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Biollante's Plant Monster Form
Biollante's Flower Beast Form
Biollante

Subtitle Bio Monster (バイオ怪獣,   Baio Kaijū?)
Species Mutated Rose/Human/Godzillasaurus Hybrid
Nicknames Biorante
Height 85 meters (Rose)[1]
120 meters (Final)[1]
Weight 60,000-100,000 metric tons (Rose)[1]
200,000 metric tons (Final)[1]
Forms Flower Beast Form, Plant Beast Form, Energy Spores, Ghidorah Hybrid formTGCRA
Controlled by DevoniansGRoE
Relationships Genshiro Shiragami (Father), Godzilla (Cell source), Erika Shiragami (Human Spirit), SpaceGodzilla (Potential descendant)
Allies MothraG:C, GodzillaG:C
Enemies Godzilla, King GhidorahTGCRA,
KamacurasG:C, DestoroyahG:C
Created by Kazuki Omori, Tomoyuki Tanaka,
Shinichiro Kobayashi
Portrayed by Takegami Akio, Wires
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Godzilla vs. Biollante Godzilla vs. Biollante
Roar(s)
Rose
Final
More Roars
Biollante. A spirit of the plant in Norse mythology. Only this plant has a human spirit. „ 

Genshiro Shiragami (Godzilla vs. Biollante)

Biollante (ビオランテ,   Biorante?) is a genetically-modified rose kaiju hybrid created by Toho that first appeared in the 1989 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Biollante.

Name

Biollante's name likely comes from the prefix bio (ビオ?), referring to organic life, and the English word plant (プラント,   puranto?).

Biollante's immobile, flower-like form is officially referred to as Biollante Flower Beast Form (ビオランテ 花獣形態,   Biorante Ka-jū keitai?) or alternatively Flower Form Biollante. Her final form is referred to as Biollante Plant Beast Form (ビオランテ 植獣形態,   Biorante Ue-jū keitai?).

Within the context of Godzilla vs. Biollante, Biollante gets her name from Dr. Shiragami, who upon seeing the creature gives it the name Biollante, stating it is the name of a plant spirit from Norse mythology. In reality though, there is no figure named Biollante in Norse mythology, although numerous nature deities do exist in Norse mythology, with almost all of them being female.

Development

Biollante was perhaps the first Godzilla monster to go through a substantially-documented design process. In Shinichiro Kobayashi's original story for Godzilla vs. Biollante, Biollante was said to be the result of Dr. Shiranui (the earlier name for Genshiro Shiragami) mixing the cells of his dead daughter with those of a tropical plant. Biollante was only meant to have a single form and battle with Godzilla at the end of the movie, and was envisioned to have the face of a woman and poisonous petals that resembled butterfly wings.[2]

Some of the first pieces of Biollante concept art were done by artist Kako Yodane, who had done a lot of concept art for 1970's tokusatsu shows such as Mirrorman. Yodane based Biollante's rose form on Darling Utsubo, a creature he had previously designed for Emergency Command 10-4 · 10-10.[3] For Biollante's final form, Yodane submitted a four-legged Biollante concept inspired by the The Return of Ultraman monster Leogon, who was designed by him and created by the Shinichiro Kobayashi, who also created Biollante. Other Biollante concept art was also done by Kow Yokoyama, Yuto Matsubara, Studio Nue, Studio OX, and Shinji Nishikawa, who created near-final concept art for the monster.[4]

Appearance

At first, Biollante takes the form of a giant rose with a set of jaws inside her large red flower, as well as long prehensile vines. In this form, Biollante also sports numerous leaves that hang from her 'neck'. This form of Biollante can move, but appears to be rooted to the ground when Godzilla fights her, and is unable to move without converting into a cloud of orange-yellow spores once rooted. At the base of Biollante's body is a yellowish-red sac, referred to as a nucleus,[5][6] which glows brightly. The nucleus is stated to emit energy,[5] but aside from that its function is unknown.

