Baragon

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Baragon™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Baragon in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Baragon in Frankenstein vs. Baragon
Baragon in Destroy All Monsters
Baragon
Nicknames God of the Earth, Varagon,
Baragon-kunGZL
Subtitle Subterranean Monster
(地底怪獣,   Chitei Kaijū?)FvB-DAM
God of the Earth
(地の神,   Ji no Gami?)GMK[1]
Species Subterranean Reptile
Height Showa: 25 metersFvB[2]
20 metersDAM[3][4][note 1]
Millennium: 30 meters[5]
Weight Showa: 250 metric tons[2]
Millennium: 10,000 metric tons[5]
Forms Sea Baragon
Controlled by KilaaksDAM
Allies Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Minilla, Manda, Kumonga, Varan, King Caesar, MechagodzillaGI, M.O.G.U.E.R.A.GI, GojirinGZL, ZillaGRoE, Jet JaguarGRoE, KamoebasGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, SandaGRoE, GairaGRoE, KamacurasGRoE
Enemies Frankenstein, GodzillaGMK, King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Hyper Mecha-King Ghidorah, KiryuGRoE, Trilopod, Magita
Created by Eiji Tsuburaya
Portrayed ShowaHaruo Nakajima
MillenniumRie Ota, Toshinori Sasaki
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Frankenstein vs. Baragon Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Roar(s)
Showa
Millennium
More Roars

Baragon (バラゴン,   Baragon?) is a reptilian kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1965 Toho film, Frankenstein vs. Baragon.

The original Baragon from Frankenstein vs. Baragon was a villainous creature that came to the surface to feed on livestock and people. As the creature only surfaced at night, most people blamed Frankenstein for the beast's attacks. When Baragon threatened Frankenstein's caretaker Sueko Togami, Frankenstein challenged him to battle, and successfully defeated him only to fall into a fissure caused by Baragon's burrowing. The second generation Baragon in Destroy All Monsters was living on the human-monitored Monsterland facility at the end of the 20th century, and disappeared after the Kilaaks invaded the island and took control of the monsters. Baragon later appeared at Mount Fuji and witnessed the battle between the Earth monsters and King Ghidorah after the aliens' mind control was severed. Baragon's next film appearance came in the Millennium series film Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, where he was the first of the three Guardian Monsters to battle Godzilla. While not as popular as monsters like Mothra or King Ghidorah, Baragon has maintained a strong fan following over the years even despite having a very small role in Destroy All Monsters.

Name

In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the guardian monster Baragon's name is spelled in kanji (婆羅護吽?) rather than katakana (バラゴン?) but still pronounced the same.

Design

Baragon is a quadrupedal, mammal-like reptilian creature with reddish-brown skin, a single large horn on his forehead which is followed by several backwardly-curved spikes on the back of his head, and large, floppy ears. His facial features look fairly similar to those of a bulldog or pug, with large, expressive eyes and a short muzzle. Baragon also has two sets of segmented, plate-like structures on his back and tail.

Origins

In the Showa series, Baragon is the descendant of a Mesozoic reptile called Baranosdragon that survived into the modern day living underground. In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Baragon is one of the three ancient Guardian Monsters of Japan, the others being Mothra and King Ghidorah.

History

Showa Series

Frankenstein vs. Baragon

Baragon was awakened by sound from a nearby factory. He attacked the factory, and burrowed to Shirane Village and attacked it. He then attacked a farm to feed on the livestock. Baragon was not seen during these attacks, so Frankenstein was blamed for them. A worker at the factory said it was not Frankenstein, but another monster. When a group of scientists looked for Frankenstein, they caused an explosion that woke up Baragon from his sleep. He tried to eat the scientists, but he was stopped by Frankenstein. Frankenstein and Baragon battled, but Frankenstein defeated Baragon by breaking his neck. However, Baragon's burrowing caused the ground beneath Frankenstein to split open, causing him to disappear underground with Baragon's carcass.


Destroy All Monsters

At the end of the 20th century, Baragon was living on Monsterland, a human-monitored island in the Ogasawara chain, along with most of Earth's monsters. The Kilaaks arrived on the island and severely damaged it, placing the monsters under their mind control and unleashing them across the globe to annihilate Earth's cities. Baragon was not seen attacking the Earth's cities, but once the Moonlight SY-3 crew destroyed the Kilaaks' mind control device, he assembled along with the other Earth monsters outside of Mount Fuji. Baragon did not take part in the ensuing battle against King Ghidorah directly, but spectated alongside Varan and Manda. After King Ghidorah and the Kilaaks were destroyed, Baragon was returned to Monsterland with the other monsters to live out his days in peace.

