Kamoebas

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Kamoebas™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Kamoebas in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Kamoebas
Subtitle Giant Turtle Monster
(大亀怪獣,   Ōkame Kaijū?)
Nicknames Kameba, Kamoeba, Kamebas,
Megalo matamata
Species Giant Mata Mata Turtle
Length 20 meters[1][2]
Weight 28,000 metric tons[1][2]
Controlled by YogSA
Relations Yog (Creator), Gezora and Ganimes ('Brothers')
Allies King CaesarGRoE, AnguirusGRoE, RodanGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, GodzillaGRoE, ZillaGRoE, KamacurasGRoE, Jet JaguarGRoE, BaragonGRoE, VaranGRoE, SandaGRoE, GairaGRoE, KumongaGRoE
Enemies Godzilla, Ganimes, Godman, Trilopod, Magita
Created by Ishiro Honda, Ei Ogawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Portrayed Haruyoshi Nakamura, Puppet
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Space Amoeba Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Designs ShodaiKamo, SOSKamo
Roar(s)
Space Amoeba
Go! Godman
More Roars

Kamoebas (カメーバ,   Kamēba?) is a giant mutated turtle kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1970 Toho film, Space Amoeba.

Name

Kamoebas' name is derived from the Japanese word "kame" (カメ?), which means "turtle," and "amoeba,"a reference to Kamoebas' creator, the giant space amoeba Yog.

Kamoebas' scientific name given in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., "Megalo matamata," is likely derived from the Greek word "Megalos," which means "giant" or "great," and "matamata," which comes from the mata mata turtle.

Origins

Kamoebas was a mata mata turtle living on Sergio Island that was possessed and mutated into a monster by the alien amoeba Yog in his attempt to conquer the Earth. Although Kamoebas was killed along with Yog and Ganimes, at least one other Kamoebas existed on the island and was first sighted in 1987.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Kamoebas is an ancient creature that has existed since prehistoric times, and like most of the other kaiju in the comic is part of the natural balance of the Earth.

History

Showa Series

Space Amoeba

After Ganimes was destroyed, Yog turned to a mata mata turtle transformed it into Kamoebas, while also creating another Ganimes. However, bats fled from a nearby cave and caused Yog to lose control of the monsters. Kamoebas and Ganimes battled each other up the mountain in the center of the island and both fell into the volcano, destroying themselves and Yog forever.


Go! Godman

Kamoebas suddenly appeared at a beach and terrorized some beach-goers. The couple called out for Godman, who heard their plea and appeared on the scene in a matter of seconds. Kamoebas was confronted by the hero, and attempted to defend itself any way it could; mostly scratching and biting while rising on its hind legs. Despite making a valiant effort, Kamoebas was eventually outmatched and quickly destroyed by Godman.


Millennium Series

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

A dead Kamoebas, the first specimen of its kind seen since 1987, washed ashore in Japan in 2004, with gaping slash wounds in its neck. The J.X.S.D.F. surrounded the carcass and examined it, determining that it was probably attacked by a huge predator, most likely Godzilla, and eventually died from its wounds.


Abilities

  • Kamoebas has a hard carapace.
  • Kamoebas has an extendable neck.

Filmography

Video Games

Bandai Namco's Godzilla

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

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Kamoebas was first seen in a flashback where it came to shore while Gorosaurus and Megaguirus fought. It was classified as a "water kaiju" by the Shobijin. Kamoebas was captured by the Trilopods at some point and was imprisoned in their hive. King Caesar recognized Kamoebas as a monster from his time and freed him before freeing all of the other imprisoned kaiju. Kamoebas then assisted in the final battle against the Trilopods and Magita, and followed Godzilla out to sea along with the other monsters once the battle was over.


Gallery

Main article: Kamoebas/Gallery.

Roar

In Go! Godman, Kamoebas reused Mukadender's roars.

Kamoebas' roars

In Other Languages

  • Russian: Камоэбас
  • Yiddish: קאַמאָעבאַס

Trivia

  • In the movie Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Anguirus was supposed to be the monster whose carcass washes ashore, not Kamoebas. However, staff thought that putting Anguirus in that role would draw negative fan reactions, so they changed the monster to Kamoebas. Another, unconfirmed reason may be because Anguirus is traditionally Godzilla's ally. It is also sometimes believed that Kamoebas was included as an indirect shot at fellow turtle kaiju Gamera, although once again, this is purely rumor.
    • Concept art shows that Kamoebas' role also originally was meant for a Liopleurodon, but Toho felt it would be odd to introduce a brand new creature just to have it die in an unseen fight.
  • Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. establishes that a Kamoebas was sighted in 1987, even though the Kamoebas seen in Space Amoeba died along with Ganimes and Yog in 1970. It is possible that, like he had done with Ganimes, Yog possessed more than one mata mata turtle on the island and created multiple Kamoebas specimens.
  • The Giant Turtle from the Godzilla: The Series episode End of the Line shares some traits with Kamoebas, most prominently its spiky shell and extendable neck.

References

This is a list of references for Kamoebas. 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 ゴジラ大怪獣超百科 (テレビマガジン デラックス20). Monsters of Terror Attacking Humanity; Page 62.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ゴジラ完全解読 (別冊宝島 2207). The Beasts from Outer Space; Page 135.

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MosuFan2004

one month ago
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he's a cool guy
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Koopa

one month ago
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Kamoebas has to be one of my favourite minor monsters in the franchise. He's got a pretty cool design in general.
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BigRandomKaiju

one month ago
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He'll always be one of my favorite kaijus
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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It's hilarious how Kamoebas got a new design for Millennium series yet only made an appearance as a dead corpse that washed up on a beach.
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Titanollante

7 months ago
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Poor Kamoebas. He doesn't get a lot of love.