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|caption          =Gabara in All Monsters Attack
 
|name            =Gabara{{tt|™|Gabara is a Trademark of Toho Company Ltd.}}
 
|name            =Gabara{{tt|™|Gabara is a Trademark of Toho Company Ltd.}}
|species          =Mutant Amphibian{{sup|[[All Monsters Attack|AMA]]<ref name ="Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works">''[[Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works]]''. All Monsters Attack; Pages 132-135</ref>, [[Go! Godman|G!Go]]}},<br>Gluttonous [[Minions of Maoh|Minion of Maoh]] Mutation{{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
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|subtitle        =Heinous Monster<br>{{Nihongo|凶悪怪獣|Kyōaku Kaijū}}<ref name="1954-1999">{{cite book|title=[[Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works]]|date=1 January [[2000]]|publisher=[[Shogakukan]]|page=134|isbn=978-4091014702}}</ref><br>Heinous New Monster<br>{{Nihongo|凶悪な新怪獣|Kyōakuna Shin Kaijū}}<ref name="JPTrailer">[[File:Kyooakuna Kaijuu Gabara.png|200px]]</ref><br>Furious New Monster<br>{{Nihongo|猛烈新怪獣|Mōretsu Shin Kaijū}}<br>Toad Monster {{Nihongo|ガマ怪獣|Gama Kaijū}}<ref name="DEoTMM!!GSECWorks">{{cite book|title=Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works|date=21 December [[1994]]|publisher=Natsumesha|page=53|isbn=978-4816317750}}</ref><br>Heinous Toad Monster<br>{{Nihongo|凶悪ガマ怪獣|Kyōaku Gama Kaijū}}{{sup|[[Godzilla: Trading Battle|G:TB]]}}
|nicknames        =Gabarah, Gabala, Gavalla, Gavara, Gaborik, Gebara
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|species          =Mutant amphibian,{{sup|[[All Monsters Attack|AMA]]}}<ref name="TSEMCWorks">{{cite book|title=[[Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works]]|date=28 September [[2012]]|publisher=Village Books|pages=134-135|isbn=4-864-91013-8}}</ref>{{sup|, [[Go! Godman|G!Go]]}}<br>gluttonous [[Minions of Maoh|Minion of Maoh]] mutation{{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
|height          =58 meters<ref name="GodzillaCompendium">''[[The Official Godzilla Compendium]]''. Profiles of the Monsters; Page 123.</ref>
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|nicknames        =Gabarah, Gabala, Gavalla, Gavara, Gaborik, Gebara, Gabera, Gabra<ref name="Minya, Son of Godzilla">[[File:All Monsters Attack Poster United States 1.jpg|150px]]</ref>
|length          =None
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|weight          =23,000 metric tons<ref name="GodzillaCompendium"/>
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|height          =58 meters<ref name="1954-1999"/><ref name="GodzillaCompendium">{{cite book|title=[[The Official Godzilla Compendium]]|author=J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini|date=24 March [[1998]]|publisher= [[Random House]]|page=123|isbn=0279888225}}<br>[[File:Compendium4.png|150px]]</ref><br>10 meters{{sup|[[Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse|G:MA]]}}<ref name="Apocalypse"/>
|forms            =Human Size {{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
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|weight          =23,000 metric tons<ref name="1954-1999"/><ref name="GodzillaCompendium"/>
|controlled      =[[Tonchiki]] {{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
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|relationships    =[[Tonchiki]] {{Small|(Creator)}}{{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
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|forms            =Human size{{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
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|controlled      =[[Tonchiki]]{{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
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|relationships    =[[Tonchiki]] {{Small|(creator)}}{{sup|[[Go! Greenman|G!Gr]]}}
 
|allies          =[[Tonchiki]], [[Maoh]]
 
|allies          =[[Tonchiki]], [[Maoh]]
 
|enemies          =[[Godzilla]], [[Minilla]], [[Godman]], [[Greenman]]
 
|enemies          =[[Godzilla]], [[Minilla]], [[Godman]], [[Greenman]]
|created          =[[Ishiro Honda]], <br>[[Tomoyuki Tanaka]], <br>[[Shinichi Sekizawa]]
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|conceived        =[[Ishiro Honda]], [[Tomoyuki Tanaka]]
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|written          =[[Shinichi Sekizawa]]
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|designed        =[[Teizo Toshimitsu]], Kan Komura
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|modeled          =[[Teizo Toshimitsu]], [[Kanju Yagi and Yasuei Yagi|Kanju Yagi,<br>Yasuei Yagi]], [[Keizo Murase]]
 
|portrayed        =[[Yasuhiko Kakuko]]
 
|portrayed        =[[Yasuhiko Kakuko]]
|firstappearance  =[[All Monsters Attack]]
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|debut            =''[[All Monsters Attack]]''
|latestappearance =[[Go! Greenman]]
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|last            =''[[Go! Greenman]]''
|suits            =ShodaiGabara
 
 
|roar            =[[File:Gabara Roar Showa.ogg|180px|center|noicon]]{{More Roars}}
 