In her second form, the Godzilla genes take over and Biollante's body becomes an abomination of biological science. Biollante's second form has a head similar to that of a Mosasaur or crocodile and a maw with knife-like teeth, even on the interior lining. In addition, six large tusks, three on each side, protrude from the fulcrum-region of her mouth. Large numbers of vines and tendrils are a primary feature of Biollante in both forms. Some vines end in sharp, spear-like ends, while others sport small, sharp-toothed mouths. To 'run,' Biollante uses her four main tendrils to lunge forward, gathering speed as she does so. What appears to be meaty flesh is visible underneath the tangled mess of vines and plant tissue on Biollante's chest. The fleshy surface is yellow and red-orange and has many wrinkles and lines, resembling a brain.

Origins

Biollante is a Godzilla, rose, and human tribrid created by Genshiro Shiragami. Shiragami originally created a human-and-rose hybrid in 1984 by splicing the DNA of his daughter, Erika Shiragami, who was killed in a Bio-Major-authorized bombing of his lab in Saradia, with that of a rosebush. Then, in 1990, Mount Mihara began to erupt, creating an earthquake that killed several roses, making Shiragami panic and splice the Godzilla DNA that had been collected in 1984 with a single rose so that it could become invincible. The fusion eventually led to the rose becoming sentient and able to move on its own, and it continued to evolve into a giant monster.

History

Heisei Series

Godzilla vs. Biollante

Biollante Flower Beast Form
Biollante's Flower Beast Form in Godzilla vs. Biollante
Following the death of his beloved daughter Erika in a bombing conducted by Bio-Major at his laboratory in Saradia, geneticist Genshiro Shiragami spliced some of her cells into a rosebush, intending to keep her alive forever. Shiragami relocated to a smaller laboratory near Lake Ashi, where he kept the roses containing his daughter's cells in a terrarium outside the lab. In 1990, Shiragami called in young psychic Miki Saegusa to attempt to telepathically communicate with the roses, hoping that some faint trace of Erika's consciousness still existed within them. To Shiragami's dismay, Miki reported no signal from the roses. Shortly afterward, an earthquake struck the area, destroying the terrarium and killing most of the roses. Realizing that the last remnant of his daughter was soon to die, Shiragami took desperate measures. He volunteered to assist the JSDF in genetically engineering the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, a biological weapon derived from Godzilla's own cells, on the condition he could keep a sample of Godzilla cells in his laboratory. On a stormy night, Shiragami successfully spliced the Godzilla cells with the cells of a single surviving rose, hoping that the potent self-reproductive ability of Godzilla's cells would make the rose immortal. The rose survived, while its cell division accelerated rapidly, causing it to begin growing substantially in size.

Hoping to steal Shiragami's research on the ANEB, Bio-Major agents John Lee and Michael Low, along with Saradian agent SSS9 raided Shiragami's laboratory one night. While inside, they were attacked by the rose, which had been mutated into a sentient and mobile creature by the Godzilla cells. The rose strangled Low to death, while Lee and SSS9 were barely able to escape with their lives. The rose then broke out of the laboratory and took root in Lake Ashi. The next morning, Shiragami traveled to the lake to see the creature, which he named "Biollante." Miki Saegusa reported that she could sense a human spirit within the bizarre lifeform, calling out faintly. Shiragami realized that this spirit was none other than the consciousness of his daughter. Biollante began crying out, which attracted the attention of Godzilla, who had just been unleashed from his volcanic prison in Mount Mihara by a Bio-Major bomb. Godzilla reached Lake Ashi by nightfall, where came face to face with Biollante. Shiragami suggested it was possible that Godzilla came all this way to see Biollante because he sensed they were made from the same cells. As Shiragami put it, they were more than just brother and sister, but the same creature, only with Godzilla being an animal, and Biollante a plant. As if panicking, Biollante attacked Godzilla with her vines, wrapping them around his arm and neck. Godzilla fought back, blasting Biollante with his atomic breath. Godzilla's atomic breath had an adverse effect on Biollante's cell division, causing her core to hemorrhage and her petals to fall off. Biollante tried to hold Godzilla at bay by building a wall with her vines, but Godzilla destroyed it with his atomic breath. Godzilla blasted Biollante with his atomic breath again, causing her to burst into flames. Rather than die, Biollante broke apart into glowing spores of energy and floated into the sky. Shiragami remarked that Biollante was truly immortal and incapable of dying after all. His enemy gone, Godzilla left the area and continued menacing Japan.

