Jet Jaguar

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Jet Jaguar™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Mecha
Jet Jaguar in Godzilla vs. Megalon
Jet Jaguar
Nicknames Jet-Jaguar, Robot Man, Red Alone, King Kong*, Superman*
Subtitle Electronic Robot
(電子ロボット,   Denshi Robotto?)[1]
Species Robot
Height 1.8 meters (Normal)[2]
50 meters (Giant)[2][3]
Weight 150 kilograms (Normal)[2]
25,000 metric tons (Giant)[2][3]
Forms Normal Size, Giant Size
Controlled by Goro Ibuki,
Seatopians (Temporarily)
Relations Goro Ibuki (Creator)
Allies Godzilla, KiryuGRoE, M.O.G.U.E.R.A.GRoE, ZillaGRoE, King CaesarGRoE, RodanGRoE, AnguirusGRoE, KumongaGRoE GorosaurusGRoE, BaragonGRoE, KamoebasGRoE, VaranGRoE SandaGRoE, GairaGRoE, KamacurasGRoE
Enemies Megalon, Gigan, Orga, Destoroyah, Trilopod, Magita
Created by A Japanese child
Portrayed Tsugutoshi Komada and Masachika Mori
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Godzilla vs. Megalon Godzilla Island
Roar(s)
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Jet Jaguar (ジェットジャガー,   Jettojagā?) is a heroic mecha created by Toho that first appeared in the 1973 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Megalon.

An advanced robot created by Japanese inventor Goro Ibuki, Jet Jaguar was stolen by the Seatopians and used to guide their guardian monster Megalon in his destruction of the surface world. Goro managed to sever the Seatopians' control of the robot, only to discover that Jet Jaguar had become self-aware and altered his own programming. Jet Jaguar used his newfound power to recruit the assistance of Godzilla, then grew to gigantic size to battle Megalon and Gigan. With Godzilla's aid, Jet Jaguar drove off the villainous monsters and saved the Earth, then returned to his creator. Despite making only one film appearance, Jet Jaguar has been featured in several video games and comic books.

Development

Jet Jaguar was the result of a contest Toho had in mid-to-late 1972 for fans to come up with a new hero for them to use, to capitalize on the many tokusatsu, anime superhero and super robot shows that were very popular at the time. The winner of the contest submitted the drawing of a robot called Red Alone (レッド·アローン,   Reddo Arōn?). The robot resembled both Ultraman and Mazinger Z (both of which were very popular). The robot's design was altered and it was renamed "Jet Jaguar." Toho's next tokusatsu film, Godzilla vs. Megalon, paired Godzilla with Jet Jaguar against both Megalon and Gigan.

Personality

Jet Jaguar carries Rokuro Ibuki on his shoulders.
Jet Jaguar fights to protect others, and acts very much like a superhero. When not fighting, he is shown to be very friendly towards others, offering handshakes, and even carrying a child on his shoulders. According to Godzilla: Unleashed, Jet Jaguar fights as a reserve member of the Global Defense Force, offering his services to humanity in times of need. In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, he autonomously enters battles to aid humanity's military forces and the monsters of Earth. Jet Jaguar even joins CKR's forces in an assault on the Cryogs' base, communicating with others using a "thumbs-up" gesture.

Origins

In Godzilla vs. Megalon, Jet Jaguar was created by scientist Goro Ibuki. Jet Jaguar eventually became self-aware and gained the ability to alter his own programming, but chose to use his powers to fight for good. The game Godzilla: Unleashed references this origin, stating in its bio for Jet Jaguar that he was created by a Japanese scientist for unknown reasons. Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash, even explicitly mentions Goro Ibuki by name.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth never explains Jet Jaguar's exact origins, but it is implied he has some connection to the Cryogs, as they seemed to recognize him when he boarded their ship.