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'''Gabara''' {{Nihongo|ガバラ|Gabara}} is a dream {{kaiju}} created by [[Toho Company Ltd.|Toho]] that first first appeared in the [[1969]] [[Godzilla (Franchise)|Godzilla]] [[:Category:Godzilla Films|film]], ''[[All Monsters Attack]]''.
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{{Quote|That '''Gabara''' has lost again. Go home, Gabara, you are a loser!|[[Ichiro Miki]], after having witnessed the defeat of Gabara at the hands of [[Godzilla/Showa|Godzilla]] and [[Minilla]]. (''[[All Monsters Attack]]'')}}
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'''Gabara''' {{Nihongo|ガバラ|Gabara}} is a mutant amphibian [[kaiju]] who first appeared in the [[1969]] [[Toho]] [[Godzilla (franchise)|Godzilla]] [[:Category:Godzilla Films|film]], ''[[All Monsters Attack]]''.
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A malicious bully of a monster, Gabara existed within the dreams of [[Ichiro Miki]] in ''All Monsters Attack'', as a representation of Ichiro's real-life bully also nicknamed "Gabara." Gabara liked to bully [[Minilla]], who was too small and weak to fight back and couldn't rely on [[Godzilla/Showa|his father]] for assistance. Ichiro befriended Minilla and helped him to defeat Gabara using an elaborate trap. Gabara retaliated by attacking Godzilla himself, who promptly beat Gabara into submission. Gabara also made an appearance in Toho's 1970's [[tokusatsu]] shows ''[[Go! Godman]]'' and ''[[Go! Greenman]]'', where he fought against the titular heroes.
 
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==Name==
 
==Name==
In the context of ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'', Gabara gets its name from [[Ichiro Miki]]'s bully, who is also called Gabara. Originally, Gabara was to be called "Gebara" {{Nihongo|ゲバラ|Gebara}}, but Toho decided to change his name to Gabara in order to avoid confusion with the American biopic film ''Che!'', which was released in Japan as ''Guevara!'' {{Nihongo|ゲバラ!|Gebara!}} earlier in [[1969]].<ref name="Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works"/>
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In the context of ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'', Gabara gets its name from [[Ichiro Miki]]'s real-life bully Sanko, who he gives the nickname "Gabara."
==Appearance==
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The audio commentary for Classic Media's 2008 DVD release of All Monsters Attack humorously compares Gabara to a bipedal cat with car engine problems. Although he is said to be based on a toad<ref name="Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works"/>, Gabara is very similar to—and more than likely partially based on—the Oni of Japanese mythology and folklore. His costume design is very reminiscent of these demonic ogre / troll-like beings, further mixing the turquoise scales of a reptile with orange, cat-like fur. He also has three horns on his head, again much like the Oni, whose horns varied between one-to-three on average.
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Originally, Gabara was to be called '''Gebara''' {{Nihongo|ゲバラ|Gebara}},<ref name="AllTMPB">{{cite book|title=[[All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book]] (4th Edition)|date=4 September [[2016]]|publisher=Yosensha|pages=150-151|isbn=978-4-8003-0362-2}}</ref> but Toho decided to change his name to Gabara in order to avoid confusion with the American biopic film ''Che!'', which was released in Japan as ''Guevara!'' {{Nihongo|ゲバラ!|Gebara!}} earlier in [[1969]].<ref name="TSEMCWorks"/> The monster's original name "Gebara" can be seen on some early concept art.
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==Development==
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[[File:gabara concept art.png|thumb|right|200px|Finalized Gabara concept art by Kan Komura]]
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In the very earliest stages of conceiving a villain monster for ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'', [[Toho]] considered a monster based on the [[wikipedia:Mole cricket|mole cricket]], a motif which was also considered for what ultiately became the [[Meganulon]] from ''[[Rodan (film)|Rodan]]''. The giant mole cricket concept was given the name "Gebara," but was discarded as the filmmakers decided to go in a different direction and make the new kaiju a mutated toad instead. However, the mole cricket concept for Gebara was revived for the story ''[[Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive]]'' as a motif for the new kaiju [[Megalon]].<ref name="Chronicle">{{cite book|title=Godzilla Chronicle|publisher=[[Sony]] Magazines|date=July 1998|page=285|isbn=978-4789712941}}</ref> While this project became ''[[Godzilla vs. Gigan]]'', Toho went on to feature the insectoid kaiju Megalon in [[Godzilla vs. Megalon|the following film]], though his final design was based more on rhinoceros beetles and cicadas than mole crickets. The initial design for the toad-inspired Gabara was handled by [[Teizo Toshimitsu]],<ref name="AllTMPB"/> who drew the concept at actual size in order to aid in the eventual modeling of the suit. The concept was later re-drawn by art assistant Kan Komura, refining the facial expression and touches to the chest and abdomen.<ref name="GTCFPerfection">{{cite book|title=[[Godzilla Toho Champion Festival Perfection]]|date=29 November [[2014]]|publisher=[[Kadokawa|ASCII MEDIA WORKS]]|pages=103, 109|isbn=978-4-04-866999-3}}</ref>
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=GEBARA=.png|Initial concept art for Gabara by [[Teizo Toshimitsu]]. Note the early proposed name "Gebara" in the top right
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For Gabara's suit, the head was modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu,<ref name="AllTMPB"/> purportedly modified from that of a prior [[Godzilla]] suit.<ref name="KaijuGuide"/> ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'' would be the last ''[[Godzilla (franchise)|Godzilla]]'' project Toshimitsu would work on.<ref name="GTCFPerfection"/> Because Toshimitsu worked on the suits of both Gabara and [[King Ghidorah/Showa|King Ghidorah]], there are similarities between the horns modeled on the top of their heads.<ref name="AllTMPB"/> Gabara's body was handled by the [[Kanju Yagi and Yasuei Yagi|Yagi brothers Kanju and Yasuei]], and its form is said to take the overall shape of a tailless Godzilla.<ref name="AllTMPB"/> Keizo Murase also acted as an assistant modeler for Gabara.<ref name="GTCFPerfection"/>
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Gabara_Suit.jpg|The unfinished Gabara suit being donned
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AMA_-_Gabara_Suit_Close_Up.jpg|A closeup of the head of the unfinished Gabara suit
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Unfinished Gabara.png|[[Ishiro Honda]] tends to the in-progress Gabara suit
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Gabara's ability to electrocute things on contact is possibly a reference to Oni lore, as they too were sometimes associated with the natural forces of lighting and thunder.
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The Gabara suit was reused for the monster's appearances in the [[tokusatsu]] series ''[[Go! Godman]]'' and ''[[Go! Greenman]]''. While the suit had begun to deteriorate in ''Godman'', it underwent minor repairs and aesthetic touch-ups for its role in ''Greenman''.
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==Design==
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The audio commentary for Classic Media's 2008 DVD release of All Monsters Attack humorously compares Gabara to a bipedal cat with car engine problems. Although he is said to be based on a toad,<ref name="TSEMCWorks"/> Gabara is very similar to - and more than likely partially based on - the Oni of Japanese mythology and folklore. His costume design is very reminiscent of these demonic ogre or troll-like beings, further mixing the turquoise scales of a reptile with orange, cat-like fur and distinctly-mammalian facial features. He also has three horns on his head, again much like the Oni, whose horns varied between one-to-three on average. Gabara's ability to electrocute things on contact is possibly a reference to Oni lore, as they too were sometimes associated with the natural forces of lighting and thunder.
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In ''[[Go! Godman]]'', Gabara's skin tone is changed to a dark, greenish-blue color, and he lacks his trademark ginger hair. Due to mild deterioration of the suit's face, his eyes appear to take on a more confused or surprised expression. This damage was repaired in time for the show's followup, ''[[Go! Greenman]]''. In this show, Gabara's skin is now a lighter shade of green, and the plates on his torso are almost gold in color.
 
