List of minor Toho monsters

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This page is a list of minor monsters from Toho-licensed media. This is defined as any kaiju, kaijin, animals, or other beings whose roles generally have little overall relevance in the media they are featured in, and which are generally not trademarked. As a result, this page doesn't include characters such as Meganulon or Meganula, Fairy Mothra, Garu Garu, Barem, and Ghogo, who are all trademarked.

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Lists

Films

Godzilla series

Name Image Appearance(s) Description Trivia
Trilobite
(三葉虫,   San'yōchū)

(トリロバイト,   Torirobaito)

Trilobite.jpg
Godzilla (1954)
Main article: Trilobite.
In Godzilla, a living trilobite was discovered by Dr. Kyohei Yamane in one of Godzilla's footprints on Odo Island. Yamane concluded from the creature's presence in the footprint along with the age of the sediment found with it that Godzilla must have been living in a deep underwater pocket since the Jurassic before being disturbed by H-bomb testing. In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Dr. Tokumitsu Yuhara created a cybernetic "Mecha-Trilobite." This technology would lay the groundwork for the construction of Kiryu using the original Godzilla's skeleton.
Giant Lizard
(大トカゲ,   Ōtokage)
Giant Lizard.png
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Main article: Giant Lizard.
The Giant Lizard scared Kinsaburo Furue while he and an exploration party searched the jungles of Farou Island for King Kong. Osamu Sakurai informed Furue that it was only a lizard and instructed him to throw it, then shot and killed the creature with his rifle.
Giant Octopus
(大ダコ,   Ōdako)
Oodako.jpg
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965) [alternate ending]
The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
Main article: Giant Octopus.
In King Kong vs. Godzilla, the Giant Octopus attacked a village on Farou Island before being driven off by King Kong. The Giant Octopus was also featured in the unused alternate ending for Frankenstein vs. Baragon, where it appeared from the depths and dragged Frankenstein underwater after his victory over Baragon. The Giant Octopus' last film appearance came the following year in The War of the Gargantuas, where it attacked a boat and fought Gaira at sea.
Mystery Bones
of Infant Island
(インファント島の怪骨,  
Infanto-tō no Kai Kotsu
)

Skeleturtle

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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Main article: Skeleturtle.
The Mystery Bones of Infant Island was present when Ichiro Sakai, Junko Nakanishi, and Shunsuke Miura arrived on the desolate and irradiated Infant Island. The creature has since appeared in print media and has even received official merchandise.
Giant Condor
(大コンドル,   Ōkondoru)

Giant Eagle
(大ワシ,   Ōwashi)

Giant Condor Puppet Behind Scenes 1.jpg
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
[stock footage, as "Giant Eagle"]
Main article: Giant Condor.
In Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, the Giant Condor attacked Godzilla on Letchi Island, but was promptly killed by a blast of his atomic breath. It reappeared through stock footage as the Giant Eagle in All Monsters Attack.
Giant Praying Mantis
(大カマキリ,   Ōkamakiri)
Man.jpg
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Height: ~2 meters[1]

The Giant Praying Mantises were native to Solgell Island, and stalked its jungles at night. One mantis wandered too close to the camp of several United Nations scientists on the island, who were able to scare it away with gunshots. When the scientists' weather-controlling experiment went awry and triggered unrelenting radioactive storms, three of these mantises were mutated into giant monsters dubbed Kamacuras.

Maneater
(人喰い植物,  
Hitokui Shokubutsu
)
AMA - Maneater grabs Ichiro.jpg
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Height: Unknown[2][3]Weight: Unknown[2][3]Place of Emergence: Dream Monster Island[2]
History

The Maneater appeared when Ichiro Miki walked in front of it, distracted by watching Minilla trying to fire atomic breath in front of Godzilla but failing. The Maneater sneakily grabbed Ichiro, put him up to its body, and covered his mouth so he couldn't talk. Ichiro then woke up from his dream and realized that he was being kidnapped by robbers.

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  • The Maneater's Japanese name, Hitokui Shokubutsu, literally translates to "man-eating plant," referencing how it grabbed Ichiro Miki and tried to eat him. A 2008 Cast ornament of the creature gives it the full name Man-Eating Plant of Dream Monster Island (夢の怪獣島の人食い植物,   Yume no Kaijū-tō no Hitokui Shokubutsu).
Cast Maneater ornament tag
Smog Factory
(公害工場,  
Kōgai Kōjō
)
SMOG FACTORY 1.png
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
History

During one of the film's animated segments, the Smog Factory made an appearance, grabbing up surrounding trees with its claws and growing in size while producing large quantities of smog. Hedorah appeared and ate the smog being produced, sitting on top of the factory and consuming it whole. Once the Smog Factory was completely consumed, Hedorah flew away.