Get Going! Godzilland

Baragon appears in all four Get Going! Godzilland OVAs. In each OVA, he is one of Godzilla's closest friends, alongside Anguirus and Rodan.

In the addition OVA, Baragon saw Mechagodzilla kidnap Anguirus and went to tell Godzilla and Gojirin. Despite having recently fought with Anguirus, Godzilla decided to go rescue his friend, with Gojirin, Baragon and Mothra assisting him. Along the way, they were intercepted by a group of ants, who stabbed Godzilla with spears. After Mothra convinced the ants to not attack them, the monsters reached the cave where Mechagodzilla was keeping Anguirus. Mechagodzilla forced Godzilla, Gojirin and Baragon to answer addition problems, which they successfully did, causing Anguirus to be set free. Afterwards, Mothra convinced Baragon and the others to accept Mechagodzilla as one of their friends, and they all played together.

In the subtraction OVA, Baragon was present with the other monsters for Gojirin's birthday party. When Anguirus arrived late with a basket of fruit in an attempt to impress Gojirin, both Godzilla and Baragon became jealous and tried to collect more fruit. Mothra convinced the kaiju to stop fighting for Gojirin's affections, and they all continued to celebrate her birthday. Later, after Gojirin was kidnapped by Mechagodzilla and subsequently rescued by Godzilla and Anguirus, Baragon played jump rope with them. Mothra arrived with Mechagodzilla, who apologized. Baragon and the others then allowed Mechagodzilla to play with them.

Godzilla Island

Baragon in Godzilla Island


Millennium Series

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Baragon (婆羅護吽,   Baragon?) was first seen causing earthquakes near Mount Myoko and throughout Japan. He surfaced in the countryside and battled Godzilla, but was killed after being blasted repeatedly by Godzilla's atomic breath. Later on, when all three guardian monsters were killed, his spirit along with the other two guardian spirits, Mothra and Ghidorah, entered Godzilla's body when he was at sea which stunned him long enough to allow Admiral Tachibana to burrow his way out of Godzilla after internally firing a D-03 Missile, an explosive drill. This eventually destroyed him when he tried to use his atomic beam again after it burst out the inflicted hole in his shoulder and finally caused Godzilla to vaporize himself from within.

Abilities

Baragon has undiscovered origins, but has shown some of his powers in his Showa era. He can fire a flame ray from his mouth, like a much weaker version of Godzilla's spiral heat ray. The horn on his snout occasionally glows and crackles. He has the aforementioned burrowing ability, and can jump very far. He also has natural teeth and claws.

Concept art displaying Baragon's use of his ears[6]
The distinctive notches in Baragon's ears originally had an unused function. Baragon could fold his ears over his eyes, with the notches interlocking with his horn.[6] Baragon would then charge at the opponent, whilst protecting his eyes from physical blows.

In the Millennium era he gained strong jaws and limitless perseverance. He was able to withstand Godzilla's own heat ray.

In the Atari video games, Baragon can cause earthquakes and lava eruptions beneath his feet when he uses a rage attack, and can replenish his energy as long as he is in contact with the earth. He can breathe fire, though it's short-ranged, but can still get in beam locks. In addition, he is one of the few monsters in the games who can use physical attacks in mid-air.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!

Baragon appears as a boss in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!. Baragon would usually remain on all fours, preventing many attacks from hitting him, and would stand on his hind legs only to fire his heat beam. Another attack was to pounce at Godzilla or Mothra and pin them against the side of the screen. While rare to come across, during the fight with him, Baragon will sometimes look at the camera and tilt his head to the side as if he is mocking the player. This move allows the player to get in some free hits. 

Godzilla: Save the Earth

In Godzilla: Save the Earth, Baragon is a fast and agile fighter with decent power and great combo abilities. He shares many of the strengths of Anguirus such as immunity to high attacks on all fours and beam/projectile weapons doing only half-damage. He can dig like Megalon, though for longer and not be tired when he emerges, and his rage attack is to dig down and unleash a volcanic eruption. Baragon's fire ray attack can also be used while he's running or jumping and cannot be charged.