==Origins==
 
==Origins==
In ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'', Gabara exists only within the dreams of protagonist [[Ichiro Miki]]. In the context of Ichiro's dreams, Gabara is a toad that was mutated by nuclear explosions into a giant bipedal ogre-like monster.<ref name="Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works"/>
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In ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'', Gabara exists only within the dreams of protagonist [[Ichiro Miki]]. In the context of Ichiro's dreams, Gabara is a toad that was mutated by nuclear explosions into a giant bipedal ogre-like monster.<ref name="TSEMCWorks"/>
  
In ''[[Go! Godman]]'', Gabara is a mutated bullfrog. In its follow-up series, ''[[Go! Greenman]]'', Gabara is created by [[Tonchiki]] and placed inside of a toy of [[w:c:ultra:Red King|Red King]], and reveals himself when a group of children play with the figure.
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In ''[[Go! Godman]]'', Gabara is a mutated bullfrog. In its follow-up series, ''[[Go! Greenman]]'', Gabara is created by [[Tonchiki]] and placed inside of a toy of [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Red King|Red King]], and reveals himself when a group of children play with the figure.
 
==History==
 
==History==
===[[Showa era|Showa Series]]===
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===[[Showa era|Showa series]]===
 
====''[[All Monsters Attack]]''====
 
====''[[All Monsters Attack]]''====
[[File:Gabara34.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Gabara in ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'']]Just as ''All Monsters Attack'' is one of the more distinctive entries in the Godzilla canon, Gabara is very unique amongst the other Toho monsters. It seems that Gabara exists entirely inside the dreams of lead child character Ichiro.
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[[File:Gabara34.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Gabara in ''[[All Monsters Attack]]'']]
 
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Gabara was a resident of [[Ichiro Miki]]'s imaginary [[Monster Island]], and a constant tormentor to the much smaller [[Minilla]], inspired by Ichiro's own real-life problems with bullies around his neighborhood. After receiving combat training from his father [[Godzilla/Showa|Godzilla]], and extra assistance from the human protagonist, Minilla successfully beat Gabara by luring him onto a giant teeter-totter contraption, which launched Gabara high into the air after Minilla grew to full size and jumped on it. Just as Godzilla arrived to congratulate his son, Gabara retaliated and bit Godzilla, who proceeded to unleash his full fury against Gabara. Godzilla beat Gabara senseless and then threw him over his shoulder, sending Gabara running away in defeat.
In the context of the film, Gabara is a resident of Ichiro's imaginary [[Monster Island]], and a constant tormentor to the much smaller [[Minilla]], inspired by Ichiro's own real life problems with bullies around his neighborhood. After receiving combat training from his father [[Godzilla]], and extra assistance from the human protagonist, Minilla does successfully challenge it. Finally, Gabara was confronted by Godzilla himself and got beat up. Gabara retreated after Godzilla performed [[wikipedia:Seoi nage|Seoi nage]] on it.
 
 
 
Despite the film's overuse of stock footage, Gabara was the only original monster created for the film, along with newly filmed fight scenes and effects.
 