History

Showa Series

Godzilla vs. Megalon

Jet Jaguar battles Megalon in Godzilla vs. Megalon

Jet Jaguar was an advanced human-sized robot created by inventor Goro Ibuki. Having been stolen by the underground nation of Seatopia, Jet Jaguar's mission was to guide Megalon to Tokyo so the insect kaiju could destroy it. Eventually, however, Goro freed Jet Jaguar from the Seatopians' control and sent him to fetch Godzilla from Monster Island. As Godzilla made his way to Japan, Jet Jaguar flew back to the mainland and faced Megalon in battle. Increasing his size to fifty meters, Jet Jaguar attacked Megalon and was holding his own in the battle until the cyborg Gigan arrived to provide Megalon some backup. The two evil beasts were too much for Jet Jaguar, who was beaten senseless until Godzilla finally arrived. After a long fight, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar were able to defeat their foes, sending Megalon back to Seatopia and Gigan back into outer space. After the fight, Jet Jaguar shook hands with Godzilla, then reverted to his normal size and returned to his home with Goro.

Godzilla Island

Jet Jaguar in Godzilla Island

Jet Jaguar appears extensively in the TV series Godzilla Island. In the show, Jet Jaguar is represented as three distinct robots; a Silver Jet Jaguar, who was a fighting machine that battled alongside Mechagodzilla and Moguera, a Medic Jet Jaguar, who tended to the injured monsters, and a Fire Fighter Jet Jaguar, who worked to put out the fires caused by the monsters' fights.

Abilities

Jet Jaguar lifting Gigan in Godzilla vs. Megalon

The mechanical hero has the ability to alter his size at will, and is skilled at melee attacks. His abilities also include being able to communicate with monsters and flying. He is also able to carry incredibly heavy objects and even fly while being weighed down by Godzilla riding on his back. Jet Jaguar's eyes also contain two spotlights, useful for blinding or scanning for opponents.

Outside of his film appearances he can fire beams from his arms, similarly to Ultraman. He has also been shown growing larger than his film appearance in the Atari trilogy of video games, rivaling Biollante's height, but being this size makes him very slow. He can also shrink to be smaller than his opponents, which also makes him immune to beam attacks.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Jet Jaguar's intelligence and resilience are emphasized greatly. He is able to control Kiryu like a human pilot, and is able to defend against attacks that would normally critically damage or destroy the other mechs. He is also shown to be able to knock Godzilla out with a single blow to the face, despite being struck at point blank range by Godzilla's atomic breath.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla: Trading Battle

In Godzilla: Trading Battle Jet Jaguar can release an "explosion breath" from his mouth.

Godzilla: Save the Earth

Jet Jaguar is a playable character in Godzilla: Save the Earth. In this game, Jet Jaguar can fire energy beams from his arms and spin himself around at extreme speeds, creating a deadly tornado. Jet Jaguar possesses numerous martial arts-inspired melee combat moves, and can change his size to grow much larger or smaller than his opponent. While in his smallest combat form, Jet Jaguar deploys a reflection shield over his body, making him immune to beam attacks, which are reflected back at the opponent.

Godzilla: Unleashed

Jet Jaguar in Godzilla: Unleashed

Height: 90 meters
Weight: 38,000 tons

"Jet Jaguar is a human-sized robot created by a Japanese scientist for unknown reasons. Created with a great potential for learning, Jet Jaguar achieved sentience and began to modify himself and his programming. His most impressive modification has been his ability to change his own size-allowing him to grow large enough to dwarf monsters such as Godzilla. Unfortunately, Jet Jaguar cannot maintain his enormous size indefinitely, and must periodically rest to regain his energies. Jet Jaguar is a reserve member of the Global Defense Force-heroically protecting humanity whenever it is threatened by monstrous threats."

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Jet Jaguar in Godzilla

In the PS3 version, Jet Jaguar appears as a boss in Area 12 on Stage 5 if the G-Generators are not destroyed fast enough. He may also appear on other levels as a random boss. He attacks using melee attacks. He has a custom theme, and a cutscene of him shaking Godzilla's hand is played after he is defeated three times.

In the PS4 version, he can be encountered on 3 stages with special conditions. He can also only be encountered the first time as Godzilla. If the player destroys the area to between 50% and 65%, and then destroys the generator, Jet Jaguar will appear. He can appear in:

  • Stage 1 of Area 1
  • Stage 4 of Area 7
  • Stage 5 of Area 16

The destruction level applies for all areas.