Godzilla: Unleashed

Height: 60 meters
Weight: 34,000 tons

"Baragon is an earth guardian-with special affinity for the terrestrial crust we walk upon. Baragon is physically the smallest monster on record, but his connection to the rocks and magma beneath us empower him to achieve greatness on a par with his larger allies. His small size makes him a tremendous leaper, with graceful aerial combat maneuvers and techniques. When not in the air, Baragon constantly replenishes his energy so long as contact is maintained with the earth. Baragon emits streams of fire from his mouth, and can cause eruptions and earthquakes beneath his feet. When firmly planted with all four legs upon the ground, Baragon is almost impossible to push aside, despite his small stature."

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Baragon.

Comics

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Main article: Sea Baragon.

In Kodansha's Godzilla, King of the Monsters manga, although Baragon himself doesn't appear directly, the mad Doctor Oniyama genetically altered Baragon's corpse with the DNA of a walrus and a narwhal to create a monster called Sea Baragon.

Godzilla: Ongoing

Baragon is briefly teased at the end of the final issue of IDW's Godzilla: Ongoing.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Baragon appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9. In the comic, he appears in Paris, much like he was supposed to in Destroy All Monsters and fought Kiryu. Baragon started out in a flashback of the main character however, burrowing into the Earth. After his fight with Kiryu, he was brought to the Monster Islands. When the Trilopods invaded the Monster Islands, one of the Trilopods gained Baragon's DNA. Baragon was then captured and imprisoned in the Trilopod hive, along with the other residents of Monster Islands. King Caesar allowed himself to be captured as well, then freed Baragon and all of the other monsters inside the hive. Following King Caesar, the monsters charged into battle to help the severely outnumbered Godzilla in the battle against the Trilopods. Baragon attacked and successfully killed the Kumonga-Trilopod, before joining the other monsters to fight Magita. After Godzilla destroyed Magita, Baragon and the other monsters followed him out to sea.

Gallery

Main article: Baragon/Gallery.

Roar

In Baragon's two appearances during the Showa era, his roar was a slightly modified version of Varan's roar. The only difference being that Baragon's version has a little more of a growling added to the mix. This growling Varan voice would give Baragon's roar a more "guard-dog" tone. Some parts of the roar comes from Godzilla.

In the Millennium era, the character's roar was completely changed. The "modified Varan" roar was discarded and replaced with a new original sound. This version of the roar starts of with a growl followed by a gurgling high pitched wail. The higher voice in the character gave it a more benevolent voice which would help with the audiences appeal to its protagonistic role.

Baragon's roars in the Showa series
Baragon's roars in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

In Other Languages

  • Russian and Serbian: Барагон

Trivia

Notes

  1. Many sources do not make any distinction between the first and second generation Baragon, and list them both as being 25 meters tall.

References

This is a list of references for Baragon. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 111. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Official Godzilla Compendium. Profiles of the Monsters; Page 119.
  3. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 125. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
  4. Ultra Books: Destroy All Monsters (ウルトラブックス怪獣総進撃). Asahi Sonorama. 1968. Ultra Books Baragon.jpg
  5. 5.0 5.1 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack; Page 111
  6. 6.0 6.1 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. pp. 105-107. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.

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Titanollante

13 days ago
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Should the "Baranosdragon" species be listed for Showa Baragon?
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Predator65

one month ago
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I don't know why, but Baragon always reminded of a dog as a kid.
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Deathrock9

one month ago
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Presumably because he behaves like a dog.
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MosuFan2004

3 months ago
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Luv him!!!!
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BigRandomKaiju

3 months ago
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Baragon is good kaiju doggo
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BigRandomKaiju

3 months ago
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And cutely awesome
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Les

3 months ago
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I quite like Baragon and after seeing the concept art of his ears actually having a cool use, I like him even more
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Koopa

3 months ago
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I'm not sure which design for Baragon I like more! Both are excellent suits for their own special reasons. In addition, Baragon's pretty important among fans of Tsuburaya Productions, given how much his first suit saw use for monsters in their first few shows.
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SSJtheBeast

6 months ago
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Baragon is one of my top 10 favorite kaiju
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Titanollante

9 months ago
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Baragon in GMK is super kawaii. He was the most kawaii monster ....until Kamata-kun...
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CdrWikizilla

5 months ago
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Everything was kawaii.....until the Kamata-kun attacked.