 
===''[[Go! Godman]]''===
 
===''[[Go! Godman]]''===
[[File:Gabaragogodman03.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Gabara in ''[[Go! Godman]]'']]Gabara did not make any further appearances in the Showa Godzilla films, but Gabara did later appear in a similar series called ''Go! Godman'', where he was a mutated bullfrog. It's unclear if this means Gabara exists outside of Ichiro's dreams, that Godman's adventures (or at least that episode) take place within them, or if the two are unrelated. In this series, Gabara's skin tone is changed to a dark, greenish-blue color, and he lacks his trademark ginger hair. Due to mild deterioration of the suit's face, his eyes appear to take on a more confused or surprised expression. This damage was repaired in time for the show's followup, ''[[Go! Greenman]]''.
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[[File:Gabaragogodman03.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Gabara in ''[[Go! Godman]]'']]
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A mutated bullfrog, Gabara did battle with the hero [[Godman]], but was defeated.
 
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===''[[Go! Greenman]]''===
 
===''[[Go! Greenman]]''===
[[File:gabaragogreenman02.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Gabara in ''[[Go! Greenman]]'']] Gabara returned in the fourteenth episode of the giant hero television series, ''[[Go! Greenman]]'', a followup series to ''Go! Godman''. In the show, he could throw his own claws which caused explosions and engulf children into his body. This was shown when he engulfed an innocent boy before being repelled by [[Greenman]]. Gabara's suit underwent extensive repairs, as his skin is now a lighter shade of green, and the plates on his torso are almost gold in color. Gabara was created for [[Maoh]] by [[Tonchiki]], and placed him within a figure of the popular Ultra Series kaiju, [[w:c:ultra:Red King|Red King]]. When the action figure was hit with a stick by the children, Gabara revealed himself, and devoured one of the kids whole. The remaining children frantically ran from the monster until finally summoning [[Greenman]]. Once arriving on Earth, Greenman engaged Gabara in a decisive battle and with much difficulty, was able to safely retrieve the swallowed boy before destroying Gabara.
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[[File:gabaragogreenman02.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Gabara in ''[[Go! Greenman]]'']]
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Gabara was created for [[Maoh]] by [[Tonchiki]], and placed within a figure of the popular [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Ultra Series|Ultra Series]] kaiju, [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Red King|Red King]]. When the action figure was hit with a stick by the children, Gabara revealed himself, and devoured one of the kids whole. The remaining children frantically ran from the monster before finally summoning [[Greenman]]. Upon arriving on Earth, Greenman engaged Gabara in a decisive battle, and with much difficulty was able to safely retrieve the swallowed boy before destroying Gabara.
 
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==Abilities==
 
==Abilities==
Gabara can channel energy through his body in the form of electricity. He can then either fire this from his Power Horn or channel it into his arms, and electrify anything he touches.
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===Electrical Current===
 
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[[File:Gabara - Electricity.gif|200px|right|thumb|Gabara shocks [[Minilla]] with electricity]]Gabara can channel energy through his body in the form of electricity. He can then channel it into his arms, and electrify anything he touches.
In ''Go! Greenman'', Gabara could throw his own claws which caused powerful explosions and engulf children into his body.
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Gabara - Electricity 2.gif
The Kaiju Guide in ''[[Godzilla: The Game]]'' states that Gabara can also emit venom from the warts on his body.
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==[[Toho monsters in video games|Video Game Appearances]]==
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*''[[Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Gameboy)]]''
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*''[[Godzilla Movie Studio Tour]]''
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===Hammer Punch===
*''[[Godzilla: Trading Battle]]''
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[[File:Gabara - Hammer Punch.gif|200px|right|thumb|Gabara, after having shocked Minilla, strikes him with a Hammer Punch]]Gabara can perform a powerful punch with his right arm, called the '''Hammer Punch''' {{Nihongo|ハンマー・パンチ}}.<ref name="TSEMCWorks"/> This was used in tandem with his electric abilities against Minilla.
*''[[Godzilla Generations]]''
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*''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]''
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===Venom===
*''[[Godzilla: The Game]]'' (Kaiju Guide)
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Though this ability is never demonstrated onscreen, Gabara is said to be able to emit a green venom from his body.<ref name="TSEMCWorks"/> The Kaiju Guide in the PlayStation 3 and 4 [[Godzilla (2014 video game)|''Godzilla'']] game states that this venom comes specifically from Gabara's warts.<ref name="KaijuGuide">[[File:Gabara Kaiju Guide.png|200px]]</ref>
===''[[Godzilla: The Game]]''===
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===Smoke Breath===
====Kaiju Guide====
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[[File:Gabara - Godman Smoke.gif|200px|right|thumb|Gabara fires his smoke breath at [[Godman]]]]In ''[[Go! Godman]]'', Gabara could spew a noxious, blue smoke from his mouth.
'''[[Gabara|Gabara, the Brutal Beast]]'''
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[[File:Gabara.png|right|200px]]
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===Detachable Claws===
{{Small|Once a toad before it unexpectedly mutated into a monster, Gabara lives on [[Monster Island]]. It has no tail, and boasts many features not native to amphibians—stocky legs for bipedal movement, a long neck, fangs, horns, and fur.}}
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[[File:Gabara - Greenman Claw.gif|200px|right|thumb|Gabara throws one of his claws at [[Greenman]], injecting him with venom]]In ''[[Go! Greenman]]'', Gabara can detach and throw his own claws, which are tipped with venom and can cause powerful explosions.
 
