsters and the Guardian of the Earth to free King Ghidorah, but Godzilla and Mothra manage to fight them off.
Powers and Abilities
Though technically a reptile and therefore not an amphibian, Godzilla has an amphibious lifestyle. He spends half of his life in water and the other on land. He is as adept a fighter underwater as he is on land. Capable of marching on the seafloor or swimming at speeds between 40 to 120 knots by undulating his tail like a crocodile, Godzilla is displayed as being able to breathe underwater, or occasionally hibernating in the ocean depths between movies. He is also a capable fighter in water as he is on land, even during a fight underwater, he almost appears to be flying.
Godzilla's atomic breath (Radioactive Flame (放射火炎 Hōsha Kaen) or Radioactive Heat Ray (放射熱線 Hōsha Nessen)) remains a staple and ever-present trait. In the film series, it is a powerful, focused, neon-blue laser-like beam launched from Godzilla's mouth with outright destructive potential, powerful enough to set monsters like Ookondoru and Kamacuras aflame as well as being capable of causing large explosions and severely wounding some monsters, such as Rodan, when fired at point-blank range.
Godzilla's atomic breath is also shown as having incendiary properties. Additionally, it's shown to possess a lot of concussive force, having been able to knock other monsters down. It was also able to strike both Mothra and her larva without causing extensive damage, instead providing a much more concussive blow that incapacitated them and knocked them down, but didn't initially kill them outright.
While Godzilla's atomic breath has typically been shown to set entire city blocks ablaze and easily obliterate military weaponry, many other monsters have shown the ability to withstand it, at least in the first few strikes. For example, both Rodan and King Ghidorah were able to withstand direct hits from Godzilla's atomic breath.
In addition, Godzilla can also unleash a stronger version of his atomic ray. Much more powerful than his normal atomic breath, this Super Atomic Breath is emitted when Godzilla channels immense power. His eyes and spikes also glow dark blue. Godzilla is able to use this attack to knock or push back opponents several times heavier than him. Before Godzilla fires the super atomic breath, his dorsal plates also are surrounded in blue electricity. On separate occasions, before unleashing this Super Atomic Breath, Godzilla appeared to absorb radiation from the atmosphere around him.
In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, during Godzilla's battle against King Ghidorah, the ability's power is heightened, and Godzilla was able to combine his atomic breath with Ghidorah's gravity beams, resulting in an astronomically powerful red spiral heat ray that literally obliterated King Ghidorah on the spot to explode in the sky.
Godzilla's power originates from a bio-nuclear circulatory system. Activating when threatened, a neutron flux is triggered that travels up Godzilla's dorsal fins to nucleosynthetic chambers in his throat and explodes into his atomic breath. His radioactive signature also makes it easy for Godzilla to be followed and monitored.
Energy absorption and projection
Godzilla has been shown absorbing various forms of energy besides nuclear radiation. In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, lightning is shown striking Godzilla's dorsal plates, causing them to glow. As a result, Godzilla is able to harness electricity after being struck repeatedly by lightning, granting him the ability to become a living magnetic pole. Additionally, in The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla was shown being energized and awakened by lightning.
Also, in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Godzilla demonstrated another ability that may have been a variant of his nuclear pulse. After being struck with Kiryu's Electric Wrist Blade, Godzilla discharged a form of energy up the cables, severely damaging the robot's internal mechanisms. However, this was not the only time Godzilla ever used this ability. In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla discharged energy through his physical blows in his offensive against the sinister space mutant SpaceGodzilla.
Godzilla also has the capacity to emit various forms of energy. Godzilla is able to weaponize his own nuclear power in the form of his atomic breath or nuclear pulse, and constantly gives off strong nuclear radiation that is lethal to humans. In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla emits energy through his punches to overload SpaceGodzilla with power and cause him to explode.
Additionally, Godzilla absorbs King Ghidorah's energy blasts to grow stronger a well as absorbs his gravity beams in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and combines them with his atomic breath, forming a far more powerful hyper spiral atomic beam that obliterates King Ghidorah in a single hit. Godzilla was able to absorb Mothra's energy, empowering him and allowing him to easily defeat King Ghidorah.
Extreme Temperature Resistance
Godzilla is highly immune to cold and freezing temperatures in Antarctica and in his burning form, he is highly immune to extreme heat as he is capable of withstanding burning temperatures.
