Fake Godzilla

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Toho Company, Limited Mecha
Fake Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Fake Godzilla
Nicknames Godzilla, Mechagodzilla
Species Robot
Height 50 meters
Weight 40,000 metric tons
Forms Mechagodzilla
Controlled by Black Hole Planet 3 AliensGvM, XiliensGI, CryogsGRoE
Relations Godzilla (Counterpart),
Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens (Creators)
Allies None
Enemies Anguirus, Godzilla
Created by Jun Fukuda, Tomoyuki Tanaka
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Godzilla Island
More Roars

Fake Godzilla (にせゴジラ,   Nise Gojira?) is a disguise of the alien mecha, Mechagodzilla, created by Toho that first appeared in the 1974 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

When it first emerged from Mount Fuji, Mechagodzilla wore a pseudo-reptilian skin that allowed it to almost seamlessly resemble Godzilla. This disguise was damaged in battle with Anguirus, and eventually completely removed in battle with Godzilla himself. Mechagodzilla has frequently worn the Fake Godzilla disguise in non-film media such as video games and comics, while Fake Godzilla appeared as its own individual monster in the 1997 television series Godzilla Island.


The "fake" in Fake Godzilla's Japanese name is sometimes spelled in either kanji (偽?), katakana (ニセ?), or hiragana (にせ?) characters, though all of these spellings are pronounced "nise."


In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Fake Godzilla looks almost identical to the MegaroGoji suit. At first, Fake Godzilla was portrayed using the actual MegaroGoji suit, but after Anguirus exposes metal on its arm, it is portrayed using a second suit that has some differences from the MegaroGoji. This suit features a more pronounced nose, sharper pointed teeth, and sinister-looking eyes. This suit also features stiff elongated fingers designed to resemble Mechagodzilla's finger missiles.

In Godzilla Island, Fake Godzilla is portrayed with another of the same figure used to portray Godzilla in the show. After it is exposed as a fake, the suit has a metallic torso identical to that of the Showa Mechagodzilla visible underneath its skin.


Fake Godzilla was a disguise for the first Mechagodzilla created by the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens.


Showa Series

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Fake Godzilla first appeared at Mount Fuji and attacked a nearby apartment building. Anguirus soon arrived and attacked Fake Godzilla, realizing he was a fake. He battled Fake Godzilla, and tore off a piece of his skin, revealing metal underneath. Fake Godzilla broke Anguirus' jaw, sending him retreating back underground. He was attacked by real Godzilla later that night while attacking Tokyo, and they fought until Fake Godzilla was revealed to be an impostor. Fake Godzilla was a robot Godzilla in disguise.

Godzilla Island

Fake Godzilla in Godzilla Island
Fake Godzilla appeared in Godzilla Island episodes 16-20. Fake Godzilla is being controlled by Zaguresu and went on a rampage across Japan. Believed to be the real Godzilla, he was put in a cave in handcuffs. The cave was blocked by metal bars, almost like he was in jail.

Megalon and Battra flew to Godzilla Island and attacked. They were eventually driven off by Rodan, Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Moguera after a quick fight, but this distraction allowed Fake Godzilla to escape. He rampaged through Japan again. Still thinking he was the real Godzilla, the G-Guard Commander warned that if Fake Godzilla didn't stop, he would have to be destroyed. Torema flew to Japan and pleaded for Fake Godzilla to stop, but was shot down. However, the ship was grabbed. The real Godzilla had come. He blasted Fake Godzilla, burning off some of the rubber skin and revealing metal inside, proving he was a fake. Godzilla fought and easily destroyed the copy-cat. Zaguresu then revealed she had tried to frame Godzilla. It is likely this Cybot was not the Showa Mechagodzilla given how easy Godzilla destroyed him.


Video Games

Super Godzilla

Fake Godzilla appears in the U.S. version of Super Godzilla as its weakest enemy, it only needs one hit to be defeated. However, once hit, it becomes Mechagodzilla, the true boss of the stage.


Godzilla, King of the Monsters

After Doctor Oniyama finished rebuilding Mechagodzilla for the third time, he crafted a false skin over it which acted as a disguise, recreating Fake Godzilla. Fake Godzilla attacked Tokyo on Oniyama's orders, but was revealed after Yosuke Hideo shot away several areas of the robot's skin with his ASTOL-MB93.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Fake Godzilla makes an appearance in issue 13 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth as a Godzilla disguise used by a Mechagodzilla built by the Cryog aliens. The Fake Godzilla lures Anguirus to the arctic, where it sheds its disguise and reveals itself as Mechagodzilla and attacks Anguirus.


Main article: Fake Godzilla/Gallery.

In Other Languages

  • Russian: Лже-Годзилла
  • Serbian: Лaжнa-Годзила / Lažna-Godzila


  • The Fake Godzilla suit was later used to portray Godzilla wading out to sea at the end of Terror of Mechagodzilla.
  • During Fake Godzilla's appearance through stock footage at the beginning of Terror of Mechagodzilla, it is given Godzilla's normal roar rather than Mechagodzilla's.
  • The Fake Godzilla in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth is modeled after a Godzilla figure produced by Bullmark in 1970.[1]
  • Though Fake Godzilla itself does not appear in the game, it is referenced in Godzilla on the PlayStation 4 in Mechagodzilla's battle intro, which features Mechagodzilla appearing on fire before it extinguishes to reveal Mechagodzilla, which is a reference to its Fake Godzilla exo-skin being burned off in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.


This is a list of references for Fake Godzilla. 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. Bullmark 1970 Godzilla.jpg

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Showa Mechagodzilla
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one month ago
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By technicality, this is an official Godzilla design. It was used to portray Godzilla at the end of Terror of Mechagodzilla. Same thing happened when the movie Daleks appeared in Doctor Who.

Varan The Unbelievable

5 months ago
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F A K E R !


7 months ago
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7 months ago
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It was kool that I would like to see again


6 months ago
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gonna rephrase it.

He was kool and I would like to see him again.


7 months ago
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The Godzilla that wasn't! This was a really cool idea, and if Toho ever makes another evil MechaGodzilla, it'd be cool if they used this technique again.