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{{Small|A belligerent creature, it attacks enemies with venom emitted from the warts on its body and by radiating a strong electrical current generated internally from both hands. However, its combat abilities are not particularly impressive, and with no chance to survive against [[Godzilla]], it satisfies its combative urges by antagonizing [[Minilla]] instead. Alas, even that pleasure is snatched away once Godzilla trains Minilla in the arts of monster self-defense.}}
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Gabara - Greenman Claw 2.gif
 
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{{Small|The head of the Gabara costume was created by modifying the head used for Godzilla.}}
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===Human Engulfment===
'''Specifications'''<br>
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[[File:Gabara - Greenman Engulf.gif|200px|right|thumb|Gabara engulfs a child into his stomach]]In ''Go! Greenman'', Gabara can trap children by engulfing them into his body. This was shown when he engulfed an innocent boy before being repelled by [[Greenman]].
'''Height:'''<br>53 meters<br>
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'''Weight:'''<br>23,000 tons<br>
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==Filmography==
'''Abilities:'''<br>Electrical shock from both arms<br>
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*''[[All Monsters Attack]]'' (1969)
'''Appearances:'''<br>"[[All Monsters Attack]]"
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*''[[Go! Godman]]'' (TV 1972) [episode 2]
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*''[[Go! Greenman]]'' (TV 1973) [episode 14]
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*''[[Godzilla: Final Wars]]'' (2004) [toy]
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==Video games==
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*''[[Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Game Boy)|Godzilla, King of the Monsters]]'' (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
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*''[[Godzilla Movie Studio Tour]]'' (1998) - PC and Mac
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*''[[Godzilla: Trading Battle]]'' (1998) - Sony PlayStation
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*''[[Godzilla Generations]]'' (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
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*''Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly'' (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
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*''[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|Godzilla]]'' (2014) - PlayStation 3 and 4 [Kaiju Guide]
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*''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]'' (2015) - Android and iOS
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*''[[Godzilla Defense Force]]'' (2019) - Android and iOS
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===[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|''Godzilla'' (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)]]===
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{{Main|Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Gabara}}
 
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File:16b_gabara.png|Gabara's sprite in Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly
 
GKC Gabara.jpg|Gabara in ''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]''
 
GKC Gabara.jpg|Gabara in ''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]''
 
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==Books==
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===''[[Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse|GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse]]''===
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Gabara was a 10 meter-tall monster that lived in the Amazon rainforest and frequently slaughtered local wildlife such as crocodiles. It was reported to have been injured in a thermite explosion and then fell into a river, where it was eaten by crocodiles and piranhas.<ref name="Apocalypse">{{cite book|title=[[Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse|GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse]]|author=Renji Ōki|publisher=[[Kadokawa]]|date=October 25, 2017|pages=77-84}}</ref>
 
==Sightings==
 
==Sightings==
*In a 1990's Monstervision commercial for Turner Network Television (TNT), which used Godzilla film footage with [[Blue Oyster Cult|Blue Oyster Cult's related song]] in a music video-like fashion, Gabara is incorrectly referred to as "[[Baragon]]."
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*In a 1990's Monstervision commercial for Turner Network Television (TNT), which used Godzilla film footage with [[Godzilla (Blue Oyster Cult)|Blue Oyster Cult's related song]] in a music video-like fashion, Gabara is incorrectly referred to as "[[Baragon]]."
*In the ''Simpsons'' episode "30 minutes over Tokyo,' in the end Gamera, Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla are attacking the Simpsons and Gabara's laugh-like roar is heard.
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*At the end of the ''Simpsons'' episode ''Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo'', Gamera, Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla are seen attacking the Simpsons, as Gabara's laugh-like roar is heard.
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
{{Main|Gabara/Gallery}}
 
{{Main|Gabara/Gallery}}
 
==Roar==
 
==Roar==
 
Gabara's roar sounds like mocking laughter.
 
Gabara's roar sounds like mocking laughter.
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{{Videos|
Gabara Roars|Gabara's roars
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{{vid|<youtube width="300" height="169">mQ52Pk_UwEg</youtube>|Gabara's roars}}
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==In Other Languages==
 
==In Other Languages==
 
*German: Gabarah
 
*German: Gabarah
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*Within the context of the film, Gabara is a representation within the dreams of [[Ichiro Miki]], the main character, of a schoolyard bully of the same name. Similarly, Ichiro is represented by [[Minilla]], Godzilla's son. After Godzilla defends his son in Ichiro's dreams, Ichiro is able to overcome his fears and confront the real Gabara.
 