The extent of Godzilla's intelligence varies throughout the character's history, but Godzilla is generally depicted as a thinking creature. Godzilla is depicted as being close in intelligence to a human, capable of abstract thought, and able to communicate with other monsters. Other times, Godzilla displays a simple animal-like cunning, reacting on animal cunning and instinct more consecutively, as demonstrated by his conditioned response in The Return of Godzilla.
He was still capable of independent thought, however, and of human-like sentiments as well. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, he seems to destroy King Ghidorah out of rage at Mothra's death. In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, during the final battle, Godzilla was the first to figure out that SpaceGodzilla was drawing energy from the Fukuoka Tower and, with the help of Atoragon, Godzilla demolishes the Tower and saps SpaceGodzilla's energy.
It was insinuated in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: Rise of Armageddon that he also remembers the distant past. Godzilla is psychic on some level, possibly the most powerful in existence. His evasion of the E.D.F. seemed to carry implications of precognition. Additionally, he had some manner of psychic link with Godzilla Junior and has several times demonstrated the ability to locate potential opponents from great distances.
After Mothra's sacrifice to empower him in order to defeat King Ghidorah, Godzilla has permanently gained a heightened awareness of the tectonic and atmospheric interactions of the planet as well as the Earth's early geothermal history.
In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Godzilla found a way to generate powerful magnetic fields from his body after being struck several times by lightning, which proved devastating against his metallic foe. This is the only time Godzilla ever used this power.
In addition to his very deadly atomic breath, Godzilla can also release a pulse of radioactive energy in all directions from every inch of his body in a short-range pulse. The pulse was first seen in his fight against the MUTOs as well as the Skullcrawlers to get them off his body. Godzilla used the nuclear pulse throughout the series. When needed, Godzilla constantly emits more powerful orange-colored nuclear pulses. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, this power did manage to bury King Ghidorah in rubble. During this attack, his entire body glowed a deep orange, before he unleashed the blast.
Additionally, Godzilla utilizes a more powerful version of the attack in his final battle with Kong in Tokyo. After absorbing Mothra's energy following her death in addition to the nuclear energy already absorbed from a thermonuclear explosion, Godzilla's nuclear power builds to the point his skin begins to crack and glow bright orange, giving off heat intense enough to melt everything around him, a state called Burning Godzilla. In this state, Godzilla approaches Kong and fires forth an incredibly powerful nuclear pulse that takes the shape of Mothra's wings and emits the sound of her roar.
Durability & Regeneration
Starting in the first film, Godzilla has an uncanny ability to sustain damage throughout his films, displaying an immunity to conventional weaponry, virtually impervious to everything the JSDF threw at him. Dr. Yamane states that the very fact Godzilla survived exposure to a hydrogen bomb explosion is a testament to his durability.
In addition to being extremely resistant to damage, Godzilla possesses an extremely advanced and highly efficient regenerative ability. In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, it is explained that Godzilla's regenerative abilities may have something to do with his radioactive properties, and Organizer G-1 ("Regenerator G-1" in the American version) is the name given to a substance in his cells that is responsible for Godzilla's swift healing.
He has demonstrated the ability to survive complete submersion in magma for an extended period of time, sometimes while under extreme pressure from tectonic plates. In addition, Godzilla also has a nearly impenetrable hide, which allows him to be resistant to almost any form of attack.
Godzilla has a long prehensile tail that he can use to help balance himself, use as a formidable weapon or even use it to hold opponents in its grasp. Godzilla is able to use his tail as a whip-like weapon, and had enough strength to destroy parts of most cities, resulting in destroying buildings nearby. Godzilla's tail has still been shown to be able to destroy buildings in one strike. In Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Godzilla is able to utilized his tail in combat, as he once tripped Kiryu, allowing him to blast the mechanical being with his atomic breath. In Godzilla vs. Gamera, he once used his tail as an improvised whip to kill a Gyaos by slamming him into a building with enough force, although he knocked it over by accident due to the impact. When he is underwater, Godzilla is also capable of undulating his tail similar to crocodiles. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, during his fight with King Ghidorah in Tokyo, Godzilla used his tail to knock back his rival, hitting King Ghidorah with enough force to stagger him. In The Son of Godzilla, his tail is strong enough to send Ebirah bouncing across the ocean like a stone skipping on water. Godzilla's tail was revealed to be prehensile as well. In Godzilla & Kong: Battle of the Kings, Godzilla was able to wrap his tail around many monsters. Godzilla's tail is even muscular enough that most monsters can not escape while coiled in it. His tail was also powerful enough to destroy three warships escorting Kong with ease.