Biollante Plant Beast Form
Biollante's Plant Beast Form battles Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Biollante

Days later, while Godzilla was battling the JSDF near Wakasa Bay, Biollante's spores appeared in the sky and floated down to the ground. The ground then split open, as countless vines erupted from underground and Biollante appeared in her colossal final form. Biollante immediately attacked Godzilla, stabbing him with spear-tipped vines and sitting acidic sap at him. As their battle raged on, Godzilla charged headfirst at Biollante, who closed her mouth around his head, regurgitating corrosive sap onto it. Godzilla proceeded to fire a blast of his atomic breath directly into Biollante's mouth, which exploded out of the back of her head, critically wounding her. Biollante's onslaught had raised Godzilla's internal temperature to a point that the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria in his system could divide, causing him to become severely weakened. Godzilla tried to retreat, but collapsed headfirst into the ocean. Rather than celebrate the ANEB's success, Shiragami simply remarked that Godzilla and Biollante weren't monsters, but scientists like him who created them were. Biollante then proceeded to break apart into energy spores once again and float up into the sky. As the spores floated away, Miki reported that she heard Biollante say "Thank you." Shiragami witnessed Erika's face appear among the spores just before he was shot and killed by SSS9. As Godzilla recovered and waded back out to sea, Biollante took the form of a gigantic rose floating above the Earth.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

Biollante is mentioned and appears through stock footage in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, as she is discussed as a possible catalyst for SpaceGodzilla's creation. It is theorized that when Biollante ascended to space following her second battle with Godzilla, some of her cells entered a black hole and were exposed to energy from supernovas and merged with crystalline organisms, evolving rapidly into SpaceGodzilla. It is also suggested that Mothra may have carried the Godzilla cells to space, with neither theory being definitively proven.

Abilities

Tendrils

One of Biollante's mouthed vines
Biollante, in her rose form, can constrict and grapple with an enemy with her many tendrils and mouthed vines, each of which are capable of spitting a highly corrosive sap that can blind an opponent. Some of her tendrils in her final form resemble spears and are capable of piercing through Godzilla's flesh relatively easily, with one even impaling Godzilla's hand.

Biollante can also use her tendrils for defensive purposes, as in her first form she used them to construct a wall to deflect Godzilla's atomic breath.

Energy Spores

Biollante can break apart her entire body into golden energy particles, ascend into the atmosphere, and return, healing completely. She used this to survive both of her fights with Godzilla.

Acid Sap

Biollante spraying her radioactive sap at Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Biollante
In her final form, Biollante retains all previous abilities, though she does acquire an additional one, which is the ability to spit large quantities of radioactive corrosive sap from her large mouth (the radiation is clearly visible as orange energy spores within the sap stream). She combines diamonds inside of her head to create this sap.[5]

Movement

Despite her plant-like body and rather grounded-looking appearance, Biollante is capable of moving across the ground rather quickly, using her four main tendrils like rudimentary feet to propel herself forwards.

Regeneration

Biollante also sports extremely enhanced regeneration capabilities, shown when she seemingly completely regenerated the back part of her head after it had been blown off by Godzilla's atomic ray (though this may just be a continuity error). According to Dr. Shiragami, Biollante is completely immortal and cannot die, due to both her regenerative capacity and ability to break apart into energy spores when wounded.

Tunneling

Biollante tunnels underground in Godzilla: Unleashed
Biollante can submerge her vines and tendrils and then have them rise up from the ground further away from her in a surprise attack. This ability is seen specifically in the video game Godzilla on the PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as in the IDW comic series Godzilla: Cataclysm.