*Within the context of the film, Gabara is a representation within the dreams of [[Ichiro Miki]], the main character, of a schoolyard bully of the same name. Similarly, Ichiro is represented by [[Minilla]], Godzilla's son. After Godzilla defends his son in Ichiro's dreams, Ichiro is able to overcome his fears and confront the real Gabara.
*Of all the ''main'' antagonist {{kaiju|s}} introduced in the [[Showa era|Showa series]], Gabara and [[Megalon]] are the only ones to have never appeared in another film since the end of the Showa series, although each has been featured in at least one television program since their debut films (''[[Go! Godman]]'' and ''[[Go! Greenman]]'' for Gabara, and ''[[Godzilla Island (Series)|Godzilla Island]]'' for Megalon).
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*Of all the ''main'' antagonist [[kaiju]] introduced in the [[Showa era|Showa series]], Gabara and [[Megalon]] are the only ones to have never appeared in another film since the end of the Showa series, although each has been featured in at least one television program since their debut films (''[[Go! Godman]]'' and ''[[Go! Greenman]]'' for Gabara, and ''[[Godzilla Island (series)|Godzilla Island]]'' for Megalon).
*Gabara is the one of only two monsters in the Toho universe that exists only in dreams, the other being the [[Maneater]]; that is to say, they do not exist in the "real" world like Toho's other {{kaiju|s}}.
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*Gabara is the one of only two monsters in the Toho universe that exists only in dreams, the other being the [[Maneater]]; that is to say, they do not exist in the "real" world like Toho's other kaiju.
**In both of his television appearances, he appears in the real world. However, as both ''[[Go! Godman]]'' and ''[[Go! Greenman]]'' have their own continuities, this means that Gabara remains to only exist in dreams in the [[Showa era]] continuity.
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**In both of his television appearances, Gabara appears in the real world. However, as both ''[[Go! Godman]]'' and ''[[Go! Greenman]]'' are set in their own continuities, this means that Gabara still only exists in a dream in the context of the Godzilla series.
*Gabara is probably an imaginative take on the Oni, an ogre-like race in [[Japan]]ese mythology. Confirmed {{kaiju}} that are Oni can often be seen in the ''Ultraman'' franchise, with characters like Oni-On, from episode 27 of ''[[w:c:ultra:Ultraman Leo (series)|Ultraman Leo]]'', and Sakunaoni from episode 16 of ''[[w:c:ultra:Ultraman Tiga|Ultraman Tiga]]''. In the [[Tokusatsu]] series ''[[Go! Godman]]'', [[Gejiba]] is another example of a {{kaiju}} based on Oni produced by {{TohoCo}}.
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**Gabara also acts as a very real threat in the Japanese story book ''[[Giant Dragon Manda]]'', where he teams up with [[Moguera]] to antagonize [[Manda]] among other villainous acts across the world.
*The Tsuburaya {{kaiju|s}} [[w:c:ultra:Yadokarin|Yadokarin]], [[w:c:ultra:Femigon|Femigon]], [[w:c:ultra:Doragory|Doragory]], and [[w:c:ultra:Kyasshi|Kyasshi]] all use differently modified Gabara roars.
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*Gabara is probably an imaginative take on the Oni, an ogre-like race in [[Japan]]ese mythology. Confirmed kaiju that are Oni can often be seen in the ''Ultraman'' franchise, with characters like Oni-On, from episode 27 of ''[[wikia:w:c:ultra:Ultraman Leo (series)|Ultraman Leo]]'', and Sakunaoni from episode 16 of ''[[wikia:w:c:ultra:Ultraman Tiga|Ultraman Tiga]]''.
*Gabara might have inspired the ''[[Godzilla: The Series]]'' {{kaiju}} [[Crackler]], as they are both monsters from dreams and their powers are mostly based on electricity.
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*The [[Tsuburaya Productions]] kaiju [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Yadokarin|Yadokarin]], [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Femigon|Femigon]], [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Doragory|Doragory]], and [[wikia:w:c:ultra:Kyasshi|Kyasshi]] all use differently modified Gabara roars.
*The head of Gabara's suit was created by modifying the head of a [[Godzilla]] suit.<ref name="KaijuGuide">[[File:Gabara Kaiju Guide.png|200px]]</ref>
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*Gabara might have inspired the ''[[Godzilla: The Series]]'' monster [[Crackler]], as they are both monsters from dreams and their powers are based on electricity.
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*Gabara Pond is a location on [[Godzilla Island (location)|Godzilla Island]] in the [[Godzilla Island (series)|show of the same name]].
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*The ''Godzilla Wars'' series of trading cards states that Gabara hails from [[Sollgel Island]], while a map in the book ''[[Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction]]'' shows Gabara present on [[Monsterland]].
 
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Gabara
Gabara in All Monsters Attack
Alternate names Gabarah, Gabala, Gavalla, Gavara, Gaborik, Gebara, Gabera, Gabra[1]
Subtitle(s) Heinous Monster
(凶悪怪獣,   Kyōaku Kaijū)[2]
Heinous New Monster
(凶悪な新怪獣,   Kyōakuna Shin Kaijū)[3]
Furious New Monster
(猛烈新怪獣,   Mōretsu Shin Kaijū)
Toad Monster (ガマ怪獣,   Gama Kaijū)[4]
Heinous Toad Monster
(凶悪ガマ怪獣,   Kyōaku Gama Kaijū)G:TB
Species Mutant amphibian,AMA[5], G!Go
gluttonous Minion of Maoh mutationG!Gr
Height 58 meters[2][6]
10 metersG:MA[7]
Weight 23,000 metric tons[2][6]
Forms Human sizeG!Gr
Controlled by TonchikiG!Gr
Relations Tonchiki (creator)G!Gr
Allies Tonchiki, Maoh
Enemies Godzilla, Minilla, Godman, Greenman
Conceived by Ishiro Honda, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Designed by Teizo Toshimitsu, Kan Komura
Modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu, Kanju Yagi,
Yasuei Yagi
, Keizo Murase
Portrayed by Yasuhiko Kakuko
First appearance Latest appearance
All Monsters Attack Go! Greenman
Roar(s)
More roars
That Gabara has lost again. Go home, Gabara, you are a loser!
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Ichiro Miki, after having witnessed the defeat of Gabara at the hands of Godzilla and Minilla. (All Monsters Attack)

Gabara (ガバラ,   Gabara) is a mutant amphibian kaiju who first appeared in the 1969 Toho Godzilla film, All Monsters Attack.