Moveset

  • Square
    • One tap: Right Chop
    • Two taps: Left Chop
    • Three taps: Headbutt
  • Triangle
    • Tap: Dropkick
    • Roar + Tap: Somersault
  • X
    • Tap: Dash
    • Backward + Tap: Backflip
    • Right/Left + Tap: Left Right Step
    • Tap + Triangle: Sliding
  • Circle
    • Tap: Flying Tackle
    • Roar + Tap: Moon Somersault
  • R2
    • Tap: Shrunken Flight

Kaiju Guide

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

Comics

RULERS OF EARTH Issue 7.jpg
Jet Jaguar appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Jet Jaguar appeared to help Godzilla to fight against Orga and Gigan. After flying into Orga's mouth and expanding in him, causing Orga to explode. When Godzilla inspected Jet Jaguar, he tried blasting Jet Jaguar with his atomic breath, but managed to make Godzilla to turn his attention on Gigan. While Godzilla was distracted, Jet Jaguar noticed that Orga was trying to regenerate his entire body and so he set out to stop the kaiju, but ultimately failed. After Godzilla defeated Gigan, he becomes enraged and attacked Jet Jaguar by firing his atomic breath at point blank range and smacked the robot with his tail, but was knocked out after Jet Jaguar punched Godzilla's face. Eventually, Jet Jaguar flew to the Cryog ship to help Steven Woods and Chavez, but not before throwing Godzilla out to sea.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #12, Jet Jaguar fought Destoroyah, even shrinking to human size, then piloting Kiryu to fire the Absolute Zero Cannon, killing Destoroyah. He then attempted to stop the humans from setting off underwater explosives while Godzilla was in the area, but did not make it in time.

Jet Jaguar then disappeared for several years, but reemerged when the Trilopods attacked the Earth. Jet Jaguar traveled to Los Angeles to assist Godzilla in the battle against the creatures and fought against a Trilopod that had taken on Godzilla's characteristics, but was nearly destroyed by it. Thankfully, Jet Jaguar was saved by Zilla, and joined with Godzilla and his allies to defeat the Trilopods. At some point in the battle, Jet Jaguar managed to attack Gigan and defeat the cyborg monster. After Godzilla destroyed Magita, Jet Jaguar observed Godzilla and the other monsters traveling out to sea, following them from a distance. Jet Jaguar was last seen human-sized being repaired in Dr. Ando's office.

Gallery

Main article: Jet Jaguar/Gallery.

Roar

Jet Jaguar's sounds

Trivia

  • For the German release of Godzilla vs. Megalon, Jet Jaguar was renamed to King Kong. However, there is no connection to the real King Kong beyond his name; contrary to a widespread misconception, he is not said to be a giant ape wearing a robot suit in the dub.
  • The popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion paid homage to Jet Jaguar in the episode "A Human Work," where a robot named Jet Alone appears. Its shares a similar color scheme with Jet Jaguar, and references both his name and the name of his original design, Red Alone. 
  • A song about Jet Jaguar plays at the end of Godzilla vs. Megalon.

References

This is a list of references for Jet Jaguar. 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. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 153. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 ゴジラ完全解読 (別冊宝島 2207). The Clockwork Things; Page 117.
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini. The Official Godzilla Compendium. Random House. p. 129. 24 March 1998. ISBN: 0279888225.
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MosuFan2004

4 months ago
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Overrated but awesome.
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BigRandomKaiju

4 months ago
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While I do love him I still prefer the original design
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Koopa

4 months ago
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Jet Jaguar is pretty badass, and his numerous appearances in non-film media confirm this. It's weird how he hasn't appeared on screen since Godzilla Island though.
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SkullIsland

6 months ago
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That trading battle card makes him look so evil.
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Deathrock9

6 months ago
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How the hell did they get from the somewhat cool design that Red Alone had to this?
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MosuFan2004

13 months ago
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JET JAGUAR IS PURE AWESOMENESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS5SSSS!!!