In Godzilla: Unleashed, Biollante has the ability to submerge her entire body underground and tunnel around toward opponents.

Weaknesses

In Biollante's rose form, her cellular division is abnormally affected by Godzilla's atomic ray, resulting negatively in heavy body damage. Direct blasts from the atomic breath inside of her also can prove catastrophic, as with her final battle against Godzilla.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Godzilla: Battle Legends

Biollante's two forms in Godzilla: Battle Legends

Biollante's Rose and Final Form make an appearance as bosses; however, both are not playable. Biollante's Final Form is fought immediately after defeating her Rose Form.

Godzilla: Great Monster Battle

In this game, Biollante's final form is available as a playable character. She sports all of her standard abilities from her debut film, but is also able to fire bursts of energy from her tendrils. She can also block attacks by summoning a wall of vines from the ground. In this game, Biollante's Rose Form does not appear.

Godzilla: Save the Earth

An unobtainable, fully functional playable Biollante is present in the disc for Godzilla: Save the Earth. This Biollante has the same basic moveset as the Unleashed Biollante. She was scrapped because of licensing issues. It is possible to hack the PS2 version of the game or use a PS2 emulator to access Biollante's files and play as her, as multiple individuals have already done.

Biollante's intro
Biollante Gameplay

Godzilla: Unleashed

Biollante in Godzilla: Unleashed
Biollante appears in the Wii version of the 2007 game Godzilla: Unleashed. She is the biggest monster in the game, being 130 meters. This version is bigger than the movie version. Her size and vines give her a different fighting style. She cannot jump, instead she can 'stand' on her vines for a few seconds. Her heavy weight also prevents her from being picked up and thrown, and instead of being blown away by powerful attacks, she simply falls over. She has the slowest walk but makes up for it with her tunneling ability and charge. Her vines can fire from long distances while her giant mouth works well at close range, making her dangerous at any range. However despite high HP, her defense is weak and can be overwhelmed by offensive combos.

Height: 130 meters
Weight: 200,000 tons

"Biollante is a terrifying example of mankind's ability to unleash horrors upon the world. The result of anti-monster mutagen experiments gone horribly awry, Biollante is a patchwork mix of human, plant, and monster DNA. Biollante's sheer height and mass make her the largest known monster by a good margin, and if it were not for her limited mobility there is little doubt that she would have established herself already as Earth's most powerful monster. As a mutant, Biollante holds no special allegiance to any of her genetic kindred-though she does seem to harbor special animosity towards Godzilla. Biollante's quick-extending vines and corrosive poison spray make her a threat at range, while her massive jaws and incredible strength make her deadly up close."

Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash

Biollante also appears in the Nintendo DS game Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash, but is larger than her normal movie version, since it is clearly shown in the game itself that Biollante is as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Biollante in Godzilla

Biollante appears in both the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of Godzilla. She will appear in Area 17 at night during Stage 6. She attacks by using her vines as a melee weapons, and she will spit sap at Godzilla. As her life bar runs out, her abdomen-light will change color and blink. Occasionally, the Super X2 will arrive and enter battle with her. Like all other monsters, Biollante is playable in the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

Moveset

  • Square
    • Tap: Ivy Attack (2 hit attack)
    • Two taps: Ivy Attack (4 hit attack)
  • Triangle
    • Tap: Ivy Whip
    • Forward + Tap: Subterranean Ivy Attack (Front)
    • Backward + Tap: Subterranean Ivy Attack (Area)
  • X
    • Tap: Charge
    • Forward + Tap: Bite
  • Circle
    • Tap: Acid Sap
    • Roar + Tap: Acid Sap Shower
  • R2
    • Tentacle Dance