A malicious bully of a monster, Gabara existed within the dreams of Ichiro Miki in All Monsters Attack, as a representation of Ichiro's real-life bully also nicknamed "Gabara." Gabara liked to bully Minilla, who was too small and weak to fight back and couldn't rely on his father for assistance. Ichiro befriended Minilla and helped him to defeat Gabara using an elaborate trap. Gabara retaliated by attacking Godzilla himself, who promptly beat Gabara into submission. Gabara also made an appearance in Toho's 1970's tokusatsu shows Go! Godman and Go! Greenman, where he fought against the titular heroes.

Name

In the context of All Monsters Attack, Gabara gets its name from Ichiro Miki's real-life bully Sanko, who he gives the nickname "Gabara."

Originally, Gabara was to be called Gebara (ゲバラ,   Gebara),[8] but Toho decided to change his name to Gabara in order to avoid confusion with the American biopic film Che!, which was released in Japan as Guevara! (ゲバラ!,   Gebara!) earlier in 1969.[5] The monster's original name "Gebara" can be seen on some early concept art.

Development

Finalized Gabara concept art by Kan Komura

In the very earliest stages of conceiving a villain monster for All Monsters Attack, Toho considered a monster based on the mole cricket, a motif which was also considered for what ultiately became the Meganulon from Rodan. The giant mole cricket concept was given the name "Gebara," but was discarded as the filmmakers decided to go in a different direction and make the new kaiju a mutated toad instead. However, the mole cricket concept for Gebara was revived for the story Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive as a motif for the new kaiju Megalon.[9] While this project became Godzilla vs. Gigan, Toho went on to feature the insectoid kaiju Megalon in the following film, though his final design was based more on rhinoceros beetles and cicadas than mole crickets. The initial design for the toad-inspired Gabara was handled by Teizo Toshimitsu,[8] who drew the concept at actual size in order to aid in the eventual modeling of the suit. The concept was later re-drawn by art assistant Kan Komura, refining the facial expression and touches to the chest and abdomen.[10]

For Gabara's suit, the head was modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu,[8] purportedly modified from that of a prior Godzilla suit.[11] All Monsters Attack would be the last Godzilla project Toshimitsu would work on.[10] Because Toshimitsu worked on the suits of both Gabara and King Ghidorah, there are similarities between the horns modeled on the top of their heads.[8] Gabara's body was handled by the Yagi brothers Kanju and Yasuei, and its form is said to take the overall shape of a tailless Godzilla.[8] Keizo Murase also acted as an assistant modeler for Gabara.[10]

The Gabara suit was reused for the monster's appearances in the tokusatsu series Go! Godman and Go! Greenman. While the suit had begun to deteriorate in Godman, it underwent minor repairs and aesthetic touch-ups for its role in Greenman.

Design

The audio commentary for Classic Media's 2008 DVD release of All Monsters Attack humorously compares Gabara to a bipedal cat with car engine problems. Although he is said to be based on a toad,[5] Gabara is very similar to - and more than likely partially based on - the Oni of Japanese mythology and folklore. His costume design is very reminiscent of these demonic ogre or troll-like beings, further mixing the turquoise scales of a reptile with orange, cat-like fur and distinctly-mammalian facial features. He also has three horns on his head, again much like the Oni, whose horns varied between one-to-three on average. Gabara's ability to electrocute things on contact is possibly a reference to Oni lore, as they too were sometimes associated with the natural forces of lighting and thunder.

In Go! Godman, Gabara's skin tone is changed to a dark, greenish-blue color, and he lacks his trademark ginger hair. Due to mild deterioration of the suit's face, his eyes appear to take on a more confused or surprised expression. This damage was repaired in time for the show's followup, Go! Greenman. In this show, Gabara's skin is now a lighter shade of green, and the plates on his torso are almost gold in color.

Origins

In All Monsters Attack, Gabara exists only within the dreams of protagonist Ichiro Miki. In the context of Ichiro's dreams, Gabara is a toad that was mutated by nuclear explosions into a giant bipedal ogre-like monster.[5]

In Go! Godman, Gabara is a mutated bullfrog. In its follow-up series, Go! Greenman, Gabara is created by Tonchiki and placed inside of a toy of Red King, and reveals himself when a group of children play with the figure.

History

Showa series

All Monsters Attack

Gabara was a resident of Ichiro Miki's imaginary Monster Island, and a constant tormentor to the much smaller Minilla, inspired by Ichiro's own real-life problems with bullies around his neighborhood. After receiving combat training from his father Godzilla, and extra assistance from the human protagonist, Minilla successfully beat Gabara by luring him onto a giant teeter-totter contraption, which launched Gabara high into the air after Minilla grew to full size and jumped on it. Just as Godzilla arrived to congratulate his son, Gabara retaliated and bit Godzilla, who proceeded to unleash his full fury against Gabara. Godzilla beat Gabara senseless and then threw him over his shoulder, sending Gabara running away in defeat.