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  • An ornament of Smog Factory along with an animated Hedorah has been produced by Cast.
Smog Factory Cast Ornament.png
  • Along with Hedorah, the Smog Factory is one of the first characters in the Godzilla franchise to appear in animation.
Fish Person
(魚人間,  
Sakana Ningen
)
GVH - Fish Person 5.png
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
History

The Fish People were a hallucination experienced by Yukio Keuchi while at a nightclub. He hallucinated that the other patrons all possessed fish heads as they were dancing to the song "Return the Sun!." After shaking his head, he quickly snapped out of the hallucination.

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Shukra
(シュクラ,   Shukura)
Shukra.png
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) Also known as the "homework monster," Shukra is one of the character Gengo Kotaka's original monsters.
Mamagon
(ママゴン,   Mamagon)
Mamagon.png
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) Mamagon, the "monster of strict mothers," is one of Gengo Kotaka's original monsters. Her design is loosely based on Gengo's girlfriend, Tomoko Tomoe.
Shockirus
(ショッキラス,   Shokkirasu)

Giant Sea Louse

Shokailas.png
The Return of Godzilla (1984)
Main article: Shockirus.
A sea louse mutated after feeding on Godzilla, Shockirus came aboard the Fifth Yahata Maru and killed many of its crew members. It later attacked Goro Maki when he came aboard the ship, but was subsequently killed by Hiroshi Okumura.
Dorat
(ドラット,   Doratto)

Drat

Godzilla.jp - 18 - Dorat.jpg
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Main article: Dorat.
Genetically engineered pets from the future, three Dorats were released on Lagos Island in 1944 by the Futurian Emmy Kano. In 1954, the Dorats were exposed to the Castle Bravo H-bomb test, which merged them together and mutated them into King Ghidorah.
Shipniocus
(シプニオキス,   Shipuniokisu)
Shipniocus.png
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
History

Shipniocus is a prehistoric fernaceous plant discovered adhering to the eggs of both BabyGodzilla and Rodan on Adonoa Island. It emits a mysterious telepathic energy which when interpreted by psychics and fed into a recording produces a melody. Whenever Baby or Rodan heard this melody, they received a large intake of power. In the case of Rodan, the energy from this melody was sufficient to revive him following his battle with Godzilla and transform him into Fire Rodan.

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Pteranodon Robot
(翼竜ロボット,   Yokuryū Robotto,
lit. Pterosaur Robot)

Pteranodon

GVMGII - Pteranodon Robot full.png
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
History

The brainchild of Kazuma Aoki, the Pteranodon Robot was a flying vehicle modeled after the Pteranodons he adored so much. Aoki brought the completed robot to the enclosure where BabyGodzilla was being held by the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center and cared for by Azusa Gojo. Aoki let Azusa ride on the robot with him, but as they passed over Baby's enclosure the robot sputtered and suddenly dropped out of the sky, crashing in the enclosure. Both Aoki and Azusa were unhurt, though the Pteranodon Robot was damaged. Aoki later repaired the Pteranodon Robot and used it to exit the Garuda during the battle between Godzilla and Super Mechagodzilla.

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Mecha-Trilobite
(メカトリロバイト,   Mekatorirobaito)[4]

Cyborg-Trilobite[5]

Mecha-Trilobite 2.png
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
History
Main article: Trilobite#Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
Gallery
Futami
(フターミ,   Futāmi)
Futami canister.jpg
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Tezuka
(テズーカ,   Tezūka)
Tezuka canister.jpg
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Other Toho

Name Image Appearance(s) Description Trivia
Vampire Plant
(吸血植物,  
Kyūketsu Shokubutsu
,
lit. Bloodsucking Plant)
Vampireplant001.jpg
Mothra (1961)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
[stock footage]
History

When Shin'ichi Chūjō was exploring Infant Island on his own, he comes across mutated flora. As he passed through the low hanging vines, the plants attacked him, squeezing him to unconsciousness. Before passing out, the last thing he sees are the Shobijin, who save his life.

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Giant Boar
(大猪,   Ōinoshishi)
Giant Boar.png
Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)
History

While hunting for food, Frankenstein attempted to lure the Giant Boar into a trap he had dug. However, the creature escaped and a tank fell into the trap instead.

Gallery
Giant Boar Cast ad.png
Giant Sea Serpent
(大海蛇,   Ōumihebi)
Giant Sea Serpent.png
King Kong Escapes (1967)
Main article: Giant Sea Serpent.
Condor
(コンドル,   Kondoru)
L0036.jpg
Latitude Zero (1970)
History

The condor was caught and kept in a containment cell by the evil scientist, Malic.[6] Eventually, the condor was brought out when Malic needed to create a monster to intercept the crew of the Alpha. It was slaughtered, and its wings were cut off, which would later be grafted to a lion possessing the brain of the Black Shark captain Kroiga, forming the Griffon.