Kaiju Guide

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

Comics

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Neo Biollante in Kodansha's Godzilla, King of the Monsters manga
Revived by the mad doctor Oniyama, the new 'Neo Biollante' required water to stay alive like a real plant, but was still very strong, and fought Godzilla to a standstill with the help of Megalon, trapping him in a cage made of her vines. After being attacked by Megalon repeatedly while trapped, Godzilla suffered a complete loss of all resolve, and stood perfectly still in a state of grievous injury. It took Miki Hideo and Yosuke Hideo destroying one of Neo Biollante's water tanks with a SUV for the plant monster to lower her cage. Eventually, Godzilla lifted her up and Megalon accidentally killed her with his lightning bolt. Neo Biollante's DNA was later incorporated into Oniyama's final and finest creation, King Godzilla, manifesting as her head when his chest was blown apart and regenerated to activate her DNA.

The Godzilla Comic

In the fourth story in The Godzilla Comic, Monster Warrior Godzilla, Biollante is one of Godzilla's opponents. Godzilla is attacked by Biollante, but kills her by slicing her head off with a gigantic sword.

The Godzilla Comic Raids Again

Biollante also appeared in the The Godzilla Comic Raids Again living in space debris. She attempted to stop the Xiliens in their Earth conquest by battling King Ghidorah. Biollante was even able to absorb the space dragon's energy via a gravity beam, and transform into a plant-like King Ghidorah clone. But, even with her new enhancements, Biollante was defeated.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Biollante appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. She is referenced in issue #4 when a rose in a glass container is visible in the Devonians' base. Biollante makes her first actual appearance in issue #8, where she is used as a trump card to break the truce between the two teaming alien races. Biollante then fights Godzilla, until Godzilla defeats the massive plant beast by causing a volcano to erupt, burning her alive. Biollante's true fate remains unknown, as in issue #10 it is said that her spores have ascended into the atmosphere.


Godzilla: Cataclysm

Biollante appears in the miniseries Godzilla: Cataclysm. In the first issue, her vines are seen growing rapidly in the ruins of Tokyo. When a group of scavengers from a nearby village is attacked by a group of Kamacuras, Biollante appears and savagely tears the giant mantises apart with her tendrils. Suddenly, she is hit by a blast of atomic breath and turns to face Godzilla in battle. Biollante attampts to strangle Godzilla with her tendrils and uses them to bite deep into Godzilla's flesh. Godzilla retaliates by blasting Biollante through the chest with his atomic breath. As the two surviving members of the party, Arata and Shiori, attempt to escape, they notice that the plants covering the ruins of the city are burning. Suddenly, Mothra flies overhead and joins the battle. When Biollante begins to regenerate herself, Godzilla notices and proceeds to incinerate the plant monster with a blast of atomic breath and turns his attention back to Mothra. When Arata and Shiori return to the village and report the situation to Arata's grandfather Hiroshi, he expresses dismay that Godzilla has seemingly destroyed Biollante, the monster he believed could make the Earth green again. However, Shiori has brought back a piece of Biollante, which has now regenerated into a rose and is still growing rapidly.

Shiori and Arata bring Hiroshi to the tent where Biollante was left, only to find the tent filled with roses and vines with mouths. Hiroshi fears that Godzilla will go to the village to hunt down and destroy Biollante because he does not want her to restore the Earth and allow humanity to prosper again. Hiroshi cuts Biollante's core out of the mass of vines and takes it out of the tent, only to see Megaguirus arrive with a swarm of Meganula. The Meganula feed on Biollante's vines and prepare to go after her core, but Mothra soon arrives to battle Megaguirus and her swarm. Hiroshi believes Mothra is protecting Biollante so that she can restore the Earth to what it was before the cataclysm.