In addition, Godzilla’s dorsal plates create a tremendous amount of heat when the atomic ray is being prepared. They are also very sharp and can cut a monster’s limb off in a single strike.
Speed & Agility
Godzilla's top swimming speed can reach up to 80 knots, and he is fast enough to slam a stray Gyaos onto a skyscraper with his tail. Godzilla is also able to run at great speed when charging King Ghidorah, running in a horizontal posture comparatively similar to that of a theropod dinosaur.
Godzilla possesses enormous stamina. At one point, while pinned underneath a skyscraper that collapsed on him, it did not keep him subdued for long as he quickly got back to his feet to continue pursuing his enemy. Godzilla is shown to be able to travel for thousands of miles for days to track down his enemies, and he does not show any signs of exhaustion when he reaches his destination to prepare himself for battle.
Strength and Combat
As attributed to his size, weight, and mass, Godzilla possesses varied levels of immense physical strength and can use his huge mass as a weapon, such as lift weights exceeding 2,000 tons, smash skyscrapers, throw Kumonga clear over the visible horizon through sheer strength alone, etc. He can toss the Gyaos around with ease by biting into their bodies and he can effortlessly push Kiryu backward with his arms (like a bear would with its opponent). The strength of his tail swing was great enough to kill the Gyaos outright as well as knock over a large skyscraper by accident.
He has been depicted lifting and throwing monsters in excess of his own weight, such as King Ghidorah, Hedorah, MechaGodzilla, and others. He is also shown using various martial arts techniques in a comical fashion during the Showa era. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla was able to spin and throw the larger King Ghidorah with ease and was strong enough to rip one of his heads apart. Overall, Godzilla's fighting style is seemingly preferred to be in close quarters and direct combat with his targets rather than relying on his atomic breath or throwing objects. Godzilla is also able to cause tsunamis just by going ashore.
Godzilla has razor-sharp claws which are sufficient to rend most materials. In one of his battles with MUTO Prime, he manages to force her off of him by slashing her in the head, visibly drawing blood.
Godzilla has razor-sharp teeth which grant him an incredibly lethal bite. He was able to bite into the bodies of other monsters as well as bite and rip off King Ghidorah's left head during their fight.
Godzilla has a very strong sense of hearing, as he was able to track down King Ghidorah's location from the ocean by his screaming roar. Additionally, Godzilla seemingly possesses a sixth sense, as he was able to detect Mothra was behind him and attack her with his massive tail.
A far more powerful variation of the standard atomic breath was the "spiral atomic ray." This version of Godzilla's atomic breath is much more powerful and destructive than his normal atomic breath, can create massive explosions larger than himself, and is wrapped in an electrical spiral. Before Godzilla fires the spiral breath, his dorsal plates are surrounded in electricity as well as red energy. This red-deep orange-yellow beam is so powerful that only one blast of it was sufficient to completely destroy King Ghidorah and a few to destroy SpaceGodzilla.
As a result of Godzilla absorbing Mothra's life energy in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla was somehow able to draw strength from the gravity beams and used the absorbed energy to fire a blast of red-yellow energy surrounded in electricity that completely destroyed King Ghidorah in one shot, destroying him in an explosion in the skies of Tokyo.
Like some reptiles, Godzilla has the ability to see another creature's body temperature.
Despite being unthinkably powerful, Godzilla does have a few weaknesses.
Godzilla has shown to be vulnerable to strong voltages of electricity. Eventually, lightning showed to have the opposite effect, at times serving to revitalize him.
Even though Godzilla is very large and massively strong, he can be overwhelmed if fighting against numerous foes on his own. When fighting against King Ghidorah, he could not predict each of the heads' movements, nor block their attacks, whereas the heads could easily grab him, hit him, and dodge his attacks (and even his atomic breath) with little difficulty and mortally wound him with combined attacks.
While possessing an endurance level beyond measure, Godzilla's enemies usually counter by trying to crush and batter him. Kiryu managed to overpower Godzilla by firing more weaponry than he could defend against, although this became useless after Godzilla gained help from his fellow monsters.
- The Birth of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- The Return of Godzilla
- The Son of Godzilla
- Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
- Mothra I: Godzilla Against Mothra
- Mothra II: Arrival of Ghidorah (cameo)
- Godzilla & Kong: Battle of the Kings
- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla: Descent of Darkness