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Giant Rats
(大ネズミ,   Ōnezumi)

Giant mouse

Rat cropped.png
Latitude Zero (1970)
Main article: Giant Rat.
Mata mata turtle
(マタマタガメ,  
Matamata game
)
Space Amoeba - Sergio Island Mata mata turtle.png
Space Amoeba (1970)
History

To be added

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Sergio Island Bat
(セルジオ島のコウモリ,  
Serujio-jima no Kōmori
)

Giant Bat
(大コウモリ,   Ōkōmori)[7]

Space Amoeba - Sergio Island bat.png
Space Amoeba (1970)
Height: 80 centimeters[7]Weight: 1800 grams[7]
History

To be added

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Giant Slug
(大ナメクジ,   Ōnamekuji)
Nostradamus - Giant Slugs 01.png
Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
Height: 40 centimeters[8]Weight: 200 grams[8]
History

To be added

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Mutant Flower
(巨大肉食樹,  
Kyodai Nikushoku-ju
,
lit. Giant Carnivorous Tree)
[[File:|center|150px]] Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
Giant Bat
(大コウモリ,   Ōkōmori)[7]

Bloodsucking Bat
(吸血コウモリ,  
Kyūketsu Kōmori
)

Nostradamus - Giant Bat 01, Pictorial Book of Godzilla p137.png
Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
Height: 1 meter[7]Weight: 10 kilograms[7]
History

To be added

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Giant Leech
(大蛭,   Ōhiru)
[[File:|center|150px]] Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
Dragon
(竜,   Ryū)

Sea Dragon
(海竜,   Kairyū)[9][10]


Indian Dragon
(天竺の竜,  
Tenjiku no Ryū
)
[11]


Elasmosaurus
(エラスモサウルス,  
Erasumosaurusu
)
[12][note 1]

Princess from the Moon - Elasmosaurus.png
Princess from the Moon (1987)
Height: 15 meters[9][10]Length: 100 meters[11]Weight: 3,000 metric tons[9][10]Place of Emergence: Indian Ocean[12]
History

TBA

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  • In addition to a prop of the monster's entire body, special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano also constructed a large animatronic of the Dragon's neck.
  • A popular rumor is that the Dragon prop was originally constructed for the unmade Toho and Hammer collaboration film Nessie, and reused by Teruyoshi Nakano for Princess from the Moon. However, given that Nessie was cancelled nearly a decade before Princess from the Moon was produced, and that no confirmation of this is made in any known official books, this rumor is likely false.
Dinosaurs
(恐竜,   Kyōryū)[13]
Tirano toraisera.png
Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
History

TBA

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Television

Name Image Appearance(s) Description Trivia
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Comics

Name Image Appearance(s) Description Trivia
Ankylosaurus
(アンキロサウルス,   Ankirosaurusu)
1992-3 Kodansha Manga - Anguirus as Ankylosaurus.JPG
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
History

A new species of Ankylosaurus discovered by Doctor Oniyama with the assistance of a version of himself who travelled through time, Ankylosaurus's fossilised skeleton was placed on display at a Dinosaur Expo. With the Expo in operation, the two Oniyamas used KIDS to fire a beam into the fossil to revive it, resulting in a living Ankylosaurus. Aware that Godzilla would come to protect Miki Hideo and his friends, who were at the Expo, the Oniyamas used KIDS to devolve Godzilla into Godzillasaurus, and the two ancient reptiles fought. With Ankylosaurus losing the fight, KIDS was used again to fire a syringe full of DNA into Ankylosaurus's body, causing it to rapidly grow into a full-size Anguirus.

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  • The Ankylosaurus' roar is rendered as "Gyaaasu" (ギャアアス).
Weird new species of bird
Mutant Bird IDW.jpg
Godzilla: Legends #5 When Bryson Allworth was sent to climb Godzilla in order to take tissue samples from him for government research, he found a new species of bird on his back. It had a nest with its mate and ate an amphibian using its long tongue. Bryson referred to them as a "weird new species of bird." The fanmade name Mutant Bird was coined by Toho Kingdom. The birds have no official name in the story.

Books

Name Image Appearance(s) Description Trivia
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Video games

Name Image Appearance(s) Description Trivia
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Notes

  1. "The identity of the dragon was the plesiosaur Elasmosaurus." // 竜の正体は首長竜エラスモサウルスだった。(p. 69)

References

This is a list of references for List of minor Toho monsters. 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. 119. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 135. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Godzilla Toho Giant Monster Pictorial Book. Shogakukan. p. 121. 1 April 2005. ISBN: 4-09-280052-5.
  4. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 113. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  5. All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. p. 295. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  6. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 54. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. p. 58. 21 December 1994. ISBN: 978-4816317750.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. p. 59. 21 December 1994. ISBN: 978-4816317750.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. pp. 17, 227. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. p. 55. 21 December 1994. ISBN: 978-4816317750.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. pp. 212-215. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 9784864910132.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Godzilla Fierce Fighting Super Encyclopedia. Asahi Sonorama. pp. 61, 69. 1992. ISBN: T1001844121004.
  13. All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. p. 271. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.

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