Hiroshi, Arata, and Shiori carry the regenerating Biollante away once Godzilla arrives and does battle with Mothra. Once they reach the sea, however, Destoroyah rises from the sea. Destoroyah splits apart into its aggregate forms and hunts down and kills the villagers one-by-one, and manages to fatally wound Hiroshi. Biollante soon takes root in the ground and spreads her vines around the area. Godzilla arrives and battles Destoroyah, with the help of the badly wounded Mothra. Destoroyah kills Mothra, but Biollante wraps her vines around him, making him helpless while Godzilla blasts his head off with his spiral red heat beam. As Godzilla returns to the sea, a rose blooms on Biollante's core and her vines begin to spread throughout the desolate city. One lone rose blooms in the streets of Tokyo, symbolizing the hope for the world to be reborn.

Godzilla: Oblivion

In the fourth issue of Godzilla: Oblivion, Biollante emerged from an interdimensional portal alongside Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, King Caesar and Zilla while Godzilla was battling Mecha-King Ghidorah. In the following issue, Biollante was seen with the other monsters, who were now joined by Hedorah, trying to fight Mecha-King Ghidorah, only to wander off and begin rampaging on her own. Later, after Mecha-King Ghidorah was defeated by Godzilla, all of the monsters were left behind as the humans left the Earth as it became covered by tiny robotic cells that served as interdimensional doorways.

Gallery

Main article: Biollante/Gallery.

Roar

Biollante's roars

In Other Languages

  • Serbian: Биоланте
  • Russian: Биолланте
  • Chinese: 碧奥兰蒂

Trivia

  • With her weight of 200,000 metric tons in her final form, Biollante is the second-heaviest Toho monster to appear on film, with Flying Form SpaceGodzilla, who weighs 720,000 metric tons, being the heaviest.
  • Biollante is the first kaiju in the Heisei series to fight Godzilla.
  • Biollante is the sole enemy monster in the Heisei series that is unable to fly in her base form or final form; instead, she must transform into spores to do so.
  • Biollante's wailing cries, in rose form, are derived from the songs of a Humpback whale.[7]
  • Biollante is the first creature in the Godzilla film series to possess Godzilla's DNA. The others are SpaceGodzilla, Orga, Megaguirus, and Kiryu.
    • However, Biollante is not the first monster possessing Godzilla's DNA to appear in a piece of officially licensed media, but the second. The first is Raban, a human-Godzilla hybrid who appeared 31 years earlier in the 1958 manga Kaiju Raban.
  • Biollante's rose form was originally going to look more like a lily, with a gigantic tendril extending out of its center.
  • In the Trendmasters Godzilla toy line, Biollante is said to be a male, which is inaccurate.
  • Biollante is the only opponent Godzilla fights in the Heisei series who is unable to fly in her standard form.
  • A monster similar to Biollante was meant to be part of the Genseishin Justirisers series.
  • Biollante is the first female kaiju in the Godzilla series that isn't an insect.
  • Biollante shares many similarities with SpaceGodzilla, suggesting that she is more likely responsible for SpaceGodzilla's creation than Mothra. These similarities include tusks on the sides of her mouth, membranes on the inside of her mouth, rows of sharp teeth inside of her mouth, a screeching roar, and the ability to break apart into energy spores after being mortally wounded.

Videos

Wikizilla video page Kaiju Profile: Biollante

References

This is a list of references for Biollante. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Official Godzilla Compendium. Profiles of the Monsters; Page 121.
  2. Original script of Godzilla vs Biollantte.jpg
  3. Kako Yodane. 華麗なる円谷特撮デザインの世界 ミラーマン☆ジャンボーグA 米谷佳晃デザインワークス 1971〜1973. Kodansha. 14 April 2014. ISBN: 978-4-06-364953-6.
  4. Shinji Nishikawa. Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla. Yosensha. 9 June 2016. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-4800309594.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Toho. Godzilla Giant Monster Diagram Encyclopedia (3rd Edition). Kodansha. p. 10. March 20, 1996. ISBN: 406259031X.
  6. 放射樹液生成ぶくる: ダイヤモンドもとかす、樹液をつくりだす。//動物性細胞: 筋肉ににていてとてもじょうぶ。大きなからだをうごかす。//核: ビオランテの中心部。光りかがやき、エネルギーを発する
  7. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Humpbackwhale2.ogg

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