Go! Godman

Gabara in Go! Godman

A mutated bullfrog, Gabara did battle with the hero Godman, but was defeated.

Go! Greenman

Gabara in Go! Greenman

Gabara was created for Maoh by Tonchiki, and placed within a figure of the popular Ultra Series kaiju, Red King. When the action figure was hit with a stick by the children, Gabara revealed himself, and devoured one of the kids whole. The remaining children frantically ran from the monster before finally summoning Greenman. Upon arriving on Earth, Greenman engaged Gabara in a decisive battle, and with much difficulty was able to safely retrieve the swallowed boy before destroying Gabara.

Abilities

Electrical Current

Gabara shocks Minilla with electricity

Gabara can channel energy through his body in the form of electricity. He can then channel it into his arms, and electrify anything he touches.


Hammer Punch

Gabara, after having shocked Minilla, strikes him with a Hammer Punch

Gabara can perform a powerful punch with his right arm, called the Hammer Punch (ハンマー・パンチ).[5] This was used in tandem with his electric abilities against Minilla.


Venom

Though this ability is never demonstrated onscreen, Gabara is said to be able to emit a green venom from his body.[5] The Kaiju Guide in the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla game states that this venom comes specifically from Gabara's warts.[11]

Smoke Breath

Gabara fires his smoke breath at Godman

In Go! Godman, Gabara could spew a noxious, blue smoke from his mouth.


Detachable Claws

Gabara throws one of his claws at Greenman, injecting him with venom

In Go! Greenman, Gabara can detach and throw his own claws, which are tipped with venom and can cause powerful explosions.


Human Engulfment

Gabara engulfs a child into his stomach

In Go! Greenman, Gabara can trap children by engulfing them into his body. This was shown when he engulfed an innocent boy before being repelled by Greenman.


Filmography

Video games

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

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

Books

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse

Gabara was a 10 meter-tall monster that lived in the Amazon rainforest and frequently slaughtered local wildlife such as crocodiles. It was reported to have been injured in a thermite explosion and then fell into a river, where it was eaten by crocodiles and piranhas.[7]

Sightings

  • In a 1990's Monstervision commercial for Turner Network Television (TNT), which used Godzilla film footage with Blue Oyster Cult's related song in a music video-like fashion, Gabara is incorrectly referred to as "Baragon."
  • At the end of the Simpsons episode Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo, Gamera, Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla are seen attacking the Simpsons, as Gabara's laugh-like roar is heard.

Gallery

Main article: Gabara/Gallery.

Roar

Gabara's roar sounds like mocking laughter.

Gabara's roars

In Other Languages

  • German: Gabarah
  • Russian: Габара

Trivia

  • Within the context of the film, Gabara is a representation within the dreams of Ichiro Miki, the main character, of a schoolyard bully of the same name. Similarly, Ichiro is represented by Minilla, Godzilla's son. After Godzilla defends his son in Ichiro's dreams, Ichiro is able to overcome his fears and confront the real Gabara.
  • Of all the main antagonist kaiju introduced in the Showa series, Gabara and Megalon are the only ones to have never appeared in another film since the end of the Showa series, although each has been featured in at least one television program since their debut films (Go! Godman and Go! Greenman for Gabara, and Godzilla Island for Megalon).
  • Gabara is the one of only two monsters in the Toho universe that exists only in dreams, the other being the Maneater; that is to say, they do not exist in the "real" world like Toho's other kaiju.
    • In both of his television appearances, Gabara appears in the real world. However, as both Go! Godman and Go! Greenman are set in their own continuities, this means that Gabara still only exists in a dream in the context of the Godzilla series.
    • Gabara also acts as a very real threat in the Japanese story book Giant Dragon Manda, where he teams up with Moguera to antagonize Manda among other villainous acts across the world.
  • Gabara is probably an imaginative take on the Oni, an ogre-like race in Japanese mythology. Confirmed kaiju that are Oni can often be seen in the Ultraman franchise, with characters like Oni-On, from episode 27 of Ultraman Leo, and Sakunaoni from episode 16 of Ultraman Tiga.
  • The Tsuburaya Productions kaiju Yadokarin, Femigon, Doragory, and Kyasshi all use differently modified Gabara roars.
  • Gabara might have inspired the Godzilla: The Series monster Crackler, as they are both monsters from dreams and their powers are based on electricity.
  • Gabara Pond is a location on Godzilla Island in the show of the same name.
  • The Godzilla Wars series of trading cards states that Gabara hails from Sollgel Island, while a map in the book Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction shows Gabara present on Monsterland.

References

This is a list of references for Gabara. 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. All Monsters Attack Poster United States 1.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 134. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
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  4. Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. p. 53. 21 December 1994. ISBN: 978-4816317750.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. pp. 134-135. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 4-864-91013-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini. The Official Godzilla Compendium. Random House. p. 123. 24 March 1998. ISBN: 0279888225.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Renji Ōki. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Kadokawa. pp. 77-84. October 25, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. pp. 150-151. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  9. Godzilla Chronicle. Sony Magazines. p. 285. July 1998. ISBN: 978-4789712941.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Godzilla Toho Champion Festival Perfection. ASCII MEDIA WORKS. pp. 103, 109. 29 November 2014. ISBN: 978-4-04-866999-3.
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